New Zealand cleans up after Cyclone Gita devastation

The wind wand in New Plymouth as the storm hits

Golden Bay residents have been advised by Civil Defence not to buy panic supplies, and to only buy fuel for the coming week to ensure there is enough for everyone.

Visit the MetService for up to date warnings and road closures.

In New Zealand, a state of emergency has been declared in Christchurch and two other districts as cyclone Gita hit the country.

Civil defence systems were up and running when Gita arrived and the situation had been managed.

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Authorities along the country's remote West Coast were meeting on Monday evening to decide whether to declare a state of emergency for the region, parts of which were still reeling from a huge storm that hit at the start of February.

We hope everyone in Gita-affected areas continues to stay safe and our thoughts are with those who needed to be evacuated or suffered damage to their homes or communities.

They also met Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorn and Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese.

The supplies went to the clinic in Golden Bay, which was running short because the storm has cut the Takaka Hill Road.

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Christchurch, Buller, Grey District, Selwyn, Westland, Tasman and Taranaki were the worst affected areas.

"We are anticipating significant disruption to our domestic network as well as some worldwide services over the coming week", the airline said in a travel alert on its web site.

He said there was no damage to the township itself.

"It's only started raining here heavily over the last hour and there isn't any wind", the grower said before noon.

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