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South Island flood response

Below is information on the New Zealand Defence Force's support to the Tasman and West Coast area. The latest information is at the top.

Latest information

19 August 2022, 1.47pm

A team of Royal New Zealand Air Force personnel from Base Woodbourne have been on the ground in the Nelson Tasman region providing support in response to severe weather in the South Island.

The team have been transporting important equipment as well as personnel from other agencies, assisting with evacuations, and carrying out cordon tasks - all in support of the emergency operations centre.

Our Unimog has also enabled our personnel to access areas unreachable by other vehicles, while transporting equipment with its large load capacity.

18 August 2022, 5.00pm

New Zealand Army personnel based in Greymouth and Westport have left and are returning to Burnham Military Camp. They will be ready to assist again if required by civil authorities.

18 August 2022, 2.15pm 

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is providing support in the Westport, Greymouth and the Nelson-Tasman areas following the severe weather in the South Island. 

The New Zealand Army currently has 14 personnel from Burnham Military Camp deployed to the West Coast to assist local authorities. Personnel are located in Westport with the Buller Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and in Greymouth with the Westland Regional Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC). Personnel have assisted with the delivery of supplies, weather barriers, sandbagging and an evacuation.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has deployed 25 personnel from Base Woodbourne to assist the Nelson Tasman EOC. 

The New Zealand Army Reserve Unit in Nelson, 2nd/4th Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (RNZIR) assisted the Nelson Tasman EOC last night with one Liaison Officer and five Reservists with a Unimog truck, they helped 10 Nelson residents leave their properties. 2/4 RNZIR now remains on standby if required.

NZDF support to the South Island floods

By the numbers

Last updated at 2.15pm, Thursday 18 August. 

In Westport

  • One Army liaison officer embedded at the EOC
  • Six personnel
  • Two UNIMOG trucks
  • One HX60 MHOV truck (with crane) 

In Greymouth

  • One Army liaison officer embedded at the ECC
  • Six personnel
  • One UNIMOG truck
  • One HX58 MHOV truck (with crane)
  • One HX60 MHOV truck

In Nelson

  • One RNZAF liaison officer embedded at the EOC
  • 25 personnel
  • Two UNIMOG trucks
  • Three 4x4 vehicles
  • One ten seater van 

NZDF personnel are ready to assist as directed by the civil authorities. 

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