Waitaki District falls partly within the Otago region and partly within the Canterbury region, with 90% of its population living in the Otago region. The district incorporates the Ahuriri, Corriedale and Waihemo wards. The district reaches inland from the Waitaki River mouth, up the Waitaki River Valley, through Ohau to the top of the Ahuriri River Valley. It extends south along the east coast beyond Palmerston to Flag Swamp.
Waitaki District Council is part of Emergency Management Otago which includes the four other local authorities within the Otago region and the Otago Regional Council.
Waitaki District Council is legislated to provide a coordinated and integrated approach to the way significant risks and hazards are managed in our district across the 4R's:
For more information about hazards in the Otago region, visit Otago Regional Council's natural hazards portal
Before an emergency
For information about emergency preparation and planning, we recommend you visit Get Ready
During an emergency
In an emergency or event, follow your local Council pages and Emergency Management Otago on Facebook or Twitter.
Radio stations are also a great way to stay informed and to hear the latest local updates.
Below is a list of radio frequencies for our district as well as some useful social media links for keeping in touch.
More FM - 100 FM
RNZ National - 101.4 FM & 810 AM
Newstalk ZB - 1395 AM
Oamaru Heritage Radio - 88.3 & 107 FM
Real - 104FM
The Hits - 98.4 FM
Oamaru FM - 91.2FM
The Breeze - 97.6 FM
Download the New Zealand Red Cross Hazard App (free) from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store: Hazard App
The Hazard App is a free life-saving app for smartphones and tablets. The app helps you identify, prepare and respond to hazards in New Zealand. The app is pre-loaded with information about hazards including floods, earthquakes, tsunami, fire, weather, epidemics and biosecurity risks. The Hazard App enables you to receive official emergency warnings and alerts according to your location or the locations of your friends and family.
If you're interested in offering your services as a volunteer, there are a number of organisations you can contact.
If you would like to help out in a welfare capacity contact:
The Red Cross: www.redcross.org.nz
The Salvation Army: www.salvationarmy.org.nz/about-us/volunteer-with-us
If you would like to help out in an operations capacity, contact:
The Red Cross:https://www.redcross.org.nz
If life or property is at risk - call 111 (fire, police, ambulance)
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ADVISOR (WAITAKI)
Centennial Memorial Building
1 Severn Street, Oamaru
DDI: 03 434 8561