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August Weather Event 2022

Information relating to the recent weather event in Marlborough

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  • Marlborough’s local recovery transition period extended

    Marlborough Mayor John Leggett today extended the local transition period from the region’s state of emergency caused by the August 2022 storm event for a further 28 days.

  • Feedback wanted on new freedom camping sites

    Council is calling for further submissions on eight new freedom camping sites and areas across Marlborough.

  • Ticketless car parking at Marlborough Airport

    Marlborough Airport has introduced a new licence plate recognition system so people parking at the airport no longer need to use paper tickets to pay as they leave.

  • Section of Queen Charlotte Drive to reopen tomorrow

    Queen Charlotte Drive, between Havelock and the Grove Jetty, will reopen from 9.00 am tomorrow, Thursday 22 September 2022, however the vehicle length restriction of 12.6m will still apply.

  • Small towns time to shine

    Rarangi, Grovetown and Seddon have been added to Council’s Small Townships Programme.

  • Long term recovery plan requires careful consideration

    Any plans around the future of roading in the Marlborough Sounds will be based on informed decisions made in conjunction with the local community and Central Government.

  • Marlborough’s recovery mahi about ‘people helping people’

    The mantra ‘help thy neighbour’ is strong within Marlborough’s rural communities following the August weather event.

  • Marlborough Community Recovery Webinar

    The link for the Marlborough Recovery team’s community online webinar this Friday is now available.

  • Renwick water treatment plant progress

    Work on Renwick’s new water treatment plant in Terrace Road has started.

  • Marlborough Recovery Update launched today

    Communities impacted by the August weather event in Marlborough are encouraged to keep up to date with recovery developments via the new Marlborough Recovery Update launched today.

  • Marlborough Recovery Update - community meeting

    The Marlborough Recovery team will host an informative community online webinar on Friday 16 September between 4.00 pm and 5.00 pm.

  • Marlborough’s economic growth outpaces national average

    Economic growth in Marlborough for the year to June 2022 outpaced the national average according to the latest quarterly economic data released by Infometrics.

  • Mayor delivers Council’s three waters submission to Select Committee

    Marlborough Mayor John Leggett recently presented his oral submission to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee on the Water Services Entities Bill on behalf of Marlborough District Council.

  • Consultation opens on Picton’s London Quay

    Plans for the proposed development of Picton’s London Quay are on display now and Council wants your feedback.

  • New sewer main for Murphys Road

    The second stage in a series of upgrades to infrastructure services in Murphys Road is about to get underway with the laying of a new pressurised sewer main.

  • Water shutdown on Wednesday - Maxwell Road and Market Street

    Residents and businesses located on a section of Maxwell Road and Market Street will be without water for at least four hours on Wednesday 7 September.

  • Council rubbish bags concern

    Over the past four weeks Council has received feedback from Marlborough residents about the quality of its refuse bags.

  • Senior housing development site blessed

    A site blessing of Council’s new senior housing development in George Street was celebrated this morning.

  • Locals urged to support Te Tauihu Rāhui

    Marlburians are urged to take note of the rāhui across the entire northern coastline of Te Tauihu o Te Waka-a-Māui that was put in place by Te Tauihu iwi following the recent flooding event.

  • Prime Minister visits Marlborough

    Prime Minister Jacinda Arden visited Marlborough on Thursday 1 September to see first-hand the damage to our region following the recent weather event.

  • Gascoigne Street closed for sewer main upgrade works

    An upgrade of the sewer main in Gascoigne Street will mean road closures in the area from Monday 5 September.

  • Community Awards - nominations open

    There are some amazing groups doing great things in the Marlborough community.

  • Inaugural inter-agency recovery meeting

    Agencies working together following Marlborough’s recent weather event came together today to discuss the region’s plan for recovery.

  • Marlborough moves into recovery

    ​Eleven days on from the recent weather event, life has returned to normal for many in the Marlborough region.

  • Marlborough August weather event update #12

    All heavy rain and strong wind watches and warnings have now been lifted for the top of the south region.

  • Mayor welcomes imminent state highway opening with restrictions

    Marlborough Mayor John Leggett has welcomed Waka Kotahi’s announcement yesterday that State Highway 6 will be fully open, albeit with restrictions in place, by Wednesday 31 August.

  • Marlborough August weather event update #11

    The Emergency Management Team is keeping a close eye as rain is forecast to fall in Marlborough later today.

  • Subsidy for Sounds’ water taxis established

    Marlborough District Council, with funding support, will subsidise water taxi services for residents, workers and visitors to areas in the Marlborough Sounds that were previously accessible by road.

  • SH6 Renwick to Havelock remains open

    State Highway 6 between Renwick and Havelock will remain open today following this morning’s road assessment.

  • Marlborough August weather event update #9

    Following a safety audit this afternoon, State Highway 6 between Renwick and Havelock is open to all road users until 9.00 am tomorrow, Thursday 25 August.

  • Marlborough August weather event update #8

    The Emergency Management Team is keeping a close eye on the weather with the MetService forecasting more rain for the region over the next couple of days.

  • Marlborough August weather event update #7

    ​Communities are pulling together and taking care of each other in the wake of the recent weather event.

  • Marlborough August weather event update #6

    The complexity and extent of the recent storm event in Marlborough is becoming more evident by the day but the massive effort required to set the region on its road to recovery is well underway.

  • Mayoral Relief Fund to assist regional recovery

    Marlborough Mayor John Leggett today established a Mayoral Relief Fund to assist the region in its recovery effort following the recent weather event.

  • Marlborough August weather event update #5

    The Emergency Management team is keeping a close eye on the rain currently falling in Marlborough and the weather system forecast for the end of the week.

  • Barge subsidies

    Council will underwrite barge services into the Kenepuru and Queen Charlotte Sounds and from French Pass to d’Urville Island, to assist residents impacted by the recent rain event.

  • Marlborough August weather event update #4

    Emergency Management Minister, Hon Kieran McAnulty, will travel to Blenheim to meet with Marlborough Mayor, John Leggett, tomorrow afternoon.

  • Marlborough August weather event update #3

    Marlborough’s two main highways to Nelson, SH6 via Rai Valley and SH63 via Wairau Valley, remain closed.

  • Marlborough August weather event update #2

    Reconnaissance efforts continue in the Marlborough region following the recent weather event.

  • Marlborough weather event update

    Reconnaissance work has been carried out today in areas that have been significantly impacted by the rain event.