Be prepared for emergencies in Taupō Rohe

Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board notes the recent M5.6 earthquake and aftershocks that occurred on Wednesday 30 November on Taupō Moana (Lake Taupō).

The Trust Board encourages all Tūwharetoa uri (descendants) to be prepared to face any and every emergency that comes our way.

To assist whānau in their preparations, the Trust Board has emailed every registered descendant a copy of the Taupō District Emergency Planning Guide issued by Taupō Civil Defence.

Physical copies of the guide are available at the Taupō and Tūrangi Offices.

Digital copies are also available here.

Ngāti Tūwharetoa are no strangers to the seismic activities occurring in our region, and we have lived in the region for centuries by maintaining a humble respect for the environment around us.

It is in that same spirit of humble respect that the Trust Board encourages all our whānau to be prepared for whatever may come, whenever it comes.

We hope the information provided will help whānau in their preparations to stay safe throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

The Trust Board continues to work with various Government agencies to monitor the ongoing situation. Local Civil Defence is engaging with community groups to build emergency readiness in our region.

We remember the words of our ancestor Tamamutu who advised caution and purposeful planning:

“Tūwharetoa e! Kia āta whakatere i te waka, kei pariparia e te tai mōnenehu. Ka mate kāinga tahi, ka ora kāinga rua. Whakamārōtia atu anō, ka whakahoki mai ana ki te kapua whakapipi.”