New Zealand – Update on Cyclone Gabrielle and lifting of local states of emergency

27 March, 2023


NZ Post, would like to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that the local states of emergency in response to Cyclone Gabrielle were lifted on 14 March 2023 for both the Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti/Gisborne regions.

Both regions are now in a "response and transition to recovery" phase. Owing to damage to the road infrastructure in these regions, only some roads are now open, and only during daylight hours.

NZ Post can move postal freight into these regions, but due to restrictions, it will be late to meet processing cycles, meaning that it will be carrying items over to the next day for delivery (i.e., they will be delayed by one day).

NZ Post has arranged a new road transport route from the lower North Island to Tairāwhiti/Gisborne which will help relieve the postal backlogs. However, both regions continue to have transport, processing, and delivery delays.