Port Hills Fire Update

21 February 2017 2.30pm update

Please note that the State of Emergecy that covers Christchurch City and the Selwyn District has been extended. For more infomation please see the Christchurch City Council Website.  

20 February 2017 1.00pm update

The Port Hills fire is now under control, however some cordons remain in place.  For more infomation please see this interactive map on the Civil Defence website.

17 February 2017 9.00am update

Slightly cooler weather conditions and light rain having fallen early this morning is assisting fire crews with the containment of the Port Hills fire.  Police cordons are still in place and people are still asked to stay clear of these areas. The situation is being constantly reassessed and we will provide further information as soon as it is available.

Emergency services are preparing to continue their operations for at least over the weekend. 

Important:  There is a total fire ban in place in Canterbury.  It is important that there is no type of fire lit so fire resources can remain concentrated on the major fire. 

16 February 2017 10.30am update

The Port Hills fire is contained to an isolated area, and is not affecting the large majority of the city and attractions. Christchurch Airport is operating at full capacity with no disruptions.

It is requested that residents and visitors stay well clear of the area so as not to hinder the work of emergency services.

Points of note:

Christchurch Adventure Park - due to the location and proximity to the fire, the Christchurch Adventure Park is closed until further notice. The village and base station are OK, and the chair is still running to reduce any hot spots.

Road Closures - Emergency Services have requested that people stay well away from the area and off the roads so that they can do their job and keep people safe.
Traffic updates and road closures are available directly from the Transport for Christchurch website.

A civil State of Emergency has been declared to assist with more resources to help control the fire. It also gives additional authority to police and civil defence on the ground to ensure the safety and welfare of residents and visitors.

Visitors who need to make alternative arrangements are encouraged to contact the team at the Christchurch i-SITE directly.



What to do in an emergency

A natural disaster or emergency situation can occur anywhere at any time! Make sure you're prepared and know what to do should an event occur whilst visiting the Christchurch and Canterbury region. 

Emergency contacts

For regular updates and important information, the Civil Defence website is your first point of call.

The following radio stations will provide regular updates in case of an emergency.

Christchurch frequencies

  • National Radio – 101.7 FM or 675 AM
  • Classic Hits – 97.7 FM or 96.5 FM
  • Newstalk ZB – 1098 AM
  • More FM – 92.1 FM
  • Radio Live – 99.3 FM or 738 AM
  • The Breeze – 94.5 FM
  • Plains FM - 96.9FM

For road updates and closures, please visit New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)

For weather updates, please visit Metservice

How to be prepared in an emergency and what you need for your kit.


What to do in the event of an earthquake. If you are:


  • Move no more than a few steps to a safe place, drop, cover, and hold on.
  • Do not attempt to run outside.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops. Stay away from windows, chimneys, and shelves containing heavy objects.
  • In bed - hold on and stay there, and protect your head and body with a pillow and blankets.


  • Move as short a distance as possible to find a clear spot, away from buildings, trees and power lines. Drop to the ground.

In a car

  • Slow down and drive to a clear place (as above). Stay in the car until the shaking stops.

In a lift

Sop at the nearest floor and get out.

Visit the Earthquake Commission for more information.


Floods are New Zealand’s number one hazard in terms of frequency, losses and declared civil defence emergencies. Floods can cause injury and loss of life, damage to property and infrastructure, loss of stock, and contamination of water and land.

Floods are usually caused by continuous heavy rain or thunderstorms but can also result from tsunami and coastal storm inundation. A flood becomes dangerous if

  • the water is very deep or travelling very fast
  • the floods have risen very quickly
  • the floodwater contains debris, such as trees and sheets of corrugated iron 

Getting ready before a flood strikes will help reduce damage to your home and business and help you survive.


Coastal Christchurch and Banks Peninsula faces tsunami risk.

Local and regional source tsunami

Generated from a large earthquake around, or near, New Zealand. The chances of a local source tsunami is low however it is important to know that if one does happen you must evacuate immediately as you may only have a short time frame.

Distant source tsunami

Generated from a large earthquake a long distance away such as South America or Alaska. This is the biggest tsunami risk to the Christchurch coastline, however, there will be time to issue an official warning and several hours to evacuate areas at risk.

Familiarise yourself with the tsunami warning signs.

Pandemic influenza

This occurs when a strain of the flu virus becomes highly contagious, spreading easily and quickly around the world. Because the population is not immune to a new virus, it will affect more people causing higher rates of illness and death.

  • Pandemics are unpredictable and it is hard to know when one will occur, what type of flu, and how severe it will be.
  • People are most infectious during the first 3 days of illness.
  • If you feel unwell over a longer period of time and have persistent flu symptoms, please see a doctor.