Civil Defence Status

There are no current Civil Defence emergencies in Kaikōura.  

A nationwide state of national emergency has been declared on 25 March 2020 at 12:21pm due to COVID-19. The state of national emergency covers all of New Zealand including the Chatham Islands, Stewart Island, and other offshore islands. Council is working with the Ministry of Health, Canterbury District Health Board and Kaikōura Healthcare as the lead agencies. For up to date information about this emergency, go

Getting information in an emergency:

Local Radio Frequencies are:

  • Brian FM - 100.3
  • More FM 89.9
  • National AM 567
  • National FM 101.7
  • Radio Live - 89.1


The siren that sounds is NOT a tsunami warning - there are no tsunami sirens in Kaikōura.

In the event of a long or strong earthquake, the quake itself may be the only warning of a tsunami. Do not wait for further instructions, notifications or advice, evacuate immediately after the shaking has stopped.

Useful links:

12 December 2018