Picton is the latest town to join others in the upper South Island with no road access due to flooding and high river levels. A local state of emergency was this afternoon declared in Marlborough with people being evacuated from some areas.
People using SH1 south of Kaikōura currently and through to Friday, 23 July, face 30-minute closures between 9 am and 5 pm weekdays as a new piece of rockfall safety work is completed. Abseilers are removing loose rock south of the Parititahi Tunnels.
| Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency | Queenstown Lakes District Council
The Queenstown community reached a significant milestone today with the official naming of the Whakatipu Transport Project Alliance and the sod turning for stage 1 of the much-anticipated town centre arterial road.
There are widespread winter conditions across much of the South Island/ Te Wai Pounamu this morning. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency urges people to take extra care if they need to travel and be prepared.
With the increasing popularity of some social media-based taxi schemes in Dunedin, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is reminding Dunedin taxi users to prioritise their safety before accepting a cheap fare home after a night out.