February 20, 2023
Looters beware says Hipkins
As communities start looking to what they need to do to recover from the effects of Cyclone Gabrielle, some people have taken to helping themselves.
Police have arrested 42 people in Hawke’s Bay and 17 in Tairāwhiti for looting and dishonesty offending.
Police also arrested two people after an alleged shooting in Napier.
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins says he’s disappointed with that.
“Anyone who’s trying to take an opportunistic approach to potential offending should be aware the police are still out there doing their jobs and s they will still apprehended, they will still be arrested and they will still face the consequences of their actions,” he says.
Gisborne Civil Defence is asking people to only use water for drinking, short showers and food preparation.
It says the city’s water is safe to drink and doesn’t need to be boiled.
State highway 2 from Gisborne to Opotiki and Gisborne to Wairoa has been is open from 7am to 7pm, but delays can be expected as crews work on the road.
SH2 from Napier to Wairoa remains closed, and SH35 Tolaga Bay to Te Puia Springs is closed with a bridge out.
The Prime Minister says 28,000 homes, mostly in Napier and Hastings, remain without power.
The HMNZS Canterbury is due to arrive in Napier tomorrow with further supplies and equipment for temporary bridges.