State Highway 1 at Rangitata River Bridge remains closed today 9 December 2019 due to flooding. Route 72 Arundel Bridge is also closed. A welfare centre with emergency accommodation has been set up at Southern Trust Events Centre, 70 Morgans Road, Timaru. Check with the Timaru District Council website or their Facebook page for up-to-date information.

A recent National Health Advisory updates the health sector on current active recall priorities for the MMR vaccination. Also included in the update is travel advice to Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Fiji; comment on the immunity gap for 15-29 year olds; and an update on the meningococcal vaccine. Read more here.



A review has been completed on the 2019 Canterbury Measles Response. We acknowledge and thank all the general practice teams’ efforts to respond to the vaccination programme and for their feedback to the review. A review document spells out the recommendations made by a wide group of stakeholders. You can read the report here.

For more information on the measles response, see the Other Infectious Risk page.


Influenza Updates and Resources

Canterbury (along with Australia and some other parts of New Zealand) experienced a very early influenza wave in 2019 and the peak occurred nearly two months earlier than the average of the previous five years. The vaccination rate across New Zealand was the highest for any previous influenza season; Canterbury vaccinated 64% of people over 65. The majority of confirmed influenza cases reported nationally were Influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B/Victoria. See the CPRG updates from the season below.

Click on the below links to download posters.


Other emergencies

For up-to-date emergency notices across the country, visit the Ministry of Civil Defence website. For local information, the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group website provides information across our district. Check with NZTA for updates on road conditions.