The weak response to Auckland storm highlights how run down our infrastructure is

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Never seen this and the incredibly weak response, warnings and total unpreparedness of Auckland Civil Defence the morning after all bode ill for NZ when you consider this type of erratic extreme weather event is now locked into our future from global warming.

Last nights storm in Auckland was unlike anything I have ever experienced in NZ.

I’ve never seen wind that powerful.

I’ve never seen a storm creep up the Island and cause tornadoes at the altitude they were.

213km gusts in Auckland?

Never seen this and the incredibly weak response, warnings and total unpreparedness of Auckland Civil Defence the morning after all bode ill for NZ when you consider this type of erratic extreme weather event is now locked into our future from global warming.

100 000’s of Aucklanders without power for 4 days?

This is not what preparedness looks like.

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5 Comments

  1. savenz says:

    Daily Blog was ahead of the curve in May 2017…. revealing that the Met service reports to the dysfunctional transport ministry and also is mandated to spend money on non core activities like weather forecasting for oil interests…

    Time our PUBLICALLY funded services were actually used to fund public services solely… let the private sector take care of it’s own and the public system take care of it’s own!

    Siphoning from the public to provide to the private or just some sort of fake accounting neoliberal methods between the same organisation (aka Middlemore hospital having funding for non core building work extensions while the actual sick children’s ward gets nothing for it’s much more urgent building repairs) is just another way to take away from core public services that need 100% of the funding.

    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/05/21/so-who-funds-metservice-the-weird-madness-behind-the-20-meter-wave-story/

    • CLEANGREEN says:

      Yes saveNZ

      Martyn is always ahead of the “information curve” as we all know.

      It puzzles me why the Labour government grabbed him for our news channel (supposed to be up and running by now) as “RNZ+” as the wide briefed media platform to produce hard hitting “investigative journalism” programs the public severely needs now.

      Martyn is one whom would be one of our best capable “investigative journalism” proponents in the industry – that is currently lacking much highly skilled jouno’s as Martyn is.

      Wake up Labour and grab him before someone else does!!!!!!

      Get the free media journalism channel up and running as this type of subject such as providing; solid documentation of any approaching ‘erratic extreme weather event; – is now locked into our future from global warming.’

  2. Kim dandy says:

    No warning about that weather bomb!
    It makes me laugh how the met service can stuff it up so badly…guessing it will happen more and more.

  3. Marc says:

    Auckland City, and especially most of its population, are a total joke. The obsession with laissez faire, leisurely consumerist life, i.e. work like a slave for most of the week, and spend up and live in lalaland for the rest of the time, aggravated by the dumbing down of the media, have led to endless ignorance and negligence.

    People do not even know much about civil defence, the civil defence itself relies on mere Twitter messaging, and few are prepared for any emergencies.

    So wait until we get real tropical storms, like the ones that hit Fiji and Samoa at times, the whole city will be in total standstill and chaos.

    This storm was a bit stronger than usual, but hardly all that extraordinary, I must say, although it caused some damage to trees, powerlines and so forth here and there.

    The infrastructure is poor, very vulnerable, and people are not up to it, when dealing with real emergencies.

    So a few strong wind gusts downed the ATMs of my bank, the lights at intersections, the displays that tell us when buses are due, and caused schools and some businesses to close.

    Traffic was choking more than usual, trees were lying around the foot paths and streets in places like outside St Luke’s Mall, and many stayed at home, or took the kids to the malls, to keep them ‘busy’.

    When we get a collapse of the financial system, or economic ripples worse than a recession, when we have someone sabotage the whole electricity grid, or water supplies, people will freak out in their thousands, and it will be rioting, rampage and looting and even killings all over the show. And the more population we have, the more of that will happen.

    Welcome to the future, dear Aucklanders, the rest of NZ Inc will laugh about the idiots living up here, where I still hang around, because it is so difficult to get anywhere else with limited means.

  4. Helena says:

    Is weather being used as a weapon.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/WeatherWar101/videos