City outages and closures

Below are details of the current outages, closures and changes to services due to recent earthquake events and storm. If you'd like to see a map view: Earthquake Recovery Map

Council services and facilities

  • Ngaio Town Hall, including the Ngaio Childcare Centre, is closed to enable repairs to an outside beam. It is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday 24 January 2017. For more information, call Cummings Park Library on 04 479 2344.
  • The Civic Administration Building (CAB) will remain closed until further notice. The Council Service Centre has moved to the ground floor of the adjoining Municipal Office Building (MOB) at 101 Wakefield Street. 
  • You can pay online for your rates and other Council services. 
  • Wellington i-SITE Visitor Information Centre has temporarily moved to the Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street.

Highways and roads

Highways – check NZTA for further information.

Roads – closures – check Transport for Wellington for further information.

Roads – cordons – check Transport for Wellington for further information.

  • Aitken Street – a pedestrian-only cordon is in place to the north of the NZ Defence Building, 2-12 Aitken Street (corner Aitken/Mulgrave Street) following further inspections on 22/11/2016. Mulgrave Street Cordon Map (388KB PDF)
  • Hawkestone Street – open to traffic, southern footpath cordoned off.
  • Molesworth Street – part of the cordon has been removed. Check the latest Molesworth Street Cordon Map (3.2MB PDF) for road and building closures. Effective as of 5pm Friday 30 December 2016.
  • Swan Lane – there is a cordon in effect for the covered portion of the Swan Lane pedestrian access way between Marion Street and Cuba Street. 
    Businesses on Swan Lane can still be accessed via Cuba Street, while Marion Street businesses can be accessed by alternative route via Vivian Street and Ghuznee Street.
  • Tory Street – Courtenay Central building and car park have been evacuated. Cordons are in place on Tory Street between Wakefield Street and Courtenay Place on the Reading Cinemas side of the street: Tory Street / Courtenay Place Cordon Map (2.5MB PDF). Effective as of 9am Friday 30 December 2016.
  • Wakefield Street – footpath around eastern side of Victoria Street/southern side of Wakefield Street, between Civic Square entrance opposite Mercer Street to the main Council (MOB/CAB) entrance, is closed off by a cordon due to implications of the latest inspection of the CAB building at WCC carried out 22/11/2016. Wakefield Street Cordon Map (366KB PDF)
  • Warrants for insurance claims

    If you have been affected by the cordon and evacuation of buildings in the Tory Street/Courtenay Place area or the Molesworth Street area, you can download copies of the Warrants signed under section 129 of the 2004 Building Act. These specify the two dangerous and earthquake-prone buildings in these areas. Attached to the Warrants are cordon maps that were correct at the time the Warrants were issued. You will need these documents for your insurance company.


    Council-owned car parks

    • Clifton car park (entrance off The Terrace) – open but a small section remains closed for repairs, including the motorbike parks area. If you have a motorcycle, please use a motorcycle bay on the street or in another parking building.
    • Kumutoto North car park – closed

    For all other car parks, check with their providers


      See the latest on Metlink service updates

      Public transport is running normally, aside from the following:

    • Molesworth Street bus diversions.
    • East by West Harbour Ferry will not be calling into Petone until further notice.


    You need to check with the landlord, owner or your employer to make sure it is safe to enter any building.

    Concerns about a building post-earthquake

    Tenancy Services advice for tenants and landlords: Repairs after a natural disasterDamage in a natural disaster

    Following the earthquake and aftershocks, building owners should contact a structural engineer to assess their property.

    IPENZ provide resources to help find an engineer: what to do if you have concerns about a building post-earthquake – IPENZ