Tsunami Update - Dragonboat Event Cancelled

28 February 2010

Today's dragonboat racing event (28.02.10) on Wellington Harbour has been cancelled as a safety precaution in light of the nationwide tsunami alert.

Civil-defence staff and Police asked the event organisers to cancel the event following reports in the past hour about marked sea-level changes in the Gisborne area.
 
Wellington civil-defence Controller Mike Mendonca says it is better to take a cautious approach. The dragonboat event organisers have been contacted and told to keep competitors out of the water. 
 
"Our advice for everyone is to stay away from beaches and low-lying coastal areas until further notice - when the all-clear is given."