Tsunami sirens go up in Orewa

Tsunami sirens were installed in Orewa this month.

The Hibiscus Coast’s first tsunami sirens were installed by Auckland Council in Orewa on September 2.

Installation had been planned for April (HM Feb 19) but the process was delayed due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Orewa was identified in 2017 as having the highest risk of tsunami exposure in Auckland and the community has been asking for sirens to be installed there for many years.

The sirens are on Centreway Reserve, at the western end of the carpark on Riverside Road, and at the entrance to Brunton Park on West Hoe Road.

They produce both a tone and voice instruction, letting people know why they are going off, and what to do.

The entire process involved in importing, testing and installing two sirens cost ratepayers around $250,000. This includes upgrading Council’s systems to work with the new technology.

Expect to hear them in action soon – the sirens will be first tested on September 27.

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