Following the tsunami warning calls for evacuation after a third earthquake hit on Friday 5th March, our Great Barrier Island staff are all accounted for and are following protocols.

Thank you to each of you who are concerned about our Hillary Outdoors Great Barrier Island team. While we currently do not have any students onsite due to COVID Alert Level 3 restrictions, our staff are still onsite.

The team have moved to higher ground that is as far inland as possible and are in contact with the Auckland Support Centre to keep us all updated on how they are doing. While cell phone coverage and WiFi are intermittent on Great Barrier Island, the team each have radios to maintain communication with each other, and Andy Thomspon, Centre Manager is providing the Trust with updates.

At the moment, spirits are high and Civil Defence are maintaining the Emergency Management on Barrier.