We hope everyone is looking after themselves, especially across the North Island. 

With the terrible weather which is currently hitting the north island there is a chance of power outages and even the possibility some of you may not be able to get into your offices over the next few days. 

In light of this we suggest you make sure you have your payroll login details with you so that if you can’t get into the office to process the payroll you will at least be able to access it from another computer (if you can get online). If you need our help please call the support team.

Here is the latest update from Stuff:

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • Ex-Cyclone Cook is expected to reach the North Island by Thursday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and gales to already-battered parts of the country. It’s about 300km northeast of the country now.
  • MetService says it could bring the same intensity as the storm that sank the Wahine in 1968.
  • Significant rain is already causing flooding in areas of Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel and the top of the South Island.
  • Auckland Transport say huge disruptions are likely this afternoon, and are urging those who work in the central city to consider staying home. NZTA say they may close the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
  • The University of Auckland will shut from 11am.
  • civil defence emergency has been declared in Thames-Coromandel, where over a hundred slips overnight have closed roads and homes are already flooded. Some low-lying areas have reportedly been evacuated.
  • The Bay of Plenty has upgraded its state of emergency. Up to 300mm of rain is forecast to hit the already-sodden area.
  • Lisa Murray at MetService was worried Kiwis weren’t taking weather warnings seriously enough. She said she had never seen an event like this, in her 12 years as a forecaster in New Zealand.