Cyclone Cook closes 137 schools and 133 early learning centres across the North Island

Updated information as at 10.15am

Severe wet weather caused by Cyclone Cook has now closed 137 schools and 133 early learning centres across the North Island, affecting 34,232 school children and 4339 pres-schoolers.

Those closed include: 10 schools and four early childhood centres (ECEs) in Northland, 16 schools and 11 ECEs in Auckland, 24 schools and 33 ECEs in the Waikato, and 87 schools and 133 ECEs in the Bay of Plenty/Taupo area. 

Schools and ECEs in the already sodden Eastern Bay of Plenty – those in the Whakatane, Opotiki and Kawerau districts – as well as those in Thames, Coromandel, and some coastal areas of Auckland were yesterday advised to close today, Ministry of Education deputy secretary of Sector Enablement and Support Katrina Casey says.

“With the worst of the weather expected to hit Western areas of the Bay of Plenty from late this afternoon or early evening, we have also advised schools and ECEs those areas to close by 1pm today. A number of schools have chosen to voluntarily close ahead of this and parents are advised to check with their schools.

“Decisions around school closures are not made lightly but with weather conditions set to continue, the ability for students to make it safely to and from school is everyone’s paramount concern,” Katrina Casey says.

* The Ministry’s website will be updated as the situation unfolds during the day.

Schools and early learning services advised to close today

Auckland schools: Ahuroa School, Ararimu School, Beachlands School, Brookby School, Clendon Park School, Kaitoke School (Claris), Mulberry Grove School, Okiwi School, Orere School, Sancta Maria Catholic Primary School, Sancta Maria College, Te Kohanga School, Te Huruhi School, Waiheke High School, Waiheke Primary School, TKKM o Te Puaha o Waikato.

Auckland ECEs: Kawakawa Bay Kindergarten, Clevedon Kidz Early Childhood Centre, Aotea Island Playcentre, Clevedon Kindergarten, Beginnings Early Learning Centre, Fossil Bay Kindergarten, Piritahi Childcare, Tots on The Rock, Waiheke Community Childcare Centre, Waiheke Island Kindergarten, Waiheke Island Playcentre

Bay of Plenty/Rotorua/Taupō schools: Allandale School, Apanui School, Arataki School, Ashbrook School, Awakeri School, Brookfield School, Edgecumbe College, Edgecumbe School, Fairhaven School, Galatea School, Gate Pa School, Golden Sands School, Greenpark School (Tauranga), Greerton Village School, James Street School, Kaimai School, Katikati College, Katikati Primary School, Kawerau Putauaki School, Kawerau South School, Kawerau Teen Parent Unit, Kutarere School, Maketu School, Matata School, Merivale School, Mt Maunganui College, Mt Maunganui Intermediate, Mt Maunganui School, Murupara Area School, Nukuhou North School, Ohope Beach School, Omanu School, Omarumutu School, Opotiki College, Opotiki School, Oropi School, Otakiri School, Otamarakau School, Otumoetai College, Otumoetai Intermediate, Paengaroa School, Papamoa Primary School, Pongakawa School, Pukehina School, Rangiuru School, Selwyn Ridge School, St Joseph's Catholic School (Matata), St Joseph's Catholic School (Opotiki), St Joseph's Catholic School (Whakatane), Taneatua School, Tarawera High School, Tauranga Primary School, Tauranga Waldorf School, Tauriko School, Tawera Bilingual School, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Orini ki Ngati Awa, Te Kura Mana Maori Maraenui, Te Kura Mana Maori o Matahi, Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa, Te Kura Maori-a-Rohe o Waiohau, Te Kura o Matapihi, Te Kura o Te Paroa, Te Kura o Te Teko, Te Kura o Te Whanau-a-Apanui, Te Kura o Torere, Te Kura Toitu o Te Whaiti-nui-a-Toi, Te Mahoe School, Te Puke High School, Te Puke Intermediate, Te Puke Primary School, Te Puna School, Te Ranga School, Te Wharekura o Ruatoki, Te Whata Tau o Putauaki, Thornton School, TKK Motuhake o Tawhiuau, TKKM o Huiarau, TKKM o Waioweka, Trident High School, Waimana School, Waiotahe Valley School, Welcome Bay School, Whakatane High School, Whakatane Intermediate, Whakatane S D A School, Whakatane Teen Parent Unit, Woodlands School (Opotiki).

Bay of Plenty/Rotorua/Taupō ECEs: A Kidz World Home Based Childcare & Education Service, Kawerau Preschool Learning Centre (Incorporated), Central Kids Kindergartens - Edgecumbe, Ngā Ririki Early Learning Centre, Te Manaaki Educational Pre-School Trust, Happy Feet Preschool, Opotiki Community Childcare Centre, Opotiki Rose Garden Preschool, Te Pou Oranga ō Whakatōhea ECE Centre Ki Buchanan Street, Te Pou Oranga ō Whakatōhea ECE Centre Ki Richard Street, Te Whare Kohungahunga o Nga Whetu Tiaho Shining Stars Preschool, Edubase In-home Childcare, Maketu EduCare, Pukehina EduCare, Greerton EC Centre (Infants & Toddlers), Greerton ECC (Toddlers & Young Children), Awakeri Playcentre, Bizzy Buddyz (2), Bizzy Buddyz (3), Bizzy Buddyz Ltd, Central Kids Kindergartens - Apanui, Central Kids Kindergartens - Garaway, Central Kids Kindergartens - Strathmore, Coastlands Early Childhood Learning Centre, Edgecumbe Playcentre, Galatea Playcentre, Karamuramu Kindergarten, Little Orchard Preschool - Douglas St, Little Orchard Preschool - Douglas Street 3, Little Orchard Preschool - McGarvey Road 1, Little Orchard Preschool - McGarvey Road 2, Little Orchard Preschool Alexander Street, Little Orchard Preschool Douglas St 2, Little Sprouts Montessori Pre-School, Mananui Playcentre, Matatā Early Learning Centre, Murupara Educare Centre, Ohope Beach Montessori Preschool, Otakiri Playcentre, Pohutukawa Preschool, Port Ohope Playcentre, Seedlings Preschool, Te Kōhanga Reo o Apanui ki Whakatāne, Te Kōhanga Reo o He Maungarongo, Te Kōhanga Reo o Nau Mai, Matariki Early Childhood Centre, Te Kōhanga Reo o Rangitahi, Te Kōhanga Reo o Rangitihi, Nga Rito Homebased Childcare, Te Kōhanga Reo o Tama Ki Hikurangi, Te Kōhanga Reo o Taneatua, Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Ao Mārama, Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Paroa, Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Tane nui a Rangi, Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Timatanga Hou ki Whakatane, Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Whaiti-Nui-A-Toi, Te Kōhanga Reo o Toroa, Te Kōhanga Reo o Wairaka, The Tree House, Waiapu Kids - St Georges, Wairaka Playcentre, Te Kōhanga Reo o Kokohinau, Te Kōhanga Reo o Nga Tamariki O Te Kohu, Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngā Whetu o Tawera, Te Kōhanga Reo o Papaohaki, Te Kōhanga Reo o Patutaatahi, Te Kōhanga Reo O Ruatahuna, Te Kōhanga Reo o Ruātoki, Te Kōhanga Reo o Taahuna, Te Kōhanga Reo o Tanatana, Te Kōhanga Reo o Tāwhaki, Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Kiriwera Hana, Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Teko, Te Waipuna Ariki o Matangireia, Waiapu Kids - Homebased Bay of Plenty, Waiapu Kids - Homebased Bay of Plenty, Waiapu Kids - Homebased Bay of Plenty

Tai Tokerau schools: Mangamuka School, Maromaku School, Matauri Bay School, Oruaiti School, Peria School, Te Kura o Waikare, TKKM o Taumarere, TKKM o Whangaroa, Waima School, Whananaki School.

Tai Tokerau ECEs: Creative Minds (Kaeo) Ltd, Te Ōhonga Reo o Matangirau, Totara North Early Childhood Centre, Kaiwaka Playcentre, Okaihau Playcentre, Kaeo Playcentre, Te Kōhanga Reo o Kawakawa, Small Pukeko's Early Learning Centre, Te Mirumiru Early Childhood Education Centre

Waikato schools: Colville School, Coroglen School, Coromandel Area School, Hikuai School, Hikutaia School, Matatoki School, Mercury Bay Area School, Moanataiari School, Opoutere School, Karangahake School, Parawai School, Puriri School, St Francis School (Thames), Tairua School, Tapu School, Te Puru School, Te Rerenga School, Te Wharekura o Manaia, Thames High School, Thames South School, TKKM o Harataunga, Waikino School, Whangamata Area School, Whenuakite School.

Waikato ECEs: A Fun Place To Be Childcare, Central Kids Kindergartens - Mercury Bay, Central Kids Kindergartens - Tairua, Central Kids Kindergartens - Thames, Colville Bay Pre-School, Barnardos KidStart Childcare - Turua/Hauraki Early Learning Centre, Coromandel Community Preschool, Coromandel Playcentre, First Steps Whangamata, Kauri Learners, Early Education, Whitianga, Turua Playcentre, Mercury Bay Preschool Ltd, Peanuts Childcare & Education Centre Whitianga Ltd, Pukekos Educare Thames, Rainbow Connection Childcare, Rainbow Cottage, Rose's Montessori, Sealey Street Childcare, Tairua Playcentre, Te Kōhanga Reo o Pukewa, Te Kōhanga Reo o Paeroa, Te Kōhanga Reo o Matai Whetu, Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Tonga o Hoterini, Kuaotunu Kindergarten, Thames Early Childhood Education Centre, Thames/Parawai Playcentre, Riverlee Early Learning Centre, Whangamata Playcentre, Milly's Educare Limitied, Te Kōhanga Reo o Kapanga, Thames Coast Community Kindergarten Inc, Whenuakite Country Kids, Whitianga Playcentre

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