Tsunami Sirens

Tsunami warning sirens have been installed at Amberley Beach and Leithfield Beach.

The sirens are pole mounted outside the community centres at both settlements where they can be positioned to maximise reception.

Tsunami Siren TestingPlease be advised that Hurunui District Council Civil Defence is conducting warning siren tests at both Amberley Beach & Leithfield Beach this Sunday afternoon (Sunday 18 December).

Amberley Beach sirens will sound from 2pm.

Leithfield Beach sirens will sound from 4pm.


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In the first instance these sirens will be triggered manually, though technology is available to allow them to be remotely triggered via radio or phone in the future.

A core group of community leaders have been trained to activate the sirens when necessary.tsunami siren

While the sirens are predominantly designed to notify the public of any tsunami threat they may also be used to alert the public to other potential emergencies.

The Tsunami sirens are tested twice yearly

The tests occur at MIDDAY on the SUNDAY changeover to and from daylight saving.

Make a note of these testing times in your diaries and calendars.

The testing sequence will be:

The test helps us confirm the sirens are in good working order and identify any issues in operation and coverage.

Hurunui Tsunami Brochure

Futher Information

Further information can be found:

Ministry of Civil Defence website:

National Tsunami Advisory and Warning Plan

Tsunami Risk and Preparedness in New-Zealand

Tsunami brochure