Here’s an update on the key things that happened on Monday.

All Auckland schools and education providers will be shut for a week 

Schools, kura, early learning services, and tertiary institutions from Wellsford to Pukekohe must close for on-site learning until February 7, the Ministry of Education has ordered.

“Earlier today the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) asked us to take action to help minimise traffic movement on Auckland roads while vital infrastructure is urgently repaired,” secretary for education Iona Holsted said in a special bulletin email sent to principals.

Mayor Wayne Brown launches an inquiry into the flood response, saying it was “not good enough”

Mayor of Auckland Wayne Brown announced an independent inquiry into the city’s flood response, saying there “have been hiccups".

“I accept that our communications – including mine and my office – were not good enough, especially on Friday night,” he told a press conference on Monday afternoon.

"I am commissioning a full, independent review of all the decisions and actions made by everybody taken in the first 24 to 48 hours, including mine and my office, and the agencies.

He said the rainfall was by far the biggest in Auckland’s history. “It was well beyond what even our emergency people either imagined or planned for. We’re all in this together.”

A petition for him to resign now has over 12,000 signatures.

Events continue to be postponed or cancelled

The Auckland Pride Festival has delayed its opening from Wednesday till Saturday, due to the impacts of the flood and predictions of ongoing bad weather. 

And the bad weather is predicted to keep coming

Monday is a “pause day”, Metservice meteorologist Georgina Griffiths said in a press conference, but bad weather will likely start again on Tuesday evening. 

Given how saturated Auckland is, the region is more vulnerable, she said. 

"It's not going to look like Friday," she said, but suggested that anyone needing to do work around their property should do it Monday or Tuesday morning before the rain starts again. 

Check out which regions have weather watches or warnings here on the MetService website.

Zoo closed, animals mostly okay

Auckland Zoo inundated with floodwater

Auckland Zoo is temporarily closed while they clean up after significant flooding. 

"Fortunately, the vast majority of the animals in our care are safe and well," the zoo said on Facebook.

"However we recovered the bodies of two small birds on Saturday – a zebra finch and a kotare – that appear to have been overwhelmed by the volume of rain and waterlogged and appear to be the only casualties of the storm."

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