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Published: 2011-07-07 00:00:00

Waikato Regional Council’s navigation safety team is urging boaties to take extreme care going out to sea today following the tsunami alert this morning and forecasts for rain, high winds and large swells off the west coast.

The earthquake off the Kermadec Islands this morning could lead to strong currents and unusual water patterns over the next few days, particularly on the east coast.

Also, MetService is warning that swells of up to six metres could affect the west coast of the region for the next few days as well. Coupled with strong onshore winds, this could make seas treacherous there.

“We particularly advise avoiding crossing the Kawhia and Raglan bars,” said navigation safety programme manager Nicole Botherway.