Surf Life Saving is warning Cyclone Tuni could have an impact on surf conditions in New Zealand.
An alert was issued in Niue over the weekend for residents to board up their homes and stock up on supplies after the category one cyclone caused minor damage in Samoa and American Samoa.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand Lifesaving Services and Education Manager Allan Mundy says the warning comes at the same time as many school students are finishing up for the year and wanting to head to the beach. This week especially, as a result of the cyclone, they need to be aware of the conditions before they think about getting into the water, he says.
"There are predicted swells of around two metres which will cause a number of strong rips to form so it's extremely important for people to be extra vigilant. Most importantly, if in doubt, stay out!" he says.
Surf Life Saving's Regional Lifeguard Patrols, which operate between Monday and Friday, rolled out at Muriwai and Piha this week but in other locations they won't roll out for another few weeks.
Voluntary weekend patrols began at Labour Weekend and continue through to Easter for the majority of clubs across the country.
Lisa Smith, Media & Communications Specialist,
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