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A far north campaigner says work done to raise awareness of climate change helped tangata whenua respond to this morning’s tsunami alert.

Whangaroa resident Mike Smith says people were out before dawn after being alerted to the threat from the Te Araroa earthquake, and again because of the tsunami threat from the Kermadecs quake.

"We've got a really good system where the alerts come out over the cellphones, the sirens go off, there are areas marked out which are considered to be above that point of safe ground, so we've got to, as we did over Covid, like increasingly we are doing over climate change, we've got to take these things seriously, we've got to act upon the advice," he says.

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