The Gisborne region, already hugely affected by Cyclone Gabrielle, has been shaken by a 4.2 magnitude quake this evening.
The quake occurred at 7.45pm and was centred 25km west of Gisborne at a depth of 22km.
Within 15 minutes more than 1100 people reported feeling it, with most describing it as light or weak.
An RNZ reporter visiting the city said it was "a good shake".
M4.2 quake causing light shaking near Gisborne https://t.co/40t0vX1jkV— GeoNet (@geonet) February 13, 2023
Tairāwhiti is one of eight regions in a state of emergency as they cope with Cyclone Gabrielle.
In some parts of the region, such as Tolaga Bay evacuations of properties are underway.