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Legal opinion on tsunami risk released

Thursday, 4 July 2013 3:45 p.m.

A recent legal opinion on tsunami risk in the Bay of Plenty is reflected in the western Bay of Plenty’s spatial plan SmartGrowth, Chair Bill Wasley says.

As part of an overall body of work on tsunami risk made public earlier this year, SmartGrowth sought legal advice about councils’ legal liability to manage the risk of tsunami.

Mr Wasley said the legal opinion, obtained in late May from Auckland firm Simpson Grierson, was being released publicly now that regional, city and district councillors had had an opportunity to consider the information.

The opinion outlined statutory responsibilities to report information held on tsunami risk, how specific statutory responsibilities were to be managed and how the technical reports’ outcomes applied to whether areas were developed, being developed or undeveloped.

The SmartGrowth Strategy is a non-statutory document to manage growth. Submissions are now being considered on the draft SmartGrowth Strategy Update.

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