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Current Natural Hazard Research

The natural hazard provisions of the Regional Policy Statement (RPS) were made operative on 5 July 2016.  The natural hazards policy aims to create more resilient communities through improved identification and consideration of natural hazard risks. This will enable more informed decisions about future land-use and infrastructure development. 

Regional Council is leading and co-ordinating work to identify where natural hazards are most likely to occur and what impacts they may have on people, property and the environment. We work in partnership with city and district councils, communities and research providers to collate, assess and share information.

Our recent natural hazard research work includes:

Hazard Description Status Completion Date

"I can live with this" - The Bay of Plenty Regional Council public engagement on acceptable risk.

Overview of the process Regional Council followed to understand the level of natural hazard risk the community is willing to accept. Click here to view the report.

Research partners: GNS Science.

Completed December 2015

Tauranga Harbour coastal hazard study

Coastal hazard assessment for the settlements surrounding the shoreline of Tauranga Harbour, including coastal erosion and coastal inundation.

Research partners: Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Tauranga City Council, Bay of Plenty Civil Defence and Emergency Management, NIWA.

In progress March 2018

Tsunami hazard assessment for the Western Bay of Plenty

Mapping of areas at Waihi Beach, Maketu and Pukehina which may be susceptible to flooding in a tsunami event.

Research partners: Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Bay of Plenty Civil Defence and Emergency Management.

In progress June 2017

Storm-tide propagation in Tauranga Harbour

Thesis research project designed to refine processes for predicting coastal flooding, which includes gathering information from local people.

Research partners: University of Waikato and NIWA.

In progress December 2017 

Active faults in the Bay of Plenty region

Mapping of known active faults in the Bay of Plenty region, including improving the estimates for shaking and liquefaction hazards.

Research partners: GNS Science, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga City Council.

Planned June 2017

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