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BAY OF PLENTY REGIONAL COUNCIL TOI MOANA

What we are doing

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 Area affected Description Status Completion Date
General

Region wide

"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
Tsunami

Western Bay

Western Bay Tsunami Hazard Assessment

Research to map areas that may be susceptible to flooding in a tsunami event at at Waihi Beach, Maketu and Pukehina.

Research partners: Western Bay of Plenty District Council, eCoast and Emergency Management Bay of Plenty.

Completed June 2017
Coastal

Western Bay

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, Emergency Management Bay of Plenty, NIWA.

In progress July 2018
Coastal

Western Bay

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 July 2018 
General

Region wide

Lifelines Consequence Assessment

Develop guidance for undertaking lifelines consequence and risk assessments in accordance with the natural hazards provisions of the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement.

Research partners: Tonkin & Taylor and Emergency Management Bay of Plenty.

In progress July 2018
Tsunami

Region wide

Western Bay Tsunami Risk Assessment

Assessment of the level of tsunami risk for Maketu and Pukehina. Waihi Beach risk assessment will be assessed in conjunction with the Tauranga Harbour Coastal Hazard Risk Assessment.

Research partners: Western Bay of Plenty District Council, eCoast and Emergency Management Bay of Plenty.

In progress August 2018
Tsunami

Eastern Bay

Eastern Bay Tsunami Inundation Assessment

Research to map areas that may be susceptible to flooding in a tsunami event at at Matata, Whakatane, Ohope, Opotiki and Tirohanga.

Research partners: Whakatane District Council, Opotiki District Council, eCoast and Emergency Management Bay of Plenty.

In progress August 2018
Earthquake

Region wide

Active faults in the Bay of Plenty region

Mapping of known active faults in the growth areas across the Bay of Plenty region. This includes improving the estimates for shaking and liquefaction hazards.

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

In progress August 2018
         

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