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Natural Hazards

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The Resource Management Act 1991 defines a natural hazard as any atmospheric or earth related occurrence, the action of which adversely affects or may adversely affect human life, property, or other aspects of the environment. The geology of Tauranga and the proximity of many dwellings to the coast can present a risk to property and people.

Natural hazards are addressed by both Tauranga City Council and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, as well as Civil Defence.

Tauranga City Council is responsible for controlling land-use and management practices that avoid or mitigate the potential adverse effects of hazards. Activity and development in areas or situations that are at risk from known hazards can increase the severity of that hazard, and the risk of adverse effects occurring to life or property.

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council have policies, plans and information on regional hazards, such as flooding, drought, earthquakes, tsunami and landslides.

Beach and Inner Harbour Erosion and Flooding

Beach erosion and flooding 

The Coastal Hazard Erosion Plan Area (CHEPA) is utilised to improve the management of coastal hazard risk within beachfront areas.  

Rules relating to the CHEPA can be found in Chapter 8 - Natural Hazards of the Tauranga City Plan.

Chapter 8 - Natural Hazards

Tauranga Inner Harbour Erosion Project

Inner Harbour Erosion Project

Volcanic Hazards

New Zealand’s Volcanic Alert Level system


Tsunami Civil Defence

Tsunami evacuation and survival


Regional response to earthquakes  

Liquefaction – what is it and why does it happen?    

Earthquake prone buildings

Last Reviewed: 17/03/2017