Coastal Hazards and Coastal Flooding

Why do we need to assess coastal hazards and coastal flooding?

The Resource Management Act was amended in 2017. One of the major changes was making the management of the significant risks of natural hazards, a matter of national importance. This means that Council must consider all aspects of hazards and hazard risk (both likelihood and impact) in all planning and consenting decisions.

Waitomo District Council is undertaking a full review of the District Plan. Every 10 years, we have the opportunity to shape the future of our communities and our environment by reviewing this document. The District Plan tells us what we can and can’t do with our land. It makes rules about where we can subdivide, what activities we can do and where we can do them.

As part of this review, the government requires us to address a lot of things to keep our communities safe and to protect the local environment.  This includes a requirement to identify coastal areas that could be impacted by coastal erosion and flooding over the next 100 years, and to appropriately manage these areas.

How can we manage the risk of coastal hazards and coastal flooding?

The first thing we need to do is identify the type of risks and the likelihood and impact of these risks. To help us work out how to identify and manage the risk of coastal erosion and flooding, we have engaged the Focus Resource Management Group.  Principal members Jim Dahm and Bronwen Gibberd have a great deal of experience with assessment and management of coastal hazards on the West Coast, and a long association with these communities.

We need your help!

Your local knowledge and views are critical to getting a good outcome. We are interested in changes anywhere on the west coast from Kinohaku to Mokau. While we are of course aware of historic changes in some areas – Kawhia Harbour, Marokopa and Mokau Spit, there have been further changes in recent years. Any information you can provide will be helpful and appreciated. Please see an outline of the sort of information we particularly need below.

How will you consult with landowners?

We held a series of open days at Mokau/Awakino, Marakopa/Kiritehere and Te Waitere/Kinohaku in January and February 2018. Community members kindly brought along maps, photos, books and newspaper articles, and shared their knowledge with the coastal scientists who are helping Council to manage the risk of coastal hazards.

The coastal scientists used this information as part of an assessment of the coastline. In August 2018, we held a second round of consultation to review these results and to discuss strategies with our communities to help them adapt to existing and possible future risk while protecting important coastal values and property. You can review the information that was shared with residents below: 

Mokau Community Hall, Saturday 18th August 2018

Marokopa/Kiritehere, Sunday 19th August 2018:

Te Waitere/Kinohaku, Sunday 26th August 2018:

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Waitomo District Council is presently undertaking a coastal hazards study to: Identify the coastal areas that could be...

Coastal Hazards and Coastal Flooding