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 will be holding a series of open days at Mokau/Awakino, Marokopa/Kiritehere and Te Waitere/Kinohaku to provide an opportunity for you to discuss the work in more detail with Jim, Bronwen and Council staff. The first open day is in Mokau. We have written directly to those people in Awakino and Mokau who we think we should be speaking with, but other members of the community with an interest are welcome:

Date: Saturday 20 January 2018

Time: 10am-3pm

Venue: Mokau Community Hall:

There are two further days planned. In the next two weeks we will write to those people in Marokopa/Kiritehere and Te Waitere/Kinohaku who we think we should be speaking with. Again, other members of the community with an interest are welcome:

Te Waitere

Date: Friday 16 February 2018

Time: 5.00pm-8.00pm

Venue: Te Waitere Boat Club



Date: Saturday 17 February 2018

Time: 10.00am-3.00pm

Venue: Coast Community Hall

The Waikato Regional Council is leading coastal restoration work at Te Maika, holding the first community meeting there on 30 December last year. Once this work is underway, our Council will consider the wider hazards issues at Te Maika as needed.

Once the work has been progressed further, we will also hold a second series of open days to review the results. These open days will also discuss the management of the identified hazard risk areas, including strategies that can adapt to various possible future outcomes given the uncertainties around climate change. The more input we can get from the community and affected landowners, the better the outcomes will be.

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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