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Natural Hazards Management Strategy

Natural Hazards Management Strategy

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This Consultation is closed.

The open period ran from 12:00pm 07 October 2016 to 5:00pm 18 November 2016 (closed 3 years ago).



Our region is an outstanding place to work, play and live. The forces that have helped shape this natural beauty also create natural hazards that affect all of us. 

Councils around the region have agreed to work together to develop a draft Natural Hazards Management Strategy for the Wellington region.

Tell us what you think about this strategy.

Doing everything possible to prepare for these events means we can recover better and create a safer place to live.


The aim of the strategy is to guide research and planning for hazards.


The communities of the Wellington region work together

to understand and reduce risks from natural hazards

- to survive and thrive in a dynamic world.


  • That our natural hazards and risks are well understood
  • That our planning takes a long term risk-based approach
  • That we have an agreed set of priorities to reduce the risks from natural hazards
  • That consistent approaches are applied to natural hazard risk reduction

How natural hazards could affect you

Floods, sea level rise, earthquakes, weather events and climate change dramatically impact people and whole communities. Of course we can’t prevent or predict these events. But we can plan, prepare and adapt so that we reduce the impact they have on us. Localised events have a ripple effect.

Preparing for an emergency

A joint approach

We have already got a joint approach to managing civil defence through the Wellington Emergency Management Office (WREMO), Greater Wellington Regional Council, Kapiti District, Porirua City, Wellington City, Hutt City and Upper Hutt City Council’s (the council partners).

All these partners are comparing their hazard information on hazards.

From this comparison we have identified key issues, threats and challenges right across the region so we can now develop the joint strategy.


  • At home - develop escape plans, readiness kits, contact processes. Visit WREMO for more information on getting prepared.
  • In your communities - agree on how we respond and support each other in an event;
  • Our local authorities - contribute to civil defence, identify hazards and put measures in place to reduce the impact of certain hazards in their area;
  • Regional councils - identify hazards and work to learn more about them and the ways we can reduce the risks they pose.
  • Central government - works on a national scale and plans to introduce changes that will see local authorities take a more coordinated approach to management of natural hazards.

The consultation is now closed and no further submissions can be accepted.
Thank you for your interest in this process

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