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Earthquake Risk Mitigation Plan

Waikato Regional Council's Earthquake Risk Mitigation Plan defines the role and future direction of Environment Waikato, territorial authorities, utility providers, iwi and the community in managing the effects of earthquakes in the Waikato Region. The Plan outlines the methods that will be used to reduce the adverse effects of earthquakes and what risk reduction is possible through pre-event planning and action.

Photograph of earthquake damage

While earthquakes are not considered a major risk in the Waikato region, there are some specific areas containing active earthquake fault lines which are more likely to experience earthquake activity.

Waikato Regional Council's Earthquake Risk Mitigation Plan aims to achieve efficient and effective earthquake risk management through:

  • clarifying the earthquake management roles and responsibilities of various agencies
  • dealing with the adverse effects of earthquakes and the management options for minimising them
  • setting out the proactive actions that Waikato Reional Counciland other groups will take to reduce community vulnerability before an earthquake occurs
  • planning for response, recovery, monitoring and review activities.

Find out more about earthquakes.

View or print Waikato Regional CouncilFlood Risk Mitigation Plan from the document below, or order a printed copy of the Plan through our publications pages.

Earthquake Risk Mitigation Plan
(494 kb, 70 seconds to download, 56k modem)  

Table of contents

Acknowledgements     i
Executive Summary     iii
Background and explanation     v
Principles     vii
1                    Hazard planning and management   1
  Issue 1
  Objective 1
  Policy 1
  Actions 1
  Explanation and principal reasons for adopting 2
  Environmental results anticipated 7
2                    Response and recovery   10
  Issue 10
  Objective 10
  Policy 10
  Actions 10
  Explanation and principal reasons for adopting 11
  Environmental results anticipated 12
3                    Monitor and review   13
  Issue 13
  Objective 13
  Policy 13
  Actions 13
  Explanation and principal reasons for adopting 13
  Environmental results anticipated 13
Appendix I: Summary of actions – reducing adverse effects 15
Appendix II: Summary of actions – response and recovery 16
Appendix III: Summary of actions – monitor and review 17
Appendix IV: Existing management - legislation 18
Appendix V: Existing management – Local Government documents 19
Appendix VI: Earthquake hazard and NZ 4203 Seismic Risk zones 20
Glossary     22
  Acronyms 23
References     25
Bibliography     27
Tables     2
Table 1: Groundshaking categories 6
Table 2: Application of loadings standard and the earthquake hazard map 6
Table 3: Approximate population and land area within peak ground acceleration classes 6
Table 4: Roles and responsibilities 8
Table 5: Continuum of earthquake risk management 9
Figure 1: The planning framework ix
Figure 2: Earthquake hazard and NZ 4203 Seismic Zones 3
Figure 3: Information exchange and dissemination 5
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