Hawke's Bay resilience to hazards relies on our community knowing about the risks we live with daily, so that people and organisations can be prepared, and recover quickly from the disruption to our lives.

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A key part of the HB Group Plan is the risk assessment which checks the hazards we face and sets priorities for research and contingency planning. It identifies our top 10 hazards as:

  1. Earthquake
  2. Tsunami
  3. Volcanic (ashfall)
  4. Human Pandemic
  5. Flooding/Storm Event
  6. Animal Epidemic, Plant and Animal Pests
  7. Urban Fire (Multiple)
  8. Lifeline Failure
  9. Rural Fire
  10. Hazardous Substances Event


Put your property address to the Hazard Portal to find out which hazards may affect your property, or check the tsunami evacuation zones.

You can search the Hawke's Bay Regional Council online document search to find  hazard documents, research material, and publications related to Hawke's Bay.

‘Hazards in Hawke's Bay, by Johnston & Pearse 2007’ (ISBN 1-877405-13-2) is an informative book describing the hazards and risks in Hawke's Bay ($11.50). Email info@hbrc.govt.nz for a copy.

The goal of hazard reduction is local communities working together to reduce the risk of hazards.
Many communities now have or are working on ‘Community Resilience Plans’ which is a response tool that is activated by a community in a Civil Defence emergency, so everyone in their homes, school or office knows what to do.

We have a 10 Year Hazard Research Plan and the ‘Hawke’s Bay Joint Hazard Strategy for Local Authority Land Use Planning’ 2011 looks at how to achieve better integration and a commonality in the treatment of hazard risks in land use planning. It sits outside the statutory plans but provides guidance to them, seeking to achieve community risk reduction.


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