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Natural Hazards Information & Resources

Hawke’s Bay is a community often reminded of the impact of disasters, whether it is in the form of earthquakes, flooding, coastal erosion/ tsunami and the potential for human pandemic or volcanic eruptions.

In 1931 parts of Hawke’s Bay were devastated by an earthquake, which caused the loss of 256 lives and damage to property. The community showed its resilience at that time by rebuilding itself, along with assistance from outside the region. Later events, such as Cyclone Bola and the Ruapehu eruptions have also highlighted our vulnerability to a range of geological and meteorological hazards. We also face risk from biological and technological hazards such as fire involving hazardous substances.

The Hawke’s Bay community needs to be aware of the hazard risks we live with daily, so that people and organisations can be prepared, and recover quickly from any disruption to their lives. There is a summary of hazard information available on the Hawke’s Bay CDEM group website.

We hold a register of online hazard documents, research material, and publications from either HBRC or external organisations that are available to the public. If you know of a publication or document that should be included in this database, please email publication@hbrc.govt.nz with the details.

Note: If the online document is sourced from an external website, you will be linked to that external website's publication.

NameAuthorDate
Report of the Hawkes Bay: Facing the RisksHawkes Bay Engineering Lifelines2001
Floods and Drought: the New Zealand experienceP. Mosley, C. Pearson1997
NameAuthorDate
Mapping of Active Faults and Fault Avoidance Zones for Wairoa District: 2016 UpdateK J Clark - GNS Science 2017
Active Fault Mapping and Fault Avoidance Zones for Hastings District and environsR.M Langridge, W.F. Ries2016
Hawke's Bay 10 year Hazard Research Plan 2015GNS Science2015
Exploring the "second soul" of NapierKate Boersen2014
Hawke's Bay, NZ: Global Climate Change & Barrier Beach Responses - Summary ReportPaul D. Komar and Erica Harris2014
Hawke's Bay, NZ: Global Climate Change & Barrier Beach Responses - Full ReportPaul D. Komar and Erica Harris2014
Active Fault Mapping and Fault Avoidance Zones for Central Hawkes Bay District: 2013 UpdateR M Langridge, W F Ries2014
Fault Avoidance Zone Mapping for Wairoa District, Napier City and surroundsR.M. Landridge, A. Zajac, W. Ries2011
Earthquake Information and Household Preparedness: Results of Interviews with Residents in Timaru, Wanganui and NapierJ.S. Becker, D.M. Johnston, D. Paton & K. Ronan2011
Hazard and Risk in the Hawke's Bay - an update of the 2001 AssessmentK.C. Wright, D.M. Johnston, G.D. Dellow2010
Characterizing the seismogenic zone of a major plate boundary subduction thrust: Hikurangi Margin, New ZealandWallace, L.M, et al2009
Hastings District LiDAR Fault Trace SurveyR. Langridge, P. Villamor2007
Earthquake Fault Trace Survey: Central Hawkes Bay DistrictR. Langridge, P. Villamor, R. Basili2006
Building on the EdgeParliamentary Commissioner for the Environment2001
Facing the Risk - Report of the Hawke's Bay Engineering Lifelines ProjectHawke's Bay Engineering Lifelines Steering Committee2001
A Review of Natural Hazard probability in the Hawkes Bay and Gisborne regionsD. Johnston, J. Becker, W. Smith2001
Report of the Hawkes Bay: Facing the RisksHawkes Bay Engineering Lifelines2001
Communities' understanding of earthquake risk in the Hawkes Bay and Manawatu/Wanganui regionsK. Ronan, D. Johnston, D. Paton2001
Managing Natural Hazards in the Hawkes BayL. Pearse, D. Johnston, J. Becker2001
Natural Hazards in Hawkes BayD.M. Johnston, L.J. Pearse1999
Earthquake Hazard Analysis Program - Stage II: Part II Evaluation of Liquefaction Potential in the Hawke's Bay RegionG. Dellow, J. Hengesh, D. Heron, L. Brown, A. Hull1999
Natural Hazards in Hawkes BayD.M. Johnston, L.J. Pearse1999
Awesome ForcesG. Hicks, H. Campbell1998
Hawkes Bay Regional Council Earthquake Hazard Analysis Program Stage III Volume 2 AppendicesJ.V. Hengesh, G.D. Dellow, D.W. Heron, G.H. McVerry, W.R. Stephenson1998
Tephra - Volume 17: EarthquakesMinistry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management1998
Strong motion modelling of the 1993 Tikokino earthquake, southern Hawkes Bay, New ZealandR.E. Abercrombie, R.A. Benites1998
Tephra - Volume 17: Landslides and Ground Damage caused by EarthquakesG. Hancox1998
Damage and Intensities in the Magnitude 7.8 1931 Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, earthquakDowrick, D.J.,1998
Hawke's Bay Regional Council earthquake hazard analysis program, Stage III : evaluation of ground shaking amplification potential Volume 1JV Hengesh, GD Dellow, DW Heron, GH McVerry, WR Stephenson1998
Hawke's Bay Region Earthquake Hazard Analysis Programme Stage II - Part I. A numerical assessment of the Earthquake Hazard in the Hawke's Bay RegionK. Berryman, G. McVerry, P. Villamor1997
Earthquake hazards analysis - Stage 1. Recurrance of large earthquakes determined from geological and seismological studies in Hawkes Bay areaJ. Begg, A. Hull, R. Robinson1996
Damage Ratios for houses and microzoning effects in Napier in the magnitude 7.8 Hawke's Bay, New Zealand Earthquake of 1931D.J. Dowrick, D.A. Rhoades, J. Babor, R.D. Beetham1995
Earthquake Hazards in Hawkes Bay: Initial AssessmentJ.G. Begg, A.G. Hull, G.L. Downes1994
NameAuthorDate
Hawke's Bay Climate Change and Gravel-Beach Responses Conference Proceedings, 2015 Paul D. Komar and Erica Harris2015
Hawke Bay Coastal Strategy - Coastal Hazard Assessment, DRAFT FOR STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIONTonkin & Taylor Limited (P. Knook, R.Reinen-Hamill)2015
Hawke's Bay, NZ: Global Climate Change & Barrier Beach Responses - Summary ReportPaul D. Komar and Erica Harris2014
Hawke's Bay, NZ: Global Climate Change & Barrier Beach Responses - Full ReportPaul D. Komar and Erica Harris2014
Characterizing the seismogenic zone of a major plate boundary subduction thrust: Hikurangi Margin, New ZealandWallace, L.M, et al2009
Fluvial response to post-glacial sea level rise and coastal erosion in tectonically uplifting setting, eastern North IslandN.J. Litchfield, K.R. Berryman, U.A. Cochran, K.J. Wilson2007
Holocene Coastal Uplift and Erosion in Western Hawkes BayN.J. Litchfield, K.R. Berryman, J.L. Hoverd, U.A. Cochran2006
Cliff Hazard Zone DelineationTonkin and Taylor Limited2005
Summary Report on Site Specific Coastal Hazard Determinaton for Southern BeachesTonkin and Taylor Limited2005
Managing Natural Hazards in the Hawkes BayL. Pearse, D. Johnston, J. Becker2001
Natural Hazards in Hawkes BayD.M. Johnston, L.J. Pearse1999
Awesome ForcesG. Hicks, H. Campbell1998
The kinematics of active deformation in the North Island, New Zealand, determined from geological strain ratesS. Beanland, J. Haines1998
Tephra - Volume 17: Paleoseismology: digging up past EarthquakesR. van Dissen, K. Berryman1970
NameAuthorDate
Hawke's Bay 10 year Hazard Research Plan 2015GNS Science2015
Hazard and Risk in the Hawke's Bay - an update of the 2001 AssessmentK.C. Wright, D.M. Johnston, G.D. Dellow2010
Kopuawhara Opoutama Flood Hazard AnalysisCraig Goodier2010
Wairoa River Bank Stability AssessmentTONKIN & TAYLOR LTD2009
Waipatiki Catchment Flood Hazard AnalysisCraig Goodier2008
Wharerangi Flood Risk AssessmentN. Daykin, C. Goodier2007
Flood Report: Napier and Central Hawkes BayHawkes Bay Regional Council2007
Wairoa River: Flood hazard StudyCraig Goodier2006
TeNgaru Catchment Flood Hazard StudyCraig Goodier2005
Wairoa Catchments Flood Report: Labour WeekendN. Daykin, L. Withey2004
Flood Report Central Hawkes BayC. Goodier2004
Review of the February 2004 Flood EventP. Reid, D. Brunsdon, P. Fitsharris, D. Oughton2004
Facing the Risk - Report of the Hawke's Bay Engineering Lifelines ProjectHawke's Bay Engineering Lifelines Steering Committee2001
Tephra - Volume 18: FloodsMinistry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management2001
Report of the Hawkes Bay: Facing the RisksHawkes Bay Engineering Lifelines2001
Managing Natural Hazards in the Hawkes BayL. Pearse, D. Johnston, J. Becker2001
Natural Hazards in Hawkes BayD.M. Johnston, L.J. Pearse1999
Meteorological Hazards to Hawkes Bay Engineering LifelinesA.S. Porteous, S.M. Burgess1999
Heretaunga Plains Flood Hazard StudyWoodward Clyde (NZ) Ltd1999
Natural Hazards in Hawkes BayD.M. Johnston, L.J. Pearse1999
Floods and Drought: the New Zealand experienceP. Mosley, C. Pearson1997
Wairoa Floodplain ManagementG. Clode1994
Flood Report 22-23 July 1992D.C. McBryde1992
Cyclone Bola 7-10 March 1988Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management1989
SH38 Waiau River Flooding AddendumC.J. Reid1989
SH38 Waiau River Flooding Matai Bridge (RP 161/12.34) to Frasertown Bridge (RP 179/9.91)P.E. Arnold, L.B.S. Field, C.J. Reid1987
Flood Report 1-3 June 1997HBRC Asset Management and Hydrology Section1987
The Climate and Weather of Hawkes BayC.S. Thompson1987
The frequency of high intensity rainfalls in New ZealandA.I. Tomlinson1980
Floods in New Zealand - 1952The Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Council1957
Taylors Bay, Mahia: Flood InvestigationN. Daykin1970
Hawkes Bay Region flood hazard maps for HDC Civil Defence areaHawkes Bay Region Civil Defence Organisation1970
NameAuthorDate
Holocene Coastal Uplift and Erosion in Western Hawkes BayN.J. Litchfield, K.R. Berryman, J.L. Hoverd, U.A. Cochran2006
Tephra - Volume 19: Earth MovementsMinistry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management2002
Report of the Hawkes Bay: Facing the RisksHawkes Bay Engineering Lifelines2001
Managing Natural Hazards in the Hawkes BayL. Pearse, D. Johnston, J. Becker2001
Natural Hazards in Hawkes BayD.M. Johnston, L.J. Pearse1999
Natural Hazards in Hawkes BayD.M. Johnston, L.J. Pearse1999
Awesome ForcesG. Hicks, H. Campbell1998
The kinematics of active deformation in the North Island, New Zealand, determined from geological strain ratesS. Beanland, J. Haines1998
Tephra - Volume 17: Landslides and ground damage caused by EarthquakesG. Hancox1998
NameAuthorDate
Hazard and Risk in the Hawke's Bay - an update of the 2001 AssessmentK.C. Wright, D.M. Johnston, G.D. Dellow2010
Tephra - Volume 20: Wet and WildMinistry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management2003
Meteorological Hazards to Hawkes Bay Engineering LifelinesA.S. Porteous, S.M. Burgess1999
Meteorological Hazards to Hawkes Bay Engineering LifelinesA.S. Porteous, S.M. Burgess1999
NameAuthorDate
Hawke's Bay 10 year Hazard Research Plan 2015GNS Science2015
Hawkes Bay Tsunami Inundation by Attenuation RuleCraig Goodier2014
The Climate and Weather of Hawke's BayP.R. Chappell2014
Review of Tsunami Hazard in New ZealandWilliam Power2013
Tsunami inundation in Napier, New Zealand, due to local earthquake sourcesFraser, S. A., Power, W. L., Wang, X., Wallace, L. M., Mueller, C., & Johnston, D. M. 2013
Tsunami Evacuation: Lessons from the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami of March 11th 2011S. Fraser, GS Leonard, I. Matsuo, H. Murakami2012
Scoping study for evaluating the Tsunami vulnerability of New Zealand buildings for use as evacuation structuresGS Leonard, N Evans, G Prasetya, W Saunders, L Pearse, D Monastra, S Fraser2011
Hazard and Risk in the Hawke's Bay - an update of the 2001 AssessmentK.C. Wright, D.M. Johnston, G.D. Dellow2010
Chile Tsunami Event Impacts in Hawke's Bay February 2010L J Pearse2010
Characterizing the seismogenic zone of a major plate boundary subduction thrust: Hikurangi Margin, New ZealandWallace, L.M, et al2009
Tsunami Hazard posed by earthquakes on the Hikurangi subduction zone interfaceW. Power, L. Wallace, M. Reyners2008
Towards and record of Holocene Tsunami and Storms for northern Hawkes BayU. Cochran, K. Berryman, D. Mildenhall, B. Hayward, K. Southall, C.J. Hollis2005
Review of New Zealands preparedness for Tsunami hazardT.H. Webb2005
Facing the Risk - Report of the Hawke's Bay Engineering Lifelines ProjectHawke's Bay Engineering Lifelines Steering Committee2001
Report of the Hawkes Bay: Facing the RisksHawkes Bay Engineering Lifelines2001
Managing Natural Hazards in the Hawkes BayL. Pearse, D. Johnston, J. Becker2001
Tsunami Impacts in Hawke's BayM McSaveney, M Rattenbury2000
Natural Hazards in Hawkes BayD.M. Johnston, L.J. Pearse1999
Tephra - Volume 17: TsunamiMinistry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management1999
Tephra - Volume 17: Tsunami and Tsunami HazardW. de Lange, R. Fraser1999
Tephra - Volume 17: Huge submarine avalanches: is there a risk of giant waves, and if so where?K. Lewis, J-Y. Collot, D. Goring1999
Natural Hazards in Hawkes BayD.M. Johnston, L.J. Pearse1999
Awesome ForcesG. Hicks, H. Campbell1998
Tsunami Hazard Study for the Hawkes Bay RegionR. van Dissen, R. Lester, A. Barnett1994
NameAuthorDate
Hawke's Bay 10 year Hazard Research Plan 2015GNS Science2015
Hazard and Risk in the Hawke's Bay - an update of the 2001 AssessmentK.C. Wright, D.M. Johnston, G.D. Dellow2010
Tephra - Volume 21: Living with VolcanoesMinistry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management2004
Facing the Risk - Report of the Hawke's Bay Engineering Lifelines ProjectHawke's Bay Engineering Lifelines Steering Committee2001
Report of the Hawkes Bay: Facing the RisksHawkes Bay Engineering Lifelines2001
Managing Natural Hazards in the Hawkes BayL. Pearse, D. Johnston, J. Becker2001
Natural Hazards in Hawkes BayD.M. Johnston, L.J. Pearse1999
Awesome ForcesG. Hicks, H. Campbell1998
Volcanic impacts in the Hawke's Bay regionB. Johnston, D. Johnston, V. Manville1998
Tephra - Volume 14: Volcanic Hazards in New ZealandMinistry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management1995
NameAuthorDate
Report of the Hawkes Bay: Facing the RisksHawkes Bay Engineering Lifelines2001
Managing Natural Hazards in the Hawkes BayL. Pearse, D. Johnston, J. Becker2001
NameAuthorDate
Tephra - Volume 20: Wet and WildMinistry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management2003

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