Natural hazard maps
Search your property - current natural hazard maps
To show the natural hazard map for your property please enter a valid Address or Parcel ID below and click the 'Find my Property' button. Or you can browse the natural hazard maps.
Tips for finding your property:
- Type the address in full such as 10 Example Road or 10 Example Street, instead of using street name abbreviations (Rd or St etc)
- If there are identical addresses in other parts of the District, you'll need to type in community abbreviations e.g. Beach Road (KK), Beach Road (MAK) or Beach Road (WB). Help with identical addresses
- If searching by Parcel ID, recent letters from us about natural hazards show your Parcel ID number.
Natural hazard maps are being updated
Western Bay of Plenty District Council (Council) and Bay of Plenty Regional Council (Regional Council) are updating the natural hazard maps for the District.
This includes a review of the current maps we already have in the District Plan for flooding (from extreme rainfall), coastal inundation (flooding from the sea), coastal erosion and land instability. It will also involve mapping other natural hazards such as tsunami, liquefaction, active faults and volcanic hazards.
These maps will show the extent of land expected to be covered by each natural hazard event and will provide information about the likelihood of future events.
This information will help people make informed decisions about undertaking building works, buying property or preparing for a natural disaster. As each hazard map is completed, landowners will be notified and the information will be made available on Council's website. It will also be included on property files and in any land information memoranda (LIMs) requested for properties.
Once available, the hazard maps will also be used by Council staff when processing resource consents, project information memoranda and building consents to ensure that the risk from natural hazards to people and buildings is assessed.
Mapping projects and timeframes
Mapping of all natural hazards may take about five years. Our District is geographically diverse and large, covering 212,000 hectares and consisting of several communities situated along the harbour, coastline or rivers, or on reclaimed land, plains, hills or cliff edges.
We also need to set aside time for important follow-on steps such as risk assessment for each hazard, finding ways to reduce the identified level of risk, and updating maps and rules in the District Plan based on these findings.
We already have a number of projects underway.
The first hazard maps are now available (to be included in the District Plan in due course):
- Flooding at Waihi Beach, Athenree and Bowentown
- Flooding along the Wairoa River (downstream of the Ruahihi Power Station)
- Flooding at Omokoroa
- Flooding at Katikati
- Coastal inundation along the entirety of the Tauranga Harbour
- Coastal erosion at particular locations along the Tauranga Harbour including Pios Shores, Athenree, Tanners Point, Ongare Point, Kauri Point, Omokoroa, Plummers Point, Te Puna West, Te Puna, Matakana Island, Rangiwaea Island and Motuhoa Island (due end of April)
- Tsunami at Maketu, Pukehina and Little Waihi
We also have maps from older projects which we have made available:
- Liquefaction - District-wide
Other new hazard maps will also be available soon (to be included in the District Plan in due course):
- Tsunami along the entirety of the Tauranga Harbour (due mid-2020)
- Tsunami at Waihi Beach, Athenree and Bowentown (due mid-2020)
- Liquefaction – region-wide (due 2020 or 2021)
The remainder of natural hazard maps for the District will be completed over the coming years.
You can also visit the Regional Council's natural hazards webpage. This contains more explanation about the new approach to identifying natural hazards and the risk assessment process. It also contains a list of the natural hazards projects being undertaken by the Regional Council throughout the Region and expected timeframes
If you have any further questions, please contact Council on 0800 926 732 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.