Serious decisions, with major implications for how Dunedin
plans and redevelops the city, will need to be made as a
result of the hazard information now available to planners,
Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead says.
The regional council has provided the Dunedin City Council
with a range of reports around the hazards faced by the city
which it hopes the city council will use in developing its
long-term district plan.
They included reports on hazards facing coastal areas,
flooding on the Taieri and the city's urban streams,
significance of landslips and assessment of liquefaction
The liquefaction report was an ''eye-opener'' and ''reality
check'', given the amount of infrastructure and homes in the
affected areas, he said.
''It is a wake-up call.''
The regional council was not just handing the information
over; ''we're holding hands, working together with
''The next stage is a crucial one. We need to ensure they do
not sit on a shelf somewhere but are used to work with the
city and community to plan sensibly for the future.''
Cr Gretchen Robertson said the level of risk shown in the
reports would be a surprise to many, especially those in
''The issue is right now. There will be areas of the
community who have not thought about this before. The level
of risk is quite high.''
The report on the liquefaction risk in the city highlighted,
that like Christchurch, Dunedin had no idea where other fault
lines might be, Cr Michael Deaker said.
''The Taieri Plain has the same substructure as the
Canterbury Plains, so there is no cause for complacency.''
The regional council would be taking part in Dunedin City
Council roadshows to provide specialist knowledge and comment
on the risks.