The Clutha District Council and Otago Regional Council will
present a series of public meetings early next month to
discuss community vulnerability to elevated sea levels and
coastal tsunami events.
The regional council recently completed a major report which
is aimed at increasing community awareness of elevated sea
level and tsunami hazards, and informing decision-making on
the development of warning systems and evacuation plans.
Regional council natural hazards manager Michael Goldsmith
said the report drew on tsunami and storm-surge modelling
done by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric
Research in 2007-08, coastal topography data and local
knowledge of each community.
Mr Goldsmith said the information had been used to assess how
people and their communities would be affected by
high-magnitude tsunami and elevated sea-level events.
Clutha District Council planning and environment manager
Murray Brass said staff from both councils would present the
findings of the report to several coastal communities in
"A number of our coastal communities have a level of exposure
to storm surge or tsunami events," he said.
"We have had several tsunami alerts in recent years which
thankfully haven't eventuated into much. However, it is
important that communities are aware and know what actions to
take should a major event occur, particularly given the
limited communication links in some of our more remote
Public meetings will be held at four centres and the councils
will also look at options for public meetings for other
coastal communities in Clutha such as Toko Mouth and Jacks
Bay, which are mainly made up of holiday homes.
Public meetings in Clutha:
• Taieri Mouth, Monday, December 3, Leitch Memorial Hall,
• Kaka Point, Tuesday, December 4, Kaka Point Community
• Papatowai, Monday, December 10, Papatowai Fire Station,
• Owaka/Pounawea, Monday, December 10, Pounawea Convention