Natural Hazards Plan Change 3

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In accordance with the Clause 5 of the First Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991, the Kaikōura District Council advises that it has prepared the following Plan Change to the Kaikōura District Plan:

Natural Hazards Plan Change 3

The purpose of this Plan Change is to use knowledge gained from the November 2016 Earthquake to improve community resilience and align the District Plan with national and regional direction, using new knowledge gained regarding natural hazards that affect parts of the district.

The Proposed Natural Hazards Plan Change introduces new objectives, policies and rules to manage natural hazards within the Kaikōura District. The Plan Change replaces the current natural hazard provisions in the operative Kaikōura District Plan which manage natural hazards with the exception of those relating to coastal hazards.

The Natural Hazards Plan Change 3 seeks to:

  • Replace the operative Chapter 8: Natural Hazards (whilst carrying over the coastal hazards provisions).
  • Insert new objectives, policies and rules based on new technical information and community engagement to date.
  • Make amendments to other chapters in the operative District Plan relating to natural hazards.
  • Insert new definitions to align with the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement, Resource Management Act and the National Planning Standards.
  • Replace existing planning maps with updated Natural Hazard Overlays.
  • Better meet the communities long term needs.

Public Drop in Session

A drop in session will be held on 15th April from 3pm to 7pm in the Totora Room, 1st Floor, 96 West End, Kaikōura for any member of the public who wishes to find out more information or ask questions relating to the Natural Hazards Plan Change 3.

Making a Submission

The closing date for submissions is 5pm 30th April 2021.

You can make an online submission by clicking here.

Download the written submission form here.
Or send a written submission to the Kaikōura District Council at: 
Natural Hazards Plan Change 3, PO Box 6, 96 West End, Kaikōura, 7300
Or by email at 
Or be delivered to Kaikōura District Council reception 2nd Floor, 96 West End, Kaikōura.

Notification Documents

Formal Public Notice
Natural Hazards Plan Change 3
GIS-2486 Proposed District Plan Map Series
Section 32 Report
Frequently asked Questions

A paper copy of the Proposed Plan Change is available from the Kaikōura District Council reception at a cost of $60 including maps. You can also inspect these documents at

  • The Kaikōura District Council reception – 2nd Floor, 96 West End
  • Kaikōura District Library – 1st floor, 96 West End


For more information contact the Council Reception on 03 319 5026 between 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday and ask to speak with our Policy Planner Kerry Andrews.
For more detail on the technical reports and District Plan Review click here.

Click here to access the interactive Natural Hazard Map.