Natural Hazards and Land Damage

View the technical reports and information on the proposed Natural Hazards District Plan changes.

Make a submission on the Proposed Natural Hazards Plan Change.

What is a natural hazard - according to the Building Act

The Building Act defines a natural hazard as land subjected to:

  • erosion (including coastal erosion, bank erosion, and sheet erosion)
  • falling debris (including soil, rock, snow, and ice)
  • subsidence
  • inundation (including flooding, overland flow, storm surge, tidal effects and ponding)
  • slippage.

A review of Council's District Plan is now underway, starting with a review of the natural hazards provisions.
More information available here Natural Hazards Chapter - District Plan Review

Hazards such as tsunamis or earthquakes are not regarded as natural hazards under the Building Act.

Occasionally natural hazards may not be identified in Project Information Memorandums (PIMs) associated with your building consents, and there may be a need for the Building Consent Authority to determine whether or not natural hazard provisions apply.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have recently produced a "Natural Hazards Decision Tree" associated with Determination 2017/048, which provides useful information in determining Natural Hazards Responsibilities


General guidance for property owners in Kaikoura

If your ability to live in our use your property has been affected, we recommend you contact the following agencies and seek their advice and support:

  • Your insurer and EQC to discuss your options
  • Ministry of Building Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for temporary accommodation information and help: phone 0508 754 163 / Email / Online
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for wider social housing needs - Online
  • Council’s building and regulatory staff 03 319 5026 for building advice. 

Papatea Fault

The Papatea Fault starts around 5km offshore and goes inland in the northern part of our district.

Check out GNS's video below with some scientific information about the fault and the changes to the landscape when it ruptured. 

9 December 2020