Natural Hazards

What Council Is Doing

Council has identified 8,091 hectares of land as being subject to flooding in the district. New development on areas identified in this flood zone can be regulated by Council to prevent flood damage. Potentially unstable land has also been identified as a hazard within the Council’s District Planning Maps. There are approximately 11.3 hectares of this land identified in the district.

Civil Defence also plays a role in community protection. In 2011/12, 30 hours of Council time was spent delivering presentations to community groups and training of Council staff, and in 2012/13, 41 hours.

Additional presentations have been made by Civil Defence staff in each subsequent year. The financial value of these education sessions was not recorded as it is considered part of the core service of Civil Defence and covered by the levy paid to Civil Defence by Council. Council has concentrated on increasing emergency information on its website and increasing its presence on Facebook during natural hazard events.

The Waikato Regional Council completed a Natural Hazard risk assessment report for the Matamata-Piako District in 2014/15. The report provided an overview of natural hazards in our district as a basis for guiding and prioritising work activities for both the Matamata-Piako District and Waikato Regional Councils. This information will assist in the future review of the Natural Hazards provisions in the Matamata-Piako District Plan.


What You Can Do To Help

  • Keep your insurance cover up-to-date.
  • Ensure that your family has an emergency plan.
  • Know whether you live near potential hazard areas.
  • Have an emergency kit and drinking water ready at all times.

How are we Doing?

Anticipated Environmental Results

Natural Hazards


  • AchievingAchieving
  • Progress towards achievementProgress towards achievement
  • Not AchieveingNot Achieving
  • Not MonitoredNot Monitored
Negligible additional runoff from new development Not Monitored
Concentration of building development above a 1% flood level risk Achieving
Establishment of identified flooding and ponding areas within public open space Not Monitored
Increase in extent of catchment headwater vegetation cover Not Monitored
Negligible net increase in stormwater loads generated by development in flood prone areas Not Monitored
Concentration of building development away from high fire and wind hazard areas such as bush tracts, forested hill country and exposed ridges Achieving
No increase in the net cost of damage to persons and property through incidence of forest fire or severe wind events Not Monitored
No new habitable development in known high flood, wind, forest fire or land stability risk areas where mitigation cannot be readily or economically achieved Progress towards  achievement
Concentration of building development away from high land movement hazard areas such as steep exposed land, soft sediments and along eroding waterway margins Progress towards  achievement
No increase in the net cost of damage to persons and property through incidence of land movement Not Monitored
Increase in extent of bush regeneration and planting on erosion prone land Not Monitored
Increased awareness of the extent of earthquake and volcanic hazard affecting the district Not Monitored

Click here to learn more about District Plan Effectiveness and read the full report on Natural Hazards

Useful Links

Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management


For More Information

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Matamata-Piako District Council
PO Box 266, Te Aroha 3342
Phone: 07 884 0060
Fax: 07 884 8865