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Coastal Erosion Risk Mitigation Plan

Waikato Regional Council's Coastal Erosion Risk Mitigation Plan aims to develop a pattern of land use and development that enables coastal communities to live with coastal erosion and minimises the need to modify natural coastal processes. Risk mitigation plans define the roles of Waikato Regional Council, district councils, and the community in managing the impacts of potential natural hazard events.

Photograph of coastal erosion

Coastal erosion hazard problems are widespread in the Waikato region, with many areas prone to coastal flooding. Much of our coastal development has occurred too close to the sea, while predicted global warming effects may see a significant rise in sea levels in our coastal marine areas. We need to manage these coastal hazards carefully so we can protect our coastline’s future. This entails a level of risk that can be appropriately lived with, not necessarily the absence of risk.

Waikato Regional Council's Coastal Erosion Risk Mitigation Plan aims to achieve efficient and effective erosion risk management through a partnership approach for a number of activities including:

  • hazard assessment
  • dune management (through the beachcare programme)
  • management of coastal structures
  • site specific hazard management strategies
  • targeted education and information campaigns
  • monitoring and review.

Find out more about coastal hazards and coastal erosion.

View or print Waikato Regional Council's Coastal Erosion Risk Mitigation Plan from the document below, or order a printed copy of the Plan through our publications pages.

Coastal Erosion Risk Mitigation Plan
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Table of contents

Executive Summary   i
  Introduction   i
  Purpose of Strategy   i
  Relevant responsibilities for the management of coastal erosion   i
  Outline of Proposed Strategy   i
    Element 1 – central focus of Strategy i
    Element 2 – site specific hazard management strategies ii
    Element 3 – coastal structures ii
    Element 4 – monitoring and investigations ii
  Implementation   ii
         
Contents   iii
1 Introduction   1
2 Structure of this document   1
3 The issue of coastal erosion hazard   1
4 Statutory considerations   2
  4.1 Statutory framework 2
  4.2 Statutory responsibilities for the management of coastal erosion hazard 4
5 Purpose of the Strategy 5
6 Management options 5
  6.1 Managing land use and development 6
    6.1.1 Undeveloped areas 6
    6.1.2 Existing development to areas of high hazard 7
  6.2 Protect and enhance natural systems which buffer coastal erosion 7
    6.2.1 Dune management 7
    6.2.2 Beach and dune nourishment 8
  6.3 Living with coastal erosion 10
  6.4 Modify natural coastal processes and landforms 11
7 Proposed Risk Mitigation Strategy 12
  7.1 Introduction 12
  7.2 Outline of Proposed Management Strategy 13
    7.2.1 Element 1 – Central focus 13
    7.2.2 Element 2 – Site specific hazard management strategies 13
    7.2.3 Element 3 – Coastal structures 15
    7.2.4 Element 4 – Monitoring and further investigations 16
8 Implementation Plan 16