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The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act was introduced to protect young children from the danger of drowning.
The Council has a range of community buildings available for hire for recreational activities, events, meetings and private functions.
The Council has 112 units in Kaiapoi, Oxford, Rangiora and Woodend for people over 60 with limited means.
You can share your views about the Council's plans and projects by making a submission.
The Waimakariri District Council is one of the largest employers in the Waimakariri District and has become an employer of choice.
The Waimakariri District is exposed to a range of hazards and threats that may require a civil defence response. The hazards that have the potential to affect our community include flooding, earthquakes, snowstorms, tsunami, fire, landslips and pandemic.
Other potential risks and hazards to the community include severe meteorological events (e.g. wind, snow and drought), and long term disruption to essential services such as electricity and fuel supplies.
Canterbury has a history of severe weather storms that cause flooding of rivers from their source in the mountains and sea surges that inundate the river mouth areas, especially of Ashley and Waimakariri Rivers.
To help prevent flooding, keep drains and spouting clear of debris. If you think your property is at risk of flooding, dig trenches around your house to divert water. Sandbags can be bought from Luisetti's or any hardware store and sand is available from landscape suppliers.
Flood Sacks are a very easy piece of equipment for those that may potentially have flooding problems around their homes. Flood Sacks are large, light absorbent rectangles that can be purchased in packs of five for $99.00 which are ideal to place at points of entry to absorb water and hopefully stop it entering homes. Flood Sacks are available from Powerpac, email email@example.com or phone 0800 23 57 89.
While the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 remain vivid in our memories as some of the most significant and recent earthquakes in New Zealand history, there is a much longer history of earthquakes in New Zealand.
A major rupture of the Alpine Fault continues to threaten much of the South Island including Canterbury. There is a network of known fault lines in the west of the Waimakariri District and well defined areas of liquefaction prone land.
Canterbury has a recent history of significant snowstorms (1992, 2002, 2004 and 2006) that have impacted much of the region including Waimakariri. The western areas of the district are more prone to the impacts of snowstorm due to their higher altitude and closer proximity to the alps.
The 7.8m Kaikoura earthquake, and aftershocks highlighted New
Zealand’s risk from earthquakes and tsunami.
Councils play an important role, as leaders in your community,
helping to mobilise people in all regions of New Zealand to take the right
These are the key things to remember:
Make a plan today. Know where to go, and find out who can
help you and who might need your help. Visit www.civildefence.govt.nz
to find out more.
Council emergency management staff have further information about tsunami response plans for the district.
Warning time for a distant source tsunami could be as much as 12 hours, regional source could be as much as three hours. There will be no warning time for a near source tsunami. For further information on the Council's public warning system for tsunami, please see Tsunami warning arrangements - public information (pdf, 19.1 KB).
Waimakariri District Council is responsible for fires in the rural areas of the district while NZ Fire Service is responsible for fires in the gazetted urban districts. Department of Conservation and Ashley Rural Fire District are responsible for fires within their respective lands.
Vegetation wildfires (fires that are burning out of control) are a risk predominantly in:
Generally speaking these vegetation fire risks are significant only in the summer.
Major storms affect wide areas and can be accompanied by strong winds, heavy rain, thunder, lightning, and rough seas. They can cause damage to property and infrastructure, affect crops and livestock, disrupt essential services, and cause coastal inundation.
A landslide is the movement of rock and soil down a slope. Landslides can range in size from a single boulder in a rockfall to a very large avalanche of debris with huge quantities of rock and soil that can spread across many kilometres.
When a new flu virus infects many people around the world, it is called an influenza pandemic. If this happens, and the new virus enters New Zealand, many of us could become very sick.