Tsunami Information Evenings Coming Soon

Residents are being invited to hear directly from the tsunami experts and ask questions in a series of public meetings that kick off next week.

The recent flooding event in June meant that some meetings had to be rescheduled, and new dates are now set for Kaiapoi, Woodend, The Pines Beach/Kairaki and an online event will be held for those who can't attend in person on 11 August.

Hosted by Waimakariri District Council and Civil Defence, the Know Your Zone information evenings are being held in coastal areas throughout the District and follow the release of new tsunami evacuation zones earlier this year.

With the introduction of a yellow evacuation zone covering large parts of Kaiapoi and part of Pegasus, Brennan Wiremu, Emergency Management Advisor for the Waimakariri District Council says they are expecting a high level of interest from those communities.

“For a lot of these people, it will be the first time they have lived inside an evacuation zone and our message to them is ‘don’t be scared, be prepared’.”

Justin Cope, Principal Science Advisor on Natural Hazards for Environment Canterbury, will explain how recent modelling has given us a better understanding of the tsunami risk to Pegasus Bay. He’ll describe the various tsunami scenarios that could affect the Waimakariri coastline and what the potential impacts could be.

Brennan’s presentation will look at the new evacuation zones in detail and give practical tips for how people can be better prepared at home.

"The evacuation zones are based on worst-case scenarios,” says Brennan. “Tsunamis that affect land are rare, so residents don’t need to be alarmed, however they should have a plan for what to do if they need to evacuate.”

Town Facebook Event Date & Time Location (Click for map)
Pegasus Facebook Event Wednesday 12 May, 7pm Pegasus Bay School Gymnasium
Waikuku Beach Facebook Event Thursday 13 May, 7pm Waikuku Beach Hall

Facebook Event

Facebook Event

Wednesday 19 May, 7pm

Wednesday 28 July, 7pm (Rescheduled)

Riverside Community Church

Kaiapoi High School Auditorium

Woodend Facebook Event Thursday 29 July, 7pm (Rescheduled) Woodend Community Centre
The Pines Beach / Kairaki Facebook Event Wednesday 4 August, 7pm (Rescheduled) The Pines Beach / Kairaki Community Hall
Online Facebook Event Wednesday 11 August, 7pm (Rescheduled)    Watch on Facebook or YouTube.

As well as the information evenings, people living in the affected areas will have received an information pack in their mailboxes.

Find out more at waimakariri.govt.nz/tsunami