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  • Title Options for Managing Risks from Tsunami in the Wellington Region
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    Date published 1 July 2002
    GWRC Publication No WRC/RP-T-02/17
    Abstract Following on from previous work on tsunami hazard in the Wellington
    Region, the Wellington Regional Council decided there needed to be a
    more detailed investigation of options for managing and responding to the
    tsunami hazard to the Region. Accordingly WRC commissioned Tonkin
    and Taylor Ltd to undertake the current study.

    The objectives for this project were identified as:
    - To identify and assess options for managing risks from tsunami to the
    Wellington Region; and
    - To recommend a management approach for each distinct section of the
    coastline or community.

    The study of the tsunami hazard in the Wellington Region is a developing
    science, and ongoing debate and investigation is necessary to refine not
    only the hazard but also the degree of risk. The current study puts that to
    one side and acknowledges that further work to refine that issue will be

    The objectives of the current study are to identify management options that
    territorial authorities can consider for application in their district as
    appropriate, and apply them to specific areas when and as the required
    scientific information becomes available.

    Seven management principles have been identified and examined as to
    their suitability for application to various parts of the Region’s coastline.
    The study essentially provides a ‘tool kit’ or template for territorial
    authorities, enabling them to mix and match management options that
    best suit the characteristics, policies and objectives of their district.
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