National Hazardscape Report

The National Hazardscape Report, published September 2007, is the first New Zealand Government report to provide a thorough description of the New Zealand hazardscape.

NHR content

The first edition of the National Hazardscape Report provides a contemporary summary of the physical nature, distribution, frequency of occurrence and impacts and consequences of 17 key hazards affecting New Zealand. The hazards described in the National Hazardscape Report include geological, meteorological, biological, technological and social hazards. The report also provides information on how the hazards are currently managed across reduction, readiness, response and recovery.

Four key factors influencing New Zealand’s current hazardscape are also discussed in the report. These are climate variability and climate change, human modification of the natural environment, demographic trends, and reliance on technology.

Purpose and audience

The National Hazardscape Report is a non-statutory document aimed at informing policy makers, hazard managers and their advisors in carrying out hazard and risk management at the national and local level.

National Hazardscape Report

National Hazardscape Report (.pdf 5.3mb)

Part 1: Foreword, Executive Summary, Table of Contents, Introduction, The New Zealand Setting (.pdf 930kb)

Part 2: Hazard Events in New Zealand, New Zealand Hazardscape (Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Landslides) (.pdf 1.9mb)

Part 3: New Zealand Hazardscape, continued (Tsunamis, Coastal hazards, Floods, Severe winds, Snow, Droughts) (.pdf 1.3mb)

Part 4 New Zealand Hazardscape, continued (Wildfires, Animal and plant pests and diseases, Infectious human disease pandemics, Infrastructure failures, Hazardous substance incidents, Major transport accidents, Terrorism, Food safety) (.pdf 900kb)

Part 5 Factors that Influence the Hazardscape (Climate variability and climate change, Human modification of the natural environment, Demographic trends, Reliance on technology) (.pdf 440kb)