What exactly is the Strategy and what will it do?

    The strategy is a roadmap and framework that will allow councils to work together on common goals and challenges related to natural hazards including research, climate change challenges, RMA planning issues, implementation and coordination of central government natural hazards guidance and statutes, community engagement and alignment with other resilience projects in the region.

    Who are the partner councils?

    Greater Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua, Wellington, Hutt City and Upper Hutt. 

    What about the Wairarapa Councils?

    The Wairarapa Councils are currently keeping a watching brief on the project and may join in due course. They have been awaiting the outcome of the local government reform discussions before committing fully.

    How has it been developed?

    It has been developed in conjunction with planning managers from each of the partner councils, and a group of 50 key stakeholders made up of hazard scientists, hazard planning specialists, infrastructure providers (eg, WW, Kiwirail, NZTA, Port, Airport), universities, CRIs (NIWA/GNS), insurance, business reps, relevant council staff, central govt.

    Does it have a governance structure?

    The strategy group reports to the Coordinating Executive Group (CEG) of the Wellington region civil defence emergency management group (WREMO) and has been reported up to partner Councils by their respective planning managers or the hazards strategy project manager. The CEG is made up of the CEOs from all the councils in the region + CDEM manager and emergency services representatives (police/fire/DHBs).

    How much will it cost and who is going to pay?

    It is expected to fit largely within existing budgets (research, policy, community engagement), but there may need to be some small additional resources for targeted research projects.

    Will it override our decision making abilities?

    No. The strategy is deliberately non-statutory to allow flexibility in its implantation and to recognise that there are differences at a local level .

    How does it fit with the 100 Resilient Cities project?

    The Hazards Strategy and the 100 Resilient Cities programmes complement and support each other and every effort is being made to work together on these two programmes to ensure there is no duplication of effort.

    How does it fit with other projects?

    There are a number of complimentary resilience projects also under way at the moment at both a national and regional level. The people involved in the hazards strategy are either advising on many of these projects or party to the work that is being undertaken. As such the hazards strategy advisory team is well placed and connected to ensure consistency with this project and other initiatives in the region and nationally. 

    Will it be consistent with new Central Govt legislation such as the new RMA amendments?

    Yes. The hazards strategy will be consistent with the RMA amendments. 

    Will the strategy contain rules?

    No. The strategy is non-statutory and will not contain rules that would override city or district plans. The strategy is a road map or framework for councils to work together on common and challenging issues related to natural hazards.

    How will it be reported when it is adopted?

    The final governance structure is still to be finalised but it will likely stay within the Wellington region civil defence emergency management group but with additional reporting through to partner Councils.

    What sort of consultation will/has be undertaken?

    Consultation has so far been at a community level through outreach and awareness raising at community fairs in conjunction with WREMO, the WREMO and GWRC Facebook communities that have together some 80,000 people, via a webpage and community feedback forum. This will continue with added advertising in the media and a series of public workshops to allow people to feedback in a submissions process. 

    How will it be finalised?

    Public and stakeholder feedback will be sought and incorporated into the final document which will then be approved by the Coordinating Executive Group and by each of the partner Councils.

    How will it be implemented?

    The strategy has been developed in conjunction with a clear implementation plan that outlines a work programme with milestone dates and actions.