Regional hazards

In 2006 the Manawatu-Wanganui Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group agreed on the top 10 hazards for the Region.

This analysis built on the hazard research undertaken to develop the CDEM Group Plan. The process used to identify the top 10 is called a SMUG analysis. This looks at identified hazards and addresses the seriousness of the risks associated with the hazard, the manageability of those risks, the urgency for addressing the risk, and the growth of the exposure to the risk.

The top 10 hazards for our region are:

  1. Earthquake
  2. Locally generated tsunami
  3. Human pandemic
  4. Volcanic activity at Mt Ruapehu
  5. Sea level rise
  6. Volcanic activity at Mt Egmont/Taranaki
  7. Beach erosion and flooding
  8. Flooding
  9. Agricultural drought
  10. Cyclones (tropical cyclones)


Summaries of our Region’s hazards can also be found in the CDEM Group Plan

Click here to view the Hazard Risk Assessment for the the Manawatu-Wanganui region