Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Joint flood preparedness sessions


September 26, 2014

Joint flood preparedness sessions

Learning to live with the flood threat is the aim of free public awareness sessions being held in the Wakatipu Basin and Wanaka next month in partnership with the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC).

How to access information and help, and what you can do to prepare are the key messages from upcoming drop-in sessions and business meetings in the area.

After the major floods in Wanaka and Queenstown in 1999, the Otago Regional Council (ORC) and the QLDC produced a joint strategy to build community resilience – the Learning to Live with Flooding Strategy.

ORC director engineering, hazards and science Gavin Palmer says the sessions can advise people on how they might be affected by a flood, and what they can do to minimise the impact on themselves and their business.

“We have a lot of practical information on flooding in the area, and residents generally have several days notice before flooding is likely to take place here, so the more they know how to prepare the better placed they will be to reduce the impact,” QLDC communications manager Michele Poole said.

Drop-in sessions featuring staff and elected members from both the ORC and QLDC are planned for Queenstown, Wanaka, Glenorchy, and Kingston.

In Queenstown and Wanaka mainly businesses in the CBD have been affected in the past by flooding, while in Kingston and Glenorchy it is mainly residential properties and holiday homes that have been flooded.

At the Queenstown and Glenorchy sessions GNS scientist Dr Simon Cox will be talking about the Te Horo/Dart River landslide and New Zealand’s newest lake.

“The Queenstown Wanaka lakes area is a very dynamic environment, and this talk is a good opportunity to hear about the alluvial fan/landslide process, which is a potential risk in the Wakatipu and Wanaka areas,” Dr Palmer said.

The planned sessions are in: Wanaka, Monday 6 October, at the Lakefront from 5pm to 7pm;

Queenstown, Tuesday 7 October, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 93 Beach St, 4pm to 6pm;

Glenorchy, Wednesday 8 October, Community Hall, 7pm to 9pm;

Kingston, Thursday 9 October, Community Hall, 5pm to 7pm.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice.

Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne under a bus More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>



Mental Health Foundation: 'Positive First Steps'

“The heavy reliance on pilots and targeted approaches in the package announced today makes it plain that additional funding will be needed so that activities that work can be made available throughout New Zealand,” says Mr Robinson. More>>


'Gift' To NZ: Synod Considers Third Christchurch Cathedral Option

Members of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch will consider three, not two, options regarding the future of the ChristChurch Cathedral... The new option is for the Synod to gift the Cathedral building to the Government for the people of New Zealand. More>>


PM's Presser: Labour's Water Policy 'Reckless', Says English

The Labour Party has "bumbled into" its policy to charge for water in a "reckless" way that would put a Labour-led government on a collision course with both Maori and other water users, Prime Minister Bill English said at his weekly post-Cabinet press conference.. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election