Our District

In an emergency dial 111 for:

  • police
  • fire - including Rural Fire
  • ambulance

Ring this number if lives or property are at risk

Council emergency contact details:

04 296 4700 or 0800 486 486

Other emergency contact details:

Civil Defence | Emergency Management

All New Zealanders are now asked to be prepared to manage on their own - or as a family group - for the first three days after a disaster.

It can simply take that long for help to arrive, so making preparations in advance can ensure self-sufficiency and minimise distress.

In the event of an emergency, Neighbourhood Support will work with Civil Defence and other emergency services to bring relief.

Meanwhile, tune your radio to your local station as Civil Defence will broadcast messages and instructions as soon as possible - if it's a serious disaster it may take some time before this happens.

We will also try to keep you updated via social media on our Facebook page and also the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) Facebook page.

Kāpiti Coast District Council is a member of the Wellington Region Emergency Management Group. Wellington Emergency Management
Emergency status

There is no emergency at this time. It's always a good time to think about how prepared you are for an emergency. Find out more at www.getprepared.org.nz/prepare


Emergency Preparedness

It's easy to get prepared for an emergency! In an emergency you and your community could be isolated for at least three, days, possibly more.


Fire Restrictions and Alerts

Fire Restrictions and alerts for Kāpiti are managed by the Wellington Rural Fire Authority (WRFA). This page takes you to the WRFA website.


WREMO - a new regional approach

The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO - the W is silent like in write) manages Civil Defence Emergency Management services in support of the nine City, District, and Regional Councils of the Wellington region.



Kāpiti is a tectonically active area. There are five known faults traversing the area: Ohariu Fault Northern Ohariu Fault Gibbs Fault Ōtaki Forks and Southeast Reikorangi Fault.



Floods are a common hazard in the Kāpiti Region. A flood becomes dangerous when: the water is travelling very fast the water is very deep, the flood water has risen very quickly or if the floodwater contains debris, such as trees and sheets of corrugated iron.



The Kāpiti Coast is a seismically active area and with the coastline running the length of our district, we live with the risk that a large earthquake or a tsunami could affect us at any time. The risk is slightly greater since the 14 November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, and while we can't predict when earthquakes and tsunami will happen, we can help protect ourselves and our families by being prepared. 


Rural Fire

The rural fire service for Kāpiti is managed by the Wellington Rural Fire Authority (WRFA). This page takes you to the WRFA website.


Natural Hazards

Ever wondered what would happen if a major earthquake struck Kāpiti, the effect of sea level rises or what other natural hazards exist in our district?