Our District

How we're helping Kāpiti get tsunami-ready

We know from tsunami overseas that it's important not to get complacent and that planning can save lives, so we want to help people get better prepared.

With help from volunteers, we've door-knocked over 8000 homes in the tsunami evacuation zones, and held six drop-in information evenings across the district. We also worked with businesses, clubs and advisory groups to get information out to other people in the community who work in, or regularly use buildings in the zones.


What was involved in your residential door-knocking?

Over three months in 2017 we worked with volunteers to door-knock over 8000 homes in the Kāpiti tsunami evacuation zones. People living in a tsunami evacuation zone  at the time received a knock on the door during the weekend from our Council reps and volunteers. We dropped off detailed information about tsunami – the warning signs, and what to do and where to go if one hits the Coast. We started in Waikanae and worked our way around Kāpiti to spread the word about what people can do to prepare their households. If they weren't home, we popped the info in their letterbox.

What did your drop-in sessions involve?

These were held in each community once we'd door-knocked those living in the zones. They were a chance for people to ask any questions they had, and be part of a community conversation about warning systems in Kāpiti. We know that there was confusion after the November earthquake within our community around whether or not people living in evacuation zones should evacuate, and that some were concerned about the absence of tsunami warning sirens. So these sessions were an opportunity to come and talk to us about what's in place, and the pros and cons of different options we could consider for Kāpiti in the future.

How did you work with businesses, clubs, advocacy and advisory groups?

We wrote to businesses, clubs, and other groups based in the zones to let them know what they can do to inform their members, customers and other people who use their buildings. We also contacted advisory groups to encourage them to reach out to vulnerable members of our community to help them make individual plans for getting to safety.

How can I get a copy of the 'Are you prepared for a tsunami' brochure?

You can download our 'Are you prepared for a tsunami?' brochure.  However, please keep in mind that this was written specifically for people located in tsunami zones. If you don't live in the zones, and there's a long or strong earthquake, stay put. This will help others who are in the zones evacuate quickly.  

What else should I know about tsunami, or do to get prepared?

Check out our general info about tsunami, including the different types, warnings and simple things you can do to get tsunami ready.