Explore thh Waikato Regional Hazards


​The Waikato region includes some of the most seismically active parts of New Zealand with four large active faults.​

Severe Weather

The Waikato region is vulnerable to severe storms due to its northern geographical location (meaning that it is vulnerable to storms of tropical origin).​


​Pandemics, animal or otherwise would certainly be significant for the Waikato Region and for New Zealand ​


Frequent, heavy rain and the steep gradient of many rivers means the Waikato region is prone to flooding from severe weather patterns, especially tropical cyclones and depressions.​​

See Hamilton's flood hazard areas​

Lifeline Disruption

Modern life is reliant on a range of services, the infrastructure that provides these services is vulnerable to failure for a number of reasons​.


The Waikato region includes both, ​a number of urban areas that include a range of residential, commercial and industrial land uses, and large forested areas, that include both indigenous forests and plantations.​

​​​Mass Casualty

The mass transportation of people occurs within and adjacent to the Waikato region, including on land, air and sea.​

Chemical Spills

The Waikato region includes a variety of industries that require the storage and use of hazardous substances for day-to-day operations as well as a number of significant transport routes​

​​Climate Change​



The Waikato Region (as with the rest of New Zealand) may be impacted by a domestic or international terrorism incident.



Page reviewed: 04 Nov 2019 3:34pm