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Floods: Preparing for our number one hazard

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The 2004 flood in the Waiwhetu Stream, Hutt Valley (Photo source: Greater Wellington)

Flooding is Aotearoa’s most common natural hazard. Chances are that you or someone you know has experienced a flood.

Many communities have been built near rivers, which puts them at risk of flooding. Plus, climate change is causing more extreme weather and rain. More rain means we’re likely to experience more floods, more often.

That’s why we should all:

  • be ready in case flooding happens
  • know what to do when flooding happens
  • know what to do after a flood.

Travel to Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington and:

  • explore how people understand and predict our weather at Te Ratonga Tirorangi Metservice
  • learn about different types of flooding
  • meet experts from NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency), WREMO (Wellington Region Emergency Management Office) and GW (Greater Wellington) who support people before, during and after a flood
  • discover how agencies help to protect communities from flooding
  • find out if you live, study or play in a place where floods could happen
  • learn how to stay safe in the event of a flood.


All the field trip material including video, a Google Earth for Web tour, background material and online quizzes will be available from 20 June 2022.

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