​Moeraki land stability issues ​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Moeraki area has a long and extensive history of land instability. This is caused by large, slowly creeping landslips in the underlying mudstone. In some parts of Moeraki, this poses a high risk of damage to structures.  

If you own a property in Moeraki, or plan to build there, you need to be aware of the issues and how they may affect your property or building project. Please refer to the information below for more information​​

​​Tonkin Taylor Moeraki hazard mapping report (2012)

This report presents the results from a hazard mapping study of Moeraki and the surrounding area which was undertaken by geotechnical engineering consultants Tonkin & Taylor Ltd. 

They have mapped the Moeraki area in terms of landslip risk, with five categories ranging from ‘very low risk’ to ‘very high risk’.  The report also provides some considerations for responding to the issues, along with recommendations for further investigations. ​​​​​

​​Building consent procedure for Moeraki 

Because of the land stability issues at Moeraki and level of risk, special consideration needs to be made of any building consent applications. A consistent approach to considering consent applications ensures: 

  • Council’s risks are managed
  • future property owners are advised of the natural hazards affecting the property 
  • development is not unnecessarily restrained, and 
  • the h​ealth and safety of building residents, subject to one or more natural hazards, is not unduly compromised 

The following document outlines Council’s building consent procedure, with particular reference to the natural hazard issues present at Moeraki.

Page reviewed: 18 Jul 2016 10:38am