Planning for tsunami evacuations: the case of the Marine Education Centre, Wellington, New Zealand

Ruth Garside, David Johnston, Wendy Saunders and Graham Leonard

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In 2007, the New Zealand Environment Court (W 082/2007) decided to uphold appeals relating to the effects of a Marine Education Centre proposed to be built on an exposed coastal site, susceptible to tsunami risk, south of Wellington city. This resulted in a significant ruling that applicants seeking resource consents for the establishment and operation of public facilities in areas susceptible to natural hazards should not overlook evacuation planning in their application.