Clifton to Tangoio Coastal Hazard Strategy 2120

HB Coast

This information booklet provides a short summary of this work.

Coastal Hazards in Hawke's Bay

Coastal Communities around New Zealand, and the world, are becoming increasingly aware of coastal hazards, such as coastal inundation (flooding by the sea), coastal erosion and tsunami. 

In Hawke's Bay we have faced these hazards in the past and understand some of the concerns. We can use this knowledge to look ahead to ensure we are prepared to deal with the challenges of coastal hazards in the future, creating more resilient communities.

Strategy for Clifton to Tangoio coastline

Clifton to Tangoio is the most developed and populated part of the Hawke’s Bay coastline,  As well as hundreds of people’s homes located along this coast, there are businesses and industry, roads, bridges, electrical/gas/water/sewage services, a seaport and an airport.

We’re developing a strategy called Clifton to Tangoio Coastal Hazards Strategy 2120 to understand coastal hazards risks and the management options for this key part of the Hawke’s Bay coastline.

The Strategy will identify the areas that may be affected by various coastal hazards over the long term and the risks to public and private property, cultural sites and areas, recreational use and infrastructure services.

Report of The Northern and Southern Cell Assessment Panels

Hawke's Bay Community Involvement

As the Strategy develops, there will be opportunities for residents and businesses to get involved. This website is updated regularly.  You can check on

  • the latest information and research
  • public presentations and meetings
  • opportunities where you can learn more and have your say.

This strategy is being developed by Hastings District Council, Hawke's Bay Regional Council, Napier City Council, and groups representing mana whenua and tangata whenua.

In 2017 the Northern and Southern Assessment Cell Evaluation Panels were formed to complete Stage 3 of the Clifton to Tangoio Coastal Hazards Strategy 2120.  Their report presents their evaluation process and recommendations, and is structured into four parts. 

Community survey March 2022

Thank you to everyone who filled in the HB Coast survey in March.
We had 81 respondents, 49 of who lived within two blocks of the coast.

Key results of the survey showed us:

  • 70% were concerned about coastal hazards, with the biggest concerns around climate change, rising sea levels, erosion, and human intervention
  • 27% had personally or known someone who had experienced loss or damage through coastal hazards
  • There was a desire to see more action taken, more hard engineering solutions, more engagement with the community, and a greater focus on biodiversity
  • There was a desire to see less gravel along Westshore, less subdivision, less erosion and damage to homes, and fewer hard engineering solutions
  • 78% supported the proposal for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to lead this work into the future, with 6% strongly opposed
  • The community would like more options for in-person and digital engagement, conversations with a broader range of the community, follow up on feedback and council taking on feedback


Hastings Distric Council
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Hawke's Bay Regional Council
Mana Ahuriri website
Heretaunga Tamatea Settlement Trust
Maungaharuru Tangitū Trust

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