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Beneath the waves

Raranga Whāriki Papa Moana

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Two active island volcanoes lie off the Bay of Plenty coast: Tūhua/Mayor Island and Whakaari/White Island.

Risks from these near-shore islands are missing from hazard forecasting and emergency management plans.

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To reduce vulnerability in our communities and to near sea-level infrastructure, our research is investigating the potential hazards – above and below the water by mapping the physical anatomy of each island.

By partnering with communities, educators, hazard managers, industry and iwi we can package the new information in the best way to increase awareness and usefulness.