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15 Jun 2017

Pia Pohatu, Tui Warmenhoven, along with Robyn Rauna of Tamanuhiri Trust, are co-ordinating community engagement hui to understand a major research project that is currently underway which researches the 'Hikurangi Subduction Zone'. 

This hui will be to share information about the programme and allow our whanau hapu communities to ask the questions and raise concerns or issues.  There will be a team of GNS scientists in attendance.

The community engagement hui will take place: 

WHEN: THURSDAY 22 June  at 5pm


The Hikurangi subduction zone is poorly understood, yet potentially the largest source of earthquake and tsunami hazard in New Zealand. We know that the Hikurangi subduction zone can produce large earthquakes and tsunamis, and that these events have occurred in the past.

However, we don’t know how often these earthquakes tend to happen, nor do we know how large they can be. It is also the best place to study slow slip events (also referred to as “slow earthquakes” or “silent earthquakes”). The world’s shallowest slow slip events occur just offshore of the North Island’s East Coast, near Gisborne, and offer a globally unique opportunity to understand why slow slip events happen.

Nau mai haere mai e nga whanau, hapu, hapori mai Matakaoa ki Tokomaru.