While the Council, on behalf of the community, is responsible with Environment Canterbury for managing risks posed by coastal hazards and is responsible for managing the risk to Council owned assets and income, the Council does not have an explicit legal obligation to protect privately owned assets from coastal hazards.
Private asset owners (individuals, organisations, businesses, and iwi who own built structures on private land) are responsible for managing risks to their assets and incomes. The private asset owner’s role is to:
- Be aware of the risks and their responsibility for managing them.
- Comply with regulations that apply to their assets and activities.
- Take steps to understand the magnitude and nature of the specific risks to their assets and activities.
- Develop and implement strategies and actions to manage these risks.
The Council’s role is to:
- Prepare and implement civil defence and emergency management plans.
- Develop and implement plans, policies and regulations for the identification and management of coastal hazards.
- Facilitate the building of resilience and adaptive capacity within communities including providing information about known risks posed by coastal hazard.
- Where appropriate, work in partnership with communities to identify and manage the risks posed by coastal hazards, and their impacts.