Future of Severely Affected Land - FOSAL

How the provisional categories have been assessed

Following the devastating impact of Cyclone Gabrielle, the Government announced a system of land categorisations to deal with the risks from future severe weather events on affected properties. Provisional maps were developed showing which category affected properties in our region may fall under.

Since that time property assessments have been undertaken on an ongoing basis to confirm the categorisation of properties. Each property is unique and influenced by a range of different factors. All of the properties given a provisional 2A categorisation have now been moved out of the FOSAL framework or have been confirmed as Category 2C, 2P or 3.

Provisional land categories

May 24, assessment of properties has been completed, no more properties remain in 2A. Categorisations may change as new information is received. Council continues to settle on category 3 properties.

April 24, applications for the Elevating Tairāwhiti fund open. This fund offers financial support to Category 2P property owners to lift or relocate the dwelling on their property.

March 24, assessment of category 2A properties is nearing completion. The majority of property owners remaining in the FOSAL framework should have now received letters confirming the provisional classification of their property. Providing property owners haven’t objected to the provisional classification, they will receive a letter confirming confirmation of their categorisation in the coming weeks. The first category 3 house was purchased by Council

December 23, good progress has been made on assessments, with 253 properties removed from the FOSAL framework with others receiving a provisional 2P or 2C categorisation. These property owners should expect to receive a letter late December/early January. Assessments of the 36 2A properties is a priority for us. The land category map below has been updated to show current classifications.

November 23, assessments of Category 2 properties continues. Property owners will be advised by letter once provisional categories are refined - this could mean moving to 2P or 2C, or Category 3, or if the property is removed from the FOSAL framework.

October 23, following property assessments, over 1000 Category 2A properties were removed from the FOSAL framework. We sent a second letter to all Category 2 property owners, to advise that they had either been removed or remained in Category 2A.

June 23, around 1880 preliminary initial assessment letters were sent to Category 2 and 3 property owners.

Land category map for our district

The map shows the land categories. The number of affected properties currently identified in our region are:

  • Category 3 - 67 properties, 13 of which are under the DPMC whenua māori and marae pathway.
  • Category 2A - 0 properties.
  • Category 2P - 178 properties.
  • Category 2C - 15 properties

More information by land category

Here's all the information we have so far under each category. We'll update the information as the next stages are worked through.
  • Category 1

    Low Risk – Repair to previous state is all that is required to manage future severe weather event risks. This means that once any flood protection near the property is repaired, the home can be rebuilt at the same site.