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A Waikato Thing

Series one is about some of the incredible natural phenomena in the Waikato region and connected areas. 

When you understand natural processes better and how our human interaction leads to them being potential hazards and risks, it gives you tools to better manage these and makes you more resilient in your life.

This way of expressing the importance of getting to know our region better came from Graham Leonard, Principal Scientist at GNS Science, a key participant in this podcast.

Graham joins experts on the podcast who share their research and life experience to help us live smarter within our environment.

Click on an episode to listen, and scroll down for show notes and links.

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01

Introduction

Start with an overview of the forces that shape Aotearoa New Zealand and the Waikato Region. Discover the benefit of understanding the forces at play, go behind the scenes with NZ's expert on warnings, find out about earthquake weather and get a masterclass on what to look for in the stories of Maori and their place in understanding the mighty Waikato.

02

Volcanoes Part 1

The world renowned Taupo Volcanic Zone, big brother to Yellowstone, stretches from the central plateau to Whakaari White Island. The effects of this volcanic area are seen throughout the region. Today we listen to lived experiences, science and hundred’s of years of inter-generational observation (matauranga Maori).

Subjects covered include 1995 and 1975’s eruptions of Ruapehu and Tongariro, volcanic ash, behind the scenes of GNS Science’s Monday morning volcano meetings and much more.

03

Volcanoes Part 2

In part two we go inside a volcano to explore the world under our feet. Find out about our supervolcano, the six things to know, and get a deeper insight into the origins of Ruapehu and Tongariro - and indeed - life on this planet. If you've every had a fascination with volcanoes, you'll really enjoy concluding our two-parter with this love letter to volcanos.

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04

Earthquakes

Join GNS Science's Brad Scott and Kate Clark, Waikato Regional Council's Rick Liefting and Whitney Mills, and Waikato-Tainui's Rahui Papa to discuss Waikato's seismic phenomenon. We discuss the effects of living on a tectonic plate boundary, liquifaction, landslides and Te Punenga fault zone near Morrinsville.

05

Introduction

What are the best tsunami warnings? What have we learned from the big tsunami disasters in countries like Japan? How much do we know about the effect of landslides beneath the waves?

In this supersized episode hear from the following experts, in order of appearance:

  1. GNS Science Natural Hazard and Risk Team Leader and member of the national Tsunami Advisory Group and Tsunami Working Group, Graham Leonard

  2. Waikato Regional Council Regional Resilience Lead, Rick Liefting

  3. Thames-Coromandel District Council Emergency Management Controller, Garry Towler

  4. Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Public Information Manager and Hazards Lead, Alicia Roberts

  5. Director and Senior Social Scientist for Canary Innovation, and co-Chair of the World Meteorological Organisational High Impact Weather Project, Sally Potter

  6. GNS Science Senior Marine Geohazard Researcher Suzanne Bull

  7. Waikato Tainui's Rahui Papa.

 

A Waikato Thing is Produced and Directed by Drew Mehrtens.

Copyright 2024 Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.

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06

Severe Weather

In 2019 the MetService introduced a new colour-coded warning system, and in this massive episode you'll hear from those behind that change and what the future of warnings might be, including the use of AI in the future of flood predictions and warnings.

How does AI and machine learning work in this context? What is the Waikato's dominant weather pattern? Why does the west coast and the Coromandel Peninsula cope with more rain than other parts of the region? How does our region's extensive flood protection systems work?

In this episode, hear from the following experts, in order of appearance:

  • Waikato-Tainui's Rahui Papa

  • MetService Head of Communication, Lisa Murray

  • Director and Senior Social Scientist for Canary Innovation, and co-Chair of the World Meteorological Organisational High Impact Weather Project, Sally Potter

  • Waikato Regional Council Regional Resilience Leader, Rick Liefting

  • Waikato Regional Council Regional Resilience Specialist, Natural Hazards, Whitney Mills

  • Thames-Coromandel District Council Emergency Management Controller, Garry Towler

  • University of Waikato Senior Research Fellow at the AI Institute, and Waikato Regional Council Senior Hazard and Disaster Risk Advisor, Phil Mourot

Produced and Directed by Drew Mehrtens

Production Partner, L'Bleu

Copyright 2024 Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.

Check out the links on our show notes page at https://waikatocivildefence.govt.nz/podcast/

Links

Severe Weather

MetService NZ Weather app

The MetService NZ Weather app allows users to receive updates for extreme weather events (red warnigs and thunderstorm warnings) and extreme fire danger risk in partnership with Fire and Emergency.

Check out our Facebook page for up-to-date warnings

Waikato Regional Council Flood Room Live

When the Flood Room Live is activated, it combines the official MetService information with nuanced regional and local information from our hydrologists, councils and agencies (such as MPI and NZTA).

Regional River Flooding

Flood Protection information

Waikato's flood protection systems (there are over 90 individual land drainage schemes) include stopbanks, floodgates, pump stations, spillways and channels, all linked and managed by computer monitoring of river levels and flows.

What to do before, during and after a storm (multiple languages)

Storms can happen any time of the year. They can bring strong winds, heavy rain or snow, thunder, lightning, tornadoes and rough seas. Find out what to do before, during and after a storm.

What to do before, during and after flooding (multiple languages)

Floods happen often in New Zealand and can cause a lot of damage and loss of life. Find out what to do before, during and after flooding.

Coastal Flooding (inundation) information from the regional council

Coastal Inundation Tool

Check out which areas are susceptible to coastal inundation, both now and in the future with projected sea level rise.

Landslides in the Waikato region

Learn more about the Taiao AI project 

New Zealand data and environmental scientists using artificial intelligence to solve some of the biggest environmental issues facing New Zealand.

More on impact-based warnings from Dr Sally Potter (YouTube)

Dr Sally Potter explains impact-based forecasts and warnings that provide information about what the weather might DO rather than what the weather will BE. This enables people to take actions to try and reduce the impacts of weather events.

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