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The Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Act 1931

The Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Act 1931

The earthquake showed up weaknesses in emergency management, as there was no national organisation or legal provision for emergency measures. The government had to hastily introduce legislation to give authority to the Hawke’s Bay Adjustment Court, which co-ordinated reconstruction in the region.

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Reference: New Zealand Statutes, 1931, pp. 47-68

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - Rebuilding Napier', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/4569/the-hawkes-bay-earthquake-act-1931 (accessed 20 March 2019)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2017