Speed cameras reviewed
and 2011, 16 tsunamis were recorded as reaching Auckland region.
In 1868 a 2.9 metre high wave from a Chilean earthquake reached Auckland’s Great Barrier Island.
In 1883, the cataclysmic eruption of Indonesian volcano Mt Krakatau pushed a 1.8m high wave into Auckland.
The last recorded tsunami to have reached Auckland was from Japan’s 2011 earthquake. New Zealand’s speed camera network could soon be privately managed as police look to redeploy their resources to other areas.
The network currently includes 19 fixed speed cameras, 43 mobile speed cameras in vans, and three dual purpose red light/ speed cameras. The number of fixed cameras is to swell to 56 by the end of the year, increasing the workload involved in managing the network and processing infringements. Police are now reviewing their ownership of the network.
Other reasons for the review included an increase in the use of technology in the network and higher interest from road controlling authorities to own and manage items such as red light cameras.
Police national road policing manager Superintendent Steve Greally said transferring the network management to the NZTA or a private/public partnership were both possibilities. If the latter was chosen, statutory oversight by a government agency would remain a key requirement. It was also possible the network would continue to be managed by police following the review.
The review is expected to be completed by October.
There are 44 tsunami sirens in Auckland, but not all Aucklanders recognise the tone.