Johnston, D.M.; Nairn, I.A.; Cole, J.; Paton, D.; Martin, R. 2000 Distal impacts of the ~1300 AD Kaharoa eruption on modern day New Zealand. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences science report 2000/27 30 p.
Abstract: Detailed analysis of prehistoric eruptions has an important role to play in regard to understanding the social impacts of volcanic hazards and developing a capability to manage large scale, geographically-dispersed hazards. Despite the vulnerability of the North Island to volcanic hazards, the lack of experience of large-scale eruptive activity creates special problems for managing volcanic hazards in New Zealand. The only feasible approach is to conduct detailed analyses of past events in New Zealand and use these data to develop plans and response capabilities. Here we used the ~1300 AD Kaharoa eruption as an example and assess the impacts on modern New Zealand if this eruption were to occur at the present time. (auth)