Natural Events

First Earthquakes

Wairarapa sits at the collision zone of two tectonic plates and suffers from major earthquakes.

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1904 - 1934 Earthquakes

Wairarapa suffered many serious earthquakes, but the only recorded death came from a less severe shake.

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1942 Earthquake

A damaging set of earthquakes struck Wairarapa from mid-1942, changing the face of our towns.

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1918 Snowstorm

Much of New Zealand was affected by a bad snowstorm in 1918, including the Wairarapa.

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