Category 3 land voluntary buy-out programme

The Future of Severely Affected Land (FOSAL) voluntary buy-out (VBO) and relocation programme aims to remove the risk to life for people living on Category 3 land.

Category 3 is land designated as no longer being safe to live on following the North Island Weather Events (NIWE) of January and February 2023.

These events included cyclones Hale and Gabrielle, which severely impacted eastern and coastal areas of Wairarapa, along with other parts of the country.

Wairarapa Recovery Office is coordinating the VBO and relocation programme for eligible landowners in the Masterton area.

To be eligible, landowners needed to own land assessed as Category 3 with one or more dwellings as at 13 February 2023.

For more information, contact Wairarapa Recovery office

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Contact your Council

Masterton District Council

161 Queen Street, Masterton
27 Lincoln Road, Masterton



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Phone: 06 370 6300



Carterton District Council

28 Holloway Street, Carterton



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Phone: 06 379 4030



South Wairarapa District Council

19 Kitchener Street, Martinborough



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Phone: 06 306 9611




Recovery Manager,
PO Box 444, Masterton, 5840

This page brings together information and resources for individuals and communities across Wairarapa impacted by natural hazards.