GNS Science said about $60m of international funding has been secured to study the subduction zone just off New Zealand's east coast.
Locals have been growing bananas for decades, but now $100,000 in funding has been granted to turn it into big business.
Grower Leaderbrand, which supplies the big supermarkets, saw significant crop losses and is warning of a supply shortage.
Fruit is on the ground and logging leftovers have reached the beach after last night's heavy rain and strong winds.
Toa got the rescue he deserved, having spent a couple of lonely nights at the family home.
A mass of logs and forestry debris can be seen littered around the area.