A Waikato Regional Council (WRC) project near Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains to use pumps and a canal to drain 1100 hectares of farmland on sinking peatland/wetland has seen the cost rise steeply from $2 million in 2013 to $9 million today. The cost benefit analysis carried out was deficient, and the latest research on potential climate change impacts has not been adequately considered. A rigorous review of the project is required.
In a welcome development, Thames-Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie has stated that the need for Thames “to find another area for housing development for potential adaptation purposes where we incrementally can move from the coast” is “absolutely essential”. Read More »
For the first time, the Waikato Regional Council’s three-yearly survey of greenhouse gas emissions has a breakdown for Thames-Coromandel District and other Waikato districts.Read More »
The briefing I received from Waikato Regional Council scientists has confirmed – yes – we have just had a record-breaking drought in Thames-Coromandel.Read More »
Following the recommendation from the Climate Action Committee to the Waikato Regional Council to lower its in-house greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030, a consistent and transparent process for incorporating climate change implications into Council’s work programmes and decisions has been adopted.Read More »