Doubling Down on a Double Standard by Regional Council

Some consistency please on enforcement of illegal coastal structures

An earlier article described how Waikato Regional Council had a double standard by requiring the removal of an illegal stop bank at Kaiaua but allowing an illegal beach groyne at Flaxmill Bay to remain. Now, Regional Council has doubled down on its double standard by fining a Whitianga farmer $30,000 for illegal work on a coastal wetland but still taking no action in respect of the illegal beach groyne.Read More »

Sand to Mud

Intensive farming, mining and forestry has turned our estuaries from sand to mud and losing productive soil.

Since Parliament’s Select Committee reported back on the Thames-Coromandel District Councils Mangrove Management Bill there has been no public reaction from the Council.  After being all gung-ho about their Bill the strange silence from the Council is probably because the Select Committee gutted the Bill by limiting its cover to only mangroves in the Whangamata harbour and recommended stringent other controls on mangrove removal. Read More »

New Sea Level Rise Risk Assessments For Thames Coromandel Coming Soon

Thames and Thames Coast Likely to be in “Imminent Risk” Category

More details have emerged about a draft NIWA Report which describes the extent of risk of coastal property to sea level rise.  Local Government NZ is soon to release a separate report on sea level risks to Council infrastructure and buildings. When these two reports are released the detail on the most at-risk areas to sea flooding and erosion is going to be of intense interest to Thames-Coromandel Council and local coastal property owners.Read More »