Damning Report by Auditor-General of Thames-Coromandel Council’s Management of Stormwater Systems

In December 2018 the Auditor-General published a report on how Thames-Coromandel District Council (TCDC) (and two other councils) were managing their stormwater systems to reduce the risk of flooding.  While there are some recent improvements, overall, the Auditor-General was scathing of TCDC’s management of its stormwater systems. Read More »

“The Internet Is Drowning”

Rising sea levels are going to mess with the internet sooner than you think

Fibre-optic cables have been laid around Thames and several other Thames-Coromandel coastal towns in the last couple of years as part of a nationwide rollout.  Much of this cabling has been laid underground on land less than half a metre above sea level rise – for example, the coastal suburbs of Moanataiari, Tararu, Grahamstown and Shortland – even the CBD.  Will this massively expensive technology have to be replaced above ground in just a few years sea levels and salty groundwater levels rise?Read More »

Kopu Wharf Upgrade Report Glosses Over Climate Change Impacts

Sea Link Makes Sense But Land-Based Marine Services May Flood

Thames-Coromandel District Council has received a report on the proposed Kopu Landing Site Upgrade. The preferred option is to build a new slipway and at least a single berth pontoon or wharf, to support an expanded marine service industry for the aquaculture industry in the Firth of Thames.

The report talks up the perceived positives in growth in aquaculture.  But it pays only lip service to the downside risks to the aquaculture industry from warming seas and ocean acidification and to the onshore marine service industry from sea level rise and flooding at Kopu.Read More »