Thames-Coromandel District Council has posted some Frequently Asked Questions on its website regarding the proposed swimming pool near the Thames airfield. There are plenty of questions it has not answered, and many of the answers given only tell half the story.Read More »
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 »
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 »
It was super exciting to see Stuff’s National Correspondent Charlie Mitchell’s brilliant feature article on Thames-Coromandel sea level rise issues on the front page of the Hauraki Herald. Read More »
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 »