Should Taxpayers Fund Climate Compensation for Beachfront Homeowners?

The Government is Actively Considering These Issues

Updated 15 December 2018 

Last week I wrote about the ethical dilemmas around the issue of who pays for climate change adaptation summed up in the phrase “the rich get seawalls and the poor get moved”.  Yesterday, Stuff reporter Andrea Vance has revealed that the government is actively grappling with this dilemma and that we should expect some decisions next year.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 »

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 »