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 »
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 »
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 »
In a previous post, I highlighted the Golder Associates comparative international study obtained by Otago Regional Council on high groundwater and flooding issues caused by rising sea levels. This post will show some of the options used to reduce groundwater flooding – particularly in the Netherlands.
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 »