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 »

Moanataiari, Thames Features in Major Stuff Article on Sea Level Rise

The Stuff news website is to be congratulated for starting a concerted campaign on climate change in New Zealand.  This was kicked off yesterday with a brilliant feature article from Stuff National Correspondent Charlie Mitchell called Beach Road The Rising Sea and the Reshaping of NZ

This is the best in-depth reporting I have seen on the impact of sea-level rise in New Zealand.  What makes it particularly interesting for Thames-Coromandel readers is that it begins with an anecdotal account from local Moanataiari, Thames resident Tracey Reeves who talks about her experience during the January 5 storm surge.Read More »

Groundwater Flooding. Dunedin and Thames – ‘Same Diff’

A Serious Problem for South Dunedin AND Thames

Following serious floods in South Dunedin in 2015 due to sea level/groundwater rising the Dunedin City Council (DCC) is actively finding out the cause of the problem and what can be done to reduce future flooding. 


In 2017 DCC commissioned a report from Golders Associates to review international case studies on rising groundwater in urban areas.  This follows an earlier report from BECA which looked at possible engineering options, and the Otago Regional Council placing a series of groundwater monitoring wells in flood prone areas.

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RMA Reforms Will Make Climate Change Central To Consent Decisions

And Public Notification and Rights of Appeal Will Be Restored

The Minister for the Environment David Parker has announced major changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) on two issues of major interest in the Thames-Coromandel 

  • the reintroduction of public notification of resource consents relating to subdivision or residential activities
  • climate change.

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