Thames-Coromandel District Council has confirmed that $0.5 billion worth of its own community/ratepayer assets are at risk from sea level rise Radio NZ reports.
Coromandel coastal property values are surging by as much as 66 per cent, new research by OneRoof shows. Despite a slowdown in sales volumes since 2015 and ever more strident warnings from official and industry sources of an increased threat from climate change, coastal properties are still rising in value – and in many cases becoming more upmarket. Read More »
Should nature shape the coast rather than seawalls as seas rise?
Could working with nature rather than fighting it may be the best response to sea level rise for areas near Thames and for other communities? The foreshore between Kopu and Rhodes Park, Thames appears to be an ideal place to gradually allow the sea to encroach naturally, create a wetland and possibly a waterfront park for Thames? The foreshore of the Hauraki Plains is another area where nature may be left to take its course?Read More »
Climate Change Declaration ‘not a binding contract’
In a Radio New Zealand interview this morning the president of Local Government New Zealand, David Cull, rubbished the Thames-Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie’s statements yesterday that the campaign for Council to sign the climate change declaration was “politically charged and driven” and that it committed ratepayers to excessive spending.Read More »
Thames-Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie was interviewed on Radio New Zealand this morning and said she would not support her Council signing the Local Government Declaration on Climate Change which has already been signed by 55 other councils. She refused to say whether she believed there was climate change and said the push to get the declaration signed was “politically charged and driven”.Read More »