My proposal that Waikato Regional Council commence a sustainable home loan scheme will soon go out for public consultation. Low interest loans to targeted ratepayers who opt in to the scheme would be repaid monthly over 10 years through rates. The loans can be used to for insulation, heating, ventilation, double-glazing, solar power/batteries, water tanks and upgrading septic tanks. The programme is designed to be cost-neutral and run at no cost to general ratepayers.Read More »
Two recent stories in local papers illustrate how serious climate change impacts, have encouraged landowners to take the law into their own hands. In Kaiaua an illegal stop bank has been built to try and hold back coastal inundation, and an illegal groyne has been placed on the beach at Flaxmill Bay in an attempt to reduce erosion. Read More »
The headline in the Mercury Bay Informer proclaims Whitianga “Still a Seller’s’ Market” and rampant residential development continues on our coasts. But is the housing market underpricing or ignoring the risk of sea-level rise? The insurance industry is already flagging it will retreat from high-risk areas.Read More »
Thames 8th Most at Risk City/Town in New Zealand – Whitianga 14th
Often the conversations about climate change and rising seas don’t seem locally relevant because they relate to somewhere else – Houston, a low-lying Pacific atoll, or South Dunedin. Now, new information has emerged which confirms that Thames and other low-lying Coromandel Peninsula towns are some of the most at risk places from rising seas in New Zealand.Read More »
How to Use Online Sea-Flooding Mapping Tool For Thames-Coromandel
What is the Coastal Inundation Tool?
The Waikato Regional Council has provided a very useful online sea-flooding / inundation tool on its website. The purpose of this tool is to see what low lying coastal areas in Thames -Coromandel may be subject to inundation (sea flooding) from tides, storms and projected sea level rise. The tool uses a “Google maps” type system allowing the user to zoom in on a property, suburb or town and view various sea level rise and storm tide scenarios.Read More »