Paying Lip Service to Coastal Hazards

In a familiar yet disturbing trend, yet another major Coromandel coastal subdivision consent application has been lodged with Thames Coromandel District Council which pays lip service to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.  This time, it’s an application for an additional 74 sections in the Whitianga Waterways project.  The application does not include an up to date coastal hazard assessment which considers the latest Government guidance, or proper planning and legal analysis of coastal hazards for the site.

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Doubling Down on a Double Standard by Regional Council

Some consistency please on enforcement of illegal coastal structures

An earlier article described how Waikato Regional Council had a double standard by requiring the removal of an illegal stop bank at Kaiaua but allowing an illegal beach groyne at Flaxmill Bay to remain. Now, Regional Council has doubled down on its double standard by fining a Whitianga farmer $30,000 for illegal work on a coastal wetland but still taking no action in respect of the illegal beach groyne.Read More »

Raining on Whitianga’s Upgrade Parade

Celebrations at the weekend marked the completion of the Whitianga Town Centre upgrade project with much backslapping and praise for a job “well done”.  Sorry to be a grinch just before Christmas – but it will be some time before we really know whether this is a worthy well-planned project, or instead an avoidable waste of $6.5 million of ratepayer funds because the area floods from the sea.

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