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Tuesday
Jul292014

Paying for Coastal Protection

Well it did not take long for Mayor Leach to set about making the case for a change to the District Plan to bring about District funding of coastal protection, - this emerged from the Castle today. See my post - 'Climate Change and Who Pays?' of 26 June below.

The utterly charming way in which our erstwhile Mayor rationalises this change should take the LGNZ dissembling award for the year.

"We have to remember that beyond roads are the houses themselves. While scientists debate, trial things and postulate solutions, the real-life situation demands that we draw a line of action before we start losing any houses," says the Mayor."

and:

"One of the ways we're looking to pay to manage coastal erosion is through our upcoming 2015 -2025 Long Term Plan. This could see coastal and hazard activity becoming district-funded, which would be targeted out of everyone's rates."

and:

"You don't have to go too far back to see similar issues of protection needed on the Thames coast too. Just because we have erosion issues in Mercury Bay, Pauanui, Tairua and Whangamata is no guarantee that we won't see more on the western seaboard in future also."

I would challenge the Mayor to name any area in Thames or its coast where the likelihood of damage comparable to that facing the East Coast is either imminent, or likely in the foreseeable future. And I mean 'financial' damage. Sure there are pockets that are facing inundation to a degree, but for him to rationalise District charging on this basis is simply balderdash, and he knows it! All the scientific gobbledygook in Christendom wont come near equating the two coasts in terms of the danger and damage being faced. And to extend the tired old 'unaffordability' argument to make Thames residents responsible for 'bailing-out' the East coast is beyond outrageous 

The ''softening-up' process is underway - watch carefully as the argument for District funding is developed over the next few months - it will undoubtedlyrefer to the Moanataiari situatioin from years ago when the District made a 9% token contribution to the cost - otherwise a totally Thames responsibility. Millions of dollars are about to be committed defending the East Coast, and at this rate we will be paying for it, along with Zoom Zone Dry Courts, Skate Parks, footy Grandstands and grand redesigns of our Town Centre, including traffic lights.  Nothing to speak of put aside for Thames infrastructure that is facing imminent collapse.  So far it is only a vast array of consultants that have benefited to the tune of hundreds of thousands - but wait till the real bills start coming in.

What kind of idiocy is being perpetrated on our behalf - our councillors were elected to defend our interests, not allow themselves to be manipulated like putty in Leach's hands.  

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (4)

"Hear hear" to your last couple of lines - Thames councillors that defend the interests of the people of Thames; wouldn't that be a hoot.
No doubt, if challenged, the response from said elected representatives would be the usual patronising blather about it being more complicated than we, the plebs, could possibly understand.
It is tiresome in the extreme that we have to endure a fairly complete absence of consultation with the constituents they were elected to represent when presented with such issues: it is a sure thing that a further response [if challenged] would be that we, the plebs [again], provided the mandate in electing them.
District funding is manifestly unfair to Thames ratepayers - at least in this instance - let the east coast people pay for their own repairs. West coast rate-payers will pay for their own repairs if such repairs are found necessary.
Don't you just love democracy. Ha ha ha....

July 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

the problem is of national significance & importance and thats where the lobbying should be

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercommonsense

Good point on infrastructure Bill...just wait until the rates bill has to catch up to that oversight, eyes will be watering. Some interesting Asset Management strategies being applied around the peninsula. ..those big dreams and lack of capability to employ them...tsk tsk tsk....Seems the firm hand of some experienced former group managers is going to be missed at some pont. Sure the CE and DCE are onto it though...ha ha ha ha

Good point on infrastructure Bill...just wait until the rates bill has to catch up to that oversight, eyes will be watering. Some interesting Asset Management strategies being applied around the peninsula. ..those big dreams and lack of capability to employ them, taking all those consultants grand ideas and putting them on or in the ground is creating much angst...and here we thought the total reliance on consultants was going to diminish via the 2012 restructure..qualified staff are still leaving...or being invited to leave...to make room for soft back office roles..tsk tsk tsk....Seems the firm hands of some experienced former group managers is going to be missed at some point. Sure the CE and DCE are onto it though...ha ha ha ha

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