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Denis Tegg Has Nailed It Yet Again!

Denis's latest blog post really brings home to us the danger that lies ahead in this town, and the need to hold our Councils, and Government to account for initiating the protective measures that are necessary to deal with the inevitable sea-level rise. This is the irrefutable evidence that this town is in the top ten on virtually every score for risk of sea level rise in this country.

Denis's research is without peer, and those that would hesitate to respond must surely be prepared to suffer the slings and arrows of those who are affected, and those who concerned about the effect on the welfare of our citizens and the economy. The evidence is there for all to see, and we need to get on with the job - neither Wellington, no matter who is is power, or our local authorities can ignore the situation any longer.




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NIWA has certainly produced useful information and Dennis does well to highlight the relevance of this information to Thames, Whitianga and Ngatea residents (especially). But to some extent he kicks 'it' down the road. Why? The important part of the discussion becomes what to do about the issue.
Inundation is not an easy prospect for ordinary folks to contemplate, let alone to find solutions to.
Sure, we cannot 'bury our heads in the sand', or underwater, as the case may be; but what to do.
Build a sea-wall, raise affected areas, shift affected areas beyond the inundation levels, trigger building relocation on consent application, re-route and rebuild roads and other infrastructure to new locations, shift the town. Imagine re-routing the road between Thames and Coromandel. There you go, some options on the table...but what about rating implications? People bang on about wanting tax cuts and rate reductions - which, in the face of the improbable options listed above will rather experience exponential rate / tax / indirect charges / levies / fees et. al increases. With half the work - as we know it today - likely to disappear in the next 10 / 15 years or so due to technology, suggest some options for affording these expenses that ordinary folk can afford; after all the tax-payer is the rate-payer is the consumer.....
Give me a 'heads-up - what, really, do you expect our councilors and community board members to do?
Just saying.

September 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Quite simple Rusell - they have to show greater commitment to convincing central Government of its responsibility to take the lead on establishing the extent of the problem, what are the best options for dealing with it, and providing the major resources necessary. Our elected members are all paid at least $35k per annum - not to sit on their duffs, wring their hands and claim that "it is all too miuch." There is a job to be done - it for them to take the lead locally, and ours to push them in that direction - to date, we have seen 'sweet Fanny Adams,' and we cannot allow it to continue. Denis is showing the way, and I am totally with him on this. Get in behind!

September 29, 2017 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay


What would I like the Councillors (and local MP) to do is a fair question – and one I have been talking about for some time on my blog – for starters

First – as I had been pushing very hard for at least six months - we need urgent work on identifying and mapping the areas most at risk from inundation. This has to be done in cooperation with the Regional Council.

Second they have to recognise this is a real and present problem and take it seriously rather than pretend it is someone else's problem

Third be much more cautious than they currently are about allowing new risky subdivision, infrastructure and development on the coast

Fourth push very hard just like Dunedin Christchurch and other urban areas threatened by sea level rise have done – for strong effective assistance from central government. This cannot be left to local governments to deal with on their own. This includes not only changes in the law around how adaption is going to be funded, but also the provision of coastal hazard expertise and adaption. Labour has some useful policies on these issues – National does not

Fifth – once the modelling has been done and areas most at risk have been identified – carry out intensive public engagement so that plans for adaption such as the potential options you raise Russell can be worked through with the community – also ensure that the areas at risk are incorporated into the District Plan and on LIMs

Sixth make sure that the latest draft 2017 guidance to local authorities on sea level rise and adaption is immediately released by the new government so that councils can start implementing it.

If you really want to get into the detail of what the Council should be doing – check out the draft guidance leaks by the Greens – it's all laid out with a 10 point plan, with much of the plans involving a staged adaptive process

September 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDenis Tegg

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