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Coastal Management Strategy

The draft Management Strategy foreshadowed with public meetings last year , and with the allocation of $2.5m in the TYP goes to Council on Tuesday.

It is a pretty comprehensive document that is unlikely to cause a great deal of controversy other from those who will inevitably consider that there development rights are being 'trampled.' It is a 'no-win' situation for Council, but its hands are tied by legislation, and it must now act to ensure that the necessary plans are put in place. There is some discretion, but if 5 January, and the recent East Coast storm have not provided the necessary impetus to get the job done, then the next big-one' surely will.

In regard to the latter, the new National Environmental Standard (NES) for Plantation Forestry came into force on 1 May 2018 - just in time to remind Shane Jones that he some restrictions around how and where he plants his billion trees. and provides councils with belated requirements to prevent these clear-felling disasters in the future. Unfortunately there is little in the Strategy to provide relief for those who are unfortunately at risk from inundation through no particular fault of their own - particularly in the case of those who have assets that pre-date any concept of same.

But the document does provide an excellent summary of the risks, if only to extent required under the NZ Coastal Policy Statement 2010, which as Denis Tegg will tell you ad infinitum, is the bare minimum that should be taken into account, and that is in many respects totally deficient in its recognition of the risks that we now face with recently acquired knowledge of what is happening to the ice-caps alone.

Our Council have been pushed and shoved to get to this point, and it is beholden on all of us to ensure that it maintains momentum to complete the tasks required to ensure the implementation of this Strategy. This is best summed up in the following quote:

"We want to provide the best information we can to our communities so they can determine what risk they are willing to accept or tolerate. This will involve discussions around sea level rise, coastal inundation (flooding), how each community might be affected into the future and how these are best addressed in the context of their particular location."

It is not a long document, and it well worth a read to familiarise yourself with what your Council is facing, and how it plans to tackle it. Past performance of our Counmcil means that everyone effected - not just those adjacent to the water, need to carefully monitor its compliance in order to ensure that it is carrying out its entire range required tasks responsibly. The $2.5m is just the start.

I will report back on Wednesday regarding the manner i which the Strategy is discussed, and hopefully, adopted.




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