Reserve Bank Warns of Sea Level Rise Risk.

Homes Will Become Uninsurable

When the Reserve Bank issues a warning about the threat that climate change and sea level rise poses to the New Zealand economy, and that homes and businesses will become uninsurable – surely it is time for real estate agents, coastal property developers and owners, and councils to take notice.Read More »


Should Taxpayers Fund Climate Compensation for Beachfront Homeowners?

The Government is Actively Considering These Issues

Updated 15 December 2018 

Last week I wrote about the ethical dilemmas around the issue of who pays for climate change adaptation summed up in the phrase “the rich get seawalls and the poor get moved”.  Yesterday, Stuff reporter Andrea Vance has revealed that the government is actively grappling with this dilemma and that we should expect some decisions next year.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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Citizens Call on Thames-Coromandel Council to Take Strong Climate Action

Today, over 20 citizens attended the public forum of the Thames-Coromandel District Council’s monthly meeting to call on TCDC to sign the Local Government New Zealand Climate Leaders Declaration on Climate Change and take steps to reduce its own emissions. TCDC is one of the few councils in New Zealand which has yet to sign the Declaration.Read More »

Kopu Wharf Upgrade Report Glosses Over Climate Change Impacts

Sea Link Makes Sense But Land-Based Marine Services May Flood

Thames-Coromandel District Council has received a report on the proposed Kopu Landing Site Upgrade. The preferred option is to build a new slipway and at least a single berth pontoon or wharf, to support an expanded marine service industry for the aquaculture industry in the Firth of Thames.

The report talks up the perceived positives in growth in aquaculture.  But it pays only lip service to the downside risks to the aquaculture industry from warming seas and ocean acidification and to the onshore marine service industry from sea level rise and flooding at Kopu.Read More »