Local Help From New Government On Sea Level Rise

We Qualify For Help – Now We Just Have to Ask For It

There is much to be excited about following the announcement of a Labour, New Zealand First, Green Government.  Especially regarding climate change policy.  All three parties have a strong commitment to reduce emissions and provide leadership and funding for local adaption to climate change and rising seas.  It seems likely that Green Party Leader James Shaw will be Climate Change Minister. Continue reading “Local Help From New Government On Sea Level Rise”


Coastal Flooding Presentation to Thames Coromandel Council

I attended the “Workshop” held by TCDC last week in Thames relating to the Coastal Management Strategy.  I had the chance to speak with Rick Liefting Team Leader Regional Hazards, from Waikato Regional Council, and gained some useful insights into what was being planned by WRC in terms of coastal flooding hazards.

Rick has kindly provided me with a copy of the Presentation to TCDC which he made in August about coastal inundation hazard. The presentation covered: Continue reading “Coastal Flooding Presentation to Thames Coromandel Council”

Survey of Public Perceptions on “Managed Retreat”

Christina Hanna is a PhD researcher at the University of Waikato. She is investigating public perceptions towards managed retreat due to climate change and sea level rise and the enablement of this approach through the environmental planning system.

Christina has been in touch to ask that I share the survey she is conducting because readers may have important views on this subject.

This survey is the first of its kind in New Zealand and will provide critical insights into public preferences for this approach.

If you would like to take the survey go here

Tenders Called for Thames Bus Trial

Service scheduled to commence on 30th October

At last some real progress with the Thames bus trial. The Waikato Regional Council have asked for tenders from bus operators. Tenders will close on 15 October and the service is scheduled to start on 30 October subject to a final go-ahead from the successful bus operator.

The service will begin as a trial for six months, and if successful will be extended for a further 39 months subject to confirmation of funding being made available beyond the 6 month trial period and ongoing performance evaluation. Continue reading “Tenders Called for Thames Bus Trial”

Thames in Top Ten in NZ for Risk of Sea Level Rise

Thames 8th Most at Risk City/Town in New Zealand – Whitianga 14th

Often the conversations about climate change and rising seas don’t seem locally relevant because they relate to somewhere else – Houston, a low-lying Pacific atoll, or South Dunedin.  Now, new information has emerged which confirms that Thames and other low-lying Coromandel Peninsula towns are some of the most at risk places from rising seas in New Zealand. Continue reading “Thames in Top Ten in NZ for Risk of Sea Level Rise”