Update on the Thames Public Bus Trial

New smartphone app available to plan your ride !

The Thames public bus trial has been running since the beginning of December and is proving to be very popular. In the week before Christmas the bus recorded over 300 rides. Services were a bit disrupted during the 5 January storm surge, but in the last few days numbers are on the rise again. Today, the bus driver told me at 1 PM that he had already picked up over 60 rides, with a couple of hours to go. On one segment the bus was close to being full. Continue reading “Update on the Thames Public Bus Trial”

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Storm Surge and Sea Flood – Thames/Coast

Here is a short YouTube video and photo montage I have put together of the January 5 storm surge and sea flood event in Kaiaua, Thames and the Thames Coast. Why it happened and some graphic footage of sea walls being overtopped, suburbs flooded, and roads wrecked. Continue reading “Storm Surge and Sea Flood – Thames/Coast”

Trump-Like Climate Science Meddling by NZ Ministers

If you think Donald Trump’s interference with, and denial of climate science is outrageous you will be shocked at the disturbing level of Ministerial interference under the previous government around the publication of a Ministry for the Environment expert coastal hazard and sea level rise guidance report for councils. Publication of the report was delayed for 364 days due to Ministerial meddling.  Reporter Eloise Gibson from Newsroom has exposed “an almost farcical series of false starts. Many dates were penciled-in for the launch of the Guidance and then abandoned as it became clear – sometimes only a week or so beforehand – that ministers would not support the plan.” Continue reading “Trump-Like Climate Science Meddling by NZ Ministers”

Drowned Dreams on the Coromandel

Central government’s latest Coastal Hazard Guidance to local councils was released on Friday. Long overdue, the guidance describes the serious threats to our coastal towns, but also gives excellent advice on how our communities can adapt to rising seas.

The guidance could not have come soon enough. As outlined in a must-read Newsroom investigation,  Thames Coromandel District Council (TCDC)  has recently approved four risky major coastal developments which may not have been consented, had the previous government not suppressed the Guidance. Continue reading “Drowned Dreams on the Coromandel”

Could a Warmer Firth Harm Aquaculture

In the last few days, the sea temperature in parts of the Firth of Thames has risen to an astonishing 25°. This is about 5° or 6 ° above the average for December.

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It’s not just the Hauraki Gulf which is warming so rapidly – large parts of the Tasman Sea between New Zealand and Tasmania are also 5° or 6 ° above the long-term average for this time of the year. Continue reading “Could a Warmer Firth Harm Aquaculture”