Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Waikato endorses local government climate change approach

27 July 2017

Waikato endorses local government climate change approach

Waikato regional councillors have today endorsed an updated Local Government New Zealand position statement on climate change, with a staff report noting most council activities are affected by climate change or moves towards a low-carbon economy.

“The coming decades will not be business as usual,” the report said.

“We will need to review, reassess and recast all previous assumptions and be prepared to take a far more long-term view on activities and investment than in the past.”

Councillors were told the region is highly exposed to the projected impacts of climate change with, for example:
· more than 800 kilometres of national and local roads within 1.5 metres of current sea levels
· 266 square kilometres of land already below sea level in the Waikato and Hauraki catchments
· in excess of $2 billion of commercial and residential coastal property within one metre of current sea levels
· the region having 21 per cent of national greenhouse gas emissions, with the Government’s policy of transition to low carbon economy expected to affect carbon emitting activities and industries in the Waikato.

Also, more severe weather extremes are expected with more frequent dryer (drought) conditions in
the north and east and higher intensity rainfall events in the south and west of the region.

Under the updated Local Government NZ position statement, councils are expected to take a lead on improving collaboration on climate change, taking change into account in long-term planning and hazard management, and looking at security of water supplies under climate change.

Council chair Alan Livingston, who will sign a local government leaders’ climate change declaration, said: “It is crucial joint action is taken to manage future risks and the regional council is committed to playing its part.”

The council is already involved in a range of climate change-related initiatives. For example, erosion and inundation risks associated with coastal environments are expected to significantly increase due to the effects of projected climate change.

Work has started on identifying the information needs required to accurately identify areas of coastal hazard risks, including an assessment of how sea level rise will alter the risk profile for the region. This technical work will also feed into the forthcoming review of the regional coastal plan review.

One of the main projects addressing sea level rise hazards is the council’s recently introduced online coastal inundation tool. This allows the visualisation of potential sea level rise impacts in the future and the identification of vulnerable low-lying areas.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election