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

 

Rotorua: Panel to consider flood mitigation and prevention

Panel to consider flood mitigation and prevention measures

An independent advisory panel will be established to consider future flood mitigation and prevention measures for Rotorua.

“We think it’s important to learn from the events of 29 April,” Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says.

“It’s important we understand what happened and what contributed to that so we can improve our ability to deal with adverse events and minimise the impact on our residents.

“The panel is being established at the request of Rotorua Lakes Council although it’s our hope this will be a joint review with Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Rotorua Lakes Council elected members endorsed it today at the Strategy, Policy and Finance Committee meeting and regional councillors were considering it today as well.

“Our Council feels very strongly that there is a need to understand all the contributing factors and look at how we can prevent or reduce the risk in future and minimise the impact of future weather events on our community,” Mayor Chadwick says.

“The panel will recommend measures that may prevent or minimise the risk and effects of future flood events. This is important for council and for the community, especially given the level of concern about changing weather and the frequency of adverse weather events.”

While the panel will focus on Ngongotaha, Mayor Chadwick says there will be learnings that can be applied across the district.

“The terms of reference and establishment of the panel will be worked through by our chief executive and his counterpart at the regional council if they come on board.”

It is envisaged the panel will have a membership of three to five but will call on other experts to contribute.

“We also felt it was important, to really understand what happened and the impact of it, that there will need to be some community consultation to ensure we get a complete picture,” Mayor Chadwick says.

The panel will consider regional and district planning matters, engineering options, stormwater, catchment management, future land use and subdivision development considerations and mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge).

Mayor Chadwick says the terms of reference are expected to be finalised by the end of this month and the intent is that the panel will provide a final report by the end of August.

“We look forward to getting this work underway to help us in our future decision-making for the benefit of our community and district,” the mayor says.

Watch the full LIVE STREAM video on Facebook here.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>

 

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels