Call for Leaders' debate on West Coast
ACT Leader Richard Prebble said he thought it was an
excellent idea that the first leaders' debate should be in
Westport on the West Coast.
He said the ACT party would
be prepared to front up, but doubted whether Jim Anderton
would be much keener than Helen Clark to come to the West
Mr Prebble, currently campaigning in the South
Island, said he was saying to heartland New Zealand that
ACT shared their values and would be privileged to represent
"The Labour party has told heartland New
Zealand that Labour's values have 'moved on' and that they
are surplus to requirements," Mr Prebble said.
writing to Prime Minister Shipley to suggest she insists the
debate be on the West Coast."
© Scoop Media
New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change
One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.
Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...
There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>