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


Regional council welcomes climate change report

Media release

6 August 2013

The climate change report by the Government’s Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman is a welcome contribution to the debate about the resilience of Wellington’s infrastructure, says Regional Council Chair Fran Wilde, who is also chair of the region’s Lifelines Group.

The report, New Zealand’s changing climate and oceans: The impact of human activity and implications for the future, outlines scientific understandings of climate change and the way it could affect New Zealand in the future.

Ms Wilde says the report’s conclusions confirm what the council, other science bodies in the region and the Lifelines Group had already established - that significant infrastructure vulnerabilities need to be addressed to ensure future resilience.

“Regional Councils are responsible for much of the vital infrastructure that will be impacted by climate change. Other critical partners are central government and the private sector. It is critical that we collectively review and understand what measures are required to establish the degree of resilience that can maintain a functioning community, even after a large natural event.

“It was interesting to note that the Gluckman report used a photo of the recent washout of the Hutt rail line as an example of the impact of a major storm. I have already written to Prime Minister John Key to request that the Government take into account the impact of climate change on the transport corridor between Wellington and the Hutt Valley and asked that the government work with the region to address the challenges that climate change are causing to the viability of the rail line – and possibly the road in the longer term.

“This stretch of rail and road is currently being investigated to decide the best transport solutions, work which includes looking at a proposed cycleway. However, resolution of the bigger resilience issues may well be outside the normal funding envelope of NZTA and KiwiRail, so it is imperative that central and local government work closely to determine and fund solutions that will be sustainable over a long period.

“While Peter Gluckman’s report is a good step in understanding the gravity of the situation, in Wellington there is a real need for action. This will require political gumption and I look forward to having this discussion with the government,” Wilde said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On What We Could Do For Hong Kong, If Only We Dared

There has been something repulsive about PM Jacinda Ardern’s assurances that our joint 5 Eyes criticism of China’s actions over Hong Kong – and China’s harsh reaction – are all well understood on both sides. According to Ardern, it has been a case of us saying the sort of things we’ve said before, them acknowledging our need to do so, and then them responding much as we would expect them to do. All neat and tidy. Frankly, if all of this is merely virtue signalling on our part, and huffy declarations of independence on their part, then what’s the point of this diplomatic dance..? More>>


Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>


Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>


National: Leader’s Speech At Annual General Meeting

Good morning delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking as your leader. I’d like to acknowledge the party president, regional chairs, board members, National Party staff, our MPs, our candidates, and most importantly, you – the delegates, ... More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>


Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>


APEC: New Zealand Ready To Host Virtually

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels