Auckland's Climate Action Plan

We should stop building homes on the coast

Tell us why in the comments below.

Barbara Martin 10 months ago

No matter what the owners say, if in the future they have trouble with erosion from the sea owners will expect rate payers to pick up the cost.

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Joan Garth 9 months ago

If we don’t harness / climate / global warming NOW pointless building on the coast

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Kara Goddard 9 months ago

we need to move back from the coast and allow more planting along coastlines, people need to stop insisting on these wide expanse of views on grass. More trees and greater penalties for people that poison them. stop insuring house bult with in a certain distance from a cliff or beach

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non applicable non applicable 9 months ago

Council & Government dumps millions if not billions into repairing assets built with no foresight on the coast. Think the Northwestern motorway causeway that has to be raised due to rising sea levels.
There will be many more million $ properties inundated by storm surges and rising sea waters and the rate payers will foot the bill to relocate these people, or reinforce their properties.

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Florence Kwok 9 months ago

Not worth building and staying a house on the coast

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Kim Graham 9 months ago

Sea level has come up 20cm in the last 150 years. At the current trend, we know that there will be more coastline subject to inundation. I think properties in these low lying areas should be made as public park space and people should be living up higher and therefore their investment and their life will be better protected in the next 100 years. I would compare the situation to Bangladesh where they realized they needed the mangroves to protect from the storm surge and can't expect the sea to spare them. Also in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina. The low lying areas were underwater for months and it was only the French Quarter (built at higher ground) which survived. Those who own in low lying areas must accept the risk and that if their property is damaged by an act of nature, then that property should be slated for being public park land. In essence, work with what nature has planned.

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Shirley Coutts 9 months ago

Climate change scientists have told us that even if we turn off all the lights tomorrow, there is enough carbon stored in the atmosphere to continue to warm the planet for another hundred years. This residual warming guarantees sea levels will continue to rise. And then there's the projected increase in frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. Its climate science, not rocket science ;)

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Lee-Ann Lucas 9 months ago

I think it's time for us to accept that mother nature is in control. Sea level is rising through both natural and human actions. We need to make ourselves safe and stop affecting the coastline and the lapping ocean and it's inhabitants. I know market forces are in place which will eventually determine that the properties along the coastline are of decreasing/ little worth (as they will become impossible to insure) which is heartening but the government need to step up now and prevent any further structures being built...especially where we have evidence of erosion/ flooding. I agree with Barbara (below) and I think it is unfair to expect others to pick up the costs for coastal dwellers. There is evidence that sea walls are ineffective and tend to move the problem along the coast. There is little to suggest we can control nature...especially when there is more water to throw at us.

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Rochelle Boylan 9 months ago

Having the ocean at your door step with multi million dollar views (literally) is not so great when your home is slipping away. People know the risks, but continue to purchase or build in what will soon become an unstable environment. Plant along the coast line to strengthen it. Build back from it.

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Maddie Little 9 months ago

Allowing building on the coast means it becomes a public issue when inundation occurs.

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kelp strewn 9 months ago

No. The house will float away when the sea rises.

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Saul Deeber 7 months ago

Should not invest and build in at risk areas

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Benjamin Dupont 4 months ago

IPCC predictions of sea level rise by 2100 are a very conservative baseline that doesn't take into account the fact that we are not on track to limit global warming to 2°C. There are many feedback loops (arctic ice cap, permafrost, etc) that have now kicked in and will mean that sea level rise will happen faster and bigger.

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