The future may be uncertain, but we're not waiting for it to arrive.
This weekend sees the launch of a major project to address the effects of sea level rise and changes in storm intensity caused by climate change in the Kaiaua Coast area.
Mayor Toby Adams says the first of many workshops is being held at the Kaiaua Community Hall from 10am to 12pm on Saturday 30 November and everyone is welcome.
“Kaiaua Coast 2120 is about our communities, Iwi, councils, technical experts, emergency services and other agencies coming together to look at a wide range of issues and how we can provide for a resilient and prosperous future over the next 100 years,” he said.
“This is not just a five minute korero. It’s about having an ongoing, in-depth conversation to find out what matters most, and then working out a plan of action for how we will respond to it.”
What to expect at the workshop
Saturday’s workshop provides an opportunity to hear more about the project and share what’s important to you and what you're most concerned about. Technical experts, including coastal scientists and Waikato Regional Council natural hazard management specialists, will be there to share what they know about the hazards for the area, and how these may change in the next 10, 20, and 100 years. We hope you'll also consider putting your name forward, or nominating someone you know, to participate more actively through a community advisory panel. The panel, which is yet to be set up, will work closely with the project team and the wider community.
“We’ll bring in technical expertise, but we know local knowledge and views are equally essential to the success of this project. The advisory panel is one way we can work with the community, but there will be plenty of other ways to be involved too. We want to hear from everyone,” the Mayor said.
Future land use and development
Ultimately, the decisions that are made as a result of the project will affect everything from future land use to investment in infrastructure and business development in the area.
The development of productive partnerships and dialogue with Iwi is a priority, particularly in light of the upcoming settlement of the Hauraki Collective Settlement.
“While acknowledging that natural hazards are a concern, we also want to look at opportunities for the growth and development of our communities on the Kaiaua Coast, which includes Waharau, Whakatiwai, Kaiaua and Pūkorokoro-Miranda,” the Mayor said.
Never fear if you can't be there
More information, feedback forms and project updates will be available online or at the Kaiaua Community Library from Saturday 30 November.