Monthly Archives: June 2013

Mike Weir’s Day In Court – We Were There!

June 28 4:20 pm

A bus load of CRU members travelled to Wellington on Monday to attend the Judicial Review hearing of Mike and Veronica Weir’s action to have the hazard information on their LIM removed. The Courtroom was packed. It caused Justice Williams to joke that in the case of fire he wanted those sitting around the door to move pronto so he could get out!! Extra chairs were brought in and some of us had to sit in the press gallery.

The arguments of the Weirs were well put by Philip Milne and Matthew Smith did an excellent job in presenting the CRU arguments in a succinct manner. Justice Williams congratulated Counsel for the way in which they presented their arguments.

Justice Williams made it quite clear at the outset that he was not there to determine the merits of the science. This was always the CRU view and it raises the question of why KCDC spent so much on getting lengthy evidence from four scientists.

To summarise, there was nothing more that could have been done by way of legal argument, and now all we can do is await the decision, which is likely to be at least 2 or 3 months away.

Horizons Councils’s Sensible Approach To Coastal Hazards

June 28 1:49 pm

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hazard assessment a useful tool for planning

Approximately 19km of shoreline from Waikawa Beach to Waitarere Beach has been assessed for coastal hazards in a study commissioned by Horizons Regional Council.

The study, carried out by coastal hazard experts Tonkin and Taylor Ltd and Coastal Systems Ltd, assesses current erosion and inundation hazards and models how they might change along the coast over the next 50 and 100 years.
It takes into account climate change predictions, with sea levels expected to rise 0.9m over the next 100 years.

Horizons operations manager Allan Cook says Horizons has a responsibility to identify and quantify to the best of its ability, natural hazards within the Manawatu-Wanganui Region and make this information available to district councils for the purposes of planning.

Previous coastal hazard studies have been completed at Foxton, Akitio and Herbertville.

“The primary purpose of assessments such as this one is to inform district and regional council land use and hazard management planning processes. Information gathered is also of value for emergency management and response,” he said. “However, the process by which this information is to be given effect to and communicated to interested parties, rests with Horowhenua District Council.”

The study findings were presented last night to an initial meeting of interested parties, including representatives of the Foxton Community Board, and the ratepayers associations for Waikawa Beach , Hokio Beach and Waitarere Beach . Horowhenua District Council and Horizons Regional Council staff combined resources for the presentation.

It was agreed at the meeting that this information now needs to be conveyed to the wider communities. That will take place before the Horowhenua District Council decides on its response to the information.

Further public meetings to present the findings of the report are planned for the affected communities in the near future. Dates and times will be publicised as these are confirmed.

Wilkinson On Precautionary Approach

June 28 9:37 am

Leading New Zealand economics expert Bryce Wilkinson has written a great piece debunking the precautionary approach…

Click here to read the document.

Ombudsman Instructs KCDC To Release Information

June 28 9:33 am

CRU has had another great success in getting KCDC to reveal the expertise of their own internal climate change advisor. Ms. Lash, without any qualifications has been accepted by all the Councillors as having expertise in climate change. She and the Council refused to disclose her qualifications. The Ombudsman ordered for KCDC to do so. What is revealed is that she has no expertise what so ever. It does show that she has read books on climate change. We contend that reading books on a subject does not make you an expert on the subject.

Here is the response from KCDC..

Nomination Of Experts

June 14 9:46 am

You may have received a letter from KCDC inviting you to nominate experts for a panel to review Dr Shands report. Deadline is 5pm today, Friday June 14.

CRU’s position is that there must be clear terms of reference before the experts are named. We need real experts not just generalists, e.g. you dont have your GP do your heart operation.
We are also concerned that we get the best.

We have a team advising on suitable candidates.

If you have any ideas we suggest you send them to CRU. We do not want a situation where KCDC receives nominations from submitters to appoint experts that automatically support the Shand approach.

Join Us At The High Court On June 24 – VITAL!

June 12 11:31 am

CRU has been joined by Justice Williams as an Intervenor in Mike Weir’s High Court case. An Intervenor is a party that the court invites to participate where there is a wider public interest. CRU’s role is limited but is there to see that the Court understands that the ramifications of Mike’s case go far beyond his own claim.

It is therefore vital that as many members of CRU as possible attend the High Court Hearing in Wellington on June 24. The case will start at 10am.

The Judge will be able to note the widespread concern if there is a large attendance.

We can also advise that we have been blessed by having 2 of Wellington’s top barristers. Phillip Milne has been working his guts out for Mike. As has Matthew Smith. Matthew is known as the Conrad Smith of the Wellington Bar. SEE ARTICLE IN TODAYS DOM POST HERE

Paekakariki Resident Sharon Strong Makes The News

June 12 11:28 am

Click the image below to see the full size version of the news article.

Shorling Forecast Devalues Home Small

Review Of The Shand Report By Coastal Expert Angus Gordon

June 12 11:21 am

This report was prepared by Angus, of Cardno Ltd, for property developers Kotuku Park Ltd. Very interesting reading…

Click here to read the report.

Terms Of Reference For Expert Review

June 12 11:18 am

CRU proposes Terms of Reference to KCDC. Will we be heard?

Click here to read more.