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.