Our Community-led

coastal adaptation project

Me huri whakamuri,

ka titiro whakamua.


Utilising our past

to inform our future

Kicking off the conversation at the Takutai Kāpiti: Climate change and our coast Summit 2020

The Kāpiti coastline is approximately 38km long. As well as being the location for significant urban development, our beautiful beaches are an important community asset with many unique characteristics and natural qualities.

Like many coastal communities around Aotearoa, Kāpiti faces significant environmental challenges caused by changing climate and associated rising sea levels.

While there is still much uncertainty about how significant these challenges will be and how quickly they will happen, likely climate change effects need to be anticipated, prioritised and planned for in the Kāpiti District.

We’ve established the Takutai Kāpiti: Our community-led coastal adaptation project to help guide our response, as a community, to the impacts of changing weather patterns on our environment, people and the way we behave.

Using a community-led approach, we’re bringing together a range of voices, recognising the values and knowledge of our indigenous people, to share information and develop solutions for adapting to coming change.

We’d love you to get involved and hear what you have to say.

What’s new – September 2021

We’re delighted to welcome six new members to the Takutai Kāpiti Community Coastal Adaptation Panel to join our Jim Bolger. The panel’s regular meetings are now underway.

Understanding the impacts of climate change on our coast

To help inform the panel’s discussions, Council has commissioned Jacobs to undertake a Coastal Hazard Susceptibility and Vulnerability Assessment for the Kāpiti Coast District coastline, from Ōtaki in the north to Paekākāriki in the south.

The updated assessment has been independently peer reviewed and will identify areas susceptible to current and future coastal erosion hazards with various magnitudes of sea-level rise over a 30, 50 and 100-year period. It will also identify the vulnerability of critical council infrastructure and community services. Council expects to receive the report in October 2021.

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