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 – June 2021
Takutai Kāpiti is gaining momentum following the appointment of the Rt Hon Jim Bolger ONZ PC as Chair of our Community Assessment Panel (CAP).
Our call for people to join the CAP has been heard and we are working through a process to finalise the Panel’s membership. Once established, the CAP will meet regularly over the next 12 months to consider the long term impacts of coastal erosion and inundation, and review a range of adaptation options.
The CAP will be a working group of local people, representing a cross-section of our community, and will be made up of iwi partners, community, and other key stakeholder/ agency representatives.
The CAP will be the formal mechanism through which the wider community input, iwi and technical expertise are used to develop the medium to long-term adaptive solutions.
Understanding the impacts of climate change on our coast
To help inform the CAPs 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 will be 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.
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