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 40km 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 is facing significant environmental challenges from our changing climate and associated rising sea and groundwater 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.

Get Involved

In early 2021, we will be asking people to volunteer to be actively involved through the Community Assessment Panel process to consider the district’s response to the impacts of climate change on the coast.

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 wider community input, indigenous knowledge and technical expertise are used to develop the medium to long-term coastal adaption options for Council’s consideration.


Community Assessment Panel (CAP) member 

The Takutai Kāpiti project is seeking six members to sit on the CAP.

To be successful in this role you will preferably have had previous experience working in a committee of volunteers and/or a community group setting. You will offer an ability to work collaboratively and constructively to achieve consensus in support of recommendations. You will be comfortable evaluating analytical information, decision making and participating in group or committee settings.

You will also have a special relationship and commitment to the Kāpiti Coast community and understand Māori language, tikanga, history and cultural values.

Applications close 5 May 2021.

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