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, we are vulnerable to a wide range of environmental challenges. This includes coastal hazards resulting from climate change and sea-level rise.
While the rate and magnitude of future sea level rise is uncertain, we do know that rising sea levels and coastal hazards will have increasing implications for development and infrastructure in coastal areas along with environmental, cultural and societal effects.
We’ve established a coastal adaptation project (Takutai Kāpiti 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.
Together, we’ll work to understand the science, coastal hazard risks and management options for Kāpiti. We’ll identify areas that may be affected by coastal hazards in the long-term, and the risks to public and private property, sites of cultural significance, recreational areas, and infrastructure services.
We’d love you to get involved and hear what you have to say.
Takutai Kāpiti: Climate change and our coast Summit 2020
Takutai Kāpiti: Climate Change and Our Coast Summit was held at Ngā Purapura, Ōtaki on Sunday 8 March 2020 to launch the coastal adaptation project. The summit consisted of presentations from national and local leaders and climate experts on climate change, coastal adaptation and building resilient communities.
The community-led approach means working together so everyone is part of the conversation and decision-making process. We’ll soon be asking for volunteers to join our community assessment panels.
The community assessment panel approach involves community members considering issues and options, and making recommendations to council decision-makers. The panels will be working groups of local people, representing a cross-section of our community, who will meet regularly to consider the coastal hazards and risks they represent. Cultural, technical and scientific advice will be provided to help guide panel discussions.