Floods are the most frequent economically damaging natural hazard in New Zealand, and climate change and sea level rise are projected to increase their intensity and frequency. People are increasingly moving into populated places with elevated flood risk, where floods damage both dwellings and primary income sources.
Slow and sudden onset thresholds for private insurance retreat under climate change in New Zealand
Coastal hazards are escalating with climate change. In particular, coastal homeowners can expect both sea level rise and more frequent and intense coastal storms. However, we see continue to see demand for housing through new coastal residential development and intensification of existing urban areas on the coast. This suggests that climate change related escalating coastal hazards are not yet fully reflected in home-owners decisions to purchase and renovate coastal property.
Māori within the Waiapu catchment on the East Coast have long-term interests in the land they own and manage. Māori are also heavily invested in primary industries. Projected climate change impacts put these interests at risk.
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We’re currently seeking applications for the role of Programme Leader, Impacts and Implications for the Deep South National Science Challenge.
Our Vision Mātauranga programme has recently awarded four Masters scholarships in research that will help achieve Vision Mātuaranga goals. Scholarship recipient Raiatea Barlow Kameta (Ngāitai, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato Tainui, Whakatōhea), studying at Victoria University of Wellington, describes her research into the impact of flooding and climate change on her marae at Marokopa, in the Waikato.
It's with sadness we announce Dr Suzi Kerr's decision to step down from her role as Science Lead of our Impacts and Implications programme. Suzi developed this ground-breaking research programme, and we now have 14 climate impacts and adaptation research projects underway.
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