We are used to thinking of natural hazards as unpredictable, one-off events like earthquakes. And our legal and policy framework is set up for such sudden and unpredictable natural hazards. But sea-level rise policies should not be like natural hazard policies, because sea-level rise is locked in and gradual.
Cascading impacts and implications for Aotearoa New Zealand
The impacts of increases in temperature, rainfall, sea levels and extreme events will cascade across all sectors of society. Our assets, communities and social and economic interactions will all be affected.
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.
Latest news and updates
It’s hard to believe the time that has passed since participants met in Wellington to share ideas and experiences about communicating climate change. For the Challenge engagement team, it feels like yesterday. We're pleased to be able to bring those of you who couldn't be there a vibrant report of the event, which was captured in live illustration, photography, audio, by scribe and later, in evaluations.
From Monday 6 May to Wednesday 8 May, we're holding our conference at the Maritime Room on Auckland's waterfront.
We have some big announcements about the Deep South Challenge team. We're saying "Hello and welcome!" to our new Challenge Manager, Anne-Marie Rowe. We're also saying a sad farewell to our Impacts and Implications Programme Leader, Andrew Tait (at the same as offering him our congratulations for the huge role he's stepping into as NIWA's Chief Scientist - Climate, Atmosphere & Hazards). Andrew's decision means we are now also seeking applications to this role. Please read on for more information.
THE NEW NORMAL
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