Coastal Hazards and Climate Change Guidance: MfE Technical Workshops

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The Ministry for the Environment’s updated Coastal Hazards and Climate Change guidance was released in December 2017. To support council staff and other practitioners in implementing the guidance, the Ministry is holding a series of workshops throughout New Zealand, with support from the Deep South Challenge and from NIWA.

The workshops will be held throughout the country from July to September. They’ll be useful for council staff, engineers, planners, asset managers, infrastructure operators, land developers, legal advisors and others implementing the guidance.

Representatives from the Ministry for the Environment and the guidance author team will take attendees through the decision-making process recommended in the guidance. There will be a particular focus on how to implement the Dynamic Adaptive Pathways Planning (DAPP) approach and work with the four sea-level rise scenarios.

The workshops will also cover:

  • key features of the guidance and the context in which it operates
  • principles for engaging with communities
  • how to conduct hazard, risk and vulnerability assessments that work around uncertainty.

In addition to the workshops, the New Zealand Coastal Society is sponsoring an evening public meeting in each location. 



Workshops are being run from July-September 2018:

Below is the full schedule of workshops. If you are interested in attending one of the workshops, please get in touch with the appropriate contact person. Spaces are limited, so don't wait!


18 July, Hamilton

Venue: The Link Community Centre
Cnr River Rd and Te Aroha St, Claudelands, Hamilton 3216
Contact: Rick Liefting ([email protected])


20 July, Napier

Venue: Hawke's Bay Regional Council
159 Dalton St, Napier 4110
Contact: Monique Thomsen ([email protected])


24 July, Wellington

Venue: RH105, Level One, Rutherford House
23 Lambton Quay (VUW Pipitea Campus), Wellington 6011
Contact: Emma Lemire ([email protected])


25 July, Christchurch

Venue: NIWA Christchurch
10 Kyle St, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011
Contact: Jane Doogue (J[email protected])


8 August, Richmond (Tasman)

Venue: Tasman District Council
189 Queen St, Richmond 7050
Contact: Diana Worthy ([email protected])


15 August, Whangarei

Venue: Northland Regional Council
36 Water St, Whangarei 0110
Contact: Evania Laybourn ([email protected])


17 August, Dunedin

Venue: Otaru Room, 2nd Floor DCC Building, Civic Centre
50 The Octagon, Dunedin 9016
Contact: Emma Lemire ([email protected])


20 August, Auckland

Venue: Ellen Melville Centre
1 Freyberg Place, Auckland Central 1000
Contact: Tom FitzGerald ([email protected])


27 August, Tauranga

Venue:Club Mount Maunganui
45 Kawaka Street, Mount Maunganui,Tauranga 3116
Contact: Mark Ivamy ([email protected])


4 September, Invercargill

Venue: Environment Southland
Cnr North Rd & Price St, Waikiwi, Invercargill 9810
Contact: Gavin McCullagh ([email protected])


12 September, Greymouth

Venue: West Coast Regional Council
388 Main South Road, South Beach, Greymouth 7805
Contact: Emma Lemire ([email protected])

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Sun, 07/15/2018 - 09:00
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Programme type: Earth Systems Modelling and Prediction Engagement Impacts and Implications Processes and Observations Vision Mātauranga