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The new pres­i­dent of Lo­cal Govern­ment New Zealand Dave Cull has is­sued a blunt chal­lenge to who­ever be­comes the govern­ment on Septem­ber 23 – cli­mate change must be a top pri­or­ity for a new govern­ment, and it must act quickly to en­sure New Zealand com­mu­ni­ties are well pre­pared for ris­ing sea lev­els and greater storm fre­quency.

This fol­lows Lo­cal Govern­ment NZ’s Lead­ers Dec­la­ra­tion on Cli­mate Change which has now been signed by 46 lead­ers of re­gional and dis­trict coun­cils through­out New Zealand. Lo­cal Govern­ment NZ has also is­sued a Po­si­tion State­ment on Cli­mate Change, which calls for more help from cen­tral govern­ment, but also much more ac­tion by Coun­cils them­selves to re­duce emis­sions and make adap­tion plans.

The list of sig­na­to­ries now in­cludes both the Hau­raki Dis­trict Coun­cil and the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil, but con­spic­u­ously ab­sent is the Thames-Coro­man­del Dis­trict Coun­cil. For a coastal Dis­trict, this is an em­bar­rass­ment. The coun­cil must up its game and get with the pro­gram.

The coun­cil should have no prob­lem in sign­ing up to the dec­la­ra­tion. It in­cludes re­quir­ing a much larger com­mit­ment from cen­tral govern­ment to help it with adap­tion – some­thing the coun­cil has been ask­ing for.

More im­por­tantly, sev­eral low­ly­ing penin­sula towns are at greater risk from ris­ing seas than some ma­jor coastal cities, and the dis­trict has over 400km of coast­line – one of the long­est of any coun­cil in New Zealand.

What bet­ter rea­sons could any coun­cil pos­si­bly have to get se­ri­ous about cli­mate change?

So, come on TCDC – if your par­ent body and 46 other coun­cils are say­ing cli­mate change must be a pri­or­ity – why are you not mak­ing it a pri­or­ity also? A good start would be to part­ner with the re­gional coun­cil and quickly iden­tify those ar­eas at most risk from ris­ing seas and sea flood­ing.

De­nis Tegg, Thames

Vey­sey in Con­ver­sa­tions by John Vey­sey - his mis­in­for­ma­tion about DoC, so called 1080 con­tam­i­na­tion of wa­ter­ways and wan­der­ing dead an­i­mals is an af­front to your pa­per’s in­tegrity,

Now he has added dan­ger to preg­nant woman with­out giv­ing any source of this (mis) in­for­ma­tion. The one point of his let­ter (Au­gust 25) that got close to the truth was the re­gret at not be­ing able to eat poi­soned pigs and pos­sums. The con­tin­u­ing degra­da­tion of the for­est that pro­duces th­ese foods is ig­nored.

Peter Wood, Thames Coast

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