A TOP PRIORITY
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