4 phases of climate change response - Avoid Protect Accommodate Retreat

Ministry of Environment have released the National adaptation plan which aims to support all New Zealanders to adapt, live and thrive in a more damaging climate. Included in the information is Climate change and communities:what the national adaptation plan means for you – The plan outlines a programme of work to support communities to better understand the climate impacts that affect them and adapt to build their resilience. The Eastern Bays Climate Response Network is our way of responding to this challenge. This was initiated at a meeting hosted by the Eastbourne Community Board and featured expert speakers on the various areas of critical interestRead More →

Sea level rise is a real issue for Eastbourne – the recently released mapping system highlights not only the levels of sea level rise we can expect, but also the compounding effect of geololgical sinking, we are going down while the sea is coming up. TVNZ news report (Eastbourne features in second video) The Searise mapping system can be accessed here  Read More →

You may have seen or heard that the NZ SeaRise: Te Tai Pari O Aotearoa programme has released location specific sea level rise projections out to the year 2300 for every 2 km of the coast of Aotearoa New Zealand. Following delays due to covid and also waiting while HCC group consulted and gathered info on what’s actually being done locally the Eastbourne Community Board will be initiating / organizing community meetings so that we can understand future sea level rise scenarios for Eastbourne and the Bays and work together to respond. Eastbourners are a capable, resilient lot. We love where we live. We canRead More →

CentrePort is undertaking maintenance to ensure sufficient depths for shipping at some of its wharves, and improvements to shipping channel safety on behalf of the Harbour Master. The Dutch Dredging company vessel Albatros, seen in Wellington Harbour last year, returns to clear build-ups of sand in front of the Aotea Quay, and the Thorndon Container, Seaview and Burnham wharves. The Albatros will be working in areas immediately in front of the wharves, known as ‘berth pockets’. The Harbour Master reminds recreational vessels to maintain a minimum 100m distance from the Albatros during operations. Shipping movements and propeller wash create mounds of sand which needs toRead More →

Eastbourne has dramatic weather being situated adjacent to Wellington Harbour and Cook Strait. Access via the coastal road can be closed by high seas and it’s important to check conditions when the weather is bad. The coast road out to Pencarrow can also be dangerous in storm conditions. The communities are squashed into the hills, so flooding can also occur, and strong winds are always possible. The harbour must be treated with respect, with rapid and dramatic weather changes always possible, so always check the forecast and tides, and make sure to be safely prepared when venturing out onto the water. Centerport has wind metersRead More →