Eastern Bays Community Resilience Expo - Muritai School, 24 March, 10am to 3pm.

The Eastern Bays Community Resilience Expo was a great success but had a lower  turnout than we hoped for. We hope to change that. If you attended, or even if you didn’t – we would like to hear from you. Please complete the following form as much as you can, we want your opinions and ideas on where to go next and what to next time. Thank you! If you want a reminder, the Expo details are here. If you are interested in details, a report on organising the event is available , and also my analysis of what to do in future (both are sharedRead More →

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A request from the Historical Society of Eastbourne: We’re currently working on a digital photo sequence to be screened at the Eastern Bays Community Resilience Expo on 24th March, depicting extreme weather events, bushfires and other natural disasters that have affected the Eastern Bays in past decades. In our archive collection we have many historical photos of such events, but we’d like to include more recent images as well, covering the last 25 years – especially of storms, flooding and slips, and the damage they’ve caused. So if you have any digital photos that would fit the bill, and wouldn’t mind sharing them, Ali Carew would be very grateful! Please emailRead More →

Information for exhibitors About expo and individual registration – Exhibitor information and registration Sunday 24 March  Enter the school from 7:30am or 8:30am (as notified) from Oroua St gates where you’ll be checked off and then follow the directions of the friendly marshals. You will be given a row number where you will set up your stall. Outside rows will be filled in the order of arrival. Indoor stalls have allocated positions. You will be directed to drop off as close to your stall site as possible, but as space is restricted – be prepared to carry your own materials from the field* to yourRead More →

The event runs from 10am to 3pm on Sunday 24 March. Access to the site for emergency services will be from 7:30am, other groups from 8:30am. All exhibitors must be clear by 4:30pm unless other arrangements have been made. If you are just planning to attend,  public information and registration is here. Confirmed stakeholder exhibitors include WREMO, FENZ, HCC, WFA, WE*, CAB, Neighbourhood Support and more There is no charge to non-profit exhibit0rs. There is also no charge to commercial exhibitors but we ask you offer a suitable spot prize or service to encourage the community to attend. You can  make a donation instead ifRead More →

The event has come and gone! Thanks to all who contributed and/or came along! A report on this will be published in tye future – if you would like toget this update, or indeed any updates about the community/ from the community board – you can subscribe to our newsletters here. Are you ready? Do you have a plan? What will you do in an emergency? Will you be safe? Who will you contact and how? This expo is intended to activate and support our community to become safer and more resilient as an individual,  family / whanau and community / kāinga. It’s FREE! ItRead More →

(originally published in the Eastbourne Herald February 2023). More information on Eastbourne Civil Defence and Emergency Preparedness. As demonstrated so graphically in the latest weather events, the official emergency and support services may not be able to respond to every issue and will have to prioritise. This is especially true of the Eastern Bays as we are easily isolated and represent a small part of Hutt City. This means communities like ours will have to pitch in and look after each other. The most important thing is to keep up to date and informed. The failure of virtually all forms of communication and power haveRead More →

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Community bands together as slip impacts Point Howard: The slip came down on Tuesday morning. Power to 75 affected houses was restored by 7pm that night  …   read online >> The Eastbourne Herald is our monthly news source, with community news, issues, profiles, events, information, services, real estate and more. A copy of the Herald is an essential accessory for contact details, local trades services, timetables and more. The Herald is delivered or you can pick up a copy at the Eastbourne Library. Eastbourne Herald Online edition Eastbourne Herald on Facebook , email editor@eastbourneherald.co.nz or phone (04) 562 750Read More →

Eastern Bays Climate Response Network

Report from Eastbourne and Bays Climate Response Meeting 16/11/22 The climate network is off to a great start. We now have 63 members, a wealth of information and projects set up to carry on into the new year. At the first meeting only a month ago a number of people volunteered to gather information or form a group to work on a particular issue. Here’s what happened!!! (this report is also available for download) Eastbourne Community Board – the creation of this network was facilitated by the EastbourneCommunity Board which will host the website, manage the contact list and pay some costs such as theRead More →

GROUP REPORTS FROM CLIMATE MEETING Find out more about the Climate Response Network We had a really positive inaugural meeting of the Eastern Bays Climate Network. It was great to see so many people engaging with people they had never met and the enthusiasm for positive action. I have attached the full list of ideas so those who were unable to come can see what was canvassed so far. If there is anything on the list you would like to become involved in let me know and maybe other groups will develop. * Meeting Wednesday November 16  St Ronan’s Hall – after that we may not meetRead More →

The recent Climate Change Response meeting featured presentations including one by Belinda Storey talking about the impact on insurance of climate change. This topic is also covered by this item / podcast and worth a listen. Emma Vitz, an actuary who specialises in natural perils and climate-based risk, talks to The Detail about the work she does, and how this crucial, global industry is approaching the known-unknowns of climate change.  Read More →

4 phases of climate change response - Avoid Protect Accommodate Retreat

At the recent Eastern Bays Climate Change Response meeting Belinda Storey of Climate Sigma spoke about the impacts of climate change on insurance, and what insurance providers response tell us about what to expect. This article in Stuff  – Homes to start losing access to insurance within 15 years – report,  is just one of many that are now appearing in the media, telling us about what to expect in the future. Radio NZ also features a warning – Building in flood-prone locations needs to stop, insurer IAG says If you want to stay informed on this issue with respect to the Eastern bays youRead More →

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On Wednesday 3rd August 2022 we hosted an information meeting to get a community perspective on how climate change and specifically sea level rise will impact the Eastern Bays, and start the discussion on how to respond. With an attandance of over 100 locals, councillors and officers the evening featured a range of information, some global but mostly looking at the local impacts. It included insights into how risks are viewed and may be managed, how we must respond to what is inevitable as well as act to restrict the extremity of what could happen. We had 4 presentations from experts covering various aspects ofRead More →

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 →

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We need to act now to both mitigate the causes of accelerating climate change as well as prepare for the impact on our community. The Resilience Expo is the current network focus. A broad opportunity to raise awareness on climate issues in the community. Check it out, and if you think you can help, either personally or with contacts, offers, suggestions then get in touch. (click anywhere to close this popup) Eastern Bays Climate Change Response meeting – presentations and discussion recordings. Sign up to this initiative, the actions of this group will be determined largely by those who get involved. This page will beRead More →

An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It’s a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. Green AEDs are available 7×24 in external boxes, Red AEDs are inside buildings and may not be accessible at all times. This information may not be up to date, go to https://aedlocations.co.nz/ for latest locations.  1  Eastbourne Library – 38 Rimu Street  2 Muritai Health Centre – 149 Muritai Road  3 Eastbourne Fire Station – 2 Makaro Street  4 EastbourneRead 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 →

In 2014 the Eastbourne Community Board conducted a survey of Eastbourne and the Bays to gauge the wellbeing and satisfaction of the residents and to identify issues of importance to the community. The information gathered in the survey could then be used to guide the Board in representations to Hutt City Council and to provide data that could be referred to in the event of any regional amalgamation. The data from the survey could be used by individuals, community groups and businesses to make Eastbourne’s voice heard in a larger government structure. Questions in the survey were designed to find out the priority residents placedRead 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 →

Household Earthquake Planning session If you’re not sure about your next step towards being better prepared for an emergency, the Household Earthquake Planning session is for you! This free one-hour session will provide tips on how you to prepare to help yourself, your household and your community when the worst happens. We’re coming to a suburb near you with a short-format class for a brief introduction to: The hazards we face in the Wellington Region The impacts of those hazards on your daily life How you and your household can be prepared for an emergency How you can get involved in the wider community’s responseRead More →

What they are doing and why • Wharf 50 years in service and requires upgrade/repairs for future resilience. • Main fuel Pipeline (owned by Z,BP, Mobil) requires upgrade. • Seaview Wharf, bulk fuel pipeline and storage network essential to the regional economy. • A critical lifelines asset. • Future-proofing with capability of carrying alternative, non-carbon fuels. 3 Stages Stage 1 Replacement of fuel pipeline from Ngamatau/Point Howard to Port Road Commenced January 2021 and due to be completed early 2022. 2021-2022 Stage 2 Upgrade of Seaview Wharf and pipeline section from ship berth to Point Howard. Site establishment Dec 2021, works underway Mar 2022. 2021Read More →