This is how we're responding in Hurunui.
While climate change projections show that overall it will be drier in North Canterbury with winter rainfall projected to decrease by up to 10 per cent, the frequency and severity of storms is expected to increase meaning flooding is a key impact the district needs to prepare for.
Thanks to a climate resilience grant, Environment Canterbury will be upgrading flood protection for Waiau, which is vulnerable to floods from the Waiau Uwha and Mason rivers. These floods are projected to become larger and more frequent with climate change.
As some Hurunui coastal settlements also have a history of flooding issues, the Hurunui District Council is working with local communities, developing long-term plans for coastal development that suit the individual desires of each settlement.
The stormwater network capacity is also under review to ensure communities are better protected from large rainfall events.