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This is how we're responding in Waimakariri.

District overview

In Waimakariri, the effects of climate change will mean over time we experience weather extremes more frequently, and in some places, coastal inundation.

Longer hot and dry summers, milder winters with less snowfall, less annual rainfall and stronger winds will become the norm, along with sea level rise and a gradual warming between 0.7 degrees and 3 degrees by 2090.

Fewer frosts inland and a longer growing season may provide opportunities for different agricultural land uses. Rivers and streams may have lower flow reliability, as it may be drier due to less rain. Predictions indicate winds will be stronger across the plains.

These changes will put core infrastructure at risk, change how and what development takes place, and require a rethink about where and how we build, live and work, and what the type of agriculture and other activities are suitable for the district.

Here are a few of the ways Waimakariri is responding to climate change.