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

In 2022 the Waimakariri District Council adopted a Climate Change Scenario Technical Report. This report, prepared by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), is to inform Council’s climate change response in our District.

The report found that weather patterns are expected to become more volatile, and we will see annual average temperatures increase generally with fewer frost and snow days.

We can also expect more frequent heavy rainfall, as well as more frequent and prolonged droughts due the temperature increases. There will also be some changes seen in our coastal areas due to sea level rise.

To help our residents better prepare for extreme weather events as a result of climate change, we prepared a video with ways our residents can keep themselves and their property safe and also details what council does in extreme weather events.

We are carrying out a risk assessment to see what land and infrastructure is most at risk from coastal inundation and flooding and working with the community to identify options for reducing this risk.

We are also looking at our role in the changing climate and working to make our carbon footprint as small as possible.

In 2017/18 we undertook an emissions inventory that found 72% of the Council’s emissions come from vehicles, 14% comes from power and 11% from air travel.

We have since adopted a corporate sustainability strategy and ensured these principles are now part of our everyday actions and a consideration in our procurement.

Currently the Council is calculating an emissions profile for the District, and our own emissions reduction plan.

We encourage residents, businesses and communities within the District to come on this journey with us.