NIWA's contribution to Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has released a report warning that New Zealand needs to better prepare for rising seas on its coastal towns and cities.
The report is titled Preparing New Zealand for Rising Seas, Certainty and Uncertainty.
NIWA's contribution to the Report
NIWA contributed two reports that informed the Parliamentary Commissioner’s Report.
Report 1 covers the national and regional risk exposure in low-lying coastal areas – including area, population, buildings and infrastructure.
Report 2 covers the effect of sea-level rise on the frequency of extreme sea levels in New Zealand.
NIWA has prepared notes for the media and other interested parties on these two reports.
These Media Notes contain two graphics showing highest regional counts and a national summary for the two elevation zones (described in the Media Notes).
For convenience these can be downloaded below, but should be used with reference to the Media Notes above.