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Climate adaptation, vulnerability and community well-being

Every regional council in the country, and over a quarter of our local councils, face extreme exposure to climate hazards like coastal erosion, flooding and rising groundwater levels. This research establishes a community development framework for the way we adapt and make decisions about climate change. Over the coming years, communities will have to make... Read more »...

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Sea level rise, housing and insurance: Liability and compensation

This project looked at the question of sea level rise and insurance. It investigated the “tipping points” at which insurance companies might decide to refuse insurance to coastal property owners, and asked, what will happen next? To what extent can or should homeowners rely on the EQC, or on local or central government, to compensate them if their... Read more »...

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Risk-based flood insurance pricing

Consequences, adaptation and policy in a changing market The property insurance market faces multiple stressors from increasing hazards, including floods, sea level rise and landslips. Concerns are emerging about the long-term viability of coastal insurance. It’s increasingly understood that insurers will turn to risk-based pricing to maintain coverage. On the one hand, this does encourage adaptation and better aligns payment with those... Read more »...

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National flood risks & climate change

Emergent exposure of flood inundation hazards under future climate change in New Zealand Floods are some of New Zealand’s most frequent, most damaging and most disruptive natural hazards. As our climate changes, flooding caused by both increased rainfall and rising sea levels – in coastal areas and on floodplains – is expected to increase. As... Read more »...

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Infrastructure disruption from coastal flooding

National assessment of critical infrastructure network service disruption from future coastal flooding Climate-resilient infrastructure networks are essential for New Zealand’s long-term social and economic well-being. Recent Deep South Challenge studies have highlighted the significant present-day exposure of the nation’s transport, energy and water infrastructure networks to coastal flooding, made worse by sea-level rise. This research aims... Read more »...

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Drinking water, drought and climate change

Droughts are economically, environmentally and socially disruptive. Until now, we haven’t known the likelihood of future droughts or how they’ll change in location or intensity because of climate change. We also haven’t assessed, before now, the risks these kinds of droughts might pose to our drinking water supply systems in New Zealand. The effect of drought on... Read more »...

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Haumanu Hauora | Health responses for Māori

Working in partnership with two District Health Boards, this project will develop institutional responses to climate adaptation, with and for vulnerable Māori populations. Our research will help ensure that climate impacts on health are properly considered in health policy. A literature review will support the team to understand climate impacts for indigenous people and their whānau in health-service... Read more »...

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Enhancing taonga species

Manaaki i ngā taonga i tukua mai e ngā tupuna This research aims to enhance taonga species for future generations and te taiao, given cumulative climate impacts, from increased flooding to loss of mauri. Building on research the team carried out on their whenua in two earlier Deep South Challenge projects, this project will consider climatic, ecological and hydrological variables... Read more »...

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Risk management for Māori coastal assets

Coastal Māori farming communities are already affected by sea level rise. Erosion of the beach and even the collapse of some coastal infrastructure during storms is happening in several parts of the country. Effects such as flooding due to rising groundwater are subtler and more widespread.  This project builds on the significant collective knowledge about... Read more »...

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Climate change & coastal Māori communities

Nature, culture, design, contemporary art and science Using the knowledge systems of whakapapa (genealogy), hīkoi (walking) and kōrero tuku iho (ancestral knowledge) to activate community understandings of and responses to climate change. Based around two coastal Māori farms and a whānau trust in the Horowhenua-Kāpiti region, this project collaborated with iwi and hapū to identify... Read more »...