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Climate change and the withdrawal of insurance

Slow and sudden onset thresholds for private insurance retreat under climate change in New Zealand Coastal hazards are escalating with climate change. In particular, coastal homeowners can expect both sea level rise and more frequent and intense coastal storms. However, we continue to see demand for housing through new coastal residential development and intensification of... Read more »...

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How should the risks of sea-level rise be shared?

We are used to thinking of natural hazards as unpredictable, one-off events like earthquakes. And our legal and policy framework is set up for such sudden and unpredictable natural hazards. But sea-level rise policies should not be like natural hazard policies, because sea-level rise is locked in and gradual. Even if we stopped all greenhouse... 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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Extreme weather, climate change & the EQC

Earthquakes might not yet be predictable, but increasingly, climate change is. Because of climate change, extreme weather events in New Zealand may be getting worse and happening more often. What does this mean for our state-owned provider of natural hazard insurance – the Earthquake Commission (EQC) – and for the communities and regions directly affected... 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 »...