Extreme flooding shows need for climate investment

Extreme flooding in Auckland over the weekend shows the urgent need for central government-led investment into aging infrastructure to prepare for more frequent and extreme weather events, the Green Party said today.

It has been forecast that the capacity of Auckland's storm water systems may be exceeded more frequently in future because of climate change-induced heavy rainfall events, according to the Ministry for the Environment.

“There is a real risk flooding on this scale will happen more frequently if the Government doesn’t start supporting cities to upgrade storm water infrastructure now,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“Upgrading a storm water pipe is never going to be as sexy as opening a new highway, but we’ve seen the consequences of not doing it – people’s homes and businesses are wrecked and sections of the city are cut off.

“Auckland, like most of our cities, has incredibly old storm water systems that urgently need upgrading. Council budgets are already stretched so either Government funding or a new funding mechanism is needed to help them do this.

“We’ve already seen how poorly prepared much of the country is for climate change, with extreme flooding in Whanganui, Dunedin, and Lower Hutt in the last couple years causing millions of dollars of damage and disruption to people’s lives.

“It’s not just about hard infrastructure. We can also do a lot to stop flooding by creating more urban wetlands and supporting household water storage.

“The Insurance Council and the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment have already called on the Government to start budgeting for the cost of responding to climate change, something Bill English has dismissed,” said Mr Shaw.

Latest Auckland Issues Announcements

Story

Waka Kotahi miss the boat on community needs for Waiheke ferry services

Auckland Central Green MP, Chlöe Swarbrick, this morning received a long awaited OIA with official advice and consultants’ reports on whether to re...
Read More

Story

A new life for St James Theatre

After years of community organising, Green MP for Auckland Central Chlöe Swarbrick is thrilled to announce today alongside Deputy Prime Minister Ho...
Read More

Story

Auckland flood response report requires urgent action

Auckland Central Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick welcomes the findings of the Auckland Flood Response Review and urges Council to not delay implementing t...
Read More

Story

Greens launch submission guide for Auckland Council budget

The Green Party has today launched a submission guide to help Aucklanders give crucial input and prevent potentially disastrous Auckland Council bu...
Read More

Story

Greens launch petition to stop Auckland Council climate action cuts

The Green Party has today launched a petition to stop Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown’s proposed cuts to climate and environmental programmes that prote...
Read More

Story

Hauraki Gulf in urgent need of protection

The Green Party backs the demands of Forest and Bird and calls on the Government to take urgent action to restore the health of the Hauraki Gulf/Tī...
Read More

Latest Climate Change Announcements

Story

Farmers among first and worst hit by climate change

The Government has once again kicked the climate action can down the road by removing agricultural emissions from the Emissions Trading Scheme. 
Read More

Story

Government to add oil and gas to climate fire

The Government deciding to lift the oil and gas ban in the middle of a climate crisis is a severe step backwards that will have serious consequence...
Read More

Story

Coalition of cowards slashes investment in climate action

Actions speak louder than words and this Government's attack on the climate will ripple through generations, says the Green Party. 
Read More

Story

Coalition of coal will prove catastrophic for climate

The Government’s plans to ramp up coal mining in the heat of a climate crisis will see our chances of a liveable future melt away.
Read More

Story

Greens welcome cross-party approach to climate adaptation

The Green Party is welcoming Climate Change Minister Simon Watts’ continuation of Hon. James Shaw’s cross-party work on climate adaptation, now in ...
Read More

Story

Government throws coal on the climate crisis fire

The Government’s policy announced today to ease consenting for coal mining will have a lasting impact across generations. 
Read More