March 22, 2018
King tides highlight Arawa climate moves
Te Arawa is looking at ways to support coastal whanau who may be impacted by climate change.
It is also reviewing what marae need to better respond to severe weather events.
Te Arawa Lakes Trust environment manager Nicki Douglas says a new Te Arawa Climate Change working group has identified the coastal communities at Maketu and Little Waihi as particularly at risk from rising sea levels and weather events.
"We’ve initiated early conversations with that community around what is it that they are experiencing at the moment? They had significant king tide and storm weather events only in the last four weeks so really understanding what they are experiencing and what we need to be doing in those places to support them," she says.
Ms Douglas says it is also considering the challenges of growing and collecting kai, especially kaimaona, that people expect.
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