CNRE's Lecturer Dr Tom Logan talks to Stuff about the urge to be strategic in planning our cities

16 March 2021

Since 2019, we have built approximately 360 homes in New Zealand in areas threatened by sea-level rise. Their combined rateable value is $300 million. These properties may be uninsurable within the next few decades.

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CNRE's Lecturer Dr Tom Logan talks to Stuff about the urge to be strategic in planning our cities

"Since 2019, we have built approximately 360 homes in New Zealand in areas threatened by sea-level rise. Their combined rateable value is $300 million. These properties may be uninsurable within the next few decades.

This brings New Zealand’s total exposure (in the short term!) to more than $15 billion, or 30 thousand homes. In the past five years, we’ve added around 1300 homes, increasing the value exposed by about $1b.

That we have been building in exposed places in the past may be forgivable, but this ongoing investment is untenable.

As taxpayers who could end up footing part of the bill, we must ask how this is happening. What are the councils thinking? Why have Auckland and Thames-Coromandel respectively developed more than $70m and $50m of residential property in the past two years? What are Christchurch and Waimakariri thinking by respectively consenting more than 67 and 40 homes?"

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