September 29, 2016

Christchurch City Council chief executive Karleen Edwards says LIMs should not be wordsmithed by committee.

Controversial coastal hazards notations will stay on affected Christchurch property records, and they don't need to be fully accurate.

Chief executive Karleen Edwards said the council did not need to change the Land Information Memorandums (LIMs) for properties at risk of flooding or coastal erosion.

"This is not a negotiation process with property owners – or equally, prospective purchasers – about what is included...

The Mayor is calling on the Government for help in developing a sensible way forward for working with communities on coastal hazards.

The Council today approved Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel’s proposal to write to the Minister for Local Government and the Minister for the Environment to alert them to the difficulties that arise from Council’s statutory obligations to include hazard information on Land Information Memorandums (LIMs), and fully engaging communities in discussions about coastal hazards.

“Notifying hazar...

September 27, 2016

A report that identified 6000 Christchurch properties susceptible to erosion and nearly 18,000 at risk of coastal inundation was heavily criticised.

The Christchurch City Council is embarking on six-month programme to revise a controversial report on flooding and erosion.

In August, a panel of scientific experts highlighted a number of aspects of the Tonkin & Taylor coastal hazards assessment report that needed to be changed or re-assessed. It wanted maps highlighting coastal erosion hazard zones discarded and redone for...

September 5, 2016

Coastal hazard information will stay on 18,000 Christchurch LIMs, but they will not stipulate whether the risk is from coastal erosion or inundation.

The Christchurch City Council is changing controversial coastal flooding and erosion information on thousands of property records.

The council announced on Monday it would alter 18,000 Land Information Memorandum (LIM) reports after a panel of scientific experts said last month coastal hazard information should be removed. The experts said maps used to identify at risk pr...

September 2, 2016

Residents are campaigning for the Christchurch City Council to remove coastal hazards information from land reports affecting areas such as Southshore and Lyttelton Harbour.

A Christchurch City councillor says controversial coastal flooding and erosion information will not be removed from Land Information Memorandum (LIM) reports.

Burwood-Pegasus ward councillor David East said the Council would re-word the relevant section of LIMs, but there would be "no change at all really" for concerned property owners.

He wo...

August 25, 2016

Coastal flooding and erosion information on Christchurch property records will be urgently reviewed, but it is not soon enough for residents who have threatened legal action.

The Christchurch City Council, at its meeting on Thursday, stopped short of immediately removing the details from Land Information Memorandum (LIM), despite pleas from residents to do so. The council instead decided to wait for chief executive Karleen Edwards to report back on the issue in two weeks.

A panel of scientific experts has told...

August 23, 2016

Scientists rate highly in the annual surveys of the most trusted professions, not far behind stalwart teachers, pilots, health professionals and firefighters and a long way above the ignominiously ranked politicians and journalists.

If the public are to believe in scientists, and science, they need to trust their work is accurate and robust. The implications of science can have major repercussions on our lives.

The fallout from the Tonkin & Taylor report on Christchurch's likely coastal haza...


The Council has today agreed to a further peer review of its Coastal Hazard Assessment Report (Tonkin & Taylor 2015) and a subsequent review of the wording on LIMs for properties potentially affected by coastal hazards.


The Council was presented with a staff report of recommendations in response to the recent sea-level rise report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) Dr Jan Wright.


The Council agreed that a peer review will be undertaken as soon as practicable by a panel of scientific experts, w...

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