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NZ Govt warned by Dr Jan Wright: ‘we can do more to prepare for climate change’

There’s a stern warning to the Government that it needs to urgently take a front seat in tackling climate change.

Parliamentary commissioner for the environment, Dr Jan Wright, predicts seas will rise by 30 centimetres by 2050. 

She says while it may not sound much, its impact will be very costly for landowners.

She says that makes storms much more dangerous, and central government has to guide local councils so they know how to prepare.

Dr Wright says the government can do much more.

She says a country that brands itself as being clean and green should be doing more than being a fast follower.

Govt could be forced to bail out flood victims

Jan Wright claims the Government could be forced to bail out flood victims in the same way it’s bailed out quake-affected Christchurch residents. 

She says that could have huge affects on some coastal areas, creating fiscal responsibility on the government.

“Get a disaster, people are uninsured or not insured adequately, and the Government has had to step in with a huge amount of money so, in a way, the Christchurch situation is a glimpse of what the future might hold.”

Jan Wright will release a follow up report next year identifying vulnerable areas.

– Newstalk ZB


Dan on 28/11/2014 7:54am

Check out this video of CO2 emmisions from NASA. We need to change our lifestyles. I know this is not a simple thing to do but, for the sake of future generations, the global community needs to act today.

RW on 28/11/2014 5:30am

Usual denier response. Read the references in the replies to this thread.

Guest on 28/11/2014 3:55am


Somebody wake me up when this lot do, and they realise their game is up – well and truly.

The government is too late to do anything about climate change – it began when the planet developed an atmosphere and continues unabated to this day.

I have been walking dogs on the same beach for many years now and the only time I see the sea level rise is when the tides high.

Have a great weekend.

Dave on 27/11/2014 9:14pm

At least Jan Wright may not be around in 2050 to be proven wrong. Just where do these people get these ideas?

No doubt there will be more money available for her to produce a follow up next year and for more years to come. I wonder how much the sea has “risen” over the last 20 years? 

In the case of Christchurch of course the land has fallen rather than sea level rising.


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