Coastal Flood Risk

KCDC reports 1800 homes threatened by floods or erosion over next 100 years

By Alan Tristram

About 1800 homes on the Kāpiti Coast seafront are at risk from erosion or flooding within the next 100 years, according to a new council report. The fear also is that most of these homes do not have insurance on them which means that they will not even be able to take assistance from a professional like the insurance adjuster south Florida (which we have here) to get the insurance claim for their house — thus leaving people in financial ruins.

The Coastal Erosion Hazard Risk report, commissioned by the Kāpiti Coast District Council, says that within the next century 220 properties will be affected in Paekakariki, 435 in Raumati, 545 in Paraparaumu, 240 in Waikanae, 170 in Te Horo/Peka Peka and 175 in Otaki.

It also shows 1000 of them could be affected within half that time.

Owners getting KCDC letter

Owners of million-dollar beachfront homes along Manly St in Paraparaumu and Field Way in Waikanae are among those who have received letters from the council telling them their property and insurance values are likely to be affected.

The new data about risks will be included in future land information memorandums (Lims) on all these properties.

The report contains maps showing lines running up the coastline from Paekakariki to Otaki, representing the predicted shoreline in 50 and 100 years’ time.

The report was done by coastal science company Coastal Systems, and was reviewed by independent experts.

It was commissioned to comply with the Government’s New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010, which requires councils to make coastal hazard assessments.

Mayor npredicts shocks for som

Mayor Jenny Rowan said the shoreline predictions would shock some property owners, and a real estate agent confirmed the report would definitely affect prime beachfront valuations.

“The issue of climate change, rising sea levels and changes in weather patterns has been around for some time,” Ms Rowan said. “However, I suspect a number of people have seen this debate as largely one for green activists and have not been engaged.

“This report brings home the reality, however, that we have a very low coastal fringe that is both open to rising sea levels and damage from storms. The big issue is how we tackle the results of this assessment: what sort of policies and rules we put in place.”

Tommy’s Real Estate Paraparaumu owner Chris Packer said values would be affected from Paekakariki to Peka Peka.