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SEA LEVEL RISE: HOW NOT TO PREPARE
20 Sep 2012
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Omapere Foreshore, Hokianga Harbour, Northland New Zealand

Many parts of New Zealand State Highway system transgress the coastal marine area.

Traditionally roading engineers approached erosion threats to the state highways on a site-by-site basis.

The image illustrates attempts at reducing threats implemented over a ten years basis.

New predictions of sea level heights in this area mean a comprehensive coastal foreshore management strategy is required within which the NZ Transport Agency undertakes further work. This is particularly important now the approach already used has been shown to worsen the overall impacts to both the roading infrastructure and wider community needs.

Efforts are now being undertaken by the Agency to get integrated management strategies worked through with all stakeholders to ensure social and community gaols are also meet while accessibility and environmental impacts are addressed.

The awareness of integrated funding strategies and environmental engineering.

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