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Ngā pāpātanga pānga-wai o te āhuarangi hurihuri

Water-related impacts of climate change

Responding to water-related climate change issues

Tāmaki Makaurau is expected to face more natural hazards caused by too much water in some places.

Extreme weather events due to climate change will result in parts of the city experiencing flooding and coastal inundation.

Over the next 100 years these hazards may increase in frequency and scale. This has been identified in Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan.

We must now proactively adapt and develop long-term solutions to respond to the water-related impacts of climate change.

How we are developing our strategy

We are developing an adaptive policy to respond to natural hazards caused by water.

This policy will take around three to five years to develop and adopt.

Our purpose is to build resilient systems and communities facing a potential future with too much water.

This will help us to identify how we work with our communities, including iwi. It will also help us manage the risk in our response to the water-related impacts of climate change.

For more information, see Dynamic Adaptive Policy Pathways (DAPP) in our climate plan.

Our response

While work is in progress developing the long-term policy, the Environment and Climate Change Committee has approved our current role and direction.

This is explained further in our document, "Too Much Water".

Next steps

A draft blueprint policy will be considered by the Environment and Climate Change Committee in mid-2023.

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