Katie Milne writes
In October 2010, the late Horizons (Manawatu) regional councillor, David Meads, told¬†The Manawatu Standard¬†that the Resource Management Act made it harder for his council to deliver its core business of flood protection: “That $6 million saved Palmerston North . . . But the work lower down, on the tributaries, was way behind. As we found out in 2004.”
Farmers felt shut out on consultation on flood and drainage schemes yet, “they were the people whose gumboots overflowed when heavy rain caused flooding on the plains”.
In Christchurch, I guess we can now add homeowners.
Just over two months after Meads gave that telling interview, Golden Bay suffered from its worst flooding in over 150 years.
An unstoppable force of water bulked up by tonnes of gravel washed from hill gullies met the gravel-clogged lower reaches of the Aorere River.
It struck unmaintained gravel banks and instead of spilling over rock walling smashed through them and onto homes and farmland instead.
A root cause was Tasman District’s zero extraction policy, adopted earlier despite that river having high gravel movement and build-up.
While some of the damage was caused by the extra volume of water, there’s no doubt a lack of flood channel maintenance made it worse.
Katie¬†exposes the root cause of the floods: rampant environmentalism.
Can‚Äôt dredge without consent, RMA consultation and process delays means flood protections take ages and we have the same curse that saw Britain flooded out. ¬† Read more »