Rising sea levels could deliver you a sea-front property, but they can only see the down-side

The Media party and the left-wing parties are all in a massive slather about climate change again, because some old bag has decreed that sea levels MIGHT rise by 30cm in coming DECADES.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is urging the government and the private sector to figure out how to avoid home owners’ equity plummeting due to climate change.

The commissioner, Dr Jan Wright, believes the country is facing about 30cm of sea level rise over the next few decades. On top of that, storm surges are likely, making buildings that lie within 50cm of high tide vulnerable.

There are 13,000 buildings in New Zealand that fit that criteria, including 8800 homes. The replacement cost of all of the buildings is estimated to be $3 billion, and that doesn’t include the cost for infrastructure, such as roads.

The enormity of the issue needed to be thought about in monetary terms, as well as the impact it would have on the environment, she said.

A working group consisting of local and central government and the private sector, such as insurance and banking, was needed, she said.

A plan was crucial so problems like negative equity could be avoided.

“We do insurance in an annual way, every year you pay for your insurance again. If insurance companies decide to stop or the premiums become unaffordable … then you could be looking at a case where the mortgage, which of course is a 30-year one not an annual year one, is more valuable then the value of the house, and that’s a negative equity issue.”

Central government needed to sort out its guidance and direction on the matter down to local level, she said.

What a load of crap.

Where do I even begin? Well, let’s start with where I live.


That’s my front lawn, right by the sea. The tide at Whangaparaoa is about a 3m tide on any given day…and she is saying it MIGHT increase by 30cm. I wouldn’t even notice it most days.

About the only time I would notice it would be at a king tide. But, the Council can always chuck more rocks at the sea wall.

Look at the fanciful claims. Jan Wright thinks all the buildings at risk, and presumably that would mean my house, will have to be replaced and she’s used a great big scary number. Let me tell you that a 30cm rise in sea levels…and that is mean sea levels…won’t be knocking down my house any time soon.

Even if it does happen, and that is most unlikely, then it would only happen in a great big storm, at high tide, on a king tide…for about two hours either side of high tide…twice a day…for three days each time a king tide rocks around. The reality of that coinciding is about once per year, after having lived here for a couple of years. On top of that the storm wouldn’t cover the whole country…and if it was a massive storm the damage caused by the sea would be tiny compared with the damage caused by flooding from torrential rain and wind damage, especially if it was a tropical cyclone.

This is just scaremongering. In any case, I know a few Dutchmen who know a thing or two about keeping the sea back…it isn’t that hard.

In ten years time when the planet has failed to warm and we are experiencing colder winters as a result of another little ice age, Jan Wright will likely be dead and no one will remember her predictions of doom and gloom.


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