NZ tourist spot created by erosion desperate to stop further erosion of tourist spot

via Te Ara

via Te Ara

Community opposition to how the proposed Punakaiki sea wall extension will be funded means it’s not yet clear if the work will go ahead.

A West Coast Regional Council (WCRC) meeting yesterday heard that more community members opposed the proposals than supported them.

A survey showed 14 disagreed with proposed funding classifications while 10 agreed. Fourteen also said the work should not proceed as outlined, with 10 saying it should.

Those respondents who included comments in their surveys focused on the costs of the work rather than the proposed engineering option.

Some suggested council seek additional funding from central government. Others said the costs should be shared more widely – even as far as Barrytown and Charleston – given the indirect benefit Punakaiki village provides to other Coast Road businesses.

WCRC chairman Andrew Robb said councillors at yesterday’s meeting agreed more time was needed to gather extra information to take back to the community.

“Council can’t go against the community’s wishes but I think it is likely to go ahead at some point once this community has more information.”

There were still some options around availability of rock for the wall, which might bring down the costs, he said.

The council was trying to work out “the best way forward and the fairest way forward — that’s the big thing”.

So Punakaiki is a wonder place where rock formation and the sea meet.  The sea has been bashing against those rocks well before humans came to New Zealand, and well before humans altogether.   The reason this is such a cool place to visit it to see what millions of years of erosion has done to these specific rock formations.

But here’s the horror story:  it is eroding further.

And the idiot council on the West Coasts want to stop it.

Why can’t they see the idiocy of even proposing to stop erosion in a place made famous because of… erosion.  What makes man think they can preserve, or even should preserve a part of New Zealand’s coast line in such a way as to stop it eroding any further, no matter the fact it has been doing so for “a while”?

I’m looking forward to sea levels rising as well.  Some years from now, Punakaiki will be protected by an enclosure, not just to keep it from eroding, but to also allow people to see the part of the rocks that would otherwise be under water.

You’d think the West Coast District Council would have bigger problems to solve.


– NZ Herald

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