The Otago Regional Council yesterday officially reaffirmed
its commitment to working with the Dunedin City Council to
tackle the impact of sea-level rise in the South Dunedin and
''We need to work side by side. It is a significant challenge
for the city and ourselves,'' regional council chairman
Stephen Woodhead said.
The regional council's technical committee yesterday
considered an update on groundwater monitoring in the South
Mr Woodhead asked the committee to formally recommend the
council work collaboratively with the city council on climate
change adaption work in the city's southern flat areas.
Both councils had responsibility for managing and adapting to
hazards and the regional council had the expertise and
technical know-how to advise the city council on the planning
adaptions it might be considering, he said.
''We owe it to the community to think now, not just about the
next decade, but the next 50 years or the next 100 years.
It'll not be done overnight or next month.''
Cr Michael Deaker questioned why the committee needed to
formally adopt such a recommendation when it had already been
working with the council and providing technical information.
He did not want the council to be seen as influencing city
council decisions as how it dealt with the regional council's
information was up to it and its ratepayers.
''We'd be very resentful if the situation was put the other
Mr Woodhead said the relationship could go beyond just
sharing information but it was difficult to quantify how when
dealing with such a long-term issue.
Regional council engineering, hazards and science director
Gavin Palmer said under legislation the council's involvement
was required to go beyond just providing the information.
After the Christchurch earthquakes, the regional council was
criticised for not advocating strongly for the information it
held on liquefaction beforehand, he said.
Committee chairman Cr Bryan Scott said it was a case of ''not
telling them what to do but not keeping out mouths shut