Kaipara District Council (KDC) is located in Te Taitokerau Northland. They have roughly 25,000 residents in rural and coastal communities spanning both the east and west coasts. They are also the fastest growing region in Te Taitokerau Northland. Some areas of the district have experienced over 30% increase in population within the last 10 years.
KDC is in the early stages of its climate adaptation planning. The council needed to better understand climate-related risks, both physical and transitional, through a Climate Risk Assessment. This is a formative step in their climate change planning and strategy work programme.
WSP supported Kaipara District Council (KDC) in completing a first-pass Climate Risk Assessment. The assessment focussed on council’s infrastructure assets. It identified hotpots for mitigation and adaptation planning as well as areas that needed further analysis to fully inform important decisions.
Future trends considered in this project focussed on climate trends, at-risk infrastructure and policy considerations:
Future climate trends were considered for this risk assessment specifically the RCP 8.5 (High Emissions) scenario over two timeframes: Mid-century (2040-2050) and Late century (2090-2100). Climate projections for the below hazards were included in the assessment: