Takutai Kāpiti: Our community-led coastal adaptation project
Like many coastal communities around Aotearoa, Kāpiti is facing significant environmental challenges caused by our changing climate and associated rising sea and groundwater levels.
We have established the Takutai Kāpiti project to encourage the Kāpiti community to become more aware of the impacts of coastal hazard risks resulting from sea-level rise and climate change, and empower them to take part in developing solutions and pathways for adapting to coming change.
While there is still much uncertainty about how significant these challenges will be and how quickly they will happen, likely climate change effects including those on the coast need to be anticipated, prioritised and planned for in the Kāpiti District.
The Takutai Kāpiti project is committed to iwi partnerships to ensure the collective environmental vision, values and position inherited and held by the iwi of Kāpiti are woven through the mahere (plan).
On 10 December 2020, Council endorsed recommendations on a preferred process for the establishment of a Community Assessment Panel (CAP), consisting of iwi partners, community and other key stakeholder/ agency representatives.
The CAP will be the formal mechanism through which wider community input, indigenous knowledge and technical expertise are used to develop the medium to long-term coastal adaption options for Council’s consideration.
Ultimately, the Takutai Kāpiti Project will deliver recommendations on coastal adaptation options for Council’s consideration.
These recommendations, including any potential cost associated with those options, should guide the development of District Plan provisions to manage coastal issues and an approach for the district dealing with coastal hazards.
Visit our Takutai Kāpiti website to learn more about the project, sign up for updates and find out how to get involved.