Coastal advisory panel
A coastal advisory panel of iwi partners, community and other key stakeholder and agency representatives will lead our community’s conversation about the coastal hazard risks of sea-level rise and climate change in our district.
Members’ backgrounds include climate change research, law, community volunteering, community engagement, senior government leadership, business consultancy, education, and a university science student.
They're gradually being joined by six iwi representatives. 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).
The panel will draw on robust, transparent and accessible technical evidence, Indigenous knowledge and wider community input, to develop medium- to long-term coastal adaptation options. They’ll present Council with a range of recommendations for how our community can manage and adapt to the coming changes. These recommendations will help guide the development of District Plan provisions to manage coastal issues, and an approach to help the district deal with coastal hazards in the future.
Project and panel role design
The project scope and make-up and role of the panel was co-designed by Council and a working group of our iwi partners, Coastal Ratepayers United, North Ōtaki Beach Residents Group, Waikanae Estuary Care Group, and regional council staff.
The panel was appointed through a recruitment agency, with another six representatives to be appointed by iwi. It’s led by former Prime Minister and Waikanae Beach resident Jim Bolger.
The iwi representatives will be announced in due course. The panel members named so far are:
Appointed chair of the coastal advisory panel in April 2021.
Rt Hon James Bolger was Prime Minister of New Zealand from October 1990 to December 1997. During his 25-year career in politics he led the National Party for almost 12 years, was a Minister for 16 years and had three consecutive terms as the country’s head of government. He is a member of the Order of New Zealand (ONZ) and a former Ambassador to the United States. He currently holds a number of key governance roles including Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the World Agricultural Forum and Chairman of the Gas Industry Company Limited. He is also a member of the Te Uruwera Board and a Treaty Negotiations consultant. He was the Chancellor of the University of Waikato from 2007 to June 2019 and was Chairman of Mt Cook Alpine Salmond Ltd, NZ Post, Kiwibank and KiwiRail among other companies.
John Barrett is the Chairman and founder of Kāpiti Island Nature Tours and Nature Lodge, a Maori family operated, multi award winning tourism business, based on the Kāpiti Coast and Kāpiti Island. The business is strongly focused on developing whanau (family) hapū and Iwi (tribal group) members into tourism work that is meaningful financially, culturally, environmentally, and socially. John has 40+ years of management and governance experience in a range of private and public organisations spanning conservation, economic development, social services, and tourism and is currently active as:
- Chair, Raukawa Whānau Ora
- Chair, Māoriland Film Festival
- Waikanae ki uta ki tai Governance Group
- Leadership Group NZ Tourism Industry Transformation Program
- Current NZ rep and founding member on the Leadership Council of WINTA (World Indigenous Tourism Alliance) and
- Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai Taiao Komiti
Not surprisingly, John’s interests (when time away from whānau, and the whānau business permits) are nature-based tourism, sustainable tourism development, Māori and international indigenous tourism development, local/regional economic development, Indigenous higher education, and conservation practice and education. John is a 74-year resident of Ōtaki and Kāpiti Coast, with strong connections with whānau-hapū and Iwi and the wider community.
Kia ora, I am a student of Victoria University of Wellington, currently undertaking my Masters in Ecological Restoration with an additional focus on development studies. I have strong interests in the social and ecological responses to climate change, as well as effective altruism and community development.
Having been a Kāpiti local for all 21 years of my life, my love for our environment and the Kāpiti community drew me to the coastal advisory panel position. I am looking forward to learning from everyone and collectively finding a solution that benefits both our community and the environment we call home.
I have spent a significant part of my career in public sector management working with seven local councils in the Manawatu, Waikato and Taranaki regions. Along the way I continued my education firstly completing the NZIM Management Diploma and then a Master of Public Policy degree from Victoria University of Wellington. My wife and I moved to the Kāpiti Coast in 2002 to be closer to family based in Wellington. From our base at Paraparaumu Beach, I continued my career path working with governments, a not-for profit organisation, working as an independent consultant and as co-director of community engagement company, Engagementworks Ltd.
My current voluntary community service includes being a member on the KCDC Community Liaison Group for Kāpiti Airport, Board Member and Secretary/Treasurer for Kāpiti Living Without Violence and as an interviewer/Treasurer with Kāpiti Citizens Advice Bureau.
Membership of the coastal advisory panel provides me with an opportunity to contribute to one of the most significant challenges confronting our community – the impacts of climate change.
I look forward to learning more about our changing environment, how we will be affected and to working with our community to develop responses that ensure the ongoing safety of our district for both present and future generations.
In August 2021, 195 governments formally approved a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that includes the most detailed scientific review so far of future changes in sea level. This clearly supports planning frameworks that have been established in some countries to consider sea level rising by one metre or more in the next hundred years. However, local effects of this on coastal erosion and flooding back from the coastline are still not well known.
In 2008, I established Victoria University of Wellington’s Climate Change Research Institute that has developed methods for planning in the face of uncertainties. These need to be part of a social networking process that brings together a range of views on when and how to respond in proactive ways.
I have returned to my kāinga here in Ōtaki earlier this year. I whakapapa to Ngāti Raukawa ki Te Tonga, Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahu and Te Rarawa. My Scottish ancestry descends from the Sinclair and MacKenzie clans.
I’m currently an ākonga at Te Wānanga o Raukawa and have recently changed career paths from architecture to environmental management within an iwi space.
My involvement in the Takutai Kāpiti coastal advisory panel is through a mana whenua lens.
I look forward to understanding the effects climate change will have on our coast, informing our iwi, hapū and whānau of these and advocating for considerate mitigation strategies that support the values we hold for our kāinga and rohe.
My wife Janine and I have made the Kāpiti Coast our home since 1995, and our children have attended local preschools and schools here. I was born in Whanganui and I am of Māori and European descent. I have tribal affiliations across the central North Island from Whanganui to the Hawkes Bay and also English and Irish heritage.
My work has been at senior levels in the service of New Zealand, in public service and the military. I have governance and management experience handling complex and high value projects.
My interest in the Takutai Kāpiti coastal advisory panel is based on its community engagement remit: enabling our communities to be better informed about the risks, threats and exposure of climate change along the Kāpiti Coast and enabling ‘Kāpiti Coasters’ to have an influential role in shaping adaptation strategies here. To preserve the character of the Kāpiti Coast as a place to live, work and play over the short, medium and longer term we have a collective responsibility to work together and share our knowledge, skills and experiences. As a community, we can prepare for and adapt to a rising sea level and coastal change (accretion and erosion).
Susie is from Waikanae Beach where she lives in her family home which was built in 1962 not far from the Waimeha Stream. Approximately 10 years ago following concerns with coastal erosion, she helped form the Field Way Dune Restoration Group. The group has been involved in restoration work around the Waimeha Stream supported by the Kāpiti Coast District Council. She is also a member of the Coastal Restoration Trust of New Zealand.
Susie has a law practice in Waikanae where she now works part time as a consultant. Her primary focus has always been land subdivision and historical property work, alongside a general law practice. She is also a member of the Waikanae Volunteer Fire Brigade and a founding trustee of the Kāpiti AED Trust. She is also known within the local art community with her involvement in glassmaking.