As the timing and severity of sea-level risk impacts will vary across the district, we’re doing our adaptation planning in sections. We’re starting with communities in the Whakaraupō Lyttelton-Mt Herbert area.

We chose these communities because, as well as having places that are going to be impacted by coastal hazards, the area has a really interesting combination of factors that make it a great place to pilot our approach.

It’s a mix of an urban and rural environment, with built, cultural, economic, social and ecological interests. It also has infrastructure dependencies, such as roading, which have implications for the wider area.

We’ll be talking specifically with communities in the Whakaraupō Lyttelton-Mt Herbert area during phase three of the programme.

We’re now calling for expressions of interest(external link) for residents who would like to be on the Whakaraupō Lyttelton-Mt Herbert Coastal Panel.

Find out more below, or go straight to the expression of interest(external link) form.

A coastal panel is a diverse group of community and rūnanga representatives from the adaptation area, along with some city-wide representation.

The role of the coastal panel is to provide informed recommendations to Council for adaptation plans that allow communities impacted by coastal hazards to respond to changes over time.

The panel:

  • Considers the cultural, social, environmental, built, physical and economic impacts of coastal hazards, and agree – where possible by consensus – on a shortlist of potential options to address these impacts.
  • Considers the broad range of limitations (including technical), thresholds for change and community tolerance to risk, and agree – where possible by consensus, on recommended adaptation pathways.
  • Facilitates engagement with the wider community on the proposed options, pathways and triggers for action.
  • Considers community views alongside input and expertise from technical and specialist advisors in order to make recommendations to Council on preferred options and pathways.

Note: The panel doesn’t have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the Council, nor powers of veto.

For more information about the coastal panel and its role, read the Coastal Panel Terms of Reference [PDF, 811 KB]

The Coastal Panel will have the support and assistance of a Specialist and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) – a forum that’s made up of experts in their field. The STAG members are able to provide information, advice and guidance to support coastal panel decision-making.

As we start adaption planning in different areas of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, we’ll be setting up different coastal panels. This expression of interest(external link) is for the Whakaraupō Lyttelton-Mt Herbert Coastal Panel.

We’re looking for six community representatives who live in the area and who have the ability to explore, consider and deliberate on options and recommendations with an open mind.

We need people who are well connected with their community and who can take into account diverse views and interests, rather than advocate for a particular point of view. 

The aim is to create a panel that reflects the diversity of the whole community, to help ensure that as many voices as possible are heard in the adaptation planning process.

Because adaptation planning involves weighing up social, cultural, ecological, built and other values, we are looking for people who are committed to the process of adaption planning, rather than on achieving a particular outcome or focussing on a particular geographic area.

Two of the representatives need to be young people, in recognition of the fact that adaptation planning is an intergenerational conversation and the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise will be felt for centuries to millennia to come.

We estimate that going through a full adaptation planning process with the Whakaraupō–Lyttelton Mt Herbert adaptation area will take approximately 12 to 18 months.

In terms of what this means for a coastal panel member, we predict there will be about 10 to 12 meetings – most of which will be for about three hours, but there could also be one or two full-day workshops or site visits.

There may also be some other commitments as the Coastal Hazards Adaptation Planning Programme moves through different engagement phases with the wider community.

Coastal panel community members will receive an honorarium in recognition of their time to prepare for and attend meetings.

To be a panel member, you will need to have access to your own computer.

The final approval of panel members sits with the Coastal Hazards Working Group - a working group that has been set up to oversee and make decisions on implementing the Coastal Hazards Planning Programme and to make decisions regarding the Coastal Hazards Plan Change.

In recognition of the importance of a collaborative agency approach to this work, the working group is made up of Christchurch City Councillors, plus two members from Te Rūnanaga o Ngāi Tahu and two councillors from Environment Canterbury.

Elected members from Waimakariri and Selwyn District Councils also sit in, as observers.