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, which is scheduled to start towards the end of 2021.