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I recently was part of a presentation and panel discussion in Nelson where we were attempting to answer the question: What are the options for Top of the South with sea level rise? This was a joint event organized by the local branches of Engineering NZ and Te Kāhui Whaihanga NZ Institute of Architects (NZIA). An article was published about the event here.
I don’t often get a chance to represent the Coastal Restoration Trust at events with people who have influence on coastal development and management so it was an opportunity to champion the use of native plants and provide examples of coastal engineering that were very expensive and not very effective.
I related te kōrero tara of the battle waging between Tāne Mahuta, god of forest and birds and his brother Tangaroa, god of the sea. See the story here under the entry on pīngao.
My main messages were: It is inadvisable to build your whare in the midst of warring gods and, as sea levels rise, the battles are going to favour Tangaroa, therefore we best provide Tāne some āwhina, assistance and kaha, strength with healthy buffers of native plants along the battlefront.
Manaakitia ngā tukemata o Tāne, Caring for the eyebrows of Tāne
Mā te wā