Shoreline Management Plans

To get in touch with us about this project, email: ourcoast@tcdc.govt.nz.

Our first co-governance committee for our Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) project was held in October 2020, involving our Council and the Pare Hauraki collective. You can watch the full unedited recording of the meeting here.

This is a milestone, three-year project to prepare adaptive SMPs for large sections of our coastline by 2022.

“The project is all about helping our communities and coasts adapt to coastal hazards through site-specific plans for the entire length of our coastline, including our offshore islands,” Mayor Sandra says.

Mayor Sandra Goudie welcomed the co-governance relationship with iwi and the guidance for this long-term project.

“This is an important journey we are embarking on together - one that will be made up of many small steps along the way. I look forward to this committee getting involved and working together as we come up with community-led adaptive solutions,” Mayor Sandra says.

“Our Council, together with Matamata-Piako and Hauraki district councils and the Pare Hauraki Collective will be working as a collective team,” Mayor Sandra says.

Co-governance through this SMP committee of Council reflects the importance of having iwi involved at all the various levels of the project, including the coastal panels that have been set up to cover our coastline in the following areas:

  • Kopu-Thames and the Thames Coast
  • Coromandel Town Coast to Kennedy Bay
  • Whangapoua Harbour and the Mercury Bay Coast
  • South-East Coast (Tairua through to Whangamata)

As the project progresses, the committee will meet bi-annually or as required.

Next week our Coastal Panels will be starting site visits in their areas, followed by an Assets of Values and Objectives meeting. They will then meet again in November for a Hazards and Adaptation Menu meeting.

You can read more about the project including the meeting agendas and minutes on the top right-hand side of this page.

Coastal Panels

This is a new phase in what is a major coastal management project, defining the flooding and erosion risks to people and the social, cultural, economic and natural environment across all parts of our coastline over the next century and beyond.

Our Council approved for Coastal Panels to be set up to cover our coastline in the following areas (see map below):

  • Thames and Thames Coast
  • Coromandel Town Coast to Kennedy Bay
  • Whangapoua Harbour and Mercury Bay
  • South-East Coast

Panels will be advisory boards, made up of Community Board representatives, citizens, iwi, local businesses and asset owners, and it's intended they provide a fair and balanced representation of the relevant viewpoints about our coastal environment.

Panels will work together to identify the risks on their local coasts and propose policies and actions to address these as they work through the development of the SMP for their area.

The panels will have access to the relevant expertise required along the way and will be guided by a sequence of steps and key questions  set out by the Ministry for the Environment.

These include:

  • What is happening on the coast?
  • What matters most?
  • What can we do about it and how can we get it done?
  • Is it working?

At the end of the process, panels will make recommendations to our Council on how its community can prepare for and adapt to coastal change.

“Coastal Panels will be the engine for our Shoreline Management Plan project, which is all about building resilient coastal communities,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie.

“This is a critical new step in the project, and I look forward to our communities getting involved and working together to come up with community-led, coastal adaption solutions,” she says.

Each Coastal Panel will have a membership made up of:

  • Mana whenua representatives (up to four)
  • Community Board representatives (two members)
  • Community organisations (two members)
  • Citizens (up to six members)
  • Businesses (two members)

Councillors from our Council and Waikato Regional Council will be invited to be observers on the panels.

It’s intended that the panels will be balanced and representative of diverse views and of the community within the relevant SMP area.

Coastal newsletter now available

Our latest Coastal Newsletter is available here, on the top-right hand side of this page, or at one of our Council service centres.

In this, you’ll find an update on what we’ve been working on in our three-year, Shoreline Management Plan project, as well as a look at the timeline of work ahead. We have also uploaded a factsheet ‘Who does what in the coastal environment’, exploring some of the differences in fuction under the Reserve Management Act (1991) between the Waikato Regional Council and our Council. 

Shoreline Management Plans Overview

Each SMP will be presented to Council for adoption and eventual integration into relevant strategies, policies or actions within the Long-Term Plan or District Plan.

Our Council is establishing close working relationships with partners and key stakeholders including mana whenua, Waikato Regional Council (WRC), New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) in this project.

Following on from the adoption of our Coastal Management Strategy and Coastal Hazards Policy in 2018, our Council is now developing Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs). This is a three-year project to  define the flooding and erosion risks to people and the social, cultural, economic and natural environment across all parts of our coastline over the next century and beyond.

As we develop these plans, we have a valuable opportunity to understand our coastal environment more holistically, including the connections between people, catchments and waterways, landscapes, estuaries and beaches.

We will be examining the interaction between the way in which the coast behaves and is likely to evolve, and the way in which the coast is used and valued in each community.

Each SMP will:

  • be specific to a stretch of coast
  • identify what’s at stake and why
  • consider a number of different future scenarios of how coasts and communities may change
  • set objectives for the management of the coastal environment
  • be action-oriented and clearly link the actions of today with those we might need to take in the future
  • work through viable solutions
  • plot a course towards those solutions, making sure we use our collective knowledge and observations of the coast to keep track of our progress and enable a change of course if necessary.

In May 2019, our Council appointed a consortium led by international consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV to support the development of our Shoreline Management Plans. 

Community information meetings were held during August 2019.

While plans to deal with coastal change have previously been developed in a couple of other locations in New Zealand, the work our Council is doing is distinct in that we are developing SMPs across our whole district through active involvement of all key community stakeholders along our beautiful yet fragile coastline.

Our Council’s operations group  manager Bruce Hinson says SMPs are one of the proactive steps our Council is taking in response to the challenge of climate change for our communities, ensuring we are engaged, prepared, protected and safe in the long-term..

"Over the next three years, with your  valued input, capturing learning from SMP practices locally and internationally and our legislative requirements, we will produce SMPs that cover the entire Thames-Coromandel coast,” Mr Hinson says.

"This is your coast. We believe that by striving together to create resilient coastal environments we will ensure thriving coastal communities long into the future.

“Come and learn and help us contribute to a sustainable coastal future.”

Read more about what’s involved with our Coastal Management Strategy here.

Consultant appointed for milestone coastal project - April 2019

Our Council has taken a major step forward in the delivery of our Coastal Management Strategy with the appointment of international consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV to support the development of our Shoreline Management Plans.

Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV), an independent engineering and project management consultancy, has been awarded the $1.9M contract, as part of the $2.6M total budget, fo rwhat will be a milestone three-year project for our Council and New Zealand more broadly.

While Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs) have previously been developed in a couple of other locations in New Zealand, the work our Council is doing is distinct in that we are developing SMPs across our whole district through active involvement of all key stakeholders along our beautiful yet fragile coastline.

These plans and subsequent action plans are a key outcome of our Coastal Management Strategy. SMPs will provide a large-scale hazard assessment on our flooding and erosion issues and identify subsequent risk to people and the environment for our coastline over the next century. SMPs also identify the possible interventions for managing those risks in a sustainable manner. Read more about what’s involved with our Coastal Management Strategy here.

 

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Thames coastline in focus as coastal project gets underway

The spotlight shines initially on Thames and the Thames Coast as our major project to develop four Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs) across the Coromandel enters the next phase.

Thames Coast will be the first area to start work on an SMP, defining the flooding and erosion risks to people in the community and the cultural, economic and natural environment over the next century and beyond.

Mayor Sandra Goudie says the SMP project is focused on building resilient coastal communities. 

"The Thames coastline, from Kopu and the mouth of the Waihou River to Wilsons Bay, has been identified as a high priority for the project," Mayor Sandra says.

The initial focus within the Thames ward will be on identification and modelling of coastal hazards in the area, allowing us to then explore: what do we value that's at risk, now and in the future?

Other areas to be progressed in due course include Mercury Bay, the Coromandel-Colville coast and the coastline from Tairua through to Pauanui and Whangamata. 

This milestone coastal project is being managed by our Council in partnership with a consortium led by Royal HaskoningDHV, which is preparing SMPs across all parts of the Thames-Coromandel coastline over a three-year period.

So far, work has been in a ‘scoping phase’, which included several engagement initiatives with community meetings held across the district last year.

Council adopted the next steps and recommendations of the SMP scoping report, which outlines the approach to assessing coastal hazards and presents conceptual coastal process models for our coastline. The scoping report is available to view here.

“These plans will establish a framework for managing coastal hazards by addressing more immediate issues in the context of long-term adaptation to coastal change. The plans will be grounded in the best available science and build from the aspirations and concerns of our diverse communities,” Mayor Sandra says.

"The project is all about helping our communities and coasts adapt to coastal hazards through site-specific plans for the entire length of our coastline, including our offshore islands," Mayor Sandra says.