No predicting what erosion will do

Last updated 10:36 27/09/2012

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Once again our mayor and councillors have upset ratepayers, a further 1800 coastal dwellers, who without any consultation or discussion have had their land values decimated by noting on their land titles a 'coastal hazard risk' (Owners can sue over coastal report, August 30).

Of course there was no mention of a reappraisal of the exorbitant rates they pay because they live near the beach and one has to wonder what motivated our council to act in such unprecedented haste.

Maybe their fortune tellers and coastal science experts are predicting a catastrophe next week and not telling us.

It's extremely unlikely the Hutt City Council would act in the same way and slap LIM reports on Petone and Eastbourne residents who face a similar risk profile by "coastal erosion' experts without widespread consultation.

I presume we will shortly get another LIM report for when we get the long predicted 100-year earthquake which, based on previous experiences around Wellington, will lift coastal land by up to two metres, which should cancel out the coastal hazard risk.

Nobody can predict conclusively what is going to happen in 10 years, let alone 50 to 100 years, and there will be a sand buildup in some areas and a loss in others, as has been the case from time immemorial.

Rod Cavaye

Paraparaumu Beach

(Abridged)

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