Erosion strategy 'defeatist'

Last updated 12:45 29/10/2012

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I wholeheartedly agree with the council that ''it is vital we manage the risk of coastal hazards so we can continue living where we do with the least amount of damage to our communities and the environment'' as stated in the council's District Plan Review advertisement (October 11).

However the council's strategy contradicts this intention entirely. How can a restriction on the development of new seawalls protect our coastlines and the estimated 1800 homes in the so- called ''coastal erosion zone''?

The council signals its defeatist attitude further by stating its planned ''managed retreat from coastal hazard risks''.

Begin moving Paekakariki and other small settlements away from the coastline and what do you have left?

Surely managing coastal hazards requires steps to proactively limit coastal erosion. That way we can continue to enjoy our unique communities rather than stand back and wait for them to be destroyed.

Esther Bullen and Jens Andreas

Paekakariki

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