ACCESS: Good weather is forecast for Saturday’s king tide so
little flooding is expected. Low spots subject to flooding include
parts of the Orewa Estuary pathway and the northwestern motorway’s
cycleway between Waterview and Te Atatu, pictured being used by a
stand-up paddleboard rider.
going to be one of the highest tides of the year but mild weather and
light winds for Saturday morning's super high tide mean it's unlikely
to be a high drama affair.
so it will be of particular interest for some.
Rodney and Hibiscus Coast's many beaches and estuaries, and low-lying
farmland around Kaipara Harbour, rising sea levels will impact here
more than in any other Auckland area, council inundation maps show.
HIT: The Riverhead bridge walkway goes under water during a king
tide on February 2 last year.
is likely to be one of Auckland's biggest urban populations to be
affected in the coming century.
super high tide will provide a glimpse of how rising sea levels will
shape the future of Auckland's coastline, King Tide event manager Ben
King Tides Initiative (King Tides AKL) will be at Orewa Beach from
7am to help people document the king tide, peaking at 10.04am on the
east coast and 12.12pm on the west coast,
provides a rare opportunity for coastal home owners, beach users and
wildlife enthusiasts to see first-hand how rising sea levels may
impact their lifestyle, recreational and business interests - and
their pockets, he said.
are encouraging people to document these exceptionally high tides by
photographing their local shorelines," Sheeran said.
this way they could capture the effects of high water levels on
buildings, walkways, roads and other infrastructure, as well as
beaches, wetlands and coastal wildlife habitats, he said.
King Tides AKL team has designated photo and live-stream video areas
set up at "hot spot" locations around Auckland where people
can see the king tide using the social media platform,
Facebook.com/kingtidesakl, or be photographed witnessing the king
tide as is happens.
can also twitter or Instagram @kingtidesakl and #kingtidesakl.
Orewa hot spot will be by the Moana Reserve, at the corner of Moana
Ave and the Hibiscus Coast Highway.
who share king tide images on their website and view others via
social media go into the draw to win a GoPro camera as part of the
King Tides Akl 2015 Photo Competition.
live-stream videos will also be shared with King Tides AKL partner
Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management which is also
participating in Saturday morning's events.
may also highlight the need for faster progress on Orewa Beach
repairs after storms early last year, Hibiscus and Bays Local Board
chairwoman Julia Parfitt said.
need to make submissions in numbers to the draft Auckland long-term
plan telling the council to get on with the job, she said.
said people should realise the council needs consents to do the work,
but something permanent is needed, and the urgency rises with each
been the board's top priority for some time.
king tide on Saturday highlights that with global warming there is a
huge need to protect the assets we have."
not everyone agrees protecting coastal assets is the answer. While
sea walls may be appropriate in some places, Auckland climate change
architectural specialist Bernd Gundermann believes resilience means
living with encroaching water rather than trying to keep it out.
will be much cheaper in the long run, but will also help communities
build resilience, he said.