What's happening right now
This isn't the distant future–we are experiencing these challenges right now.
Some examples include:
- water infrastructure in the central city becoming submerged at high tide.
- storm surges going further inland, eroding beaches and coastal roads.
- stormwater pipes discharging less and less water during storm and high tide events, due to ‘hydraulic locking’ of the pipes.
Sea level rise map
The Greater Wellington Regional Council Sea Level Rise Modelling map will help you understand what sea level rise could look like for Te Whanganui-a-Tara.
Explore the map and change the layers to see what it might mean for your home, school, or workplace.
GWRC sea level modelling map
It's clear from the evidence that we'll continue to face rising sea levels well into the future. We'll need to come together to assess firstly how this will affect our coastal communities, then how we'll respond.
Our best chance at limiting the most extreme sea level rise is for everybody to reduce their emissions as quickly as possible and to work together to prepare our communities for the changes to come.
For more information on how we're planning to adapt to climate change and sea level rise, visit Action area: Adaptation.