Te Kokiringa Taumata | New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) welcomes the opportunity to present this feedback on the ‘Adapt and Thrive: Building a climate resilient New Zealand’ Managed Retreat consultation.  We appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback that will help inform the initial stages of policy development for the Climate Adaptation Act (CAA).

NZPI strongly supports the need for legislation on managed retreat and we call for strong leadership from central government on this issue. We are encouraged by the discussion in the consultation document, but can see that there is a significant way to go in the policy development process. This legislation will deal with one of the ‘wicked problems’, not just for planning but for our society as a whole in New Zealand, and it needs to be bold and confront the issues head-on.