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HOUSESITES DRIVEWAYS FOOTINGS DRILLING RETAINING WALLS SUB-DIVISIONS SECTION CLEARING LANDSCAPING TRUCK HIRE Mitchell EARTHMOVING LTD WE ARE YOUR LOCAL ...So call us NOW for your free quote from Extremes on the way as climate warms up By LYNDAL JEFFERIES NIWA'S PREDICTIONS Expect more extreme rainfall and increasing risks of floods, slips, storm surges and coastal inundation. New Zealand has had an average rise in sea levels of 1.7mm per year to 3mm per year in the past 10 to 15 years. It's expected to double again in the next 10 to 15 years. The tropical belt has expanded by two to three degrees, which means the tropics are coming closer. New Zealand may experience more droughts as the gap between extremes gets larger. We can expect a sea level rise of up to a metre in the next century. Low-lying land: High tide in Putiki Bay. A senior scientist says climate change will con- tinue to influence the severe weather events affecting Waiheke. Dr James Renwick is the principal scientist of climate variability and change at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). He says the institute's advice to government and local councils is to expect more extreme rainfall and increasing risks of floods, slips, storm surges and coastal inundation''. Dr Renwick says the size of the tropical belt has expanded by two to three degrees latitude, which means the tropics are coming a bit closer. This is causing more humid air and downs- caled tropical cyclones in the Auckland and gulf island region.'' Local board member and Green Party candi- date Denise Roche says climate change is affect- ing our community right now. We been having unpredictable, extreme weather -- over 200 slips in the past year, two houses severely damaged, an increase in temperatures, higher potential for drought, king tides and storm surges throwing millions of horse mussels on to our shores.'' Dr Renwick says recent papers published by Nature magazine have drawn statistical links between climate change and severe weather in the northern hemisphere. What applies in the northern hemisphere also applies here and everywhere else, so we are no doubt in for increasing risk of extremes.'' A rise in sea levels is part of the equation, with an increase from an average of 1.7mm per year to 3mm per year in New Zealand in the past 10 to 15 years, and an expectation it will double again in the next 10 to 15 years, Dr Renwick says. And if sea ice melts faster than this, we could expect a sea level rise of up to one metre in the next century''. There is also some evidence to support the idea that increased pres- sure on tectonic plates by melting ice may be caus- ing earthquakes, such as the one in Christchurch.'' Ms Roche says it is time to move away from cli- mate change denial. We are living with the effects -- our job is to plan for the worst, so we can survive as a community.'' Local board Civil Defence spokeswoman Faye Storer says increased community resilience is key. We need to be pre- pared for any emerg- ency.'' Ms Storer is develop- ing a neighbourhood Civil Defence plan with resident groups. Dr Renwick advises residents to look at water flow on their properties and to chan- nel stormwater away from problem areas. There is also in- creased risk associated with beachfront and cliff top properties,'' he says. The risks are increas- ing all the time as carbon emissions put more energy into the climate, producing more vigorous weather. We need to under- stand the risks and plan for them. We can also all do our bit by working to reduce the effects of cli- mate change.'' Using less fossil fuels and signing up for inter- national targets for emissions are ways we can make a difference, Ms Roche says. The Transition Towns network is also focused on developing sustain- able communities that can meet their own needs. Network member James Samuel says growing our own food greatly reduces the use of fossil fuels for plant- ing, harvesting and transport. He says using public transport, bicycles and walking also reduces the amount of emissions we create. It is all connected -- emissions, global warm- ing, climate change and extreme weather -- one leads to another.'' Visit www.niwa.co.nz to view NIWA's climate change projections. Waiheke syrah foots it with big producers Easter Show winners: Mudbrick co-owner Nick Jones and winemaker Martin Pickering celebrate their medal winning wines. By GILL ALCOCK Waiheke's reputation as a producer of quality syrah has received another boost with one vineyard awarded a gold medal and three others silver at a prestigious New Zealand show. Mudbrick Vineyard was awarded a gold medal for its Shepherd's Point Syrah 2009 at the annual Royal Easter Show and was the only small producer to receive such recognition, taking its place alongside the well known names of Villa Maria, Vidal and Church Rd. The other three island vineyards that collected silver medals were Cable Bay for its 2009 Syrah, Obsidian for its Weeping Sands Syrah 2009 and small scale producer Owhanake Bay Estate for its Anchorage Syrah 2009. Mudbrick's winning run continued with its reserve merlot cabernet sauvignon 2008 awarded a silver medal and the Mudbrick Merlot, Caber- net Sauvignon 2009 and Mudbrick Reserve Cab- ernet Sauvignon, Merlot 2009 both winning bronze medals in the cabernet sauvignon, merlot predominant blends category. Also winning bronze in this category was Obsidian Weeping Sands Cabernet Merlot 2008. Another winner for Obsidian was its Weep- ing Sands Waiheke Island Merlot 2009 which was awarded a sil- ver medal in the merlot category. Passage Rock was also a winner collecting three bronze medals for its Pinot Gris 2010, Voignier 2009 and Res- erve Merlot 2008. Along with its silver medal Cable Bay col- lected a bronze for its Voignier 2010, with winemaker Neil Culley awarded a gold medal for his skill in producing Soho Waiheke Rose 2010 and a silver medal for Soho Carter 2009 in the chardonnay category. Goldwater Estate won silver medals for its Boatshed Bay Marlbor- ough 2010 and Wairau Valley 2010 sauvignon blancs plus bronze for its Wairau Valley Pinot Gris 2010. MudbrickVineyard co- owner Nick Jones says he's very happy with the success of his wines. It's a great result.'' Go to this story at www.waihekelmarketplace. co.nz to watch a video on climate change.
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