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Date(s) - December 4, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Tom Kay, Forest & Bird freshwater advocate, is coming to Matakana to talk about how river management in New Zealand has worsened the impacts of flooding and degraded the health of our rivers.

Friends of Awa Matakanakana (FOAM) and Forest & Bird Warkworth Area are bringing Kay to the region to discuss the impacts of flood protection engineering on our rivers and communities.

“Many of our stop banks and other flood mitigation infrastructure need expensive improvements to cope with this increased risk to communities,” says Kay. “Ironically, the way these defenses are currently constructed can actually increase the risk of flooding during large rainfall events.”

Tom is visiting Awa Matakanana before the event to learn about issues specific to our region.

FOAM and Forest & Bird Warkworth Area want Kay to hear from Matakana, Warkworth and greater Rodney community the about the issues affecting freshwater in the region.

“Working with nature to avoid disasters and making room for rivers and other nature-based solutions can help us out of the problems we’ve engineered,” says Kay.

Recent extreme weather, including Cyclone Gabrielle, has highlighted the vulnerability of our communities to flooding and brought into question our approach to river management and flood protection.

He’ll discuss how this is made worse by the loss of wetlands and forests and outline a ‘new’ way of thinking about building resilience to climate change in our communities.


For FREE tickets please go to Eventfinda Tom Kay on Making Room for Rivers



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