As in many parts of New Zealand, much of the residential area of Waitati is build on alluvial flood plain, built up over time by repeated flooding. Last week again saw heavy rain and localised flooding in our communities. With increased intensity of rainfall events and increased frequency, the river channel will change and more material will flow down the river, spilling out occasionally. The natural cycle of events takes on a different meaning in a changing climate and with our built environment. The houses, roads and bridges close to the river and the coast are more exposed to natural hazards as climate impacts increase. For this reason we need to concentrate efforts now on adaptation as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions. If you’d like to be involved with the project we would love to hear from you. Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.