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Written by Radio New Zealand News   
Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Local Government New Zealand says councils will play a key role in mitigating the impact of climate change.

The United Nations' latest report on climate change predicts New Zealand will face more floods, more droughts and rising sea levels.

The report says that temperatures, which have risen 1C since 1855, will increase by up to 3.5 in the next 70 years and that there will be water shortages in eastern parts of the country and a 10% to 50% increase in days at risk from forest fire.

councils are already confronting the issue, as they deal with applications for property development on coastlines, including sand dunes which would be vulnerable to a rise in sea level.

Local Government NZ president Basil Morrison told Morning Report on Wednesday that local and regional councils will work with communities as well as central government, which must provide the necessary resources to deal with climate change.

He says councils are already confronting the issue, as they deal with applications for property development on coastlines, including sand dunes which would be vulnerable to a rise in sea level.

NIWA says there is an increased chance of drought in eastern areas, and rising sea levels will result in storm surges that will threaten lives and coastal properties.

Mr Morrison says forecasts of drought will mean councils will also get much tougher over water allocation and metering.

The Insurance Council says businesses are becoming more aware of the increased risk and costs they face as a result of climate change. Chief executive Chris Ryan says premiums for high-risk areas are being reassessed.

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