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Written by Angela Gregory, The New Zealand Herald   
Wednesday, 11 April 2007

New Zealand would be increasingly vulnerable to serious events like major floods if the predicted temperature rise happens. Photo / Brett Phibbs

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There were major implications for New Zealand communities including the costs of injury and trauma due to increased storm intensity and higher extreme temperatures, degraded beaches due to sea levels rising and larger storm surges.

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Dr David Wratt [a review editor and leader of Niwa's national climate centre] said efforts could be made to avoid the risks of climate change such as restricting development in flood prone areas or building larger stormwater drains.

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The report had found water security, natural ecosystems, and coastal communities were the three sectors most vulnerable to climate change in New Zealand and identified hotspots.

The coast in Northland and the Bay of Plenty was at particular risk from sea-level rises and storms by 2050

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