4 Nov 2016

No bail outs for homeowners affected by climate change

From Morning Report, 8:12 am on 4 November 2016
Big pieces of drift wood pile up near to corrugated shed and old beach home.

Storm debris litters the foreshore at East Beach, Waitara, just metres from homes. Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Collapsing  cliff above beach with  farm fence dangling off edge of pasture above.

An example of the erosion affecting the North Taranaki coastline Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Home owners hoping for a government bail out in places threatened by the effects of climate change like Whanganui and Dunedin may have to think again.

The Environment Minister Nick Smith says a wholesale compensation packages could send the wrong message and property owners have to be primarily responsible for their own risk.

You can hear more about the challenges of climate change in New Zealand on Insight this Sunday morning.