Governance issues with respect to coastal erosion management in New Zealand

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Blackett, P.; Hume, T.M. 2011 Governance issues with respect to coastal erosion management in New Zealand. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2011/34 32 p.

Abstract: This report looks at eight New Zealand case studies from a social science and coastal science perspective. It investigates the factors which influenced their coastal erosion mitigation decisions and at relationships and interactions between resource management agencies, and central and local government. The roles and responsibilities of resource management agencies as dictated by the Resource Management Act (1991), (RMA), are discussed, along with the roles of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) and community groups. Blackett and Hume suggested that the constraints and division of responsibilities between management agencies under the RMA may influence decisions on how to respond to coastal erosion. Agencies were asked how they perceived their role, and the role of other agencies, in coastal environment governance to give an insight into how comprehensive and coordinated the current coastal governance arrangements are in practice. (auth)