If the laws are overhauled, people will be barred from building homes near the water, resulting to a drop of value of waterfront properties.

• Housing chiefs, local government & insurance officials look to prevent repeats of recent widespread flooding in Edgecumbe & Whanganui.

• Changing the consenting laws could help minimise property damage or prevent properties from being damaged in future storms.

• Aside from making changes to consent issuing processes, local councils also focus on warning residents & educating them on what to do in these situations.

• LGNZ was lobbying for a central agency to be set up to better assess the threat of all natural disasters & to research how councils & communities could be more prepared.

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