Auditor-General's report published, Managing stormwater systems to reduce the risk of flooding
The Auditor-General’s report Managing stormwater systems to reduce the risk of flooding
was presented to the House of Representatives today.
For this report, we looked at how Dunedin City Council, Porirua City Council, and Thames-Coromandel District Council
manage their stormwater systems to protect people and their property from the effects of flooding.
The three councils had an incomplete understanding of the flood risks in their district or city. This leaves their
communities vulnerable to being caught unaware by unanticipated floods. Gaps in their knowledge about their stormwater
systems limits the three councils’ ability to make well-informed and deliberate decisions, and have informed
conversations with their communities about the costs of reducing the risks from flooding.
All three councils were already aware of some of the issues we identified and are planning improvements. Some councils
are further along in making improvements than others. However, all have more to do.
In our view, the historic underinvestment in stormwater systems in New Zealand creates a level of urgency for councils
to address our five recommendations. Our main findings and recommendations are relevant to all councils. We have
developed questions that councils can use to assess themselves, and for people to ask councillors about how their
council is protecting their home from the risk of flooding.
A two-page summary
of this report is also available.