Nelson City Council's backing for a plan to build a $44 million library in the riverside precinct, next door to the current library, could see council paying "hundreds of millions of dollars" to defend areas vulnerable to flooding across the city, climate campaigners fear. The council could face legal challenges if it put public infrastructure on a site at risk from sea level rise and river flooding, and chose not to protect people's assets across the rest of the city, they say. Should council hold off on the decision until community engagement on how to adapt to flood risks citywide is completed, and the Climate Change Adaptation Act is passed?
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"When it comes to New Zealand sport, money breeds unhappiness"
Kevin Norquay is Stuff's Chief News Director (Sport). A journalist since 1985, he has worked as a sports, news and political journalist, covered three OIympic Games and three elections as well as numerous other major events. He also has the distinction of once being described as a disgrace to western journalism by Winston Peters.
Kevin will lead the discussion on the role of sports in New Zealand culture - how professional sport has sucked money and elite athletes out of community sport, how that money has put untoward mental and physical pressure on athletes and how the news media has followed the money, leaving community sports behind.
Venue: Yaza Café, Montgomery Square
Date: Wednesday, 28 April
Time: 7.30-9.30pm (meals & drinks available from 6pm)
More info: Barry 544 0409; Bryan 548 0343; Karen 5486241