Two-thirds of us live within five kilometres of the ocean. Even though scientists predict sea level rise could take decades to affect some coastal communities, water woes have already hit Western Bay neighbours emotionally and financially, as families are told they must leave their homes and ratepayers eye up millions of dollars in potential costs.

Bay of Plenty Times Weekend reporter Dawn Picken talked with local officials and residents to learn how we're preparing for extreme weather and swelling seas.

Waterfront Paradise

Paora Maxwell left corporate life in Auckland for the sweet life in Pukehina Beach 18 months ago. His

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Understanding the Risk

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Global Issue

Local Government's Role

Hard Calls and Hindsight

Central Government's Role

Maori Assets Threatened

No Regrets

Likely Climate Change Impacts for the Bay of Plenty