Well, wouldn’t you know it – the storm of the century in Wellington, and I’m not there to see it. From all accounts, it was a real doozy – I’m glad to hear that Wellington has pulled through, even if various seaside properties are minus fences and stretches of roads. Best quote for me came from that bloke in Lyall Bay, who was quoted as saying “you think you’ve got a fence, and then you don’t” which for some reason I found very funny. I was a little distressed to hear of some of my fellow fish found flapping their last across a stretch of highway though.

But it has brought home to us just how savage the sea can be, and how vulnerable our city is – as if we needed further reminding. The south coast, evidently, has taken a real battering. Storm surge can push the sea levels sooo much higher, and with a full moon tonight and still some strong winds, Wellington isn’t out of the woods yet. but it is a reminder of the issues we will face if sea levels rise, and the issues that places like Tuvalu face, as ey already do, with their sea levels already washing over the edge of their houses.

We are not much better than they are…

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