New Zealand was one of the first countries to contend with climate refugee claimants. As residents from surrounding islands continue to seek refuge from their sinking nations, New Zealanders will have to take a position on climate displacement. Having survived the earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealanders are quite familiar with recovery efforts. Sand artist Peter Donnelly, was on the beach during one of the quakes and uses his art to remind us of the dynamic and changing nature of the shoreline. A proliferation of mangroves in Tarangua Bay harbour has some residents worried, but life long, conservationists Anne and Basil Graeme, are working to bring awareness to the role that mangroves will play in protecting shoreline communities. Rather than mow mangroves down, they advocate for better ways to live with them – including mangrove boardwalks.
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