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Motorists and businesses pay dearly as poorly maintained roads fall apart under the onslaught of climate change and wild weather [Video]


Nelson and Northland have been the worst affected areas.

Poorly maintained roads and wild weather are proving an expensive combination for businesses and motorists hit by costs associated with crumbling highways.

Transport agency Waka Kotahi says a climate change adaptation plan to deal with the growing frequency of extreme weather will be out before the end of the year, but it can’t come fast enough for those hurting financially from road closures, vehicle damage caused by substandard maintenance, and massively increased drive times.

The trucking industry argues a lot more money needs to be spent on overcoming the “maintenance mountain” as operators struggle with fall out from the latest weather onslaught, rostering extra drivers to cover lengthy detours.

The tourism industry is also suffering and Active Adventures chief executive Wendy van Lieshout​ has budgeted $20,000 this year to cover potential disruptions from climate change, such as road closures.

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UN secretary-general warns 'humanity is on thin ice' when it comes to reversing effects of climate change [Video]

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns humanity is on thin ice, and that ice is melting fast when it comes to reversing the devastating and deadly effects of climate change around the world. Guterres released this video message ahead of a press conference to launch the Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday.