When we design and construct buildings to perform better—that is, to use much less energy—they become better quality and more durable. If you are building for the long term, think about the next generations who will be sheltered there.
Consider sea level rise—both how it will impact your chosen site and also the roads that provide access to it. NZ SeaRise is an interactive tool that plots what to expect on the coast at a very detailed level. Providing data that is local, relevant and relatable has a big impact. More people should know about this tool.
RNZ has published a number of in-depth reports on the risk and implications of sea level rise: