Auckland's Climate Action Plan



E panonitia ana te āhuarangi o Tāmaki Makaurau. Karawhiua e tātou.

I roto i te rerekētanga o te āhuarangi me pēhea te haepapa hei kaitiaki mō Tāmaki Makaurau?

Auckland’s climate is changing, and we need to take action.
In the face of climate change, how can we be responsible kaitiaki for Auckland?

Last week the Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori celebrations gave the opportunity to whakarongo (listen), ako (learn), kōrero (speak) and tuhi (write) about the climate change kaupapa with Aucklanders in Te Reo Māori.  

Our tamariki and rangatahi got involved and told us about the climate change tohu (signs) that they have seen from Wellsford in the north, to beyond Auckland into the Waikato in the south. They also shared that they are worried for the future if we don’t take action today.

At Auckland’s Hīkoia te Kōrero in the city centre last Thursday, our tamariki and rangatahi set the example by pledging to take their own actions today to be responsible kaitiaki (stewards) for the future of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Tamariki sharing their ideas at Auckland’s Hīkoia te Kōrero (Credit: Julie Chandelier)

Tamariki sharing their ideas at Auckland’s Hīkoia te Kōrero (Photo credit: Julie Chandelier)

We need your help to keep this climate kōrero going beyond Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

To do this, we’ve launched a new challenge using Te Reo on the Ideas Hub here at We’re asking for your ideas about how we can be responsible kaitiaki for Auckland with the question:

I roto i te rerekētanga o te āhuarangi me pēhea te haepapa hei kaitiaki mō Tāmaki Makaurau?

With the higher temperatures, increased drought, more intense rainfall events and sea level rise that are all expected over the next 100 years, let’s have the kōrero (talk) about the future Tāmaki Makaurau that we want to provide for our mokopuna (grandchildren). What can we do now?

It’s a big question. But let’s not shy away from talking about how our actions today could create benefits for our future generations. The Māori values and principles of kaitaikitanga will play an important part in Auckland’s response to climate change so share with us what you think as Aucklanders. Also, think about using the word's 'kaitiaki' and 'kaitaikitanga' next time you kōrero about climate change.

Share your ideas here and join our tamariki and rangatahi in this climate kōrero.
We’d love to hear from far and wide across Tāmaki Makaurau.

The Climate Action Plan team


Week One Wrap Up

Posted by Climate Action (Admin) Aug 8, 2018

It’s been an exciting week with the launch of the Ideas Hub at Firstly, we’d like to thank you all for so eagerly embracing the platform and helping to kick start the climate discussion in Auckland. So far our community numbers more than 40 members, with 30 ideas shared already. A particular shout out goes to Nitin Prasad for posting the very first idea on the platform, and to Leigh Nicholson, top of the leader board with 10 ideas shared so far.

We’re hoping to see this community grow larger over the coming weeks. Climate change will affect us all, so it’s important to have Aucklanders involved in shaping our response. To help us reach as many people as we can, we’d love for you to share the platform with your friends, family and wider networks.

There has been huge variety in the ideas shared, but a couple of themes have stood out so far. We’ve seen lots of support for a ‘greener’ Auckland – with ideas including green rooftops, green bus stops and vertical gardens. There have also been several ideas shared around renewable energy generation and electrification. These include powering schools with solar power, switching to electric buses, subsiding solar panels and encouraging self-sufficiency.

So what will happen with all these great ideas you are sharing?  We’ll be posting more challenges over the next few weeks and months. These challenges will form part of three stages in helping to develop Auckland’s climate action plan. We’re currently in the first stage – Vision & Ambition. The purpose of this stage is to build a shared vision of what a climate-ready Auckland looks like. We want to know what is important to Aucklanders. Would you like to see a greener Auckland? A better connected Auckland? More cohesive and resilient communities? A thriving green economy and green jobs? Perhaps all of the above and more. Let us know the kind of future you think we should be working towards. The ideas shared in this stage will help us define the vision for the plan, and will shape the focus and direction in which the plan develops.Steps in developing Auckland's climate action plan

The next step will be action development. These challenges will be asking for specific actions and ideas that can help us to achieve our goals. We’ll be discussing a broad range of topics ranging from buildings and infrastructure, natural environment, through to water, food, economy and communities. Here we’ll be aiming to develop solutions together to reduce our emissions and increase our resilience to climate change. The final stage will be action prioritisation. As much as we’d like to, we just can’t do everything. So we’ll have to decide which actions are most important to Aucklanders and will have the biggest impact towards achieving our goals. We’ll be asking you to vote on the ideas you support to help us find the best ones. These ideas will feed into workshops with technical experts and the best will make it into Auckland's Climate Action Plan - and will go from idea to reality.

Watch this space for more challenges coming soon. In the meantime, keep sharing your great ideas about where we should be heading and how fast we need to get there.

Thanks for being involved!

The Climate Action Plan team

It’s obvious that the transition to a clean, low-carbon, climate-ready society is not only absolutely desirable, but utterly conceivable.  A number of pathways, policies and possibilities have been laid out in reports from mainstream financial juggernauts, international think tanks and institutions right here in New Zealand.  It won’t be hard to conjure up images of clean tech hubs, attractive pedestrian-focused urban spaces and frequent and convenient electrified transport.  It’s not hard to imagine on-site and off-grid solar/battery systems, vast tracts of urban and rural forests, and infrastructure that flexes and adjusts as the sea rises or as record rains fall yet again. 

Climate Change Minister James Shaw says that climate change is the greatest economic threat to New Zealand, and the greatest economic opportunity in our history.  Preparing for climate impacts means avoiding costs and saving lives.  De-risking and transitioning our economy and society means delivering a raft of benefits like those mentioned above.  It’ll require innovation, collaboration and action at a pace and scale we can barely conceive of – a vast and collective transformation – but I think we’re up for it.  There’s not really any other viable choice.

What might not be as obvious, though, is how best to deliver such a future without turning our backs on our most vulnerable and without leaving people behind.  The story is too common in many of the world’s leading sustainable cities: clean up industry and attract the tech sector, replace car parking and lanes with cycleways and bus stops, and polish up historic neighbourhoods to a point that the character starts to rub off a bit too.  Then sit back with a trendy microbrew or designer coffee to watch the rents and house prices soar – along with a double shot of inequality. 

People rapidly flood in, of course – but many go.  Where do people relocate when priced out of an up-and-coming part of town?  How does someone get a job after 30 years at the factory when it closes?  When do people spend time with families or friends when they are in their cars three hours a day shuttling across the ever-receding land of affordability?  And what does a city, region or even country do that hasn’t thought clearly and honestly about its future – especially when the current path may render it inoperable, intolerable or irrelevant? 

Back to the obvious: the most pressing, imperative challenge now at hand is to take speedy and simultaneous action on climate change and inequality.  It’s to ensure that our most vulnerable don’t bear the brunt of the impacts and receive more than a fair share of the benefits.  It’s a non-negotiable proposition, really: doing nothing on each is terrible for everyone, while taking decisive action on both is good for us all.

 As we embark with you on developing and delivering Auckland’s Climate Action Plan, let’s commit together to taking decisive climate action that builds a cleaner, fairer and more prosperous society.

Thanks for joining us on and for contributing your innovative ideas.

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