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Posted by Climate Action (Admin) 11 months ago

We want to have as many Aucklanders as possible involved in the climate change conversation. That’s why, in addition to this online Ideas Hub, we are also speaking to many groups across Auckland to inform the development of our climate action plan. This includes working with mana whenua, local boards, youth and advisory panels to name a few.

Climate change will impact each local board area in different ways. To ensure that the plan reflects the diversity of the Auckland region, local board insights were sought early. In June, the climate action plan team went out to each local board to discuss what climate change might mean in their area. Workshops were held to identify local priorities, issues and opportunities.

The discussions were framed around the following questions.

  • Which climate risks and vulnerabilities have you noticed / are you concerned about in your local area?
  • What needs to change to deliver a low carbon, resilient area?
  • What do your constituents see as future priorities for your Local Board area in relation to climate change?

Discussions at the workshops were wide ranging and varied in focus across the different Local Boards. However, several recurring themes were mentioned across multiple boards.

  • Long-term planning: concern development is occurring in floodplains and council is not looking ahead when issuing resource consents.
  • Changes to the coast and ocean: particularly coastal erosion and inundation concerns, but also impacts on marine ecosystems and fishing.
  • Council buildings: council should be showcasing best practice with our buildings –solar panels, green roofs etc.
  • Public transport: particularly comments around the new bus network, needing feeder routes to allow residents to use, needing to be more affordable and reliable.
  • Stormwater: comments on increasing amount of impervious surfaces with increasing development, concern about stormwater runoff and ability of infrastructure to cope.
  • Involving local boards in devising local initiatives: LBs hold a lot of relationships and local knowledge, therefore should be included in devising local initiatives.
  • Education & awareness: importance of improving awareness and educating communities on climate change issues.
  • Community resilience: proactively helping communities prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Check out the full report (attached to this post), and let us know if it reflects the risks and opportunities you are seeing in your local area. The feedback from the local board workshops will be integrated alongside the ideas coming through the Ideas Hub, to inform development of the climate action plan. 

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