Climate change engagement

MfE’s climate change work programme is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to a changing climate.

We are currently consulting on the draft national adaptation plan and managed retreat.

The Government is now consulting on Aotearoa New Zealand’s first draft national adaptation plan. This plan sets out coordinated and comprehensive actions for New Zealand to adapt to the locked-in impacts of climate change, such as rising sea levels and more frequent extreme weather events. It’s a cross-government plan that draws together existing and proposed actions to support adaptation.

In this presentation Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy and Partnerships and Customers Anne Haira, outlines what the national adaptation plan sets out to do, and why it’s important for you to be involved.

Workshops and webinars on the draft national adaptation plan and managed retreat

The impacts of climate change affect all New Zealanders. 

We are seeking feedback from various sectors and communities on the draft national adaptation plan.

We are running workshops and webinars from 2 May to:

  • provide information on the draft national adaptation plan
  • find out how climate change is affecting you.

We’ve partnered with Ihirangi to facilitate discussions in our iwi/Māori focused events. Ihirangi is the operational arm of the National Iwi Chairs Forum Pou Take Āhuarangi climate group.

  When Topic  Kaupapa Register 

General public webinar

11 May, 6.30-7.30pm

or

24 May, 6.30- 7.30pm 

Overview of the draft national adaptation plan

The draft NAP focuses on how New Zealand can adapt to the impacts of climate change.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas.

We want to hear how climate change is already affecting you, and your view on what New Zealand needs to do.  

 

 

Register for 24 May webinar 

Local government workshops

10 May, 3.30-5pm

or

17 May, 11am-12.30pm

Overview of the national adaptation plan and managed retreat  

We are seeking feedback on the priorities of the draft NAP, high level concepts for managed retreat, and identification of any further tools that local government may need to help address climate risk. 

 

 Iwi/Māori

2 May, 6.30-8pm

National adaptation plan: Introduction/system-wide

 

 

This session will provide an opportunity for discussion on the front-end narrative of the national adaptation plan which frames the strategic approach. Within this chapter is a summary of the Rauora framework, which will be a central consideration in future Māori pathways including the Māori Climate Action Platform.

The system-wide chapter provides insights into major reforms that are climate related as well as proposed climate actions. Establishing a foundation to work with Māori on climate actions includes the development of a new climate platform. This is a key Māori targeted action for the national adaptation plan.

 
 Iwi/Māori 9 May, 6.30-8pm

National adaptation plan: Infrastructure /Communities

 

This session will provide opportunity for discussion on Infrastructure and Communities chapters. Within the Infrastructure chapter there are actions that provide opportunity for Māori to contribute to strategic planning. The Communities’ chapter has several proposed actions that aim to strengthen Māori resilience including developing socio-economic and climate change variables to advance monitoring and evaluation. This session will also briefly include system-wide Māori targeted actions.   
 Iwi/Māori 11 May, 6.30-8pm

National adaptation plan: Economy & Finance/Natural Environment

 

This session will provide opportunity for discussion on Economy and Finance Chapter and Natural Environment Chapter. Within these two chapters there are actions related to small Māori businesses, Māori agribusinesses, the development of mātauranga Māori indicators and the completion of the Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy. This session will also briefly include system-wide Māori targeted actions.  

 

 

 
 Iwi/Māori

13 May, 6.30-8pm

Rauora Framework 

   
Iwi/Māori

30 May, 6.30-8pm

National adaptation plan: Managed Retreat/Homes, Buildings and Places

This session will provide opportunity for discussion on the Homes, Buildings and Places chapter and policy development for legislation to support managed retreat (currently being referred to as the Climate Adaptation Act). System-wide actions relevant to Māori will also be briefly covered. This session will also briefly include system-wide Māori targeted actions.  Meeting invite

About the workshops 

Webinars for the general public

The impacts of climate change affect all New Zealanders. This webinar will provide information on the consultation and how you can make a submission. We welcome feedback on the draft national adaptation plan from people across all sectors and communities, so we can make sure the draft plan meets the needs of everyone.

Workshops for local government

Local government is on the front line of climate change. Many councils are already working with communities and with iwi and Māori to address the impacts and risks from our changing climate.

This summary gives an overview of what the national adaptation plan means for local government.

The workshops build on feedback received from local government throughout the draft national adaptation plan’s pre-public consultation period. They provide an open forum for discussion on the priorities of the draft plan, early concepts for managed retreat, and any further tools needed to address climate risk.

For any further information or questions on local government engagement email adaptation@mfe.govt.nz

Workshops with iwi and Māori

Climate change and its impacts raise a distinct set of issues for Māori in relation to natural resources, the environment, land, and spiritual and cultural identities. This summary gives an overview.

The hui build on the feedback we received during the draft national adaptation plan’s pre-public consultation period and from online workshops on managed retreatThey’ll introduce other aspects of the draft plan for discussion, and be an open forum for discussion on priorities, early concepts for managed retreat, and any further tools needed to address climate risk.

We’ve partnered with Ihirangi (the operational arm of the National Iwi Chair’s Forum Pou Take Āhuarangi climate group) to facilitate these discussions, which will aim to help us to:   

  • test the overall national adaptation plan direction  
  • understand the extent to which specific actions meet Māori priorities for adaptation and future climate action  
  • understand views on actions government should take to minimise impacts without worsening existing inequities
  • understand potential opportunities and gaps in the current draft plan.   

For any further information or questions on Māori engagement contact Chris.Brankin@mfe.govt.nz. 

About the draft national adaptation plan and managed retreat

Draft national adaptation plan

We are consulting on a draft national adaptation plan for how we can adapt to and minimise the harmful impacts of our changing climate.

Everyone is affected by climate change. But some people are more vulnerable to the damaging effects than others. We must make sure the national adaptation plan meets the needs of all groups and communities.

Find out more

Managed retreat

One of the actions in the draft national adaptation plan is development of new legislation to support managed retreat.

Managed retreat is the carefully planned and managed movement away from areas, such as coastal or riverside sites, that are at high risk of natural hazard and climate change impacts. The relocation can be of buildings, activities, and sites of cultural significance such as urupa. 

To date, managed retreat has largely been the responsibility of local government. It is a highly complex area, with many technical, funding and finance issues involved in its implementation.

To address the issues around managed retreat, one of the actions in the national adaptation plan is development of a new Climate Adaptation Act. This is one of three new Acts to be created as part of reform of the resource management system.  

We want feedback from New Zealanders, especially those in communities at high risk of impacts of climate change, on high-level policy issues for a managed retreat system. This is an important part of our consultation on the draft national plan.  

Have your say

We’re asking for feedback from all New Zealanders on the draft plan. We want to understand how climate change impacts you and make sure the final plan, due to be published in August, has your input.

Find out more and have your say 

Consultation will run for five weeks from 28 April and ending on 3 June. The final plan will be published in August. 

He Waka Eke Noa - Primary Sector Climate Action

He Waka Eke Noa Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership brings together the agriculture sector, government and Māori to develop practical solutions to reduce Aotearoa’s agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. This programme will develop an appropriate on-farm emissions pricing system and equip all farmers and growers with plans to measure and manage emissions on-farm. 

The Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) is leading the partnership’s Māori Agribusiness workstream, Te Aukaha. Te Aukaha is providing a Māori perspective and supporting the integration of te ao Māori in the development of the partnership’s recommendations. 

The industry partners to He Waka Eke Noa are engaging with their members to hear their thoughts on possible emissions pricing options. The partnership will deliver its final recommendations to Ministers in April 2022. From mid-2022, the Government will need to respond to the partnership’s recommendations and put in place the legislation and regulations needed to establish the scheme from 2025. 

We would like to work with our iwi and Māori partners throughout this process to ensure that emissions pricing policy decisions work for Māori landowners. We will update this page with more detail on engagement opportunities in coming months. 

Please contact Agriculture.Emissions@mfe.govt.nz if you have any questions or require further information.

New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme

Reforms to the Emissions Trading Scheme – consultation on a governance framework and reforms to industrial allocation closed on 17 September 2021.

The summary of submissions report for designing a governance framework is available and industrial allocation's summary of submissions will be published in early 2022.

The results from these consultations, alongside further policy analysis, will inform advice to Ministers.

Emissions Reduction Plan

Consultation on the emissions reduction plan discussion document Te hau mārohi ki anamata Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future occurred from Wednesday 13 October 2021 - 24 November 2021. 

Analysis of submissions will inform the final drafting of the Emissions Reduction Plan in early 2022, with the plan due to be published by 31 May 2022.  

Watch webinars held during the consultation on the Emissions Reduction Plan

Each webinar ran for one hour and included a presentation on each topic and opportunity to ask questions.  

Event Topic Summary Link

Emissions Reduction Plan overview webinar 

Transitioning to a low-emissions, climate-resilient future 

This webinar was repeated and recorded 7pm October 18. 

 

Emissions Reduction Plan overview 

webinar 

Transitioning to a low-emissions, climate-resilient future 

Webinar recording

 

Emissions Reduction Plan overview 

webinar 

Meeting the net-zero challenge 

Webinar recording

 

Emissions Reduction Plan overview 

webinar 

Aligning system settings and using cross-sector tools 

Webinar recording

 

Transitioning key sectors webinar 

Transport  

Webinar recording

 

Transitioning key sectors webinar 

Energy and Industry 

Webinar recording

 

Transitioning key sectors webinar 

Building and Construction 

Webinar recording

 

Q&A recording

Transitioning key sectors webinar 

Agriculture and Forestry 

Webinar recording

 

Transitioning key sectors webinar 

Waste 

Webinar recording

 

Transitioning key sectors webinar 

F-Gases 

Webinar recording

 

Local Government Workshop

Barriers, Opportunities, Planning System and Implications

 
Local Government Workshop Barriers, Opportunities, Planning System and Implications  

Emissions Reduction Plan overview webinar

Research, Science, Innovation (and technology)

Webinar link

Emissions Reduction Plan overview webinar 

Circular Economy and Bio Economy

Webinar link

The role of Māori in the transition  to a low emissions economy

As part of this process, we want to have a meaningful conversation with Māori, so we understand their perspectives and aspirations as we draft these plans. 

We have a list of upcoming online events which will provide an opportunity for you to provide perspectives and ask questions on areas of interest.

Resources

Kaupapa  

Resources  

What the Emissions Reduction Plan means for Māori  

 

Video 

An Equitable Transition  

 

Video 

Ministry for Primary Industries- Forestry, Agriculture, He Waka Eke Noa 

https://www.mpi.govt.nz/consultations/emissions-reduction-plan/ 

Māori Economy Emissions Profile- Climate change mitigation impact on the Māori economy 

https://www.mbie.govt.nz/dmsdocument/17448-maori-economy-emissions-profile 

 

Role of Māori in the Transition to a Low-Emissions Economy

Read the report