Climate action for Aotearoa

Closed 28 Mar 2021

Opened 1 Feb 2021

Feedback updated 9 May 2023

We asked

In 2021, we asked for your input into the Climate Change Commission's first package of advice to government to help Aotearoa transition to a thriving, climate-resilient and low emissions future. We prepared draft advice for public consultation, and asked for your feedback.

Read the draft advice and related documents on our website.

You said

We received more than 15,000 submissions from around the country, including Iwi/ Māori, stakeholders, and organisations. 
 
We met kanohi kitea with Iwi/Māori where possible and engaged online where not. We ran a targeted consultation survey for Iwi/Māori to identify broad issues that Iwi/Māori would consider to be most significant.  
 
We heard from rangatahi/young people through our collaboration with The Hive, a programme that uses social media to encourage young people to have their say on public policy.  

Submissions received during consultation on our draft advice that had consent to be published are available on our website.

We did

Our final advice, Ināia tonu nei, was delivered to the Minister of Climate Change and then tabled in Parliament in June 2021.

In delivering this advice, we believe we presented ambitious and achievable paths that Aotearoa can take to meet its climate targets and contribute to global efforts to address climate change.

It is now over to Government to decide whether to accept the advice, and to show how it will shape climate action in Aotearoa. The Government has until 31 December 2021 to set the first three emissions budgets out to 2035 and release the country’s first emissions reduction plan detailing the policies it will use to achieve the budgets.

Published responses

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Overview

We are consulting with you on the Climate Change Commission's first package of advice to government to help Aotearoa transition to a thriving, climate-resilient and low emissions future. 

Why your views matter

For our advice to government to be relevant, usable and realistic, we need to hear from all New Zealanders first about what they think.

We are committed to a fair and equitable transition that ensures a thriving, climate-resilient Aotearoa for current and future generations. We take a wide systems view so we understand what our advice means for our people, our environment, our land and our economy. Because of this, it is important that our draft advice is informed by a range of different perspectives from across Aotearoa.

The consultation period allows us to test our analysis with a range of stakeholders, including the public, and fully understand the impact of our advice before submitting our report to the Government. Gathering a wide range of perspectives through consultation is also a legislative requirement.

What happens next

We will be reviewing and considering every piece of feedback we receive, and using it, where appropriate, to adjust and refine our advice to government.  

Following consultation, and our review of the feedback, we will publish on this website what you told us and how we used your feedback in shaping our advice.