Climate change is the ‘nuclear free’ issue of our age and local government is at the leading edge of responding to climate change. Taituarā is hosting this year's Climate Change and Local Government Forum in a digital format.

  • 750.00 (plus GST) Members
  • 750.00 (plus GST) Non Members
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About this event

Make sure you can do your best to respond to the challenges of climate change in your community by attending this forum.

The 2021 Climate Change and Local Government Forum shares the latest in the local government policy and practice in climate change. The focus is unashamedly on local authorities taking real (and practical) steps to embed climate change into the day to day and taking action to support communities to adapt to climate change.

The cost for this event is $750+GST per council.

Only one person is required to complete the registration on the Taituarā website. Details on how to access the online event will be emailed directly to this person closer to the event start date. This information can then be shared with all staff in your council who wish to participate in the live sessions.

If participants are unable to attend any of these sessions, recordings will be made available within one week of the event's end date. Recordings can be distributed within councils who have purchased a ticket.

The forum will be held over four online sessions between 17 and 22 June 2021.

Thursday 17 June 2021
Session One: The big picture

9.30 am Introduction to the session
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

9.35 am Climate Change Commission update
Dr Judy Lawrence, Climate Change Commissioner and Senior Research Fellow, Climate Change Research Institute

An update from the Climate Change Commission on the progress towards their final advice to the Government. This will include some indications of what has been heard during submissions as well as other points of interest.

All the latest from inside ‘the Beltway’ including other developments in the policy environment, other legislation in practice, and (of course) the latest from Taituarā.

10.15 am Break

10.20 am The transition to living in a climate disrupted society
Stephanie Pride, Managing Director, StratEdgy

The transition to living in a disrupted climate has been identified by Taituarā as one of the five critical transitions to life in 2050. This is a session that builds on the introductory material in the first transitions report and considers the linkages between the transitions.

12.05 pm End of Session One

Friday 18 June 2021
Session Two: Taking action on climate change

9.30 am Turning climate concern into climate action
Blair Dickie, Principal Advisor - Science and Strategy, Waikato Regional Council
Mark Baker-Jones, Special Counsel – Climate Change, Simpson Grierson
James Hughes, Climate and Resilience Specialist, Tonkin + Taylor

10.45 am Break

10.45 am Climate change risk assessments in practice – one council’s story
Jean-Luc Payan, Manager - Natural Hazards, Otago Regional Council

11.50 am Summing up of session

12.00 End of Session Two

Monday 21 June 2021
Session Three: Local responses to climate change

9.30 am Introduction to the session
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

9.35 am The Auckland Council ‘Future Fit’ Tool
Adrian Feasey and Melissa Everitt, Auckland Council

FutureFit is Aotearoa’s first gamified carbon footprint tool. It guides New Zealanders to make choices that help lighten their impact on Papatūānuku. It is also a effective way of demonstrating the power of collective action. After answering a set of lifestyle questions, individuals can view and understand their personal carbon footprint, helping them to take ownership of their personal contribution to climate change.
Future Fit was one of the entries in the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards®.

10.20 am Greater Wellington’s Low Carbon Acceleration Fund
Andrea Brandon and Tracy Plane, Greater Wellington Regional Council

Greater Wellington has a target of being carbon neutral by 2030 and climate positive by 2035 (i.e. sequestering more carbon than it emits). The fund is a pool of money set aside to fund activities or initiatives that reduce emissions faster or at a greater scale, leveraged of the value of the councils’ stock of emissions units.
The Low Carbon Acceleration Fund was highly commended in the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards®.

11.00 am Break

11.05 am Integrating Climate Change into a sustainability framework in a rural council
Rebecca Martin, Environment and Sustainability Manager, South Taranaki District Council

11.45 am Starting the integration journey – Queenstown Lakes District Council
Michelle Morss, Strategy and Development Manager, Queenstown Lakes District Council
Bill Nicoll, Risk and Resilience Manager, Queenstown Lakes District Council

Katherine Durman, Climate Action Co-ordinator, Queenstown Lakes District Council

Queenstown Lakes is at the start of its integration journey but has been identified as one of those at the leading edge in their consideration of strategic/political perspectives, risk and resilience perspective, and climate action technical skill.

12.30 pm End of Session Three

Tuesday 22 June 2021
Session Four: Some other important things

9.30 am Introduction to the session
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

9.35 am The latest from the world of climate change financial reporting
Mark Baker-Jones, Climate Strategist, Simpson Grierson

10.15 am Climate change and Treaty Obligations – the latest developments
Catherine Iorns, Magallanes Professor of Law, Victoria University of Wellington

11.00 am And to finish – The Climate Change Adaptation Act and other ways central government can help local communities - panel discussion
Mark Baker-Jones, Climate Strategist, Simpson Grierson
Simon Markham, Manager - Strategy and Engagement, Waimakariri District Council
Wikaira, Tumu Whakarae | Managing Director, Wikaira Consulting
Grace Hall, Senior Advisor - Sector Improvement, Taituarā, Facilitator

To finish, this panel will look forward towards the upcoming Climate Change Adaptation and Managed Retreat legislation and ask what other legislation, policy and practices the Beehive should consider changing in order to help the local government sector deliver on climate change mitigation and adaption efforts.

12.15 pm Summing up: The things to take back to your desk
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā


Dr Judy Lawrence
Senior Research Fellow, Victoria University of Wellington Read Profile
Raymond Horan
Deputy Chief Executive, Taituarā Read Profile
Dr Stephanie Pride
Futurist Read Profile
Blair Dickie
Principal Strategic Advisor, Science and Strategy Read Profile
Mark Baker-Jones
Special Counsel – Climate Change Read Profile
James Hughes
Climate and Resilience Specialist Read Profile
Jean-Luc Payan
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Adrian Feasey
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Melissa Everitt
FutureFit Project Manager Read Profile
Andrea Brandon
Programme Lead – Climate Change Read Profile
Tracey Plane
Programme Lead – Climate Change Read Profile
Rebecca Martin
Environment and Sustainability Manager Read Profile
Michelle Morss
Strategy Development Manager Read Profile
Grace Hall
Senior Advisor, Sector Improvement Read Profile
Simon Markham
Manager, Strategic Projects Read Profile
Catherine Iorns
Reader, Victoria University of Wellington Read Profile