We will share the latest in local government policy and practice in climate change. The focus will be unashamedly on local authorities taking real (and practical) steps to support their communities to adapt to climate change

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  • 625.00 (plus GST) Non Members
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About this event


Adapting to climate change is an issue of increasing importance for local government. 

Local government is bearing many of the costs of climate change adaptation and is faced with making important policies with long-term consequences for present and future generations. The programme is an inspiring mix of talks from experts and engaging panel discussions that will provide participants with both practical information and thought-provoking ideas.

Who should attend?

Local government professionals who are interested in climate change. Researchers and members of the public, community groups, second tier managers (asset managers) who are interested in how local government is responding to the challenges of climate change adaptation and mitigation. 

Please register on the Taituarā website. Leading up to the event a Zoom link will be sent to you, to register on Zoom before attending.

Note: This event is priced per person and all attendees will need an invidual registrtion to join the live event. If you are unable to attend on any day this event is also being recorded and will be made available to registrants 7-10 days after event completion.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact events@taituara.org.nz


Day one – Thursday 16 June 2022

10 am Welcome and introduction
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

10.10 am What the Emissions Reduction Plan means for local government
Markus Benter-Lynch, Strategic Advisor - Sustainability and Climate Change, Tonkin + Taylor

Markus will provide a breakdown of the contents of the recently released Emissions Reduction Plan and outline how they will impact local government work.

11.05 am Break

11.20 am Updates from central government
Anne Haira, Deputy Secretary, Ministry for the Environment

From the wide-ranging reforms underway, to the policies and projects included in the Emissions Reduction Plan and National Adaptation Plan, there is a lot of climate-related activity at central government level. Speakers will provide updates from their respective work programmes.

12.05 am Towards a low-carbon transport future: local government and the Emissions Reduction Plan

Andrew Bell, Senior Advisor, Environment, Waka Kotahi

12.35 pm Wrap up day one
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

12.40 pm Session close

Day two – Friday 17 June 2022

10 am Welcome and introduction
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

10.05 am Communicating climate change
The workshop

This session will provide tools and guidance on how to use evidence-based communication strategies to lead the conversation on climate change.

10.55 am Wassup!
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, and Jen Coatham, Advisor, Strategy and Reform, Taituarā

What's going on in the Wellington beltway, with Taituarā, and it's good work on behalf of the sector.

11.25 am Break

11.30 am Engaging and developing an adaptation plan: Wharekawa/Kai awa
Whitney Mills, Regional Hazards Advisor, Waikato Regional Council
Nina Murphy, Policy Analyst, Hauraki District Council

This natural hazard assessment and community risk thresholds project, undertaken in partnership with the community, mana whenua, and Waikato Regional and Hauraki District councils, is part of Wharekawa Coast 2120, the development of a community-led action plan to provide for a more resilient and prosperous future over the next one hundred years.

12.20 pm Wrap up day two
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

12.25 pm Session close

Day three – Monday 20 June 2022

9 am Welcome and introduction
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

9.05 am Systems and siloes: Squaring the circle between ecosystem and financial management
Henry Leveson-Gower, Founder and CEO, Economic Pluralism

Environmental economists have traditionally sought to break ecosystems up into measurable chunks to value them and now to commodify them so they can be sold in secondary markets. While ecosystem managers see all the connections and want to develop holistic approaches, is there a way to keep a systemic approach, while still getting the required finance? Henry will present an innovative approach to squaring this circle using cooperative law.

9.50 am A collaborative, regional approach to climate change: Te Tai Tokerau Climate Adaptation Strategy and beyond
Tom Fitzgerald, Climate Change Manager, Northland Regional Council
Katy Simon, Climate Change Advisor, Kaipara District Council
Roger Ackers, Manager Strategy Development, Far North District Council

10.35 am Break

10.40 am Managing Climate Risk: A guide for Councils
Dr Mark Siebentritt, Executive Director and Managing Director, Edge Environmental

This session will outline the emerging requirements for councils, how those requirements link to other frameworks like The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and the emerging best practice approaches to risk assessment. The session will also explore examples of good practice risk assessments.

11.35 am Wrap up day three
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

11.40 am Session close

Day four – Tuesday 21 June 2022

10 am Welcome and introduction
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

10.05 am Case study – from co-design to co-implementation
Peri Zee, Lower Hutt Climate Action Pathway Lead, and Jörn Scherzer, Head of Climate and Waste, Hutt City Council

Hutt City Council have recently released ‘Te Ara Whakamua o Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt Climate Action Pathway.’ Peri and Jörn will present how Hutt City Council co-designed their climate action pathway and their plans for co-implementation.

10.50 am LTPs and climate change

Mark Maloney, Assistant Auditor General, Office of the Auditor General

How did the sector present climate change in its 2021-31 LTPs, considering eighteen declared climate emergencies, and better knowledge of climate risks? A few reflections from two who have read all the CDs and cross-section of the LTPs.

11.40 am Break

11.45 am Local governance and the role it can play in Climate Change mitigation and adaptation: Insights from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Professor Bruce Glavovic, Massey University

This session builds on the findings from recent IPCC reports, especially the WGII AR6 report Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.

It asks two questions:
(i) what do the IPCC findings mean for local governance in Aotearoa New Zealand?
(ii) what can local governance do to enable more climate-resilient development in these times?

12.30 pm Wrap up day four and close forum
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, and Jen Coatham, Advisor, Strategy and Reform,Taituarā


Markus Benter-Lynch
Sustainability and Climate Change Specialist, Tonkin-Taylor Read Profile
Henry Leveson-Gower
Founder and CEO, Economic Pluralism Read Profile
Anne Haira
Deputy Secretary, Ministry for the Environment Read Profile
Tom FitzGerald
Manager: Climate Change, Northland Regional Council Read Profile
Katy Simon
Climate Change Advisor, Kaipara District Council Read Profile
Roger Ackers
Manager Strategy Development, Far North District Council Read Profile
Nina Murphy
Strategic Planning Manager Read Profile
Whitney Mills
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