The Aotearoa Climate Adaptation Network (ACAN) held its second annual hui for local government practitioners on 22 and 23 September 2022. The event brought together adaptation practitioners from around the country to share successes, identify challenges, and drive the adaptation discussion in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The hui was also an opportunity for the Ministry for the Environment to gain feedback from those working at the coalface. After receiving feedback on guidance with regard to the National Adaptation Plan (which will become a legal requirement from 30 November 2022), the Ministry for the Environment also gave an update on the Climate Adaptation Bill which is expected to go out for sector feedback early next year.

From Christchurch City Council’s risk and vulnerability explorer to Kaipara District Council’s Ruawai Adaptive Pathways, the highlight of the hui was hearing the progress that is being made to prepare our communities for the impacts of climate change. It was great to see how far ACAN and its members have come in the past year. 

We would like to thank Tom Fitzgerald and the ACAN steering group for organising such a valuable hui.