Kiwibank Predator Free Schools Programme

With the help of Kiwibank, Predator Free New Zealand are giving twenty schools up to $1,000 towards predator trapping to save native species in their own school yard.

Funding is for traps and trapping equipment to teach children about the damage mammalian predators cause to our native species and the benefits of predator trapping. All schools can apply – primary, secondary, large or small, urban or rural.

Applications open on Monday 17 September and can be submitted until midnight on Monday 22 October. More details can be found here. The application will be available online from 17 September.

Proposed improvements to the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme

The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is New Zealand’s main tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions so it’s important that it is a credible and well-functioning scheme that helps us meet our climate change targets.

There are two sets of proposed improvements to the ETS.

  • The first set proposes to strengthen the ETS framework so that it is a credible and well-functioning scheme that helps us meet our climate change targets. Read the consultation document about these improvements here.

  • The second set relates to forestry and proposes changes to reduce complexity and other barriers to forestry owners being part of the scheme. Read the discussion document and related information about these improvements on the MPI website here.

A decision about whether agriculture will be included in the ETS isn’t part of the consultation. This decision will be made next year.

Trees for Climate Rally this Saturday 1pm-3pm Victoria Square

Trees soak up carbon and help keep our planet cool.  We need their help and sustenance, and now they need our help and protection.  Be part of the move to plant and care for trees and the land.

We’ll have native seedlings for a gold coin koha for you to take home and plant, or you can choose seedlings to plant in a City Council park on Saturday 15 Sept.  There’ll be music, speakers, info stalls, food forest tours, face-painting and fun activities for the kids.

Native restorations, food forests, plant-based diets, land-use change, water protection …
Christchurch taking flax-roots action for the climate! 

Organised by 350 Christchurch and Fossil Free Aoraki, with the support of Christchurch City Council, as part of international Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice day

Have your say on single-use plastic shopping bags

Kōrerohia te pēke hoko kirihou whakamahinga kotahi

Plastic pollution is harming our environment and biodiversity. Scientists estimate that there is over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans today. If nothing changes, plastic in our oceans could weigh more than the fish that live in them by 2050.

Single-use plastic shopping bags are part of the problem, and have become integrated into our everyday lives. Globally we use up to 5 trillion of them each year. But there are now alternatives, and countries, states and cities around the world are phasing them out.

Greenpeace – Creating a plan for a plastic free Aotearoa

The world is in a plastic pollution crisis. Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste enters our oceans every year, killing precious marine life – like whales and turtles – in its wake.

But despite growing public concern over the scale of the problem, the plastics industry want to increase production by 40% over the next decade, spewing yet more single-use plastic into our shared home.

It’s time to turn the plastic tap off, and together we have the power to do this.

We want to create a crowd-sourced, people-powered plastics strategy that will save our oceans, and the marine life that calls it home. One that safeguards our people and our planet from plastic contamination.

Right now, the Government is working on its own plans to curb plastic pollution. We hope that by seeing some of the amazing, ambitious plans ordinary New Zealanders have for our country – they’ll make sure they follow suit.

Here are some tips for writing your ideas:

  • Be bold – this plan should be ambitious
  • Be specific – what exactly is it you’d like to see
  • Government focused – let us know what you’d like to see implemented in NZ

Consultation on the Indicators Aotearoa NZ

Give your feedback on the development of well-being indicators called Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand – Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa.

Stats NZ is developing Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand to track New Zealand’s progress. The set of indicators will go beyond economic measures, such as gross domestic product, to include well-being and sustainable development.

The indicators will build on international best practice and will be tailored to New Zealand by including cultural and te ao Māori perspectives. They will enable the government, councils, businesses, communities, and individuals to make choices around well-being and sustainability.

Public Meeting on the Zero Carbon Bill

Consultation is underway

We’re already seeing the impacts of climate change and it’s not just an environmental issue – there are social and economic implications too.

You have a part to play in deciding how New Zealand responds to climate change. The Zero Carbon Bill will set the long term commitment to transition us to a low-emission, climate resilient economy.

Christchurch public meeting Monday 25 June 5.00 – 7.00pm Savoy West, Rydges Christchurch, 30 Latimer Square, Christchurch