Consultation opens on emissions target

Consultation has opened on the greenhouse gas emissions target that Christchurch should adopt as part of its climate change strategy.

“We want to hear our communities’ views on whether we should go with the Government’s proposed target and work towards being  net zero emissions, excluding biogenic methane, by 2050 or whether we should be setting ourselves a more ambitious target,’’ says Christchurch City Council Head of Strategic Policy Emma Davis.

“We know we need to dramatically cut our emissions; the questions is how quickly can we do it?

“We know there are people and businesses in our communities with very strong views on this issue and we really want their feedback on the approach the Council should be taking,’’ Ms Davis says.

We are asking some key questions, such as:

  1. What greenhouse gas emissions targets should be set for Christchurch?
  2. Should we align with NZ Central Government or could we be more ambitious?
  3. How should we consider agricultural emissions in our District (methane)?
  4. What interim target(s) should be set to help keep us on track?

Find out more and have your say online (before 14 Aug) at:

Have your say on the emissions target.

Climate Change survey for the Christchurch City Council

Share your views on climate change to help inform our city targets and actions.

The Christchurch City Council is working on a Climate Change Strategy for the city. As an organisation, we’ve set the target of being carbon neutral by 2030 and now, as part of our Climate Change Strategy, we’re in the process of setting a carbon neutral target for the whole city.

Climate change has major implications for the health and wellbeing of current and future residents, and for the planning and nature of pretty much everything we do as a city.  So to help inform the strategy and the action plans that will support it, we’ve put together a short survey to get your views.

This won’t be your only chance to have your say on the strategy – it’s just an early opportunity to provide some input. There will be other opportunities in the coming months.

We’d really appreciate you taking the time to complete this short survey – it only takes about five minutes. 

The survey is open until midnight 31 May 2019

Take the Christchurch Climate Survey

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CCC climate change website

City Nature Challenge

Between the 26th-29th April 2019, iNatualist NZ Mataki Taiao, will host the New Zealand/Christchurch entry in the global City Nature Challenge. Our goal is to record the biggest selection of animal, plants and mould sightings and win the internationally coveted title of Biodiversity Capital of the year.

Speaking 4 the Planet

Speaking 4 The Planet

Know some kids or your school that would be keen to Speak for the Planet? This is a new opportunity to give our children and planet a voice. Get your school involved – share to your school page!

Tell your kids and tell your School! Register School interest by emailing:
More information will be sent to those registered, in February.

Extinction Rebellion – Open letter to parliament


The latest IPCC report makes it clear: global mean temperature rise greater than 1.5oC will cause widespread suffering and mass migration, irreversible damage to the natural world, and massive damage to the world economy. We have only years, not decades, to act. Our government needs to tell the truth about this unprecedented challenge to our well-being.

Sea level rise, ocean acidification and increasingly adverse weather events mean that business as usual is over.  It is no longer possible to pursue conventional economics with endless GDP growth as its target.


Read more and sign the letter here.

WWF Community Funding

The next WWF-New Zealand Habitat Protection and Environmental Education Action Funding rounds will open on 23 October. Find out more.

Conservation groups in New Zealand face a unique set of challenges. Sometimes a bit of support can make all the difference – so if your project would benefit from some funding, get ready to apply! 

We’ll be accepting applications from 23 October to 18 November 2018. Check out the EEAF or HPF criteria on our website to find out if your project is suitable for funding and find out how to apply. You can also get in touch with me if you have any questions about your application.

Email if you’ve questions about the Habitat Protection Fund or for the Environmental Education Action Fund. You can also give me a call on 027 455 0051 or 0800 435 7993. I can’t wait to hear about your amazing projects!

Submissions on Zero Carbon Bill consultation publicly released

During the consultation on the Government’s proposed Zero Carbon Bill, MfE received 15,009 submissions.

The submissions and the summary can be viewed on the Ministry for the Environment website.

The submissions received are being taken into account as policy advice is developed for Ministers about how New Zealand should respond to climate change.
Other inputs being considered are the recent reports on the transition to a low emissions economy from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and the Productivity Commission, along with economic modelling, the latest science and other relevant reports.

Key themes from submissions include:

  • 91 per cent of respondents said they wanted a target of net zero emissions across all greenhouse gases by 2050 set in legislation now.
  • 96 per cent of respondents supported the establishment of a Climate Change Commission, with an advisory role to Government.
  • 92 per cent of respondents thought the Bill should include provisions to help New Zealand adapt to the effects of climate change.

The Bill is likely to be introduced to Parliament early next year and there will be another opportunity for you to have your say through the Select Committee process.

Canterbury Regional Public Transport Plan

What do you think of the plan?

We are seeking your feedback to help shape the planning, funding and delivery of public transport in Canterbury over the coming 10 years and beyond.

The draft Regional Public Transport Plan describes the public transport system that Environment Canterbury, in partnership with local councils in Greater Christchurch and Timaru, proposes to fund and operate.

The Plan, developed in close collaboration with the Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee (NZ Transport Agency, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council and Waimakariri District Council), and Timaru District Council, sets out the outcomes, objectives and policies that apply to the public transport system.

The Plan focuses on a few key areas, and highlights the visionary change needed to prepare for evolving technologies and to take us into a sustainable future.

  • Frequency
  • Technology
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Financial sustainability

You can also read the full Draft Canterbury Regional Public Transport Plan here.

You are invited to make comment on as much or as little of the plan as you wish. The consultation period is open until Sunday 14 October 2018.