CED regions in New Zealand

16 May 2019, Canterbury Regional Council, New Zealand, population: 624,000

First in NZ to declare a Climate Emergency.
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Full agenda item can be downloaded here.
Excerpt:

Environment Canterbury declares a climate emergency and commits to continue to:
– robustly and visibly incorporate climate change considerations into Council work programmes and decisions
– provide strong local government leadership in the face of climate change, including working with regional partners to ensure a collaborative response
– advocate strongly for greater Central Government leadership and action on climate change
– increase the visibility of our climate change work
– lead by example in monitoring and reducing Council’s greenhouse gas emissions.

16 May 2019, Nelson City Council, New Zealand, population: 51,900

Second city in New Zealand (just hours after the first) to declare a Climate Emergency.
PROGRESS SO FAR:
8 June 2019: “The council said it would allocate $254,500 of operational funding in its annual plan to establish a climate forum, a climate taskforce and appoint a new climate champion. It also decided to create a new reserve of $500,000.

“Should a suitable initiative or idea come through from the public to instigate action on climate change, then that reserve can be drawn on following approval by council,” it said.”
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The agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

That the Council

1. Receives the report Declaration of Climate Emergency (R10219) and its attachment (A2191324); and

2. Declares a climate emergency (A2191324); and

3. Requests the Chief Executive to develop a programme of Council actions that will support the aforementioned declaration and that this be included the Council Annual Plan Deliberations report.

23 May 2019, Christchurch City Council, New Zealand, population: 381,500

Declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency
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Agenda item is here. [Minutes coming soon]

23 May 2019, Kapiti Coast District Council, New Zealand, population: 53,200

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2025 carbon neutral target date
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Agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

Motion
That this council, noting that our communities are facing increasingly significant and prohibitive costs to manage the impacts of climate change:
– Declares a climate change emergency.
– Calls on GWRC to increase the resources allocated to its coastal adaptation climate change program specifically towards the community-led coastal adaptation project for the 2019/20 financial year and beyond.
– Calls on Central Government tocreate a ‘National Climate Change Adaptation Fund’ as recommended by Local Government New Zealand.

11 June 2019, Auckland City Council, New Zealand, population 1,628,900

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and released their draft Action Plan

20 June 2019, Wellington City Council, New Zealand, population 216,300

Declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency with all except one Councillor voting in favour

25 June 2019, Dunedin City Council, New Zealand, population 130,700

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda Item 17 is here.
[Motion text will be here when available.]

26 June 2019, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, New Zealand, population 165,900

Declared a Climate Emergency. The Council media release is here.
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Agenda Item 9 is here.
[Minutes will be here when available]

26 June 2019, Porirua City Council, New Zealand, population 56,700

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Motion text is here.

That the Council:
1. Support Porirua’s Rangatahi and join with other cities and districts in declaring a climate emergency.
2. Note that Porirua City Council is currently working on a climate change strategy and will consider further policies and initiatives as part of the 2021-2024 Long-term Plan.

27 June 2019, Queenstown Lakes District Council, New Zealand, population 39,100

Declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency. Video of motion and vote can be seen at the bottom of this article
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Record supplied via email from QLDC:

1. On the motion of the Mayor and Councillor McRobie it was resolved that the Council note the contents of this report.
2. On the motion of the Mayor and Councillor MacDonald it was resolved that the Council approve the draft Queenstown Lakes District Climate Action Plan for community feedback in July/August 2019, subject to any minor amendments.
3. On the motion of the Mayor and Councillor Smith it was resolved that the Council acknowledges the views of the Extinction Rebellion Queenstown Lakes group and agrees to declare a climate and ecological emergency in the Queenstown Lakes District.

27 June 2019, Hutt City Council, New Zealand, population 105,900

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda Item 7 is here.
The motion:

That Council:
(i) notes and receives the report;
(ii) notes that Council has started work on Climate Change issues;
(iii) notes a comprehensive report will be presented to the Policy and Regulatory Committee in September on Council’s organisational emissions and a range of initiatives and projects underway;
(iv) notes scoping for the development of a Hutt City Zero Carbon Plan is underway;
(v) note Hutt City Council is working with colleagues in the region through the Wellington Region Climate Change Working Group;
(vi) implements a Climate Change Emergency status recognising that Lower Hutt City will be affected by Climate Change; and
(vii) considers any additional funding required as part of next year’s Council Long Term Plan.

27 June 2019, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, New Zealand, population 305,700

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Recommendation text is here. Blog post by Councillor Morris (confirming declaration) is here.
Motion text that was passed:

That the Regional Council:

1 Receives the report, “Recommendation to Council from the Regional Direction and Delivery Committee: Declaration on Climate Emergency and Establishment of a Reserve for Future Use as a Climate Change Fund”;

2 In considering the Regional Direction and Delivery Committee recommendations, adopts the following:

a. Declares a climate change emergency and will work with the community on transitioning to a low carbon future and adapting to our changed climate;

b. Includes a standing item on all Council agendas that all agenda items have a section on Climate Change Implications;

c. Notes that Council has identified climate change as a key strategic issue and is already taking action on climate change in terms of both mitigation and adaptation, including through the Climate Change Action Plan.

Thompson/Thurston

CARRIED