CED regions in New Zealand

Below are the New Zealand local council regions that have declared a Climate Emergency, in chronological order. Click the “motion text” links to see details of the motions they passed.

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

First in NZ to declare a Climate Emergency.
motion text

Council news article with motion text is here.

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.
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.”
motion text

The agenda item is here.

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
motion text

Minutes Item 18 is here.

That the Council resolves that:

1. Christchurch joins with other cities and districts in declaring a global climate and ecological emergency, in order to:

a. raise public awareness about the urgency of the need for everyone to take action to reduce carbon emissions to zero, and to highlight the importance of engaging our communities to better prepare ourselves for the impacts of climate change, including undertaking mitigation measures and co-creating adaptive planning tools.

b. acknowledge the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report that warming beyond 1.5 degrees will be harmful to people and the life supporting systems of the planet, and noting that the transformational changes that will be required to achieve carbon neutrality are not yet evident, we also acknowledge:

i. the urgency of taking climate action, which includes meeting our target for net carbon neutrality by 2030 as a Council, and net carbon neutrality for the city by a target date to be consulted on and affirmed on a city and district wide basis;

ii. the need for democratic participation in establishing these targets and mechanisms for achieving them, to ensure a just and equitable transition;

iii. the need for the city to participate in global city networks and other major NZ cities to ensure the sharing of ideas and solutions, as well as reinforcing the responsibility of cities for taking action.

2. To request Council Officers to provide a workshop on progress towards the updated Climate Strategy, including:

• An assessment of the Wellbeing Budget in relation to our commitment to climate change leadership and our other strategic directions, and

• A comprehensive overview of all the initiatives that are required to contribute to climate change leadership, recognising that achieving a city and district-wide impact may require stronger coalitions with other councils, agencies, businesses and citizens,

• An analysis of the recommendations that have come forward from Students Strike 4 Climate, Extinction Rebellion and other groups that have made representations to Council.

· with a view to developing an appropriate strategic framework for the ongoing development of our planning instruments – including the Christchurch District Plan, the Long-term Plan, including the Financial Strategy and the Infrastructure Strategy, and the relevant greater Christchurch and regional plans, including the Regional Public Transport Plan and the Greater Christchurch Resilience Plan – to be reported back to Council by the end of 2019, noting that this will need to be consulted with our communities and formally adopted by the incoming Council later in the year.

3. Climate change leadership and safe and sustainable water should be the overarching objectives of our key Strategic Documents including, but not limited to the Long Term Plan/Infrastructure and Finance Strategies.

4. Questions to be developed for inclusion in the annual resident’s survey on action that is taken on climate change at the community level as well as at the city level.

5. To request further advice from Council Officers based on the deputation and requests presented by Extinction Rebellion, to be reported to the June and July 2019 Innovation and Sustainable Development Meetings.

6. The Christchurch City Council approach the local councils and the regional council in Canterbury region regarding potential local and regional initiatives on climate and ecological change.

7. To request identification of high level climate change, ecological and sustainability indicators so that progress towards net carbon neutrality can be seen by all.

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

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2025 carbon neutral target date
motion text

Agenda item is here.

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
motion text

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.
motion text

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
motion text

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
motion text

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
motion text

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
motion text

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.



25 July 2019, Whangarei District Council, New Zealand, population 58,800

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text

Minutes Item 6 are here.
The motion:

Declaration of a Climate Change Emergency
Moved By Cr Tricia Cutforth
Seconded By Cr Crichton Christie
That the Council
1.Receives the agenda report on Declaration of a Climate Change Emergency.
2.Declares a climate change emergency for the Whangarei District.
3.Directs the Chief Executive to have staff develop an action plan to support the declaration of a climatechange emergency and report back to Council.
4.Authorises the Chief Executive to make any minor amendments to text and graphics of the declaration (Attachment 1).

21 August 2019, Greater Wellington Regional Council, New Zealand, population 521,500

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
[minutes coming soon]