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Our Climate Change Consultation

Climate Change Consultation

Following the development of our internal Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan which sets out the ways our Council will reduce our climate pollution as an organisation, Council established a climate change Focus Group to help draft a set of proposed actions for our district’s Climate Action Plan. The Focus Group members were selected based on their collective range of different backgrounds, including forestry, farming, climate science, social science, government policy, mana whenua perspectives, and involvement in community initiatives. A series of workshops were held with the Focus Group, Council staff, and elected members to explore different themes related to climate change and to analyse potential solutions for the district. 

Masterton District Council and our Community Focus Group have developed a list of proposed climate actions for consultation with the wider community. In total, 118 proposed climate actions are proposed for community consultation, that are split across the nine theme areas. Each theme also has an overarching goal and sub-goals to indicate the direction and purpose of the proposed actions. The proposed actions are split into nine themes:    

  • Coordinated Regional Approach how we take a coordinated and strategic approach to climate change in the Greater Wellington Region. 
  • Transport – how we move around the district using less climate-harming emissions.   
  • Energy/Electricity – how we power our homes and businesses through renewable energy.   
  • Water – how we adapt to increasing severe floods, droughts, storms, and changes in precipitation rates.  
  • Waste & Circular Economy – how we reduce our consumption and repurpose old items.   
  • Built Environment – how we design and retrofit for low-emission construction and create infrastructure that is resilient to climate impacts.  
  • Natural Environment – how we protect our native biodiversity through climate solutions.   
  • Agriculture & Forestry – how we promote and support a low-emission transition in the rural sector by removing local barriers to action.  
  • Community Empowerment – how we ensure our plan does not increase current inequities in our district but helps build a more resilient and fair community.  

We are now seeking feedback on these draft actions from our community.  

Have Your Say

The climate change consultation period runs from Friday, 1 July 2022 through to Monday, 1 August 2022. There will be a range of webinars and drop-in sessions during the consultation for you to find out more about the proposed climate actions. 

To make a submission, pick from one of our three different submission forms to give us your feedback on these proposed actions. 

Submission Form – Short

      • Give us general feedback on climate action in the Masterton District  
      • The estimated time to complete is between 5-10 minutes  

Submission Form – Medium

      • Give us feedback on each of the nine themes such as water and transport. You can skip themes that are not of interest to you! 
      • The estimated time to complete is between 10-30 minutes  

Submission Form – Long

      • Give us feedback on each of the 118 proposed actions developed by our Climate Community Focus Group. You can skip proposed actions that are not of interest to you.
      • The estimated time to complete is 30min+  

You can also: 

  • Email your submission or feedback to [email protected] 
  • Print a submission form from the Related Resources sidebar and post it to –
    • Masterton District Climate Action Plan c/o Masterton District Council, 161 Queen Street, PO Box 444 Masterton 5840 New Zealand.  
    • Or you can drop it to our Customer Service team – 161 Queen Street, Masterton. Our Queen Street office can also print a copy of the submission form if you don’t have access to printing facilities. 
  • Phone us on 06 370 6300 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) and we can record your submission or feedback.  

Hearing

For those wanting to formally present their views to Council, a hearing will be held on Wednesday 10 August 2022. You will need to indicate on your submission form that you would like to participate in the Hearing process. 

Get More Information | Webinars and Drop In Sessions

If you have questions about the proposals in the consultation document, come along to one of our information sessions. You can join a webinar or come and have a chat with us in person at the following places:

WEBINARS:

We will be outlining how we developed the list of proposed actions. Please register your interest for the webinar online.

  • Tuesday 5 July, 5:30-6:30pm.
  • Tuesday 19 July, 5:30-6:30pm.

ONLINE YOUTH SESSION:

A session for our Rangatahi to chat with Sophie Hanford and discuss the issue of climate change. Please register your interest online.

  • Wednesday 13 July, 3:30-4:30PM

DROP-IN SESSIONS:

Come along and ask staff any questions you might have about the consultation.

Masterton District Library

Wednesday 6 July, 2-3:30pm.
Wednesday 13 July, 12-1:30pm.

Farmer’s Market, Solway Showgrounds
Saturday 16 July, 9-12noon.

Masterton Skatepark
Sunday 24 July, 12-2pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is climate change real?

Climate change is real, it is caused by humans, and it is already having a negative impact in the Masterton District.  

The science of climate change is clear, it is supported by 99% of the world’s scientists, and we need to act with urgency to reduce our emissions. When we burn fossil fuels like petrol and coal for energy, the carbon dioxide that is released builds up in our atmosphere and acts like a blanket that traps heat around the world, disrupting our climate. There are regular levels of carbon dioxide that are released by our Earth, but the high levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases now entering the atmosphere are caused by us. This added climate pollution threatens our way of life. In New Zealand, most of our greenhouse gas emissions come from transport and agriculture. 

Climate impacts will only get worse with continued inaction, so it is in all our best interests to act now. We also know that some of the impacts are already locked in, such as worsening floods, coastal erosion, and droughts, and we need a plan to adapt to these changes. 

I heard New Zealand too small to make a difference. Why do we need to act?

As a nation, we have very high per-capita (per person) climate emissions which means that as individuals we are producing way more climate pollution than people in most countries. If we didn’t have such a small population our emissions total would be among the highest in the world. If all small countries like Aotearoa New Zealand act ambitiously then one-third of global emissions would be reduced. That means that each area in Aotearoa New Zealand must do their part in reducing our emissions by shifting to low-carbon ways of living as quickly as possible. 

As a country we have already committed to significant climate action. The government signed up to the United Nations Paris Agreement in 2015 which says we must try to keep warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celcius globally. We are current at 1.1 degrees warming globally. In a show of cross-party support, Parliament unanimously voted for the Zero Carbon Act in 2019 which set up a framework for how Aotearoa New Zealand will reduce our emissions until 2050. These central government pledges are now putting pressure on local government to act to help stop climate change. 

Because the urgency of the problem has become clear, climate change policies are now coming thick and fast which can feel overwhelming and confusing to keep up with. We need to support our community to work with these policies and design our own low-emissions community in a way that works for us as a district. 

How could we reduce climate change as a district?

Our local experts are telling us climate change is happening and impacting our district now. But we can help stop it. Change is possible, and by acting with others we can create system change. At a practical level, we need to change how we are moving around our district, how we are using energy, and how we are growing, consuming, and distributing food. The climate work will require action from all parts of our community, and require partnership with mana whenua – Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Wairarapa. 

As a community, and as Masterton District Council, we need to: 

  • use energy from the sun and wind to power our homes, cars and businesses.  
  • use much less of the kinds of energy that add heat-trapping gases to our atmosphere (like petrol and diesel for cars, and coal for heating).
  • find ways to reduce the methane output of our farming industry.  

    We need to be dramatically reducing the amount of pollution we are putting into the atmosphere. We need to adapt our communities to the climate impacts already locked in. Localised climate impacts need local solutions. We can adapt to the changes heading our way using local people, local infrastructure, local knowledge. 

    Through this proposed Action Plan our community has a chance to prioritise taking care of each other and our environment by becoming a low-carbon district. We can reshape our community and use this change to reduce current inequities that will be exacerbated by climate change. As Council, we need to plan for the dual challenges of pressures on existing infrastructure from population growth and worsening climate impacts, while balancing the proposed changes against the needs of current community priorities, including those who are living in poverty or struggling to meet their daily needs today. Climate action will mean adjusting the ways our community lives and works and will give us the opportunity to build a more resilience and fair community going forward 

    We need to put in the work now to ensure a liveable world for ourselves, our children and grandchildren, and future generations to come. 

    How is Masterton District Council approaching the issue of climate change?

    Masterton District Council is taking up the challenge of climate change action in two ways.  

    Firstly, Council created an internal Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan in 2021 which sets out the ways our Council will reduce our climate pollution. Over the coming months the Council will provide an update on progress on the actions in the Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan.

    Secondly, Council appointed a Community Focus Group to help create a list of potential climate change actions which we are now consulting our community about. 

    What did the Council’s Climate Change Community Focus Group do?

    The Climate Change Community Focus Group was formed in July 2021 after taking expressions of interest from the community. Ten participants were selected for the Focus Group by a panel of our elected officials. They were from a range of different backgrounds including forestry, farming, climate science, social science, government policy, mana whenua interests, and community engagement. A series of workshops were held with the Focus Group, Council Staff, and Elected Members to explore different themes related to climate change and to analyse potential solutions for the district. These themes were: 

    • Transport – how we move around the district using less climate harming emissions. 
    • Energy / Electricity – how we power our homes and businesses through renewable energy. 
    • Built Environment – how we design and retrofit for low emissions construction. 
    • Natural Environment – how we protect our native biodiversity through climate solutions. 
    • Waste & Circular Economy – how we reduce our consumption and repurpose old items. 
    • Agriculture & Primary Industries – how we remove barriers to low emission transition in rural sector. 
    • Water – how we adapt to increasing floods, droughts, storms, and changes in precipitation rates. 
    • Equity and Culture – how we ensure our plan doesn’t increase current inequities in the district. 

    The ideas generated in the workshops were used to develop actions that will inform our District’s Climate Action Plan. Masterton District Council and our Community Focus Group are now seeking feedback on these proposed actions from our community. 

    How will these proposed Council actions work with mana whenua plans for climate action?

    We will work hard to make sure our Climate Action Plan works harmoniously and in partnership with the climate and environmental actions that come from the Iwi Management Plans developed by Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Wairarapa.  

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