Research Projects

Climate Change NZ

Exploring a climate strategy for New Zealand

The overall aim of ClimateChangeNZ is to explore a climate strategy for New Zealand.

David Attenborough stated in regard to climate change: ‘My generation is no great example for understanding – we have done terrible things. If we are not making progress with young people we are done!’ (April 2019). Our work programme aims to provide young people a platform to enable them to amplify their thinking and have their voice heard. See, for example, the 2019 KiMua: Exploring Climate Futures workshop below.

In 2019, we also published a discussion paper on a Climate Reporting Emergency (see below).

In 2020, we hosted a webinar with Mark Carney in conversation with Adrian Orr (Reserve Bank) and Hon James Shaw. See blog on the right.

The current work programme also includes a number of research reports, including a Project 2058 report on climate change reporting.

Latest publication

NZKS Blue Endeavour consent now includes a climate change review condition
Press Release, 21 September 2023

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Past initiatives

KiMuaNZ: Exploring Climate Futures (1–3 July 2019)

The KiMuaNZ workshop brought together 40 young New Zealanders between the ages of 18 and 25 who have a connection with the Pacific. They shared experiences and understandings of climate change issues in order to develop different scenarios for New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours.

Read more about the workshop here and watch workshop videos below.

A Point of Vanishing Stability 

On 30 May 2019 the Institute held ‘A Point of Vanishing Stability’, a public discussion event at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington. It sought to explore how New Zealand can develop a climate strategy that provides an urgent yet considered response to climate change. Speakers included Conal Smith, Dr Anita Wreford, Roger Dennis, Adrian Orr, Chlöe Swarbrick and Dr Carwyn Jones.

Read more about the event here and watch the speakers below.

Assorted publications

See a selection of our latest research and publications related to CivicsNZ below.

Submission – Strategy and Metrics and Targets Consultation Aotearoa New Zealand Climate Standard 1: Climate-related Disclosures (NZ CS 1)

Working Paper 2021/14 – The Role of Ocean Water Temperature in Climate Change Policy – A New Zealand King Salmon Case Study

Working Paper 2021/06 – Reviewing TCFD information in 2017–2020 Annual Reports of NZSX-listed companies

Working Paper 2020/09 – A Forestry-Centric Investigation of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme

Discussion Paper 2019/01 – The Climate Reporting Emergency: A New Zealand case study

Special topic newsletter

KiMuaNZ: Exploring climate futures