Our mission is to create broad momentum for a transition towards a more resilient Aotearoa.
We are focusing on five key areas where environment, people and economy intersect, but acknowledge that each of these areas interrelate and overlap. Therefore, joined-up thinking that integrates mātauranga Māori and Te Tiriti will be critical to how we engage with these key areas.
Land & water
To protect our land and water we must transition to regenerative agriculture systems. Land should be used in a way that is appropriate to the climate and other constraints, and which respects the broader environment – especially fresh water and ecosystem function.
Decision-making regarding infrastructure projects both regionally and nationally should prioritise the need to improve resilience. Most urgently, we need to upgrade and renew drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.
Transport planning and investment must have renewable energy and non-vehicle modes of transport at its core. In addition to public transport, we need to support more walking and cycling in our cities through better town and infrastructure planning, and the provision of more green space.
Buildings & housing
We need to make the transition to building and construction using renewable materials such as locally grown timber. New buildings need to be constructed to higher energy conservation standards, while over time, existing housing stock must also be retrofitted to higher standards. This will not only improve our emissions profile but lead to significantly improved health outcomes, particularly among lower socio-economic households and communities.
We need to build a resilient and sustainable energy system. Most of NZ’s electricity is generated from renewable sources, but electricity makes up only a small fraction of our total energy consumption – transportation and heating contribute significantly to carbon emissions. A transition should not only focus on renewable energy and efficiency. We also need to change how we use energy, including by minimising system life cycle waste and resource utilisation.
We need to reduce our reliance on imported products by strengthening local design, engineering and manufacturing, and in the process building our capability to re-purpose what we have. We need to move away from a throwaway culture and build products that both last and are repairable. Waste should be reduced at the point of production, not made the responsibility of the consumer. We must boost food resiliency through local production of our food and less reliance on out of season produce imported from other markets.
Interested to know more? We will be publishing a summary report of our Mission and producing short reports on each of these areas of focus, setting out our objectives and the way forward for each. These reports will be available from this page.