This year the Institute is focusing specifically on climate change. The overall aim of this project is to explore a climate strategy for New Zealand.

David Attenborough recently 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 2019 work programme aims to provide young people a platform to enable them to amplify their thinking and have their voice heard. See the two events below.

The 2019 work programme also includes a number of research reports, including a Project 2058 report on climate change reporting. The Institute hopes to publish this report before the end of May.

1. Climate Reporting Discussion Paper Launch

(12 – 1.30pm, 25 June)

Join us at this lunchtime event where we will be launching Discussion Paper 2019/01 – Designing a Climate Reporting Framework for New Zealand. It will provide the opportunity for interested parties to gather and share their insights about the landscape of climate reporting in New Zealand and dig deeper into what a climate reporting framework might look like.

2. KiMuaNZ: Exploring climate futures

KiMuaNZ workshop (1–3 July)

The KiMuaNZ workshop will bring together 36 young New Zealanders between the ages of 18 and 25 who have a connection with the Pacific. They will be able to share experiences and understandings of climate change issues in order to develop different scenarios for New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours.

The workshop is intended to amplify Pasifika voices, develop futures thinking capability and help build a more informed and cohesive society. It will also contribute to a continued conversation about climate change allowing us to develop potential responses for adapting to and mitigating climate-related risks. The workshop will be held in Wellington for three days from Monday 1 July – Wednesday 3 July 2019.

KiMuaNZ: Exploring Climate Futures Workshop – Finale Presentation at Government House (6 – 8pm, 3 July)

Join us at Government House to hear the participants of the KiMuaNZ workshop sharing their ideas after three days of listening to expert speakers and developing scenarios. The finale presentation will add to the national conversation on how to mitigate and adapt to climate change in New Zealand and the Pacific. This workshop aims to highlight the perspectives of young New Zealanders on adapting to and mitigating climate change, and will focus on exploring different future scenarios and strategies for New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours within a climate changing world.

Register here.