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Call For Climate Commission To Show More Vision, Working With Māori


The Climate Change Commission needs to be bolder in its
approach and work more closely with Māori to achieve
meaningful, inclusive and more ambitious domestic change
says Māori Climate Commissioner Donna Awatere
Huata.

The Climate Change Commission released its
first draft budgets this week, outlining the actions it
believes New Zealand needs to take to reach its climate
commitments.

Māori Climate Commissioner Donna Awatere
Huata says the Commission should be congratulated on what it
has laid out in its draft blueprint, but more can be done to
benefit all of Aotearoa – and the key to that is making
greater efforts to include Māori in both the process and
the outcomes.

“We have been encouraging the
Commission to show vision in announcing ambitious targets
that will not only ensure New Zealand meets its targets but
that also – with the support of Māori – more is done
domestically, making us an international leader in
addressing the impacts of climate change for all
communities, especially our most vulnerable,” says
Commissioner Awatere Huata.

“We believe the
Commission should be holding the line against the big
business and farming lobbies, and putting the needs of all
New Zealanders above those of
industry.”

Commissioner Awatere Huata says, next to
the Government, Māori have the most to contribute in terms
of strategies and resources to reduce and offset
emissions.

“From geothermal power, to carbon
farming, to land use and resources, Māori have significant
interests in the areas that could be not only the foundation
for our climate response, but also an international model
for engaging indigenous peoples in a climate response,”
says Commissioner Awatere Huata.

“Some of these
strategies could also be the key to unlocking the real value
of Māori-owned assets for future generations – something
the Government should be striving for as a partner in Te
Tiriti o Waitangi.”

Commissioner Awatere Huata says
it is unfortunate that, to date, the Commission’s
engagement with Māori has been limited, as local iwi have
the resources, traditional knowledge and experience to
deliver real results in terms of removals, stewardship of
the environment and the reduction of harm from the climate
crisis.

“Māori not only have been proven to be more
likely to feel the effects of climate change, we also have
an enormous role to play in finding the best possible
solutions for Aotearoa.”

“We own the land on which
carbon farming solutions can be developed, we have the
businesses that are already gaining international
recognition for environmental sustainability and we have
built this on a world view that is based on understanding
and respecting our environment.”

“For the
Commission to deliver a bold, meaningful strategy that truly
represents us as a nation, Māori must be a partner and able
to play a key role in its development.”

“The
Commission must do more to work closely with Māori as they
go through the next stage of their
consultation.”

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