Climate emergency vote must support specific actions

12 June 2019

The Independent Māori Statutory Board voted to declare a Climate Emergency for Tāmaki Makaurau at yesterday’s Environment and Community Committee.

Chair David Taipari says the urgent need to address climate change for the benefit of current and future generations aligns strongly with Māori values relating to environmental and inter-generational wellbeing.

“Making this declaration must be more than a gesture.  The Board understands that although there is ambiguity about the meaning of a climate emergency, its purpose must be for Auckland Council to drive effective action to help mitigate factors contributing to climate change.

“The Board is commited to monitoring that Auckland Council ensures specific actions flow from yesterday’s declaration,” David Taipari says.