Follow us on Twitter: #climatechangersnz

Richard Bedford“New Zealand must contribute effectively to the global effort to avoid dangerous climate change. The Royal Society of New Zealand has developed expert advice on the implications of climate change for New Zealand, and on possible options New Zealand might take to reduce its emissions.

It is critical to communicate clearly New Zealand’s sensitivities to climate change and the need for responsive systems to address them. All New Zealanders will be affected and must be involved in the discussion. We hope these reports and associated activities can act as a basis for a wider national conversation.

Emeritus Professor Richard Bedford QSO FRSNZ, President of the Royal Society of New Zealand


Report: Climate Change Implications for New Zealand

New Zealand is being affected by climate change and impacts are set to increase in magnitude and extent over time.

This report describes in general terms the changes in climate that are expected globally and nationally during the 21st century, before focusing on six key areas of risk for New Zealand: coastal margins, flooding from rivers, availability of and competition for freshwater, changes to our surrounding oceans, threats to unique ecosystems, flow-on effects from climate change impacts and responses overseas.

Blog: Infrequently Asked Questions


Professor James Renwick. Photo: Victoria University of Wellington

Read IAQS blog on the watery effects of climate change for New Zealand with Professor James Renwick: Floods for you; sea level rise for me



Blog: Infrequently Asked Questions

Dr Alison Greenaway

Dr Alison Greenaway

Read IAQs blog on why our ability to care for the environment depends, in part, on our ability to navigate risk with Landcare Researcher’s Dr Alison Greenaway: Climate: considering future risk. 




Report: Climate Change Mitigation Options for New Zealand

Cover-full-report-Transition-to-Low-Carbon-Economy-for-NZAchieving a low-carbon economy for New Zealand involves taking low-risk climate mitigation actions now and planning for more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions in the future.

This report Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy for New Zealand takes an in-depth look into climate change mitigation options for New Zealand. The report identifies opportunities in the sectors of: heat supply, electricity supply, transport, buildings, industry, agriculture, forest and other land-use. 

Blog: Infrequently Asked Questions


Dr Janet Stephenson, Director of the Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago

Read IAQs blog on what drives sustainable behaviour change with Dr Janet Stephenson:  Electric cars – a slow hope





Blog: Infrequently Asked Questions 

Professor Barry Barton, University of Waikato

Read IAQs blog on why having information on carbon emissions is important for finding the best policies to reduce them with Professor Barry Barton: Counting carbon – knowledge is power 

Climate change events

Ten by Ten: Ten things you didn’t know about climate change …

Tenbyten_2016CC_logoClimate change is already redefining coastlines and the weather, both here in New Zealand and around the world. But will it affect me and what can I do about it?

Professors Tim Naish and James Renwick from Victoria University of Wellington will give their take on this biggest of issues – from the very local to the global in our annual Ten by Ten series.

They will visit Hamilton, Rotorua, Napier, Palmerston North, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wanaka, Auckland, Wellington and Nelson in July – September 2016.

Cities of Tomorrow

Logo_Cities_NEW_WhiteBackgroundIn August 2016 we will run a series of talks with the Embassy of France looking at how we can make our cities more sustainable.



Thirty Million

CharKukriMukri Girl-homeA free screening of climate change film Thirty Million followed by Q&A with filmmaker and climate scientists was held on 30 June 2016 in Wellington. 

Climate change poster competition

Picture1A poster competition for Year 7 and 8 students for them to show what actions we can take to reduce climate change in New Zealand. 



Climate change education resources

  • Climate Change, CREST and “Thin Ice”
    Students undertaking a Bronze or Silver CREST award are able to connect these with the Thin Ice resource. About Thin Ice Geologist Simon Lamb takes a look…
  • Primary CREST: NIWA Ocean Investigations
    A series of activities related to the sea from New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, provider of atmospheric and aquatic science and associated commercial services.
  • Primary CREST: NIWA Oceans Rising
    The resources for this NIWA/Primary CREST Oceans Rising (PDF, 1.5 MB)context have been sourced from the SEREAD educational resources originally designed for teaching and learning…
  • Primary CREST: NIWA What is Climate?
    The resources for this context have been sourced from the SEREAD educational resources originally designed for teaching and learning programmes in the Pacific Islands. SEREAD…
  • Primary CREST: NIWA What is Weather
    The resources for this context have been sourced from the SEREAD educational resources originally designed for teaching and learning programmes in the Pacific Islands. SEREAD…

Historical education resources