Climate Change Working Party

25 November 2020

Climate Change Working Party Record of Actions


Meeting held in the Ngunguru Room

36 Water Street, Whangārei

on Wednesday 25 November 2020, commencing at 3:30pm




Chairperson, Councillor Amy Macdonald

Councillor Joce Yeoman

Ex Officio Penny Smart

Councillor Marty Robinson

In Attendance:

Full Meeting

Jonathan Gibbard

Justin Murfitt

Leah Porter

Part Meeting

Ngātiwai Trust Board Hadyn Edmonds

Te Whakapiko Hapū Rowan Tautari

Obi Khanal


The meeting commenced at 3:35.

Apologies (Item 1.0)

Councillor Jack Craw; Toa Faneva


Adaptation Strategy & Joint Committee updates (Item 4.1)

Presented by: Justin Murfitt

·                Work progressing well for this Joint Committee; first meeting early 2021.

·                Overview of Adaptation Strategy and next steps moving forward.

Agreed action points:

·                Cr Macdonald and Jonathan Gibbard to discuss the process for electing Chair and Deputy Chair of a Joint Committee


Natural Hazard Maps (Item 4.2)

Presented by: Justin Murfitt

·                Natural Hazard maps have been updated in light of new LiDAR data; will be released to the public early next year, in draft form for feedback before finalising.

Agreed action points:

·                Communications strategy to be finalised for notifying landowners and general information – Justin Murfitt/Jonathan Gibbard

·                Add map update to Planning and Regulation Working Party work programme list, with reference that it’s being addressed at Climate Change Working Party – Justin Murfitt

·                Schedule workshops with TTMAC and TA Councils early 2021 – Justin Murfitt/Jonathan Gibbard

·                Schedule workshop with NRC Councillors and Comms team in Dec/Jan – Justin Murfitt/Jonathan Gibbard


Research and Policy Updates (Item 4.3)

Presented by: Justin Murfitt

Overview of multiple research and policy updates

Agreed action points:

·                Examine what is in the Risk Register in regards to Climate Change – Jonathan Gibbard


Northland Regional Council Carbon Emission (Item 4.4)

Presented by: Obi Khanal

Overview of NRC’s carbon emissions & reporting

Agreed action points:

·                Examine whether it is feasible for Councillors carbon emissions to be included  

·                Investigate the possible inclusion of NRC emissions from technology


Carbon Sequestration (Item 4.5)

Presented by: Justin Murfitt

Agreed action points:

·                Deferred to next meeting



The meeting concluded at 5:05.