The Big New Zealand Climate Action Survey

If you live in New Zealand, are aged 16 years or over, and you take any kind of climate action, this survey is for you. (For example, you make lifestyle changes, attend or organise protests, sign petitions, consider climate change when voting or making major life decisions, talk to people about climate change, take a stand on social and economic justice issues that might help reduce emissions…).

It should take 15-20 minutes to complete, and the survey answers will be used in a PhD dissertation by a Victoria University doctoral candidate.

The more people who complete the survey, the more useful the findings will be for supporting climate action in Aotearoa.

At the end of the survey you have the option of leaving your contact details to go into the draw for a $20 supermarket voucher – of you can forgo the draw and be completely anonymous.

You can also choose to participate in a focus group, these will take place in late 2023/early 2024.

Visit the survey website to learn more about it.

Click here to start the survey.

Ranking personal climate actions

What are the most effectives actions that you as an individual can take, to reduce climate emissions? If you’re talking to someone about climate collapse, they might want to know what they can do about it.

Recycling is great, but doesn’t reduce carbon emissions

It seems to depend on who you ask, but all the credible sources I found (via a quick Google) say that recycling is pretty low down the list – no surprises there.

Lists of most effective individual actions vary, but there’s a lot of overlap

An article in Newsroom’s futureproof e-newsletter tries to answer this (read it on Substack):

  • Number 1 – according one study – is leaving your car at home at the top of the list.
  • Or, it’s having one less child (according to another study).
  • Number 7 is moving to a plant-based (ie, vegan) diet.

A recent study concludes that vegan diets result in 75% less climate-heating emissions, water pollution and land use than diets in which more than 100g of meat a day was eaten. Read about the study in this Guardian article.

An article by the Imperial College of London comprehensively lists the top 9 climate actions as:

  1. lobbying central and local government
  2. eating less meat and dairy
  3. reduce flying
  4. leaving the car at home
  5. reducing energy use (this might be more relevant in the UK than here in NZ – what do you think?)
  6. respecting and protecting green spaces
  7. banking and investing your money responsibly
  8. reducing consumption and waste
  9. talking about the changes you make

Read the article here.

Top ten climate actions for central government

So, if the most effective way to reduce climate emissions to to lobby central and local government to effect wide-ranging changes, what should we ask government to do?

The Climate Shift coalition, which Fridays for Future Te Upoko o Te Ika and around 40 other environment groups have joined, have a list of ten actions aimed at all political parties coming up to the 2023 general election.

I’ve summarised them here:

  1. End new oil, gas and coal exploration and extraction
  2. Transition to public and locally-owned, nature-friendly, renewable electricity
  3. Transition intensive dairying to low emissions farming
  4. Ensure our laws reflect the urgency required to address the climate crisis
  5. Protect communities by making room for rivers to flood safely and enabling a managed retreat
  6.  Renewing and scaling up our climate finance commitments to our Pacific neighbours
  7. Maximise native forests’ role in absorbing carbon and in protecting communities from flooding and erosion
  8. Maximise native forests’ role in absorbing carbon and in protecting communities from flooding and erosion
  9. Protect the role wetlands and estuaries

Read the full list of demands on the website.

Fridays for Future Te Upoko o Te Ika on Access Radio

Fossil fuels have put us in the 6th mass extinction. Governments are not facing up to the urgency for Action. Hear what climate crisis groups in Aotearoa are doing!

Climate Crisis Action Aotearoa is a 4-weekly, 30-minute radio programme on Access Radio (106.1FM). It features members of our group, and guests, talking about the climate crisis and what needs to be done.

Tune in on the following Sundays at 6.30pm:

  • Sunday 9 July
  • Sunday6 August
  • Sunday 10 September
  • Sunday 8 October
  • Sunday 5 November
  • Sunday 3 December

Porirua Launch of Tapatahi: Coalition for a People’s Aotearoa

Here is an invitation to take part in the national launch of Tapatahi: Coalition for a People’s Aotearoa.

This is a citizens’ coalition of the organisations working to bring in the changes Aotearoa needs NOW to tackle inequality, colonial injustice and climate and ecosystem breakdown.

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te taiao me te iwi
With our collective contributions, the environment and the people will thrive

There are face to face meetings in 3 venues (Tāmaki Makaurau, Porirua and Ōtautahi), with speakers in each venue shared via video link, and a chance to connect with people in your area.

The Porirua meeting is on SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2023 AT 2 PM – 5:45 PM

In Porirua, meet at the Oasis Community Café, Shop 19 Waitangirua Mall  (at the back of all the shops – look for the bright coloured mural Cafe entrance)

The Cafe will open at 2pm and the event will begin with a Mihi Whakatau at 2:15, and discussion of climate issues arising for Ngati Toa.

Hear about the coalition programme:

● To strengthen our democracy and Tiriti justice
● To meet the needs for housing and income security and reverse decades of escalating inequality
● To protect the climate and ecosystem we all depend on for our survival 
● And more

Speakers include (linked by video):

● Dr Arama Rata (in Tāmaki Makaurau)
● Dr Sue Bradford (in Tāmaki Makaurau)
● John Minto (in Ōtautahi)
● Dr Mike Joy (in Porirua) 
● Samah Huriwai-Seger (in Tāmaki Makaurau)
● Facilitated panel discussion 
   MC Catherine Murupaenga-Ikenn

To protect vulnerable people, please wear a mask and stay away if unwell.

Virtual participation won’t be available but the speakers and panel discussion will be recorded.   For more information and to see the video when we post it, see

Email for updates.

(This notice is for the Porirua event.   For the other 2 centres: 
Tāmaki Makaurau –
Ōtautahi –  )

Join the call for urgent climate action

The climate crisis is escalating in severity. Communities across Aotearoa have increasingly been feeling the devastating consequences of Government inaction on climate change first hand, from Cyclone Gabrielle in the north to severe droughts in the south.

This year has already driven home that we need urgent climate action, and we’re on a tight deadline to achieve the emissions reductions needed. 

Right now, we have the opportunity to shift to a better, more connected society. A society where nature is protected and people thrive.

But this is only possible if our politicians stop delaying action, and start treating this crisis as a crisis. 

This is our chance to turn things around, and make that future a reality. 

That’s why this year, we’re calling for people across the motu to use their voice to demand urgent climate action. 

Greenpeace, Forest and Bird, and Oxfam have teamed up to create a collective climate action campaign, called Climate Shift, centering around a ten point plan for Government action.

Our plan is guided by three key themes:

  • Real emissions reductions
  • Supporting frontline communities
  • Restoring & rewilding nature

This is a climate crisis. We need genuine climate action from the New Zealand Government, which gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and is guided by hapū exercising their tino rangatiratanga.

Join our call for urgent climate action, and sign on to support a Climate Shift.

Coalition of 30 environmental groups launches 10-point climate action plan (Media release)

A coalition of over 30 organisations from across Aotearoa has come together to launch a 10 point plan called “Climate Shift”, which calls for urgent climate action from parties across the political spectrum in the lead-up to the election.

The groups are asking their supporters and people across Aotearoa to add their names too at

The 10 point plan, guided by three core themes – real emissions reductions, restoring and rewilding nature, and supporting frontline communities – outlines what the groups say are the crucial steps necessary to address the climate crisis and create a better, more sustainable society. 

Some of New Zealand’s largest environmental NGOs, including Greenpeace Aotearoa, Oxfam Aotearoa, and Forest & Bird are among those calling on New Zealanders across the motu to use their voices to demand immediate action on climate change. 

Jason Myers, Executive Director at Oxfam Aotearoa says: “Climate destruction affects us all, and it requires a collective effort from all political parties if we’re to achieve the necessary emissions reductions. By joining our call for urgent climate action, we can create a future that respects Te Tiriti o Waitangi and ensures a future for our whānau here and across the Pacific for generations to come.” 

Nicola Toki, Chief Executive at Forest & Bird, says: “Successive governments stubbornly ignored the lessons that should have been learnt from Cyclone Bola.  We just cannot afford the same inaction post-Gabrielle. Building higher stop banks isn’t the answer – instead, we need to work with nature, not against it. This means restoring and rewilding precious, ancient ecosystems which hold enormous amounts of carbon, and keep us safe during extreme weather events. Climate Shift is the blueprint for a safer future, for both our people and our planet.”

Russel Norman, Executive Director at Greenpeace Aotearoa, says: “As emissions continue to rise, the climate crisis in Aotearoa has reached a critical point. Communities across the country are now experiencing the devastating consequences of government inaction firsthand. The urgent need for climate action is undeniable. We need a climate shift, where all political parties take on New Zealand’s most polluting industries – transport, energy, and agriculture –  and introduce policies that actually reduce emissions. In particular, that means phasing out synthetic nitrogen fertiliser, and halving the dairy herd, to stop Big Dairy’s excessive climate pollution.”

Alva Feldmeir, Executive Director of 350 Aotearoa, says: “Climate Shift sets a benchmark for what strong climate leadership from political leaders in Aotearoa should look like. Solutions that assert tino rangatiratanga are not just good for the climate but tackle multiple inequalities in our society. This broad coalition shows that a large group of voters want to see stronger action on climate to improve the wellbeing of land and people in Aotearoa and accross the world.”

Jenny Sahng, from Climate Club, says: “Climate Shift gives everyday kiwis the opportunity to do their bit on climate change, by making it clear where the biggest issues are in Aotearoa New Zealand. With a clear 10-point plan, people can pick an area that they connect with, and start making change in their community. This is how we solve climate change together, and we’re so excited to be part of it.”

Tuhi-Ao Bailey, from Climate Justice Taranaki, says: “We know at least 50% of our emissions are directly from agriculture. There is direct correlation with the rise in emissions and colonial land theft, the rise of fossil fuel use and the industrial period of machines, agricultural chemicals and mass deforestation. We can dig our heels in and moan about not wanting to change anything and suffer more, or we can get on with rapid transition now.”

Cindy Baxter, from Coal Action Network Aotearoa, says: “Kiwis across the country, from Nelson to Tairawhiti, Hawkes Bay and Auckland are struggling to come to terms with the devastation severe climate impacts have wreaked on their homes and livelihoods. These events should put climate action at the heart of this election. Our politicians need to understand this is a climate emergency and act accordingly.”

Caril Cowan, from Extinction Rebellion, says: “Urgent action is necessary to avert the severity of the climate crisis we are already in.”

Sophora Grace, from Fridays For Future Tāmaki Makaurau, says: “We need real emissions reduction, not smoke and mirrors. We want to see our political leaders take real steps to show they are learning about how ecosystems actually work. Offsets are a huge greenwash; It’s like cutting off your arm to save your leg. We need real leadership, we need real solutions.”

Francesca Pouwers, from Fridays for Future Te Upoko o Te Ika, says: “This call is timely. We want and need a shift in our human ways of being. Act like we are a part of nature; share resources equally to create climate justice; stay within our planetary boundaries so life on Earth can thrive. Act like it’s a climate emergency in truth – not just “blah blah blah”. Politicians listen up now!”

Tim Jones, from Living Streets Aotearoa, says: “We know how to reduce emissions in transport. In our cities, it comes down to more people walking, more people cycling, and more people using public transport. It’s time for our politicians to commit without further delay to funding significant improvements to the pedestrian network, completing urban cycleway networks, making public transport affordable and reliable, and building rapid transit networks in our major cities.”

Barry Coates, from Mindful Money, says: “Reckless financing has been driving the climate crisis. We need individuals across Aotearoa to take control of their KiwiSaver and investment funds, so they channel their savings into climate solutions, not fossil fuels. And we need investment providers to get real about being part of the solution, not continuing to fuel the climate crisis.”

Niall Robertson, from The Rail Advocacy Collective, says: “More rail, less road for people and freight.”


For comment from any Climate Shift coalition members, please contact:

Rhiannon Mackie, Communications and Media Specialist, Greenpeace Aotearoa: 027-244-6729, 

Lynn Freeman, Media and Communications Manager, Forest & Bird: 027-381-1110, 


Climate Shift: A 10 Point Plan for Climate Action includes the following key asks:

  1. End new oil, gas and coal exploration and extraction on land and at sea, and commit to the Port Vila Call for a Just Transition to a Fossil Fuel Free Pacific. 
  1. Protect communities by making room for rivers to flood safely and enabling a managed retreat from flood-prone areas, through stopping new development in coastal and river flood zones.
  1. Maximise native forests’ role in absorbing carbon and in protecting communities from flooding and erosion by effectively controlling deer, goats, and possums on all public land, and implementing a native reforestation programme.
  1. Transition intensive dairying to low emissions farming by phasing out synthetic nitrogen fertiliser and imported animal feed, reducing herd size, and banning new large-scale irrigation schemes.
  1. Preserve the ocean’s crucial role in storing carbon by shifting to ecosystem-based fisheries management that ends bottom trawling and restores kelp forests by reversing all kina barrens.
  1. Accelerate the just transition to public and locally-owned, nature-friendly, renewable electricity, including by providing grants-based and equitable finance for new renewables, such as household solar and community energy projects.
  1. Transition towards high-density, low emissions communities by making public transport fares free and prioritising investment in walking, cycling, and accessible public transport infrastructure over road spending. 
  1. Protect the role wetlands and estuaries play in storing carbon and softening extreme weather event impacts by doubling the area of wetlands in Aotearoa New Zealand. 
  1. Ensure our laws reflect the urgency required to address the climate crisis by strengthening the Emissions Trading Scheme, legally requiring all local and central government decisions to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, and establishing meaningful environmental bottom lines in new planning rules.
  1. Stand with affected communities in the Pacific by renewing and scaling up our climate finance commitments, with new and additional funding to address loss and damage caused by climate change.

Climate Shift website: 

Fridays for Future Te Upoko o Te Ika is a supporter of the Climate Shift 10 point plan.