Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum: Perspectives on Climate Change Paper

This work also intends to set the tone and paradigm of Auckland’s regional Climate Action Plan and influence national legislation, policy and programs alongside the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action.

The paper identifies ways in which Māori communities in Auckland are likely to be affected by climate change through the lens of community, culture, economy and environment. It also outlines key focus areas; guidance and recommendations; expected measures of success and partnership development opportunities.

More broadly, the Forum draws upon Ira Tangata - a perspective that places people within the environment, rather than in a dominant and exploitative role. It also emphasizes the danger and challenges of climate change and is committed to working with iwi and hapū leaders, local government and other agencies to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, as outlined in the Paris Agreement. 

Our people at WSP share close social ties that bind us into the places where we work. This ensures our culture and values reflect and deliver for indigenous peoples and communities. Through partnerships with Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum and embedding such sustainable knowledge systems into our work, WSP is helping to pave the way towards a dynamic, future-focused Auckland.

The Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum represents 19 Māori iwi and hapū with indigenous connections to Auckland’s land and sea.  The Forum is very concerned about climate change and asked WSP to help develop its position and response to drive climate action.

Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 as part of a new sustainable development agenda. We believe that WSP has an important role to play in contributing to achieving these goals. Here is the SDG associated with this project: