The full CKM submission written in 2015, can be seen below. In the opening sentence we stated we are “a group of Marlborough residents alarmed by the lack of attention being paid by local and national governmental bodies to the impending adverse effects of rapid climate change.” Since then there have been some changes that give us reason to be encouraged. We now have a new government with a clear stated goal to achieve zero carbon by 2050. To achieve this aim they have appointed a Minister of Climate Change who understands the importance of meeting this target and to achieve this end they have committed to introducing a Zero Carbon Act, which requires the establishment of a Climate Commission. LGNZ also released their “Position Statement on CC” late last year, which is very clear in expressing the need for “coherent and consistent governance across central and local government”. This statement lays out a plan for local government led action on CC and identifies those areas where they see central government assistance, as being critical. At the same time an updated Local Government Leader’s CC Declaration was released and it’s good to see our mayor is a signatory to this statement. We are further encouraged by the document outlining the councils response to CC, which was provided to us last November by the MDC CEO, Mark Wheeler. Together these developments signal a growing awareness and acceptance that CC is affecting us all now, and these affects are only projected to increase in the years ahead.
The “Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan. Issues, objectives, policies and methods” consists of four meaty volumes, of which Volume I sets out the “Issues, objectives, policies and methods.” Volume I is divided into nineteen sections, which total 381 pages. Section 19, at 7 pages, is entitled ‘Climate Change’ and is not only the last, but also the smallest of these sections.
Section 19, and indeed the whole plan, can be viewed at http://www.marlborough.govt.nz/Your-Council/RMA/The-Proposed-MEP/Volume-1.aspx
CKM made a comprehensive submission to the MEP in late 2016 and then made a wide ranging presentation to the Hearings Panel on February 19th, 2018. Six CKM members made contributions with major inputs also from our two expert witnesses, Professor James Renwick and Dr Judy Lawrence. There is a link to an audio file at the bottom of this page. The order of speakers was as follows: BUDYONG HILL – Overview. PROFESSOR JAMES RENWICK – An update on the latest science. DON MILLER – Impacts on major primary industries in Marlborough. LOIS MEAD – McEWAN – Psychosocial impacts. DR JUDY LAWRENCE – Coastal Hazards and Climate Change Guidance. PETER DEACON – A response to the Section 42A report and the Addendum. TOM POWELL – Review of the 6 decisions we sought from Council. BILL McEWAN – A brief look into the future.
Our submission can be viewed here:
and Chapter 19, the Climate Change chapter from the draft Marlborough Environment Plan (MEP) can be viewed here:
You can also view the Evidence of James Renwick, Atmospheric Scientist, Wellington and Judith Helen Lawrence, Senior Research Fellow, NZ Climate Change Research Institute, Victoria University.
James Renwick also has a Power Point Presentation that you can view here: