Iwi welcome Durban Climate-change Agreement

Significant economic footprint

With a $NZ37 billion economic footprint representing approximately 20 percent of GNI, Iwi/Maori are rapidly becoming a formidable force within the New Zealand economy. This represents both significant opportunities, and risks and challenges for Maori. With much of this interest concentrated in the primary sector, there is significant risk and exposure to climate change policy and rule development both domestically and internationally to ensure these fast-emerging rules account for the particular interests of Iwi and Maori.

In the lead up to the Durban climate change negotiations in South Africa, through submissions to the Emissions Trading System Review Panel and a series of regional hui, Iwi/Maori have been signaling consistent and strong interest in the development of New Zealand’s climate change policy and linkages to international Kyoto Protocol rules says Dr. Apirana Mahuika, Chairman of the Climate Change Iwi Leadership Group…. (read more)

The next 1 to 3 years will be important as we continue to actively participate in the definition of international and refined domestic (ETS) rules like flexible land-use, harvested wood products and NZU allocations, to ensure they do account for the significant interests of Iwi/Maori says Mr. Chris Insley, Climate Change advisor to the Iwi Leadership Group and member of the New Zealand delegation in Durban.

As well, during this period we will expect to see practical emphasis and commitment by government to a range of complimentary measures like those we have seen with the successful home insulation program delivered to Maori living in our hapu communities says Dr. Mahuika.

New Zealand is committing $10’s million into international programs like the Global Research Alliance for Agriculture and the Green Climate Fund. While these initiatives send useful signals from New Zealand internationally, practically they are unlikely to deliver anything meaningful to our Maori farmers facing entry into the ETS says Mr. Insley.

We need to see the same kind of investment into research and technology to find practical low emissions technologies and solutions for our Maori farmers and cleantech products and services arising from our significant sector interests and certainly in the renewable energy sector says Mr. Insley… (read more)

Sustainability

Sustainability (or kaitiakitanga) is a fundamental value driver to Iwi/Maori where things should be done in balance where only so much should be taken such that there remains sufficient to ensure especially natural resources can be sustained in perpetuity for future generations. The development and confirmation of international and domestic climate change rules too are similarly guided by such principles meaning a very strong alignment between a key value driver for Maori and governing climate change rules.

Equity and fairness

The climate change strategy for Iwi Maori is therefore to create and maximize new business development opportunity arising out of the climate change space while concurrently working solidly to minimize risks and exposures through strategic involvement into the shaping of climate change policy to ensure that these rules are equitable to the interests of Iwi/Maori such that that Iwi/Maori do not bear any disproportionate share of the inevitable burden of climate change policy aimed aimed reducing emissions from the NZ economy and indeed, the world.

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