To understand the risks we face as a region, based on the climate changes we know are coming, we’ve contracted Tonkin Taylor to carry out a climate change risk assessment for Bay of Plenty.

This will involve identifying and screening potential risks before carrying out a more detailed assessment. This will not involve assessing risks at a really local scale or involve emissions reduction.

Alongside our partners, this information will help us identify where we all need to focus our actions and ensure we make well informed decisions into the future. It could also be used to support any further local assessments that may be carried out by city or district councils, iwi or hapū groups and community groups. As the first climate change risk assessment for the region, it will set a baseline to collectively build upon and respond to climate change risks.

We expect the report to be complete and publicly available by mid-2022.