T+T plays key role in developing NZ’s first National Climate Change Risk Assessment

T+T plays key role in developing NZ’s first National Climate Change Risk Assessment

Tonkin + Taylor has played a significant role in the team that developed the first National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA) for Aotearoa New Zealand – the final report has been submitted to the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) for public release in August.

The NCCRA identifies the most significant risks we face from climate change across all domains that underpin wellbeing in New Zealand, including society, the natural environment, the economy, the built environment and governance. It also identifies potential areas of opportunity that climate change brings and gaps in our knowledge that need to be addressed.

The NCCRA approach was grounded in engagement that included national, regional and local stakeholders, as well as representatives of Māori groups and iwi and over 400 individuals were engaged throughout the process. We would like to thank all those who contributed their time, knowledge and expertise to this risk assessment.

The T+T specialists who played pivotal roles in helping to develop the NCCRA were the overall project’s director and T+T’s Sector Director for Natural Hazard Resilience, Richard Reinen-Hamill, Built Environment Domain Lead and T+T’s Technical Director for Climate Change and Resilience, James Hughes, NCCRA Engagement Specialist and T+T planner and engagement expert Sarah McCarter, NCCRA Māori Engagement Advisor and T+T’s Discipline Manager for Horizon Planning, Manea Sweeney and Climate Risk Assessment Technical Specialist Alex Cartwright who was a member of the technical workstream for the Built Environment.

The NCCRA was developed in partnership with T+T, AECOM, NIWA, Latitude Strategy Consulting, Victoria University, Lincoln University, Massey University and other independent consultants.