Climate Change in Our Region


Ruapehu is taking part in a Regional study seeking feedback on what community values people consider to be at risk due to climate change.

What we're aiming to achieve

Although we are uncertain about the pace and scale of change, we know that a changing climate will affect our environment, economy, and way of life. We are likely to be affected by increasing temperatures, changes to rainfall patterns, river flows, increased drought, and ongoing sea-level rise.
We are looking for as wide a range of responses as possible about how climate change might relate to any part of the region people have a connection to, including places where they live, work or play.
Community values may be physical objects such as buildings and roads, features of the environment like native species or landscapes, or less tangible things such as community cohesion and cultural practices.
The information collected will be used to help develop a regional risk assessment that will identify priorities in adapting to the impacts of climate change in our region, as well as helping to inform future policies and action plans.
Community feedback will be used alongside scientific reports and data, mātauranga Māori and expert knowledge. We’ve also begun conversations with iwi representatives, as their values and local knowledge will be important considerations.

​How you can contribute

Until 4 October we are asking people to provide their feedback through Social Pinpoint, a digital platform that includes an interactive map and survey, to identify what they care about. 

​This platform also includes additional background information and FAQs for people wanting to know more detail.
We are also welcoming feedback via email or mail through [email protected] and Freepost 217922, Private Bag 11025, Manawatū Mail Centre, Palmerston North 4414.
Responding to climate change will take time and information about what is already underway can be found on Horizons climate page. 

This community engagement is one of many steps on our region’s climate change journey. The risk assessment, and your contribution to it, will help focus our efforts and inform work that will extend over years to come. 


Page reviewed: 08 Sep 2020 5:10pm