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What the MV Rena grounding and climate adaptation have in common: Treaty of Waitangi obligations

In the aftermath of the MV Rena grounding in the Bay of Plenty, complaints were taken to the Waitangi Tribunal and the Environment Court about the way local and central government handled the disaster.

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Change is nothing new in Te Hiku o te Ika: People are resourceful and have always worked with the weather

The iwi of Te Hiku o Te Ika are concerned about the impact of climate change on household drinking water. Results from this research, grounded in three rural Northland communities, have now been published in MAI: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship.

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Community development for climate adaptation: Long-term relationships key in painful conversations

To minimise suffering as we adapt to climate change - and to adapt successfully - local authorities need new ways to engage with communities.

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Now seeking expressions of interest for Programme Lead, Processes & Observations

Expressions of interest are being sought for Challenge Leadership Team (CLT) role of Processes and Observations Programme Leader in the Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate. Applications close Friday 12 July 2019.

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"These models are good. They have real predictive power." Q&A with departing P&O lead, Adrian McDonald

Today we announce that our Processes & Observations programme lead, Adrian McDonald, is stepping down from our Science Leadership Team. We thank him for his calm and warm leadership over the last two and a half years. In this Q&A (taken from our recently published magazine Kia Urutau | Adapt), we asked Adrian about the role of climate modelling in supporting good adaptation in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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The Living Net: Kai in a Changing Climate

I MEET PETER INSLEY on a low promontory that rests above the Hāparapara River. Kids have built a rickety jumping platform in the pūriri and mānuka above us, but the water below – blue and glistening – looks treacherous. It’s hard to gauge the depth or see the snags. The river has always behaved like this. It beelines out of the hills and hits this hard rock, pooling and gathering before sweeping off again towards Omaio Bay in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

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Port Road: Climate risks at our urban edges

IT’S A CALM SUNDAY morning as I arrive at the home of Wellington property investor Paul Robinson, in the thriving beachside community of Plimmerton. Armed with muffins from the local café, I’m greeted by Paul’s friendly border collie Harry, who herds me into a stunning, carefully designed house.

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"Changing with our Climate": Conference Panel videos now online

From Monday 6 May to Wednesday 8 May 2019, we held our conference at the Maritime Room on Auckland's waterfront. If you missed it, or you want to revisit a particular session or panel, you can catch up on our website now.

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Welcome to Anita Wreford, our new I&I programme lead

At our conference earlier in May, we were delighted to announce that Lincoln University economist Anita Wreford has joined the Deep South Challenge team, as our  Impacts and Implications programme lead. In this profile, one of ten "adaptation champion" interviews reprinted from our new magazine Kia Urutau | Adapt, Anita Wreford talks about her vision for a "well-adapted" Aotearoa New Zealand

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Communicating Climate: report released!

It’s hard to believe the time that has passed since participants met in Wellington to share ideas and experiences about communicating climate change. For the Challenge engagement team, it feels like yesterday. We're pleased to be able to bring those of you who couldn't be there a vibrant report of the event, which was captured in live illustration, photography, audio, by scribe and later, in evaluations.