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Climate Action hub

Now is our opportunity to prepare the region for climate change. Our aim is for Hawke’s Bay to be net zero by 2050. Here you will find information about how we can live and work more sustainably and build a better future for the next generations. #ClimateActionHB

Developing a climate-resilient Hawke’s Bay

With our regional goal to be carbon neutral by 2050, understanding our regional carbon footprint is crucial for forward planning.

We recently received Hawke’s Bay’s first ever community carbon footprint for the periods of 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21. You can find the full report here. 

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Welcome to the Climate action hub

Go to the section below that interests you, and find out all the information you'll need to take climate action - for Tamariki, Farmers, Business, and Whānau.

For kids & youth
For farmers
For business & industry
For families & households


The time for climate action is now

We’re lucky to live in a beautiful region known for our warm balmy days, magnificent natural landscapes and bountiful produce that feeds us and the world.

Yet the climate crisis is upon us, and the risks to our farming community, and our way of life are real. We can expect more intense rainfall in the future that will worsen erosion of our vulnerable land and bring bigger floods, along with more extreme and frequent droughts.

At the Regional Council, climate change is at the heart of everything we do. We are working hard to make the region more resilient to climate change.

But we need to do so much more as a region to achieve the transformational change required to reduce our environmental footprint, and live more sustainably.

We declared a climate change emergency in June 2019, accepting local and international science that we have a small window of time to act to avoid the most damaging effects of the climate crisis in the long term.

We have significantly accelerated our work programme to make our region climate resilient.

We are rolling out planting programmes on farm, establishing large scale predator control, and have new policies and stronger rules on land and water use being rolled out across the region.

We are trialling an on-demand public transport model, extending our cycle trails and our Sustainable Homes programme and bringing the community together to form a climate a climate action plan for the region.

Let’s protect our future and act now.

Rick Barker – Former Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Chair


Ināia tonu nei: a low emissions future for Aotearoa - Advice to the New Zealand Government on its first three emissions budgets and direction for its emissions reduction plan 2022 – 2025, from the Climate Change Commission.

Here is the latest NIWA report on climate change projections for Hawke’s Bay

Climate action videos

Check out our climate action videos - three case studies taking action towards a low emissions future.

Central Hawke’s Bay farmers Greg and Rachel Hart have significantly changed their farming practices to be more environmentally and economically sustainable.

Bostocks are a Hawke’s Bay-based organic food producer with sustainability at their core. We asked them why they care, what they’re doing, and what they want the world to look like.

The passionate Wairoa Community Ngahere Nursery has gone from humble beginnings to a thriving volunteer-run nursery that provides thousands of plants to the community each year. Be inspired.



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