September 08, 2022
Maori authorities lead on climate response
Statistics New Zealand says Maori authorities are doing more to respond to climate change than their mainstream peers.
Its latest business operations survey found more than half had taken action over the past two years, compared with a third of all New Zealand businesses.
Two out of five Māori authorities reported they acted because they have experienced the physical impacts of climate change, which reflects the significant involvement of Maori in the primary sector.
Almost a third of Māori authorities said they had reduced waste, 26 percent developed programmes to offset emissions, and 17 percent now measured direct greenhouse gas emissions.
Eighty-five percent of Māori authorities and 51 percent of other Māori enterprises said they planned climate change-related actions in the next five years, compared with 45 percent for all New Zealand businesses.
Stats NZ Māori manager Geraldine Duoba says kaitiakitanga – which includes the responsibility people have for looking after the environment – is a key Māori value, and it appears that Māori authorities are preparing for and responding to the changing environment.