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Climate Challenges

Climate Connect Aotearoa runs innovation challenges to develop scalable climate solutions across four key sectors.

We work with solutions that are equitable and demand-led, while delivering on collective wellbeing and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

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The Challenge Lifecycle

Climate Connect Aotearoa uses a comprehensive Challenge Lifecycle model that describes how we identify key demands, match them to solutions and bring together diverse organisations to develop and scale them. These Challenges are demand-led and respond to what the ecosystem tells us is required to accelerate action.

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Our Key Climate Sectors

Climate Connect Aotearoa is focused on four sectors which have the greatest potential
for climate impact in Tāmaki Makaurau: energy, food, transport and the built environment.


Transitioning to a low emissions, secure and resilient energy system


Supporting a low-carbon, local, healthy and secure food system

Built Environment

Addressing emissions and climate risks across the whole life of buildings and infrastructure


Towards a low-carbon, safe transport system that delivers social, economic and health benefits for all

Māori-led Programmes

To ensure that solutions are informed by the strengths and knowledge of the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as ensuring equity in our responses, all of our challenges are being developed in partnership with Māori. 

We know that climate change has a disproportionate impact on the cultural, social, environmental, and economic wellbeing of Māori. To address these unique challenges and opportunities, we are establishing Māori-led programmes that will build on Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's Climate Plan and in particular support Tōnuitanga within the Te Puāwaitanga ō te Tātai priority. 

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Current Challenges

Our challenge program is underway, beginning with priority areas in energy and food.

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Upcoming Challenges

Challenges for transport and the built environment will start later in 2023. Get in touch to let us know your needs, ideas and aspirations within these sectors.

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