The journey to net-zero with Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan

30 September 2022
Built Environment
Tāmaki Makaurau

The establishment of Climate Connect Aotearoa as an innovation hub is a key action within the Economy theme of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan to accelerate the uptake of innovation that supports the delivery of a resilient, climate-proof and regenerative economy.

Actions within the plan were developed with extensive research and engagement, with some key learnings for how the hub will develop and grow over time. 

Te Tāruke-ā-Tawhiri takes a deeply cultural narrative that is embedded in this place – Tāmaki Makaurau and calls for a change in our response to climate change, a shift from a human-centred approach to an ecological approach.

The Plan was developed with the input and insights from thousands of Aucklanders.  Auckland Council partnered with mana whenua and worked with businesses, government, communities, rangatahi, and individuals to identify the key actions required to reduce our emissions, prepare for climate impacts, and do this in a way that reflects the values and principles of Aucklanders.  

In addition, development of the plan included extensive research, collaboration and analysis, including:

  • Te Ora o Tamaki Makaurau Wellbeing Framework developed by the Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum in response to Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri 
  • Local climate projections for the region
  • A detailed climate change risk assessment
  • Analysis of Auckland’s greenhouse gas emissions profile
  • A decarbonisation pathway 

The plan is a roadmap to a zero-emissions, resilient and healthier region that is better connected to our environment and able to thrive in the face of ongoing change and disruption.  

Led by Auckland Council and developed in partnership with mana whenua, it is a regional plan with all Aucklanders playing a role in its delivery, across businesses, government, community or individuals.
​There are eight priority action areas for delivering the goals to reduce emissions (mitigation) by 50% by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 (from a 2016 baseline) and to prepare for the impacts of climate change (adaptation).  

The plan meets Auckland’s commitments as part of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network of mayors of nearly 100 world-leading cities collaborating to deliver urgent climate action that is rooted in equity.

To be successful, the climate plan for our region needed to provide a uniquely Tāmaki Makaurau response. As such, our response needed to reflect our values and principles, as well as valuing indigenous knowledge systems. 

Alongside the development of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri, the Tāmaki Makaurau Mana Whenua Forum and council developed a kaupapa Māori and mātauranga-ā-iwi framework – Te ora ō Tāmaki Makaurau. This framework ensures our climate response embeds te ao Māori, values indigenous knowledge and provides a uniquely Tāmaki response. 

Values and principles in Te Ora ō Tāmaki Makaurau:
  • Manaakitanga
  • Kaitiakitanga / tiakitanga 
  • Whanaungatanga 
  • Rangatiratanga
  • Mātauranga
  • Ōritetanga 
  • Tōnuitanga

Find out more about Te Ora ō Tāmaki Makaurau and the Tāmaki Makaurau Mana Whenua Forum.

Find more about why the climate plan is called Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri out here

Delve deeper into the plan at

Learn more about Auckland Council group projects that support delivery of the plan at


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