The National Climate Change Risk Assessment

New Zealand needs to be better prepared to adapt to the effects of climate change. A framework for assessing risks has been developed. The next step is to use the framework to carry out New Zealand’s first National Climate Change Risk Assessment.

About the framework (Arotakenga Huringa Āhuarangi) 

The framework is the first step in the development of the National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA). It will enable a broad range of risks to be compared according to their nature, severity and urgency. The framework sets out an approach that combines scientific, technical and expert information with Mātauranga Māori, local knowledge and experience. It can be used by local government, iwi/hapū and other organisations to perform their own climate change risk assessments. Templates and guidance materials are included. 

See Arotakenga Huringa Āhuarangi: A Framework for the National Climate Change Risk Assessment for Aotearoa New Zealand.

The framework was developed for the Ministry for the Environment by a panel of experts: Beehive press release announcing the appointment of the panel [Beehive website].

About the National Climate Change Risk Assessment 

The NCCRA will provide a national overview of how various hazards and threats throughout the country might be influenced by climate change. The Government will use it to prioritise action to reduce risks or take advantage of opportunities through a National Adaptation Plan. Work on the NCCRA began in September 2019. Read about the team appointed to undertake the assessment

The first NCCRA is expected to be complete by mid-2020.  Future risk assessments will be undertaken by the Climate Change Commission. 

The NCCRA is a requirement of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill currently before Parliament. It was a recommendation of the Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group which advised the Government on climate change adaptation.  

See the group’s final report released in May 2018: 

Adapting to climate change in New Zealand: Recommendations from the Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group.