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National climate change risk assessment for New Zealand - Main report

Publication date:  August 2020
Publication reference number:  ME 1506

This report presents the findings of New Zealand’s first National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA). The risk assessment gives a national picture of how New Zealand may be affected by climate change-related hazards. It: 

  • identifies the most significant risks and opportunities for New Zealand
  • highlights gaps in the information and data needed to properly assess and manage the risks and opportunities. 

The risk assessment identifies 43 priority risks across five value domains (natural environment, human, economy, built environment and governance) and highlights 10 risks considered to be the most significant. These are risks from that need to be addressed most urgently. The risk assessment will enable the Government to prioritise action, including through a national adaptation plan.

The risk assessment will enable the Government to prioritise action, including through a national adaptation plan which will be developed over the next two years. 

Further detail on the risk assessment's findings are provided in the technical report, and the method report provides more information on the methodology used. There is also a Snapshot which summarises the main report. See links below.

Here are the key messages from the main report in Te Reo:

NCCRA key messages in Te Reo