Welcome

Sea Change is for people of the Far North who know that to address climate change, environmental and community issues we must demand a sea change from those we elect to:

FAR NORTH DISTRICT COUNCIL
TE HIKU, KAIKOHE-HOKIANGA, BAY OF ISLANDS-WHANGAROA COMMUNITY BOARDS
NORTHLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL

WHY IS A SEA CHANGE SO IMPORTANT?

Local government has a big part to play in planning for a better future. What does ‘good’ local government look like?

  • It consults, and listens carefully to people, before decisions are made
  • It is a unified body, and so is able to unify others
  • It understands and provides for residents’ basic needs
  • The end goal for elected members and officers is to provide positive outcomes, not just to fulfil the demands of prescribed process.
  • It contributes to well-being, with flourishing communities and ecosystems
  • It builds a culture of hope and trust, not alienation and division

BY LAW COUNCILS HAVE TO:
"Promote the social, economic, environmental, and cultural wellbeing of communities in the present and the future."
2019 Amendment Local Government Act
"Recognise and respect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and maintain and improve opportunities for Māori to contribute to local government decisionmaking processes.”
section 4 Local Government Act

SEA CHANGE CHECKLIST

To be asked for all decisions by FNDC and Far North Holdings.

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1. COLLABORATION.

Have the following all participated in the process from the start:

  • Hapū/whānau ?
  • Communities ?
  • Voices for nature?
  • Voices for future generations?

2. GREENHOUSE GASES.

Will they be:

  • Created ?
  • Avoided ?
  • Reduced ?

3. RESILIENCE.

Will this decision make the community:

  • More vulnerable to climate change? or
  • Improve resilience?

4. NATURE.

Does this decision:

  • Protect
  • Restore or
  • Destroy nature ?

5. LOCAL PRODUCTION/LOCAL EMPLOYMENT.

  • Does this decision favour local people and production?
  • Who wins?
  • Who loses?

6. LEADERSHIP.

  • How does this process ‘walk the talk’ and provide a role model for communities?
  • Will the decision foster harmony within community or create divisions?

7. SIDE EFFECTS.

  • What harmful social, cultural and environmental side-effects have been identified?
  • Have alternatives been fully considered?

8. TREATY PRINCIPLES

Have the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi been respected, including

  • Tino Rangatiratanga ?
  • Active Protection of Tāonga ?
  • Partnership ?

A PLAN FOR ACTION

What we want done

Download Action Plan notes

FIRST 90 DAYS

USE THE 8 SEA CHANGE CRITERIA
in all council decision-making.
DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY
PASS RESOLUTIONS
to transition to carbon neutrality and zero waste by 2030.
INTRODUCE INCLUSIVE DECISION- MAKING PROCESSES
for plans, policy development and infrastructure planning.
ACTION NEW GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT PRINCIPLES
in all purchasing.
APPEAL NRC’S GMO RULES
FNDC to join as a party with Whangarei District Council.
PASS RESOLUTION FOR CHANGE TO SINGLE-TRANSFERABLE-VOTE SYSTEM
to bring in a fairer democratic process for the next (2022) local elections.
'SEA CHANGE' TO BE PRESENTED AT MAYORAL FORUM
for adoption Northland-wide.

WITHIN 3 YEARS

ANNUAL AWARDS
for businesses, organisations, marae, and individuals for working towards carbon neutrality and zero waste.
CORRECT MĀORI SPELLING
for all signs in Far North.
'JUST TRANSITION' PLANS
for climate change for each community.
FAR NORTH HOLDINGS
Collaboration with Far North residents to develop a new Statement of Intent and new Terms of Reference.
BETTER TRANSPORT OPTIONS
More EV stations, EV buses, cycling & walking. Use of rail, coastal shipping & barges for logs and freight.
ECOSTAR CERTIFICATION
for FNDC offices, departments and Far North Holdings.
LONG TERM PLANS
have detail on carbon neutrality, zero waste, better transport options, climate change action plans, inclusive decision-making processes.
NAME OF NRC
Consider changing to reflect the role of environmental governance eg 'Environment Tai Tokerau'

HOW THINGS COULD BE IN 2022

  • A web of trust connects people, businesses and councils
  • Every council and community board meeting is live streamed
  • People are choosing locally-grown produce and locally- made products
  • Swimmable rivers and healthy ecosystems
  • Action for a “just transition” to climate change is well underway
  • Network of electric mini-buses, more charging stations for EVs
  • Safe cycling in and between towns
  • Council operations have gold Ecostar certification and carbon accounting for electricity, trips and waste
  • Transfer stations recycle all plastic used in the district and community repair & repurpose sheds operate in all areas
  • Riparian plantings connect to native forest creating corridors for birds from coast to coast

CANDIDATES WHO SUPPORT
SEA CHANGE
FAR NORTH DISTRICT COUNCIL
FNDC - Mayor
HOOKWAY, Dave (Bear) YES "You have my support."
LEVERS, John YES " I fully support your actions and think you need to be commended. My concerns is your asking me to commit so something I don't have complete control over, please understand the Mayor has one vote and a casting vote should it be needed. With this in mind I cannot promise all you have suggested, although I do feel it is all sound and sensible. If I am elected I would like to have a great working relationship with the Grannies."
FNDC - BOI / WHANGAROA
JOHNSTON, Jane YES "Your sea change ideas fit very nicely with my own ambitions in running as a candidate – I’ll have no trouble supporting these ideas and more.."
MIHAKA, Hone YES "I fully support all 8 actions as they align with our tikanga of Manaakitanga and Kaitiakitanga therefore I will commit to undertaking the task of advocating strongly for these recomendations during my tenure as a councillor should I be successful in this election process.
Koia ra tenei aku tikanga mo te Mangai korero, Rangatira hoki, he pononga noaiho mo aku iwi."
OWEN, Frank YES "Yes I am happy to be listed as a candidate supporter."
SHORTLAND, Maxine YES "Your orgs principles/philosphies align with what am and know. Lets start having conversations like so take action and really shape the change of taitokerau into a sustainable and equitable future"
STRATFORD, Kelly YES "I support the changes and actions demanded by Sea Change"
FNDC - KAIKOHE / HOKIANGA
ROGERS, Marara YES
FNDC - TE HIKU
KEARNEY-YANKE, Sacha YES

"Thank you for the significant investment you and the SeaChange group have made in producing this new resource for our local body decision-makers. When so much change is necessary immediately, it’s important to present decision-makers with crystal-clear expectations if they do rise to meet the challenge of this kaupapa (particularly those who are new to accepting the urgency of these issues). Your new resource does just that!

Your criteria for decision-making and action plan priorities closely reflect many of my own, in fact, I would adopt many as a refinement to my own positions, so incorporating your expectations for me would be straightforward. There are no SeaChange matters I wish to challenge or amend at this stage. I recognise the time, energy and careful consideration you have invested in this together, and I commit to honouring your expectations if I were to be elected to join FNDC.

The challenge now will be attracting commitment and compliance with these points from the majority of successful candidates and I will continue to advocate for a seachange to bring about resilient and forward-thinking change."

FAR NORTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY BOARDS
COMMUNITY BOARD - BAY OF ISLANDS / WHANGAROA
GREEN, Lucie YES "I was very interested by the information you sent me since a lot of the points you raise are close to my heart. Climate change has become the very greatest threat to our planet and all the species, including our own, that live on it. Like most of us I worry about my impact on our world and I do my best to bring that self-awareness into my everyday life, whether it's my mode of transportation and the fact that I bought an electric car down to the foods I choose to eat - which was my major motivation for becoming a vegan several years ago. As a mother of three children I worry deeply about what kind of future they will have in a world becoming increasingly volatile and uncertain."
PHILLIPS, Gray YES "I endorse the work you are doing."
COMMUNITY BOARD - TE HIKU O TE IKA
KARAKA, Lillian YES "Having read your purpose/position statement am fully supportive and am determined that critical operations/processes at council need to change. A huge amount of work is being done in that space but is not made transparent to our communities."
STEVENS, Mike YES " I am a very strong supporter of people working to ensure that our environment remains sustainable. Climate change as a result of human activity is undeniable and we need to mitigate the effects of our activities that impact on those factors that result in environmental damage."
NORTHLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL
NRC - COASTAL NORTH
ROBINSON, Marty YES "Hello Grannies who care – and act! Yes I support the kaupapa and agree with the vision and proposals. I am standing for Regional Council which is responsible for where the land meets the sea. Greenland ice melt means several metres sea rise – that will mean Whangarei, Paihia, Russell, Mangonui, Opononi inundated !!! Sea rise means coastal erosion – that’s our coast roads under threat There is cause for immediate concern and action."
SAMUELS, Dover "an issue close to my heart"
YEOMAN, Jocelyn

YES "I’ve read your material and love your checklist, many of which are already used by our council in decision-making. Declaration of a climate emergency isn’t something that I’m against, but I firmly believe in actions – what would that actually mean? I’m interested in developing a regional climate change strategy in collaboration with the district councils, NDHB, industry and communities. We need a conversation across the region about climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience with a strategy that’s embedded in all council planning, including mapping where land use change is suitable and to what – based on soil types and climate – where biodiversity can be enhanced, planting the right trees in the right place (to avoid monocultures and enhance biodiversity). Future employment opportunities and strategies to support landowners to mitigate environmental effects and transition to low emissions where appropriate to soil types, water storage options, transport linkages, walking and cycling opportunities and EV charging stations. What does Northland look like in 50 years and how do we get there – that’s the question I want answered.

An integrated approach – top of NZ from Auckland council but also potentially including BOP and Waikato – to solid waste management and regional composting solutions.

Collaborative, open, honest and transparent governance are what I’ve promoted and pushed for throughout the past three years. I’d like to see the next council really extend this further. Council already uses the procurement principles.

The GMO decision is being appealed by the district councils. I voted to include provisions in the regional plan and support NRC’s precautionary approach, as set out in the RPS. I’m not sure that it’s possible to repeal the decision given it will go to the Environment Court but the incoming council can determine to NOT defend the decision. If the decision can be repealed it would likely be challenged by Federated Farmers and therefore would still have to be defended in the Environment Court.

I agree with more EV stations and would like to see Northland as the most EV-friendly region in NZ. Progressing the cycling and walking strategy that was developed this term is also a priority but requires district councils to prioritise and would form part of the integrated climate change strategy.

As for a name change, if the community wants a change to the name then that’s possible, however, it would need to be consulted on with an assessment of the costs involved to ratepayers to do so – it’s not just a simple case of changing the name as all council’s branding, publications, website, social media sites, cars etc include the current name. Are we better to spend that money on the environmental work required, as it’s substantial? A question for the community."

NRC - HOKIANGA-KAIKOHE
BLAKIE, Justin

In terms of the 90 day and 3 year challenges set by SEACHANGE I think Northland Regional Council has positioned itself well to assist communities facing up to the challenges of climate change.

  • Work is already underway to assess council infrastructure (roads, water and sewage) in terms of a risk matrix, I support the establishment of a region wide reserve fund which will act in the same way as the EQC funds did – i.e. it will provide for an ability to keep our community assets functioning without a need for large unplanned spikes in rates.
  • NRC has a 7 million dollar afforestation program to reduce sedimentation of our harbours-tree planting is a key carbon sequestration tool and we aim to develop NRC as a go-to-one-stop-shop for landowners to be able to successfully establish forests and plantings. Native plantings are subsidised under this scheme.
  • NRC has led the way in terms of having a substantial EV fleet and solar array to generate renewable energy.
  • NRC also has public transport established over much of Taitokerau although in some areas this is not being utilised and is running at a loss to ratepayers.
  • NRC has over many years subsidized fencing of gullies, wetlands and riparian areas which improves Carbon sequestration rates in those situations
  • NRC allocates millions of dollars a year for pest control across Taitokerau and has played a part in the establishment of over 100 landcare groups across Northland. A healthy forest free of pest has far more potential to absorb carbon.
  • NRC is also committed to sustainable water storage projects i.e. harvesting winter flood flows, this allows for a transition into horticulture which is a key climate change mitigation strategy- water storage will also mean we can produce more food locally and ensure our communities are able to cope with increasing droughts that are likely to become more frequent as a result of climate change.

NRC though still has a long way to go support Northland moving towards being a zero carbon region –

Several key areas I will be advocating for are:

  • Providing incentives for a move towards regenerative farming practices which allow for better soil conservation and carbon sequestration into the soil.
  • Ramping up afforestation with native forest for long term carbon sequestration and supporting a move away from destructive clear felling of pine forests on steep unsuitable country in Taitokerau.
  • Investigation of seaweed farming for Carbon sequestration
  • Continued support of fast charging stations for EVs.
  • Lobby central government to incentivize EVs with changes to the Electricity Act which ensures cheap night power rates are guaranteed over the long term for night charging of EVs.
  • Fund scientific analysis of Northlands regenerating scrub and how it could be underplanted with native trees such as Puriri which will create a long term carbon sink and a valuable timber industry.
  • Support farmers as they challenge the government regarding farm emissions
    - many farms have regenerating bush blocks that have been fenced off post the 1989 cut-off date for the emissions trading scheme
    - why cant they offset emissions with these forests?
  • Lobby government to allow landowners to register small plantings and riparian areas under the emissions trading scheme – this will speed up afforestation and improve water quality at the same time.
  • Develop an economic development policy that sets clear parameters in terms of what NRC invests in and funds in terms of economic development - we should demonstrate leadership in the zero carbon economy space.
  • Support and advocate transition into coastal shipping of freight and link that to either rail or electric trucks as they become cost effective.
NRC - WHANGAREI-URBAN
CRAW, Jack YES "Fantastic effort this. I will adopt and use where I can. Hopefully I will be in a position to get most of this adopted by NRC."

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