'Guardians of Tomorrow: growing ideas into action' was a community hui that took place on Wednesday 20 March 2019 as part of the Auckland Climate Symposium. Groups and individuals gathered to share their skills and vision for a low carbon future. The table below shows the ideas generated on the day. If you would like to share your ideas and get involved we would love to hear from you.

Focus (from the audience)

Why is this important and how will it help us in Tamaki Makaurau mitigate or adapt to the impacts of climate change by 2025?

Who needs to be part of making it happen? How can we bring people together for this, and how might you be a part of it?

What needs to happen to start/accelerate it now? E.g. what do you have to get going/build on what do need to move it faster/co-ordinate it better/how might you grow and sustain momentum?

Maintaining sustainable communication

Utilise our reach and interests within the community to connect people to climate change issues

-Live Lightly

-Community groups and businesses

-Everyday interventions to promote actions

-Linking social media networks – targeted challenges, prizes/incentives and bringing the messaging into people’s daily life play on the fear of missing out (FOMO)

-Live Lightly shared values

Paid Ambassadors

There is a lot already happening and community place makers need to be acknowledged and paid

Build on existing infrastructure like eco-neighbourhoods, paid ambassadors – Wastewise advisors, waste or other community contractors (e.g. community waste and Compost Collective facilitators)

-Paid Low carbon community brokers – including Generation Zero, Rangitahi, community pacemakers and elders to create content and videos to market Live Lightly and do social media

-Extend and fund the Live Lightly/low carbon overview to existing structures

-Live Lightly on Instagram

-Raise profile within Local boards and council to add value to the role of low carbon community activators

Reconceptualising (and valuing) work (regular 9-5 and voluntary)


-Space and capacity to try out different models of working to think critically about these issues – going beyond day-to-day survival. We are time poor

-Connection with heightened wellbeing, more connected, more creative and more open to different ways of thinking, working, being and making work meaningful.

-We see best (fresh) practice overseas with countries implementing 6-hour work days or four-day work weeks

-Improving flexible working - women still have higher expectations and making greater sacrifice

-Need to be able to afford to volunteer. Apply the Universal Basic Income to the responsibility expected to volunteer, for kaupapa that matters to you

-Tax benefits to encourage workers to contribute to action on climate change

Employers are beginning to recognize this need to:

-Shift the framing of concepts of time and productivity

-Case study examples – quantitative and qualitative data to highlight what works and what doesn’t work in different contexts - NZ examples e.g. in Hawkes Bay

-Open-minded and forward-thinking CEO and teams to trial different models in different work contexts

-Local/central government support

-Big shift in management required

-Focus on creating enabling environments

-We are up against the whole concept of ‘business as usual’ – we need the demand and political will to change

-Living wage with work-life balance/harmony

Spark and grow the conversation:

-Form working groups

-Start Facebook group

-Need to create some templates

-Need to show the demand

-Teams willing to trial

-Document the process



Change to a four-day working week

More creative engaged citizens if we work less: more connected, inquisitive, engaged and with time

Case studies – NZ, Scandinavia

Universal Basic Income (UBI)


-Tax benefits for organisations supporting

-Facebook page to encourage this change/sharing supporting

-Time banking

-Living wage

Subvert Existing Structures

-Currently inefficient and expensive

-Need to get outside our own bubble

-Fear of being preached to so some people are holding back

-School galas

-In terms of events – clean events and a low carbon lens over all events

-Create safety (at the moment “coming out” is quite scary!)   Opportunities for wider community discussion/action – climate conversations!

-Create support network (zero waste model expanded) to support community groups who want to integrate low carbon values into an organisation or event

-Buddies, checklist, resources getting help and buddies with others e.g. collaboration between community groups

-“Take Action” creatively engage with popular culture – infiltrate and subvert existing events that are happening or TV series like home renno/master chef type. Good to know or “mind map” of who to go to

-There are barriers in culture/language – be aware of this and have partnerships with projects

Reducing Food waste -sequestering carbon, local low carbon (?) composting, decentralised food waste processing  

-Reduce food waste going to landfill

-Utilise waste to resource without adding further emission

-Compost enhance soil

-Sequester carbon in soil

-Visible results

-Engage community – host dinners etc. social impacts


-Communities already taking action – north shore, Papakura and Waiheke food waste collection areas

-Hibiscus Coast zero waste group working with council to have no food waste going to landfill (Bbiochar project)

-Reaching out to those not already engaged e.g. through the Compost Collective

-Building on existing initiatives – a compost hub in every neighbourhood/For the Love of Bees, Richard Wallis Hot composting – create model sites

-Connection and coordination

-Develop resources/guidelines on how to do it well (address Health and Safety/health issues)

-Community supported food waste collections from businesses to feed into hubs

-Sharing expertise from communities like Waiheke to other communities to learn and adapt from

-Promote waste hierarchy – kai conscious lunches

-Physical locations e.g. community gardens, schools

-Funding for pilots

-Council unlocking community land

-Lessons at local high schools

-Advocacy to stop the council centralised foodwaste collection scheme

-Bring councillors/decision makers to see how alternative decentralised systems are working

-Case studies of local systems that are working – Kelmarna Gardens, OMG, Waiheke, Hibiscus Coast

-Low carbon network/Rob Thomas – local board investigation to demonstrate feasibility

-Co-ordinating like-minded groups is one of the most important things we need to do

-Neighbourhood climate action groups

What does a clean and green Auckland Look like?

Clean air and water is critical for our survival

Everyone – government, council, transport agencies, boards, corporates

-Planning Green space

-Clean transport facilitation – No diesel 2020! Net Zero Carbon 2025/2030 – electrification of all public (ferries and buses) services

-“Green up” council services

-Innovate with working groups to become world leaders in this,

-Adapting ‘vision’ - implementation policies


-Open up platforms for communication/inclusivity


-Share our stories!

-Increase organic practise – reduce glycosuphate and pesticide use

Reframe the view that agriculture accounts for 49% of NZs emissions (MfE2016)

Take focus away from where it needs to be for climate change – focus should be:

1. Reduce fossil fuel emissions (transport)

2. Reduce forest harvesting in NZ (plantations and native)

Basis of methane cycle to help mitigate

Climate commission

Ministry for the Environment (MfE) PM Chief Science Advisor

(issue - government says things are unreferenced – ask governments where info comes from)

-Lobby MfE to update their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory to reflect new knowledge on methane cycle (Myles Allen – 10% reduction in 30 years of cows in NZ balances methane)

Positive action that could engage wider community

E.g. refrigerant gasses are the number 1 greenhouse gas and number 1 impactor of climate change according to the book “Drawdown”

Government needs to make all appliances containing refrigerants ‘priority products’ (banned from landfill)

-Auckland-wide campaign to publicise the issue of refrigerant gasses. Make it illegal to drop off refrigerants/freezers/dehumidifiers/heat pumps at metal recyclers

-Auckland’s Community Recycling Centre (CRC) network to be set up to accept, collect, degas and disassemble refrigerant appliances with associated funding


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