We can't just sit around and wait to see what will happen next. We need positive action.
That's why, together with the local community, we've developed a climate change adaptation plan to ensure the people of Maketu are prepared for, can adapt to, and will be resilient to a changing climate.
This is an iwi-led, whole community effort.
While there are climate challenges, there are also significant opportunities – especially for us in Maketu.
These opportunities include:
In Maketu, our community has seen more frequent coastal flooding, including near Whakaue Marae, following subtropical storms. In 2019, large swells caused a landslide, causing koiwi (human remains) to tumble from the clifftop urupā at Ōkurei to the beach below.
The plan outlines interconnected issues, strategic priorities, kaupapa and actions that aim to safeguard the future of Maketu's people, places and natural environment.
There are five strategic priorities: caring for our 1) waters, 2) lands and 3) home; 4) ensuring security and self-sufficiency, and 5) fostering and enabling collective knowledge and wisdom.
Twelve kaupapa have been identified to drive action and progress for these strategic priorities. They range from the development of food gardens and a tree nursery, as well as a community emergency response plan, education programme and a land use change project.
Seven 'Enabling Actions' will ensure the plan is effective, successful and long lasting. They include the foundation of an iwi-led working group, strong collaboration with relevant stakeholders and project management.
We know lots of our whānau, residents and manuhiri will be in Maketu for the summer, so it's the perfect time to have a korero and reflect on what you want the future to look like for you and the generations to come.
So, take a good look at the plan, talk about it with your whānau, friends and neighbours, and think about what you can do to make this happen.
Specifically, we're looking for people who:
Let's move away from climate anxiety and distress, towards climate action. Together we must protect our whenua and our people!