In 2016, We wrote an open letter from over 50 businesses and organisations, and over 1,000 Kiwis to then Minister Paula Bennett.

Together, it's 100% possible for us to put New Zealand on track for a safe climate future, powered by 100% clean, renewable energy.

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Climate change affects everyone. We believe that climate change is bigger than politics. Hundreds of New Zealanders from all walks of life have added their voices to the call for climate action made by businesses and community organisations.

By adding their voices to the open letter on climate change, over 1,100 Kiwis helped to prove to our government that climate action matters to all kinds of New Zealanders.

Delivering the open letter

Climate open letter

Climate open letter


Dear Minister,

It's time for climate action

In New Zealand, and around the world, people are responding to the threat posed by climate change by joining together to create a better world with clean energy, good jobs and resilient communities.

I believe that climate action will not only protect our environment but will also help to unleash a wave of innovation to power our economy and help us to create a cleaner, healthier country.

With the world at a turning point, we need to grasp the opportunity to move our country to a clean energy future.  

New Zealand has the natural resources, technology and people to rise to the challenge of reducing our emissions.

The move to a low-carbon economy is starting already with businesses, people and organisations taking action, but this needs to be backed up by New Zealand government action on climate change. 

Without the government pulling its weight we will not be able to make the necessary changes at the pace and scale required.

I want to see the government to set ambitious targets to reduce emissions, create a long term plan for how to do it, and implement policies that can set us on the right path and empower New Zealanders to make low carbon choices.

Our beautiful country may be small but we do matter. The whole world needs to act and that includes us.

A clean energy future for New Zealand is 100% possible. Let’s make it happen.

Thank you for your time,



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Individual signatories

Sir Geoffrey Palmer • Dame Anne Salmond • Sir Stephen Tindall • Dr Jim Salinger • Prof James Renwick • Prof Tim Naish • Prof Jonathan Boston • Assoc Prof Ralph Chapman • Chris Karamea Insley • Aroha Mead • Bishop Justin Duckworth • Bishop Ross Bay • Ven Rev Mere Wallace • Prof Innes Asher ONZM • and over 1,100 other Kiwis just like you!