The idea of 'just transitions' has been around for decades. Responses to major challenges including climate change are amplifying its importance to communities. What does it mean today for Aotearoa New Zealand? How is it shaped by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and te ao Māori the Māori worldview? What actions are communities already taking? And how could communities mobilise the vision and leadership to change how we approach the challenges and opportunities ahead and ensure no one is left behind?
A guide to just transitions for communities in Aotearoa New Zealand was created to help communities and organisations run their own just transition processes in response to challenges like climate change, rapid technological change, employment changes in regions and the transition to renewable energy in a way that fairly shares both the positive and negative effects.
The guide was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and developed by a team of over 25 contributors led by Motu Research. The team tested the structure and content in the guide with members of different communities from around Aotearoa in dialogues co-funded by the Aotearoa Foundation.
This seminar featured a panel of experts and practitioners who helped develop the guide. They discussed why the guide was created and what the guide offers: practical ideas, methods, tools and case studies enabling communities to come together to solve problems in ways that work better for everyone.