Just Transitions is a government programme that had its genesis in New Plymouth where the government policy to reduce the oil and gas industry had a huge impact on community. Government worked with the local community to ensure that the transition to an economy not dominated by oil and gas extraction would benefit everyone – i.e. it is Just.
The Just Transitions process in Southland will follow a similar programme, however Murihiku has the advantage of a longer lead time before the changes to the economy from the Tiwai Smelter closure will hit.
The May 2021 government budget confirmed $14m to help develop regional just transitions plans for Aotearoa. This includes the work being done by Murihiku Regeneration and individual Rūnaka with government over the next few months.
See Just Transitions - process and timeline for more information about the process, who’s involved and the proposed timeline.
This process will see Murihiku Iwi working closely with central and local government on identifying priorities and projects that will be looked at, supported and funded to build a regenerative economy. The identified work will be reported back to the Murihiku collective and individual Rūnaka for consideration in August and September of this year.
Find out more about Murihiku Regeneration and our mahi in the video below from Tahu News:
The approach involves an oversight group consisting of two Iwi, two central government and two local government leaders – Aimee Kaio (Awarua) and Terry Nicholas (Hokonui) are our representatives. They will report back to both Murihiku Regeneration Upoko and also Rūnaka leaders on the approach. This group met for the first time on Monday 31 May to confirm the overall intent and detailed work.
Each Rūnaka has also been invited to confirm a participant on a series of three workshops to confirm what each Rūnaka might see as priorities and help to codesign what will eventually be presented to government and Iwi leadership.
The dates for the workshops were:
Note that the workshops were invitation only.
See Questions and Answers for more information.
Have your say!
The Just Transitions process will help to shape our region’s future. Whānau – make sure you have your say! Send us your questions or give us your thoughts in the online Question and Feedback form.
What are your aspirations for Murihiku? What would you like to see happen in the future? What will Murihiku look like in 60-100 years time? What could we do now to start on that journey?
We’ll aim to answer your questions and collate your views so that all whānau can have input into this process of change.