New Zealand is looking beyond borders to address climate challenges. In this case, toward our Pacific neighbours where climate change is their single biggest threat.
In 2019 New Zealand made a $300 million global commitment to climate change-related development assistance, $150 million of which was dedicated to climate related work in the Pacific Islands where we are collaborating with our neighbours to find solutions to pressing climate change issues and to support the transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient futures
Innovative New Zealand organisations are taking part too.
MERIDIAN ENERGY IN THE PACIFIC
The Maama Mai (let there be light) Solar Farm in Tongatapu, Tonga is an alliance between Meridian, Tonga Power and the governments of New Zealand and The Kingdom of Tonga.
The solar farm is made up of 5,760 photovoltaic solar panels and can generate up to 1.32 megawatts of electricity. The Maama Mai solar farm reduces the country's use of diesel by approximately 470,000 litres and decreases carbon emissions by over 2,000 tonnes per year.
NIWA IN THE PACIFIC
NIWA, New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, works in the Pacific on environmental science projects such as climate change, weather forecasting, natural hazards, tsunami modelling, hydrology and water quality.
NIWA works in partnership with Pacific communities on sustainable environmental management practices to increase resilience to natural hazards and the impacts of climate extremes.
Projects include climate early warning systems, assessing climate change impacts on extreme rainfall, drought and coastal conditions to support infrastructure design and risk-based decision making.
New Zealand contributes less than 0.2% to global emissions, and they want to get to zero carbon by 2050 to keep our world liveable.
So, if you're looking for somewhere committed to changing the world and its climate for good... we know a place.