Climate Change

Panoramic view of a lake with mountains


Climate change stands as one of the most urgent challenges faced by governments worldwide, both at the central and local levels. It is widely recognized internationally that our climate is shifting due to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. These changes are not just affecting our environment; they are already impacting various forms of life, from human communities to the smallest creatures in the ocean. The natural world is being forced to adapt rapidly to these changes.

The impact of climate change will result in new risks and challenges but will also present opportunities for our District. It is crucial that we take action to reduce our carbon emissions as well as mitigate and adapt to the consequences of climate change. Simultaneously, we must proactively prepare for the forthcoming changes and address the social, cultural, environmental, and economic impacts that arise from our shifting climate.

What does this mean for Waitaki?

Waitaki’s climate is varied, as evidenced by long-term climate patterns and fluctuations in sea levels within our District. We anticipate further climate shifts in the upcoming decades in Waitaki. These changes are likely to occur more frequently, posing negative impacts on our communities.

For Waitaki, climate change is projected to present:

  • Increased annual mean temperatures
  • Wildfires becoming more frequent
  • An increase in extreme weather events
  • More windy days
  • More wet conditions
  • Increase droughts
  • Decrease in snow
  • Sea level rise