Mokopuna have told us that climate change is an important issue for them. This includes for mokopuna Māori and Pacific mokopuna, whose whānau, aiga and communities are often experiencing the inequitable impacts of climate change both here in Aotearoa New Zealand and throughout our Pacific region of Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa.
Our submission on the Inquiry into Climate Adaptation recommends adopting General comment No. 26 as a guiding framework for the government in the design and implementation of environmental and climate policies, to ensure that all mokopuna in Aotearoa New Zealand can exercise all their rights, in all circumstances, including in the changing climate.
Our submission also emphasises the intersection between Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Treaty of Waitangi and climate change as the Crown has an obligation to uphold the rights of mokopuna Māori and their whānau, hapū and iwi.