At orange, our offices are open for those who need to visit us in person. We also have a wide range of services available online or via the phone – using these will help reduce the risk and keep each other safe. Check out our COVID-19 response page for more details.

Climate Change and Biodiversity

On 27 June 2019, Queenstown Lakes District Council declared a climate and ecological emergency.

Over the last few years, Council has embarked on a journey towards a major organisational behaviour shift ensuring climate change considerations are reflected in decision making, policy setting, projects, and service delivery.

But there is still a way to go.

Check out our draft Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022 – 2025 to see the direction we are heading in, as well as our previous plan, community updates, and climate reports for our district below.

Draft Climate and Biodiversity Plan Climate Action Plan 2019-2022 Climate and sustainability updates Climate Reference Group Further information

Draft Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022 - 2025

The draft plan, which sets out how the district is going to respond to climate change, includes more than 60 actions. These range from reducing carbon emissions through more effective land-use planning and infrastructure design, to regenerating native forest, as well as district-wide goals including a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 44% by 2030 and achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

We asked for community feedback on the draft plan during April 2022.

We're currently considering this feedback for the final Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022 – 2025, which will be put forward for Council to adopt mid-year.


Climate Action Plan 2019 - 2022

The Climate Action Plan 2019-2022 | Te Mahere Āhurangi o Ngā Tau 2019-2022 was adopted 12 March 2020 to guide local action to help our district adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

This Climate Action Plan was the first for our district. It identifies ways in which we can reduce emissions and set a strategic direction for adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change.

The current draft Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022 – 2025 builds on this first plan. 


Climate and sustainability updates

We have an e-newsletter which you can sign up for. The newsletter features climate and sustainability stories from across the district, including Council activities, as well as case studies, what’s coming up, and profiles of people making positive change in Queenstown Lakes.


Climate Reference Group

The Climate Reference Group is made up of community leaders and climate experts to provide advice to Council’s climate action team. The group has been particularly instrumental in the development of the draft Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022-2025, including advocating for a stronger focus on biodiversity.

Climate Reference Group members:

  • Bridget Legnavsky: Chairperson

  • Alec Tang: Climate Action in Government Expert

  • Alexa Forbes: Otago Regional Councillor

  • Dr Barrie Wills: Biodiversity Expert

  • Esther Whitehead: QLDC Councillor

  • Gail Thompson: nominated by Te Ao Marama on behalf of runaka

  • Dr Jim Salinger: Climate Change Expert

  • Dr Lyn Carter: nominated by Aukaha on behalf of runaka

  • Niki Gladding: QLDC Councillor

  • Quentin Smith: QLDC Councillor and Infrastructure Committee Chair

  • Tony Pfeiffer: Upper Clutha Community Leader

  • Vacant: Whakatipu Community Leader

Media release: Queenstown Lakes District Council establishes Climate Reference Group


Further information

Stay up-to-date

Sign up to our newsletter Scuttlebutt and stay up-to-date with the latest news, events & information in the Queenstown Lakes District.