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‘I am 29 years old. I was born just before the Kyoto Protocol was signed, and since then global mean temperatures have risen by an estimated 0.2°C per decade . . . in my lifetime I am likely to experience a world that is 2°C warmer, perhaps as much as 4°C, and has more droughts, fires and floods.’ Sylvia Nissen

Climate crisis is upon us. By choice or necessity, New Zealand will transition to a low-emissions future. But can this revolution be careful? Can it be attentive to the disruptions it inevitably creates? Or will carefulness simply delay and dilute the changes that future people require of us?

This timely collection brings together eleven authors to explore the politics and practicalities of the low-emissions transition, touching on issues of justice, tikanga, trade-offs, finance, futurism, adaptation, and more.

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David Hall is a writer, editor and policy researcher based in Auckland. He has written for various publications, including the New Zealand ListenerPantograph PunchThe Journal for Urgent Writing, and Auckland Art Gallery's Reading Room Journal. His recent policy work focused on tree planting as a mitigation strategy for climate change. He has a D.Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford and currently holds the role of Senior Researcher at The Policy Observatory, AUT.

Amelia Sharman is an environmental policy and research specialist, with substantial knowledge of economic and environmental policy issues, particularly climate change and the renewable energy sector. She has a PhD in Environmental Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where her research looked at the impact of controversy about climate change on science and policy decision-making. She has an MSc in Environmental Policy

from the University of Oxford and an MA in Geography from the University of Auckland. She is currently a Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Productivity Commission on their technology and the future of work inquiry, having recently finished a secondment to the Interim Climate Change Committee.

Maria Bargh (Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa) is Associate Professor in Te Kawa a Māui/Māori Studies,

Victoria University of Wellington. She teaches and researches various aspects of New Zealand

politics, including Māori political institutions and governance, and electoral politics of central and

local government. She also works on indigenous resource management, and international comparisons

of indigenous involvement in renewable energy, freshwater and mining regimes.

Kya Raina Lal is a Fijian barrister and solicitor. She qualified with her BA, LLB and LLM (1st Hons) in Environmental Law from the University of Auckland. Presently, Kya is also a PhD Candidate in Law at the University of the South Pacific in Suva. She is admitted to practice in both New Zealand and Fiji. These days she predominantly works in private practice litigation. In a past life, Kya was a passionate youth activist, and she is an alumnus of both the New Zealand Youth Delegation and the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute. She was named in the inaugural classes of Ocean and Climate Ambassadors through Peace Boat for 2017, and of MaiLife 30 Under 30 for Fiji for 2019.

Sylvia Nissen is a lecturer in the Department of Environmental Management at Lincoln University. She teaches and researches topics relating to young people, sustainability and politics, including as a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity at the University of Surrey. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Canterbury, and was awarded the Kate Sheppard Memorial Prize for her research. She is the author of the forthcoming BWB Text Student Political Action in New Zealand, and of Student Debt and Political Participation (Springer, 2018).

Sam Huggard was elected Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi in 2014. He brought to the role fifteen years of involvement in campaigns and advocacy work across trade unions, the community sector and students’ associations, most recently at FIRST Union (2009–14) and as National Convenor of Campaign for MMP (2010–11). He was co-president of the New Zealand University Students’ Association in 2000 and 2001, manager of Volunteering Otago from 2003 to 2005, and lectured part time on Unitec’s Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management from 2008 to 2013. Sam’s role at the NZCTU weaves together and drives many of the strands of NZCTU priority areas, such as union growth, Just Transition and the current campaign to strengthen Kiwi’s work rights. Sam was raised in Auckland and his family roots are in Wellington, Otago and Southland.

Matt Whineray is CEO of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation. He joined the Guardians in 2008 as General Manager, Private Markets.

In 2014 he became Chief Investment Officer, overseeing the Investments Group. He oversaw the development of the Fund’s risk allocation process, risk budget framework and climate change strategy, as well as strengthening the Guardians’ local and international direct investment capabilities. He was appointed CEO in 2018. Before joining the Guardians, Matt was at Credit Suisse (Hong Kong), where he was Head of Financial Sponsor Coverage for non-Japan Asia. He was previously a Managing Director at First NZ Capital in New Zealand and a Vice President at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. Matt began his career as a barrister and solicitor with Russell McVeagh in Auckland. Matt is a member of Focusing Capital on the Long Term, a Director of Netball New Zealand and co-chair of the Aotearoa Circle’s Sustainable Finance Forum.

Richard Kaipo Lum is an academically trained futurist and chief executive of Vision Foresight Strategy LLC, a foresight and strategic analysis firm headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. His work includes projects supporting the European Commission, UK government, US Department of Defense, and corporate clients such as IBM and PepsiCo. Kaipo has published several academic articles, and is the author of 4 Steps to the Future: A Quick and Clean Guide to Creating Foresight.

Judy Lawrence is Senior Research Fellow, New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington. Judy’s research focuses on climate change adaptation, decisionmaking under uncertainty, and related institutional issues that support adaptation action. Judy leads development of Dynamic Adaptive Policy Pathways planning and its application in New Zealand. She co-chaired the New Zealand Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group in 2016–18, advising the Minister of Climate Change Issues on adapting to climate change. She co-authored the Ministry for the Environment national Coastal Hazards and Climate Change Guidance 2017, and is currently Co-Lead Author for the Australasia Chapter of the IPCC Sixth Assessment. She is a previous Director of the NZ Climate Change Office at the Ministry for the Environment and chief executive of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. She has a PhD in Public Policy and a Master’s degree in Geomorphology from Victoria University of Wellington.

Anne Gibbon is passionate about designing experiences that support leaders in making better decisions. She is pursuing a PhD in Design and Neuroscience, and growing an immersive data visualisation start-up. Anne graduated from the Naval Academy in 2003, setting the 2k erg record and becoming the first woman at the school to box competitively. Through ten years of service, Anne moved through roles such as navigator of a warship, admiral’s aide and leadership instructor. Her last tour was at Naval Special Warfare Development Group, where she helped to found an internal think-tank. Since leaving the Navy, she completed a fellowship at Stanford’s Design School, and went on to work in consulting. Anne has spent the past few years in New Zealand co-designing innovation strategies with Māori iwi.

Dave Frame is Director and Professor of Climate Change at the Climate Change Research Institute, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington. He has a background in physics, policy and philosophy.

He has many years’ research experience in climate research, publishing in the world’s leading scientific journals as well as specialist climate literature. Dave also has real-world policy experience in a core government policy agency, having worked in the New Zealand Treasury’s Policy Coordination and Development group. Prior to joining the CCRI, Dave was Senior Research Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, where he was also Hugh Price Fellow in Geography at Jesus College. He previously worked as the James Martin Fellow in Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, and in the Climate Dynamics Group in the Department of Physics as coordinator of the highly successful project.

Jonathan Boston is a Professor of Public Policy in the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington. He has written extensively on public management, the welfare state, child poverty, climate change policy, tertiary education funding

and comparative government.

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 New Zealand is at a watershed in its constitutional and political arrangements. There are three events looming in the short term which suggest that the status of Māori in Parliament is in for significant challenge.

The first is the impending review of constitutional issues and the Māori seats as part of the National Party–Māori Party ‘Relationship and Confidence and Supply Agreement’.

Secondly, the proposed referendum on the future of the mixed member proportional system (MMP) could also have significant implications for Māori.

Finally, the longer term question of whether New Zealand should become a republic continues to haunt New Zealand’s political imagination, and would also necessitate lengthy debates about the place of New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements in relation to Māori rights and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Māori and Parliament provides a comprehensive and enlightening context for understanding both the historical and contemporary relationship between Māori and Parliament and highlights many of the issues which would arise in any discussion of New Zealand constitutional reform.

Māori and Parliament is a collection of nineteen presentations and papers from twenty-one academics, political commentators and current and former parliamentarians and is the result of the Māori and Parliament conference held at Parliament in May 2009.

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