Photo by Welcome Rock


To prepare for and understand the implications of climate change on land in Southland Murihiku.

Welcome Rock, Northern Southland Murihiku


  • One of the greatest strengths of Southland Murihiku is its land. There are significant challenges and changes affecting our land and this workstream has direct alignment with regional planning already happening with Environment Southland, other Councils, Iwi, central government and community organisations. Through this continued partnership, our approach is to support and inform the development of regional spatial planning to support to the RMA Reform and other new legislative requirements.

  • We are aware that there is a lot of work already happening, so we will continue to evaluate where any gaps are, and where value can be added.

Key Outcomes

  1. Support the development of spatial and climate change planning with a focus on ensuring a regional lens and also ensuring that there is regional advocacy which aligns with our values as a region and people

  2. Facilitate the development of a carbon forestry report that identifies the impacts of large-scale carbon forest planting on the Southland economy, employment sector and community

  3. Recommendations are provided on how to improve the aggregation, interpretation and sharing of data and insights to support iwi, farmers, other landowners and key stakeholders to make the best decisions for land use.

Connection with other Workstreams:

The principles of this workstream will strongly underpin the overall Beyond 2025 Southland plan with close alignment to the following workstreams: