1                                        15 September 2022



Komiti Kaupapa Taiao

Climate Change and Sustainability Committee


Minutes of a meeting held in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 30 Laings Road
Lower Hutt on

 Thursday 15 September 2022 commencing at 2.00pm




Cr J Briggs (Chair)

Mayor C Barry (from 2.16pm)


Cr K Brown

Cr S Edwards (via audio-visual link)


Deputy Mayor T Lewis

Cr A Mitchell (Deputy Chair)


Cr N Shaw



APOLOGIES:                  Mayor Barry for lateness


IN ATTENDANCE:        A Blackshaw, Director Neighbourhoods and Communities (part meeting) (via audio-visual link)

A Geddes, Acting Director Environment and Sustainability

J Scherzer, Head of Climate and Solid Waste

J Randall, Democracy Advisor

V Gilmour, Democracy Administrator (via audio-visual link)






Opening formalities - Karakia Timatanga

Whakataka te hau ki te uru

Whakataka te hau ki te tonga

Kia mākinakina ki uta

Kia mātaratara ki tai

E hī ake ana te atakura

He tio, he huka, he hau hū

Tīhei mauri ora.

Cease the winds from the west
Cease the winds from the south
Let the breeze blow over the land
Let the breeze blow over the ocean
Let the red-tipped dawn come with a sharpened air. 
A touch of frost, a promise of a glorious day.


2.       APOLOGIES

Resolved: (Cr Briggs/Deputy Mayor Lewis)                       Minute No. CCASC 22401

“That the apology for lateness received from Mayor Barry be accepted.”


There was no public comment.



There were no conflict of interest declarations.


Update on Council's solid waste and waste minimisation work (22/2135)

Report No. CCASC2022/4/187 by the Head of Climate and Solid Waste


The Head of Climate and Solid Waste elaborated on the report.

In response to questions from members, the Head of Climate and Solid Waste considered Council’s rate of contamination was similar to other councils in the region.  He noted officers had reported to a previous committee meeting on contamination comparisons with other regions. He agreed to find this data and send it to members. He explained Councils that separated recycling at the kerbside had lower rates of contamination. He confirmed bin inspectors currently had the capacity to check each bin twice a year if needed. He added future checks would target the most contaminated bins and areas. He said Council might need to suspend recycling services for repeat offenders to protect the city-wide recycling service. He advised options to incentivise low use would be worked on with an external consultant. He added the behaviour change work that Council was currently undertaking would benefit the food waste system Council was planning to introduce.

Mayor Barry joined the meeting at 2.16pm.


Resolved: (Cr Briggs/Cr Mitchell)                                       Minute No. CCASC 22402

 “That the Committee notes the update on various solid waste management and minimisation matters.”


Update on Council's climate change work (22/2136)

Report No. CCASC2022/4/188 by the Head of Climate and Solid Waste



The Head of Climate and Solid Waste elaborated on the report.

In response to questions from members, the Head of Climate and Solid Waste explained Waka Kotahi was no longer fully subsidising the LED rollout. He agreed to report back to this committee on LED progress in the new triennium, assuming the committee was reinstated. He explained some projects had been delayed due to factors including Covid, the challenge of securing contractors and funding delays. He advised officers were in discussion with Council’s District Plan team to incentivise additional emission reductions through the District Plan review. He noted work on the regional climate change risk assessment was critical to gauge vulnerabilities and make decisions on responses.

Deputy Mayor Lewis asked that the report on liquefaction which was commissioned by Council be released to members.



Resolved: (Cr Briggs/Deputy Mayor Lewis)                    Minute No. CCASC 22403

“That the Committee notes the update on various climate change work streams.”




Climate Change and Sustainability Committee Forward Programme (22/1913)

Report No. CCASC2022/4/189 by the Democracy Advisor


Resolved: (Cr Briggs/Deputy Mayor Lewis)                       Minute No. CCASC 22404

“That the Committee receives and notes the Forward Programme attached as Appendix 1 to the report.”



Members and officers provided verbal reflections to inform future work as follows:


Cr Edwards

·           Most people supported action on climate change and recognised it as a number one issue.

·           Council had made good progress on reducing its carbon footprint.

·           The new Council would need to work towards increasing community understanding of the urgency for progress on climate change action.


Cr Brown

·         It was surprising that most councils across the country did not have a dedicated Climate Change Committee.

·         Council had created significant change by focusing on reducing waste in landfill. Previous councils had focused on generating income from landfill.

·         If Council did not manage to engage the community in climate change action soon, the cost of adaptation would escalate.


Cr Mitchell

·           Council’s actions so far had made a positive start, thanks to a strong message from the community that action was needed.

·           Work undertaken so far was a good foundation for the next triennium when Council would need to escalate action.

·           It was promising that the Regional Climate Change Forum now required two representatives to support its kaupapa and encourage councils to be more involved.

·           This committee enabled the public to view regional and local progress and plans. It provided reassurance that Council was taking action.

·           The initiative was taken to develop a climate action pathway with the community resulting in an important piece of work.


Cr Shaw

·           Ongoing climate change conversations and actions were needed through this committee and other regional committees.


Deputy Mayor Lewis

·           Council owed thanks to children and residents who came to meetings to demand action.

·           She acknowledged the councillors who had pledged a commitment to zero emissions in the previous triennium.

·           The data provided by officers on rubbish and recycling enabled the public to see the positive effects of kerbside collection changes.


Mayor Barry

·           Climate change impacts were becoming more visible with the changing climate and there was more understanding of the need for action. Sustainability was now front-of-mind for Council.

·           Climate change work undertaken in the community by elected members would help encourage a collective response to climate change.

·           This committee had been valuable in keeping the public informed about Council’s work on climate change and sustainability.


Cr Briggs (Chair)

·           It was important to ensure values were actioned rather than discussed. Council needed to see climate change as a priority that overlaid all its work.

·           It had been a challenge to embed climate change and sustainability across Council and to include the work of Council’s procurement partners.

·           He acknowledged the climate change advocates who came to Council to support decarbonising the city and challenge Council to do better.

·           Council needed to continue to partner with its community and others. 

·           The climate change lens should be normalised and top-of-mind when planning any Council work.


The Head of Climate and Solid Waste

·           It had been valuable to have a committee that focused on climate vulnerability and waste. This focus allowed Council to keep up to date with ongoing progress.

·           The committee had made Council’s action on climate and sustainability visible to the public.


The Acting Director, Environment and Sustainability

·           The committee had shown Council’s commitment to climate change and sustainability and had demonstrated it was taking climate change seriously.

·           A climate change lens provided a different perspective when Council was looking at waste management.

9.       QUESTIONS

There were no questions.


Closing formalities - Karakia Whakamutunga



Unuhia i te uru-tapu-nui

Kia wātea, kia māmā

Te ngākau, te tinana, te wairua i te ara takatū

Koia rā e Rongo whakairihia ake ki runga

Kia wātea, kia wātea!

Ae rā, kua wātea!

Hau, pai mārire.

Release us from the supreme sacredness of our tasks

To be clear and free
in heart, body and soul in our continuing journey

Oh Rongo, raise these words up high

so that we be cleansed and be free,

Yes indeed, we are free!

Good and peaceful


There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 2.45 pm.









J Briggs











CONFIRMED as a true and correct record

Dated this 4th day of October 2022