This document provides guidance on identifying and assessing likely future regional and local effects of climate change across New Zealand. It is designed to help local government identify and quantify opportunities and hazards which climate change poses for their functions, responsibilities and infrastructure.
This Guidance Manual was prepared by David Wratt, Brett Mullan and Jim Salinger (NIWA), Sylvia Allen and Tania Morgan (MWH New Zealand Ltd), and Gavin Kenny (Earthwise Consulting), in consultation with a range of people from local government organisations. It follows a specification prepared by the Climate Change Office of the Ministry for the Environment.
As explained in the report, developing projections of future climate changes is still subject to significant uncertainty. The authors have used the best available information in preparing this report, and have interpreted this information exercising all reasonable skill and care. Nevertheless none of the organisations involved in its preparation accept any liability, whether direct, indirect or consequential, arising out of the provision of information in this report.
Copyright for underlying data used in preparing figures and tables in this report is held by NIWA.