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New Council focus on climate resilience

Published: 17 November 2021

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Napier has taken another step forward in readiness for the effects of climate change, as Napier City Council welcomes its first ever Climate Change Specialist, Heather Bosselmann.

The new role will be responsible for leading discussion and Council direction on matters related to climate resilience and change, and will ensure that Napier’s best interests are represented in regional and national climate change matters.

Napier City Council Chief Executive Dr Steph Rotarangi says there are many challenges for Napier associated with a changing climate.

“Climate change is an increasingly important issue for us all. Local authorities and communities must plan for the effects of climate change. We need adaptation strategies and actions, and we also have a role to play in reducing our emissions.”

Climate Change Specialist Heather Bosselmann has a legal background, having spent several years as a family lawyer in Napier.

“I’m excited to take my legal and relationship-building skills and use them to make a difference for Napier,” says Heather.

“I want to make climate change a clear focus for our city by bringing innovative solutions for Napier’s climate resilience. Working across all councils, as well as with local iwi and the public will be one of my key focuses,” says Heather.

“I am passionate about being part of a positive and sustainable future for Napier.”

Heather’s role will champion NCC’s ownership of specific United Nations Sustainable Development goals. These are Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; and Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Heather will also have a climate change focus on the Resource Management Act legislative changes, as well as the introduction of several new pieces of legislation, including the yet to be drafted Climate Change Adaptation Act.

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