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This guide was prepared by the Just Transitions Aotearoa Group, which included diverse researchers and practitioners from across Aotearoa New Zealand who have worked on just transition issues.
The co-authors were Will Allen, Troy Baisden, Jonathan Burgess, Sophie Crawford, Lisa Ellis, David Hall, Trish Hall, Ushana Jayasuriya, Merata Kawharu, Hannah Kotula, Catherine Leining, Sasha Maher, Oscar Montes de Oca, Ana Pueyo, Janet Stephenson, Sara Walton and Krushil Watene.
This guide was commissioned by the Just Transition Partnership team within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment with the goal of creating a practical resource that would help communities and organisations to run their own just transition processes. Co-funding to support broader research and engagement was provided by the Aotearoa Foundation through a grant to Motu Economic and Public Policy Research under its programme Shaping New Zealand’s Low-Emission Future.
The project was co-led by Catherine Leining* and Troy Baisden at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. It was supported by Katie Brown and her team at Social Good (design, production and communications), Hannah Griffin at Motu (project administration), Ellen Hume at Motu (project management support) and Mary-Jane Rivers at Powerdigm (dialogue design and facilitation). The Daylight Group contributed to artistic design with illustrations by Ezra Whittaker-Powley. Anne-Marie Emerson assisted with editing and Te Pikikotuku Bennett with Māori translations.
The ideas in the guide were developed with input from just transition practitioners, researchers, iwi/Māori and stakeholders through a range of channels. The following project advisors provided strategic guidance and helped with reviewing drafts: Shaun Awatere, Anna Berka, Jonathan Boston, Kate Mitcalfe, Sofia Robinson and Katharina Ruckstuhl. The team conducted a user needs survey at the start of the process and received about 60 responses. The team held 5 Just Transition Dialogues with practitioners and potential users of the guide, and some of their inspirational statements are quoted anonymously. The draft guide was distributed to 7 expert reviewers from Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas: David Hanna, Lisa McLaren, Jason Mika, Robert Perry, Naomi Simmonds, Ros Tennyson and Richard Whatman. It was shared with a number of government departments for comment.
The guide benefited hugely from the wisdom and experience shared by the project advisors, survey respondents, dialogue participants and reviewers, and the project team wishes to express its deep gratitude for their contributions.
Resources that helped to make the guide as inclusive as possible were Te Pūnaha Matatini’s code of conduct and the University of Auckland’s style guide.
This guide includes concepts and terms from te reo Māori the Māori language. The first instance of each term in a chapter is immediately followed by an English translation. The guide refers to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, signed in 1840, which guides the relationship between the Crown and Māori. Notably, the reo Māori text (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) and the English text (the Treaty of Waitangi) significantly differ. In order to avoid confusion, the guide does not translate the term Te Tiriti o Waitangi to be clear that it is a reference to the reo Māori text.
The chapters begin with a whakataukī or whakatauākī Māori proverb that expresses key themes. Many of these are traditional with unknown authors.
This guide takes a broad view of ‘communities’. They can be distinguished by a physical region or by shared identities or interests. Ultimately it is up to the communities involved in just transitions to define themselves.
This guide builds on decades of hard work and commitment by communities, organisations and researchers, and their invaluable service must be acknowledged. This guide is only one contribution towards the broader efforts already underway by many. It is hoped this guide can expand the community of practitioners supporting just transitions across Aotearoa and further afield.
*Catherine Leining participated in her capacity as a Motu Policy Fellow and not as a Commissioner with He Pou a Rangi Climate Change Commission.
The inclusion of the ideas in this document does not imply any recommendation, consensus or endorsement by Just Transition Dialogue participants or reviewers, their affiliated organisations, or the project funders. All opinions, errors and omissions are the authors’ own.
Short form: Just Transitions Aotearoa Group. 2023. “A Guide to Just Transitions for Communities in Aotearoa New Zealand,” Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, Wellington.
Long form: Allen, Will, Troy Baisden, Jonathan Burgess, Sophie Crawford, Lisa Ellis, David Hall, Trish Hall, Ushana Jayasuriya, Merata Kawharu, Hannah Kotula, Catherine Leining, Sasha Maher, Oscar Montes de Oca, Ana Pueyo, Janet Stephenson, Sara Walton and Krushil Watene. 2023. “A Guide to Just Transitions for Communities in Aotearoa New Zealand,” Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, Wellington.
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