Protect Our Winter - Climate Update November

Kia ora koutou, 

Since we have last written to you, there have been some massive changes across the world: 

  • New Zealand has elected a new government - congratulations to the Labour Party; 
  • One of the worlds biggest climate change deniers has been voted out of  office in the United States - Congratulations to Joe Biden & Kamala Harris; and 
  • A large portion of western Europe and the UK have reentered lockdown. 

If there’s one thing that we can say about 2020, it is that like the weather, it has been unpredictable with many uncertain grey skies and storms - hopefully there are some clear skies on the 2021 horizon. To ensure we get some of that sunshine, we have some info and actions that we’d love for you to take up outlined below.

And now for some post-election news

Check out the graphic below to see which parties have seats in our new parliament and how various electorates voted. With the new cabinet announced last week James Shaw will remain as the minister for Climate Change. Other ministers particularly relevant to the POW community are Grant Robertson – minister for Sport and Recreation, Megan Woods – minister of Energy and Resources, David Parker – Minister for the Environment, David Nash – Minister of Tourism, Michael Wood – Minister of Transport, Kiri Allen – Minister of Conservation. All of these ministers can be contacted. Reach out to them and let them know you’re expecting climate action from them. Now they’ve been elected, it’s our job to hold them accountable.

Mandatory climate-related financial disclosures

In September, Cabinet agreed on a plan to make climate-related financial disclosures mandatory. This means that all organisations with more than $1 billion in assets (that’s about 200 of NZ’s largest entities) will have to make annual disclosures regarding their governance arrangements, risk management, and strategies for mitigating any climate change impacts. It would give companies and investors a greater understanding of how climate change is impacting a business. “What gets measured, gets managed – and if businesses know how climate change will impact them in the future they can change and adopt low carbon strategies” – James Shaw. This has been claimed by some to be a world-leading plan and potentially more significant than the zero-carbon bill. If approved by parliament and passed as a law, implementation could begin in 2023.

Minimise your things, maximise your experiences. The sharing economy keeps getting better! Check out Mutu. 

HOW MANY OF YOU OWN A BIKE? Or a kayak? Paddleboard? Or camping equipment?

With summer right around the corner, now is the time to shake the dust of your outdoor and sports gear and show them some love! Mutu has created a way to make money by sharing your gear when you aren’t using it! It's like the Airbnb of Kayaks if you get the gist. Mutu allows Kiwis to quickly search, compare & locate items to rent based on budget and location, all while reducing unnecessary purchases and landfill contributions. 

Mons Royale x POW

We're stoked that Mons is keen to support us with a very generous 10% donation from every sale during their Black Friday event. For four days from November 27th all instore and online purchases will benefit POW NZ. Looking for some holiday gifts? Check out the Mons black friday sale and donate to POW while you shop. 

On Friday the 27th we'll be hosting some social events in the Mons Royale stores in Queenstown, Christchurch and Wellington. This is another great opportunity to connec with your local POW community. We'll be showing a short film, have some ambassador chats and some drinks and nibbles. Watch this space for all event details soon. 

Haere ra,


PS Help support us by joining as POW member 

Becoming a member of POW NZ is easy! You can deposit your membership directly into our bank account: 03-1905-0160521-000 with your first name and last initial as a reference. Or you can head to our website to pay by credit card. You can join as an individual, couple or family ($20, $40 or $60).

Our awesome partners are offering great discounts to POW members. You'll actually save your $20 membership fee straight away with some purchases :).

As always we'd love to hear your thoughts on how to make POW more effective and help you become a climate advocate. Please get in touch with us any time with suggestions or comments. 

*15% off excludes sale items, hut tickets, paddle and electronic items

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Posted 15 November 2020

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