The government’s Draft National Adaptation Plan is now open for consultation, with submissions due Friday 3rd June 2022.
The NZAA council will be preparing a submission on the NAP’s objectives, actions and gaps in relation to cultural heritage.
Two key focus areas in the Home, Buildings and Places section include:
- Māori connections to whenua and places of cultural value are strengthened through partnerships (objective HBP3). This means:
- supporting initiatives that identify and respond to climate risks that are specific to iwi and Māori
- working in partnership with iwi/Māori to develop Māori-led adaptation solutions
- identifying and embedding Māori knowledge, identity and values in urban design and construction to manage climate-related hazards
- increasing the resilience of cultural heritage, to strengthen the ties between whānau, hapū and iwi and their whenua.
- Threats to cultural heritage arising from climate change are understood and impacts minimised (objective HBP4). This means:
- understanding where cultural heritage sites are, their values, who they are important to and how climate change could affect them
- understanding how the loss of cultural heritage can affect social, cultural, spiritual and economic wellbeing, including for Māori; and the positive role of cultural heritage in adaptation and wellbeing
- improving disaster management for cultural heritage
- enabling communities to maintain and protect their taonga and assets
- protecting and conserving cultural heritage through appropriate regulation.