climate emergency declaration

Wellington City Council

Mayor: Justin Lester

Wellington City has already positioned itself as a leader on climate change with the lowest per capita emissions in Australasia. The Council has pioneered innovative programmes like the Smart Energy and Low Carbon Challenges, as well as being one of the only cities in the Southern Hemisphere to host a Climathon in partnership with Europe's Climate-KIC.

In June 2019, Wellington City declared a climate and ecological emergency. This declaration was supported by the adoption of the Te Atakura First to Zero Plan - a blueprint for becoming a zero carbon capital by 2050 to show Wellington is serious about taking action. As a proud signatory of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, Wellington City Council is committed to the largest global alliance for city-led action on climate change as it transitions to a zero carbon, more resilient capital for Aotearoa New Zealand.


The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is an international alliance of cities with a shared long-term vision of promoting voluntary action to combat climate change and transition to low-emission and resilient societies. The Global Covenant now includes over 9,130 cities from 120 countries, representing over 775 million people and 10.55% of the total global population, and is the largest global network of councils leading action on climate change.