About the Just Transition Summit

Play your part in shaping our transition pathway.

New Zealand has some decisions to make about our future – our environment, the ways we live and work, and our economy.

A low emissions future

The Just Transition Summit was held in New Plymouth on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th May 2019. The Summit brought together diverse people and groups from across New Zealand and was a chance for all to have their say in defining what a just transition to a low emissions future looks like in New Zealand, and what steps we need to take towards a sustainable, productive and inclusive economy with good, high paying jobs.

The Summit attracted over 550 people over the two days including the main stakeholders from around New Zealand to facilitate discussion on a just transition and to hear from local and global experts. The Summit showed that we all have a role to play in making the transition to a low emissions future – government, business, workers, Maori and the wider community – and that we need to continue this conversation together.

Speaker presentations as well as videos and transcripts of each of the sessions at the Summit can now be found on the presentations page.

Just Transition Summit Costs

Cost (all ex GST) Budget Total Cost  
Supplier Costs $298,500 $294,633.60 Event development, management and facilitation, design production and print, website development and maintenance,  advertisement costs, video development, livestream services, transport to and from venue,  New Zealand sign language interpreters.
Venue Costs $114,200 $112,657.13 Three-day venue hire of TSB Stadium, New Plymouth and evening hire of the Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth.   Hiring and installing tables, chairs, carpet tiles, drapes, table linens and plants. AV services including installing and maintaining the stage, screens, lighting and sound systems before and after the event.
Speaker Costs $200,000 $119,328.73 Travel, accommodation, expenses and for international, national speakers, and Summit MC fees.
Catering costs $125,500 $107,969.94 Catering costs for full two-day Summit, including Summit dinner and welcome function.
Final costs $738,200 $634,589.40  
Ticket income   $131,135.00  
Total cost   $503,454.40  

Slido questions

During the Summit the audience was asked to submit questions via the event app Slido. This enabled panel facilitators to manage Q&A session in a timely manner and select popular questions that were ‘voted up’ by the audience on the day.

Since the Summit the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment has endeavoured to answer as many of the slido questions as possible.

In some instances we have reframed the questions as there were a number of questions of a similar nature that could be grouped together. It also helped us clarify the context of a response, and to protect the privacy of individuals in some cases.  There were a number of questions which were directed at individuals or specific panels that MBIE was unable to answer. In a number of these cases MBIE has sought answers to these questions from external sources.

There were some questions raised that can be answered in many ways, depending on who we are and what our view is. Like the overall transition, these questions cannot be answered by the Government alone – they will need everyone to think about them and have their say. If you would like to share your feedback or thoughts on these questions please contact us at jtu@mbie.govt.nz

  • How can we bring others on the transition journey with us? Our family, friends, colleagues, employees, communities, even those we may not usually work with? What behaviour changes are needed?
  • Should we have more ambitious climate goals and what would they look like? What would the impacts be? Who would need support and what types of support could be given and by whom?
  • How can we enable greater sector collaboration in a highly competitive environment?
    • Where are there partnership opportunities to unlock resources and capital in our communities?
    • How do we promote communication and collaboration and move away from competition and siloes?
  • How can commercial and political processes take a long term perspective and action when their structures tend to be more short term in nature (e.g. financial reporting and election cycles)?
    • What are some ways that commercial institutions and business models adapt to support long term transition? How can traditional investment models adjust their focus from profit driven to more purpose driven?
  • Who should pay for the transition? How important is compensation to achieving a just transition?
  • How can we move to consensus based partnerships and away from consultation? What changes are needed?
  • What actions and behaviours can we all take to be more inclusive and reduce inequality and increase participation?
  • How can we share our stories of success to share learnings and inspire others?
Last updated: 15 February 2019