Takutai Kāpiti: Climate change and our coast Summit 2020

“I want to thank all those that joined us at the Summit to share what we know and discuss how we move forward together as a coastal community.”

– Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan.

Takutai Kāpiti: Climate Change and our Coast Summit was a one-day community event where we kick-started the conversation with you on the challenges climate change will bring to our coastline.

The Summit was an opportunity for Kāpiti to hear from national and local leaders and climate experts about the challenges ahead. This was followed by a community event that combined entertainment, food, and interactive opportunities to learn more about how to be involved.

The Summit launched a community-led approach to exploring how we want to adapt as our coastline changes over time. This is a significant community engagement project that aims to encourage and empower our communities to become more aware of the impacts of climate change and sea level rise, and to take part in developing solutions and pathways for adapting to coming change.


The conference included presentations from key speakers on climate change, coastal adaptation and building resilient communities.

The community event Included food, entertainment for all ages, music, stalls, and informal opportunities to learn more about climate change on our coast and how to become involved in the Takutai Kāpiti project.


Koro Don and Mayor Guru 

 Councillor Sophie Handford 

Professor James Renwick

Professor Bruce Glavovic, Dr Aroha Spinks and John Lucas speaking on the Panel Session, facilitated by the Rt Hon James Bolger. 

Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw

Tim Costley on behalf of Hon Scott Simpson 

Coastal Manager, Lyndsey Craig