Auckland Climate Festival

What is Auckland Climate Festival?

Auckland Climate Festival is a month-long festival held in Tāmaki Makaurau every October creating space for us all to come together as a city to celebrate, catalyse and accelerate climate action. Running for the second time this year, over 50,000 Aucklanders are expected to engage in climate action through attending a diverse range of events, initiatives and activations taking place all across the region. The festival’s programme is co-curated with communities, mana whenua, rangatahi, the private sector, advocacy groups and government as a whole-of-society response to the climate emergency. 

If you missed it last year, check out our 2021 programme.

A time to come together each year

An annual festival gives us as a city to take stock of where we are, reflect on what needs to be done, and tangibly get to work. Coming together for a concentrated period means we can ensure we are all moving in the same direction, learning from one another, and ultimately accelerating the change we need to see quicker than if we go it alone. It gives us an opportunity to take stock and celebrate the incredible mahi already going on and catalyse new opportunities for change together. 

Driving change at the city scale

Cities are both the main culprits of climate change and also places that can drive the greatest change, being home to the largest concentration of organisations and individuals pioneering in climate action. A festival provides an opportunity to harness this collective energy, innovation and diversity and gain solidarity around the climate emergency. It also is an effective way to drive local and international collaboration, building on Auckland’s profile as a C40 city. 

Looking beyond Auckland

Auckland is a global city where its citizens are connected through heritage and experience with many different cultures and other geographies, with strong ties particularly to the Asia Pacific. Auckland Climate Festival aspires to combine local and global perspectives to deliver impact and outcomes that are felt beyond Auckland.

See our kaupapa for more information

The festival organisers

Six Generations Ltd is an impact-led social enterprise established to drive meaningful climate action by curating information and conversation in new and creative ways.

The notion of thinking seven generations ahead when making decisions about how we shape society has been the guiding principle of many cultures around the world for centuries. At Six Generations Ltd we deeply care about the future of the people and places of Aotearoa. 

We consider ourselves part of today’s generation of innovators, strategists and activators – everyday people with deep convictions to play our part in making change. We know the next five years are crucial for climate action and we are committed to doing what we can to ensure the six generations that come after us can have a prosperous future.

We are excited to be organising Auckland Climate Festival for the second time after a successful launch in 2021. We are committed to ensuring this will be the first of many, leaving a lasting legacy for Tāmaki Makaurau and beyond.

Learn more about us and our mission.

Meet our advisory board

Alec Tang

CHAIR

Alec Tang (Chair)

Alec Tang is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (FIEMA). He has spent the bulk of his career developing and delivering innovative sustainability solutions across business, academia and the public sector. Most recently, Alec’s work has been focussed on the creation of low carbon, resilient and equitable urban environments, initially leading Auckland Council’s Chief Sustainability Office through the development of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri, Auckland’s Climate Plan, and latterly as Director of Sustainability at Kāinga Ora: Homes and Communities. Alec also currently lectures on sustainable business at Auckland University of Technology.

Helen Mahoney

Helen Mahoney

Helen Mahoney is a Senior Corporate Sustainability Officer in the Chief Sustainability Office at Auckland Council. Helen’s role focuses on preparing the Auckland Council Group for the transition to a zero-carbon and climate resilient economy and helping to deliver Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan. With a background in corporate sustainability, Helen specialises in TCFD reporting and climate change risk, which supports her work leading the Council Group’s Climate Risk Disclosures. Helen also has experience in assisting businesses to embed sustainability into decision-making and greenhouse gas accounting.

Pak Peacocke

Pak Peacocke

In the entertainment industry for more than 40 years, Pak is one of New Zealand’s most experienced event creators and producers. Starting out at 14 years old installing mobile discos, Pak left school at 16 to work full time as a sound technician. This eventually led him to tour throughout Australasia and North America with some of the most iconic acts of the time including INXS, Talking Heads, Simple Minds, U2 and Elton John. In 1987 he started The Show Business, a vehicle to bring the international craft he had acquired to the local industry. This took him through an impressive body of events, working on all types of shows, concerts, corporate theatre, large outdoor events, arts projects, opening and closing ceremonies, product launches, festivals and awards ceremonies. Many of these are annual and televised.

Ian Short

Ian Short

I was born in Hamilton, brought up in Wellington and Auckland, and have two teenage daughters. I initially worked in finance in NZ, the UK and the US before helping set up and run an urban development corporation, responsible for the regeneration of east London. This work introduced me to sustainability, climate change, urban development and the value of a systems mindset. This led to helping set up and run two organisations established to support systems innovation: Institute for Sustainability (sustainable cities and communities); and Climate-KIC (climate change). I came home in 2017 and am a co-founder of The Connective, an organisation that helps design and implement alternative business models and investment structures that deliver for people and planet.

Yii Petrus

Yii Petrus

Prior to entering the not-for-profit sector, my career experience centred around corporate sector leadership roles in business development, strategic management and marketing. After becoming a mother to three children, my focus shifted to giving them the best start in life – an ideal platform for my next step; joining the senior leadership team for Parenting Place. Now, as Programme Director for Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation, my passion centres on enabling a sustainable future for our future generations. As parents and peoples of Aotearoa, there’s no better time than now to take responsibility for our climate change challenges.

Jessica Hiscox

Jessica Hiscox

Ko Maungakiekie te Maunga | Ko Manawatū te awa | I tipu ake ahau i Papaioea | E noho ana ahau kei Tāmaki | Ko Jess Hiscox tōku ingoa

Originally from Palmerston North, I have spent the last three years with the privilege of working for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei are an urban-based hapū guided by the vision –Kia rere arorangi te kāhu pōkere,ki ngā taumata tiketike-to soar and fly to the highest heights. Their ambition is to be a thriving and prosperous hapū that are leaders in their communities, Tāmaki, and throughout Aotearoa. I provide technical and strategic advice on sustainability, and work with their indigenous leaders and whānau to advance their cultural, social, and environmental aspirations.

Tori McNoe

Te Arawa / Ngāti Tahu - Ngāti Whaoa

Tori McNoe

Tori is particularly interested in youth and their place in the world, strategic planning and governance. Currently Poutaki Hononga - Commercialisation Development Lead at Uniservices. Here Tori creates pathways to attract Māori Researchers, tauira Māori, Māori investors, businesses, and iwi across Aotearoa to Commericialisation and Investment Programmes.

She served on MBIE’s Canterbury Regional Skills Leadership Group, was the first Wahine Māori Chair/President of the University of Canterbury Students’ Association, Chairs the Canterbury Momentum Investment Committee, was the COO of Entre at the University of Canterbury, and helps to create pathways for youth in STEM as a Trustee of the Science Alive! Board. Tori has been named on the founding ‘Top Diverse Directors List’ established by the Ministry for Ethnic Communities and Superdiversity Institute and was a finalist in the Women of Influence Awards - Young Leader in 2020.

Through everything she does, and with her whānau and whakapapa in mind, she aims to serve her vested interest in rangatahi, governance, and how the two spaces merge in the innovation ecosystem intergenerationally.

Faiesea Ah Chee

Faiesea Ah Chee

Faiesea Ah Chee is a young Samoan climate warrior and a second-year student at the University of Auckland. She is interested in indigenous knowledge and sustainability which drives her involvement across many groups, including the University’s Sustainable Future Collective (SFC) as an event planner. She is also currently deputy Chairperson for the Whau Youth Board advocating for Pacific youth voices for West Auckland around climate change and wellbeing. Faiesea is a Trustee for the Whau River Catchment Trust Board, that delivers a wide range of community-based environmental projects. She is also an active member of the Pacific Climate Warriors.

Anna-Jane Edwards

Anna-Jane Edwards

Anna-Jane is a third generation Cook Islander and a proud Aucklander. She is deeply interested in how government organisations partner with community to enable positive intergenerational social change. Her roles in local government over the past 10 years have explored this concept, eventually leading her to The Southern Initiative.

Supporting the success of Māori and Pacific communities has always been a focus for Anna-Jane. This started at university where she got involved with Dream Fonotaga, working with Polynesian youth and their aspirations. Anna-Jane recently became a mother and shares her home time between raising a resilient, happy, socially and environmentally conscious little boy and participating at a governance level on a number of community organisations, including the New Zealand Drug Foundation.

After running the Healthy Families team and bringing it to TSI, she now leads the Pacific work for TSI, turning her attention to social procurement and supplier diversity and setting up He Waka Eke Noa.

Clare Morgan

Clare Morgan

Clare Morgan is the CEO of Organic Initiative a New Zealand founded business with the goal of removing plastic from Hygiene products starting with period products. The brand is distributed in New Zealand, Australia and the US. Clare has had over 30 years sales and marketing experience globally, focussed on building brands especially in FMCG. She has lived in Australia and more recently Singapore, and currently resides in Auckland with her husband and has 4 adult children. Born in the Northern Manawatu and raised on a sheep and beef farm, gave a strong connection to the land, animals, impact of climate and quite simply - mud in the winter! Clare has a passion for sustainability reflected in the role she has now, along with the ongoing planting of native trees on the farm.