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The Nelson Tasman Climate Forum

Our Charter and Membership

About Our Charter

The Charter is a core document of The Nelson Tasman Climate Forum. It sets out a shared understanding of our commitments and goals, and how we intend to work together. It is our guiding light and orientates us to our purpose of weaving our communities together around urgent strategic action on climate change.  The Charter was drafted with input from local iwi and a commitment was made to work alongside tangata whenua as kaitiaki of the rohe and as partners under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.  We encourage you to read our Charter, to absorb its message, and allow it to be your guiding light too. 

Membership to the Forum begins with signing the Charter 

By signing the Charter, you will be joining an ever growing movement of people who are making positive change in their individual spheres of influence. People who refuse to be bystanders while our only home, our precious taiao succumbs to the effects of a man-made climate emergency. Signing the Charter also increases our membership, gives mana to our organisation and strengthens our core. 

Members of the Forum get to: 

  • Participate in our consensus based decision-making processes
  • Lend their voices to Forum-wide submissions on climate related matters at the local and national level 

Three Levels of Commitment :


Signatories to the Charter hold themselves accountable for actively leading implementation of the Weaving Plan to achieve the vision of the Nelson Tasman Strategic Climate Action Plan. They collectively ensure that actions in the Nelson Tasman Strategic Climate Action Plan are undertaken in good faith and to the best of their abilities.

Signatories approve the Weaving Plan and Nelson Tasman Strategic Climate Action Plan including revisions to those Plans, and also the Operating Procedures of the Forum.


Partner organisations endorse the Charter and commit to act in good faith within their functions and capabilities to support the Nelson Tasman Climate Forum in achieving its goals. Partner organisations undertake to respond supportively to the Nelson Tasman Strategic Climate Action Plan as the Forum implements its actions. Partner organisations can expect to be involved in forming revisions to the Nelson Tasman Strategic Climate Action Plan and other strategic documents, but do not have decision-making authority. They are expected to work with the Forum in developing actions and projects but are not bound to anything that they do not choose to commit to.


Climate allies are individual people or organisations that endorse the Charter and commit to personal action to support its goals. Climate allies can expect to be kept informed and offered opportunities to participate in the

Mayors Sign Charter

Mayor Tim King of Tasman District Council and former Mayor Rachel Reese of Nelson City Council both signing the charter at our 2021 December hui. TDC signed as Climate Allies and NCC signed as Partner Organisation.

The Climate Action Book

The Nelson Tasman Climate Forum offers this plan for every citizen of our region — for individuals, households, businesses, farmers, schools and colleges, religious organisations, councils and iwi. We also hope to help other parts of Aotearoa to develop their own Climate Action Plans and contribute to the development of Climate Action Plans around the world.


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