Information about the submissions we received during consultation

We have consulted with, listened to, and learnt from thousands of people in preparing this advice. On 1 February 2021 we began consultation on our draft advice to Government. We asked Aotearoa to share their views with us on climate action and the recommendations we were proposing. Consultation closed on 28 March 2021. 

We received more than 15,000 submissions from around the country, including Iwi/ Māori, stakeholders, and organisations.

We met kanohi kitea with Iwi/Māori where possible and engaged online where not. We ran a targeted consultation survey for Iwi/Māori – the 100 Coastie Voices campaign - to identify broad issues that Iwi/Māori would consider to be most significant. 

We heard from rangatahi/young people through our collaboration with The Hive, a programme that uses social media to encourage young people to have their say on public policy.

All responses that included consent for publishing will be progressively available on this page over June and July this year.  

Submitter profiles 

The 15,404 submissions we received came to us through: 

  • Have your say – our online consultation portal was used by 4,247 submitters
  • – our public information email address was used to provide 11,118 submissions including the template submissions we received
  • Postal service – 39 submitters posted their submissions to us in hard copy. 

Of those 15,404, we received 14,463 individual submissions, 901 submissions from organisations, 40 submissions from Iwi/Māori. 

The ‘100 Coastie Voices’ campaign gathered an additional 167 responses from across Aotearoa. 

As submissions were received, and insights and new evidence identified, and key themes or findings recorded. Submissions were tagged by theme during this process, for example active transport, impacts of transitioning to a low carbon economy, honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi.  

The following elements were considered:

  • Type, amount, and quality of evidence
  • Consistency of findings
  • Applicability of international evidence to Aotearoa
  • Applicability of evidence from one organisation to other organisations within the sector  Senior technical staff considered submissions that focused on their specific areas of expertise, working closely with the wider analytical team and the processing team to discuss themes and ensure input was cross-referenced.  

Evidence we received through submissions and engagements was used to test and refine our modelling assumptions and inputs. Our judgements, conclusions and recommendations were also assessed and modified where appropriate in light of the material we received. Submission themes, including how they changed and shaped our advice, were discussed with the Commission board and considered as part of making final judgements on our advice and recommendations. 

Online consultation portal -   

We established the online portal have your say as our primary channel for people to make submissions online.  

To help provide an accessible consultation, the online consultation portal was structured over three tiers.  

  • Tier one: submitters could simply us their ‘one big thing’ that was pressing for them, or upload a bespoke submission document.   
  • Tier two: Answering questions on the six ‘big decisions’ that were helping to shape the Commission’s advice.   
  • Tier three: Submitters could provide feedback against each of our draft recommendations.  

You can read a full list of the consultation questions here:

Have your say - consultation questions (PDF 296 KB)  

Submissions received through the portal will be made available progressively over June and July. 

The responses to the tier two questions are easily anonymised, and you can read them here:

Have your say - big decisions radio button data (PDF 302 KB)

This data should be treated with caution as it represents a small subset of the total submissions received (approx 2,000) so is an incomplete data set. It may misrepresent what submitters told us or imply more weight should be given to the results than was intended.  

The questions were never intended as a “vote” but a way of gathering insight to help direct our final analysis process. The subset is also not a random sample so will be more biased towards those with strong views. 

Engaging with rangatahi through consultation – partnering with The HIVE  

To ensure young people were able to contribute meaningfully through consultation we worked with The Hive, a joint project between creative agency Curative and the Ministry of Youth Development to encourage young people to have their say in public policy.  

The Hive worked through the consultation period to gather insights from a wide range of rangatahi. They did this by working with a team of youth or “hivers” to translate the report into easy-to-understand infographics they published on social media. The Hive project reached 192,276 people – the vast majority of them between 13 and 24.
You can read a summary of this engagement here:

The Hive post campaign analysis (PDF 4.9 MB)