By Te Karere

 

This week NIWA announced 2017 as the fifth hottest year on record for New Zealand, with some of the most extreme weather events to date.

MP Marama Davidson has a warning for Māori, “Kia tūpato tātou kei ngaro haere ngā urupā, ngā marae, ngā māra kai, me te ōhanga Māori ki tēnei kino te āhuarangi, te panoni o te āhuarangi.”

 

2018 has only just begun and places like Kaiaua and the Bay of Plenty have been hit by the first storm.

 

Davidson says it’s a tell-tale sign of climate change and she has a plan, “Ka mahitahi te Karauna i te taha o te rangatiratanga o te iwi Māori o ngā hapori Māori ki te hanga i te ōhanga hou ki te hanga he rautaki kaha ki te whakahē i te panoni o te āhuarangi.”

 

Following NIWA’s announcement, TVNZ’s very own weatherman and meteorologist Daniel Corbett agrees, “It’s been a crazy year, it’s almost like Mother Nature hasn't been able to make up her mind and when she has and she’s gone overboard.”

 

A report released by Climate Change Minister James Shaw said Māori communities would be one of the worst affected by climate change, and Davidson said Māori should prepare themselves, “Kei te mōhio tātou i tū kaha, i tū mana motuhake  mai rānō ngā hapori Māori ngā hapū Māori ki te tiaki i te whenua, te moana, me te taiao.”

 

The government will look to introduce the Zero Carbon Bill into the house later this year.

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