A new independent body that will give advice about climate change from a Māori perspective to the government has been established.

The chair of the Māori Carbon Foundation, Sir Mark Solomon, has announced the establishment of the office of the Māori Climate Commissioner.

He was also pleased to announce that the inaugural Māori Climate Commissioner would be Donna Awatere Huata of Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Hine and Ngāpuhi descent.

The new office will provide Māori-focused research and advice that will contribute to Aotearoa meeting its obligations under the 2015 Paris Agreement on greenhouse gas emissions.