2 February 2022

Release of the Southland Just Transition Work Plan

The Just Transitions Partnership team at the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), on behalf of the Southland just transition Enduring Oversight Group (EOG) are pleased to announce the launch of the Southland Just Transition Work Plan.

Click here for a letter from the Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister for Energy and Minister for Research, Science and Innovation, marking the release of the plan.

This document is the result of almost eighteen months of collaboration between the community, regional leaders and central government. The work plan sets out the direction of travel, and next steps to deliver on the transition’s goal of:

Helping Southland build its economic, environmental and social resilience through and beyond the planned closure of the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter in December 2024.

The workplan is broken into seven workstreams which each have local leads assigned:

  1. Clean energy – Murihiku Regeneration
  2. Land use – Thriving Southland
  3. Aquaculture – Southland Aquaculture Working Group
  4. Business transitions – Southland Business Chamber
  5. Worker transitions – Murihiku Regeneration
  6. Long-term planning – Great South
  7. Community capability building – Invercargill City Council.

You can find a copy of the plan, and a statement from Enduring Oversight Group co-chairs, Aimee Kaio and Neil McAra, at the Southland just transition website, southlandjusttransition.nz. You can also find regular updates on the process at the site, along with more information on how to get involved.

Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment  / Hikina Whakatutuki media release: 2 February 2022

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