Te Whanganui-ā-Tara is the capital city of Aotearoa and is bustling with opportunities to get involved with climate action at both the national and local scale. Our city is growing rapidly and key decisions are going to be made over the next few years to decide how it looks and feels in the next few decades. 

Generation Zero Wellington is a diverse group of students and professionals alike who focus on lobbying government and advocating for better policy decisions for everyone. 

The Wellington region's first event was at Parliament called 'Zero Hour for Climate' - long before the 'Zero Carbon Act' had its name. It called for a draft law which would then go on to build growth and support for the Zero Carbon Act. 

We’ve been up to all kinds of things since then. At the local level, we’ve been engaging with councils and working on encouraging sustainable urban form, including low emissions transport options and density. Check out what we’ve been working on lately below. At the national level, we work with the other regions on campaigns to influence key policy decisions, like the Zero Carbon Act! 

We think volunteering should be fun, and our group is about more than just work work work. As well as getting together to hang out, we like to get out on the streets and engage with the public. You might have seen us hosting submission parties, chalk-bombing the pavements, handing out bananas, or having a yarn about upcoming policy decisions.

We love welcoming new volunteers, so if you’re keen to get involved in our mahi get in touch at [email protected]. Our weekly catch ups are on Tuesday evenings, and they’re a great chance to make new friends, learn, and get stuck in. All backgrounds and skill sets are welcome, there is opportunity for everyone! 

Current Campaigns

Spatial Plan - A City for People

Articles and Press Releases

Wellington Long Term Plan Consultation Scoop 12 April 2021

Wellington Airport Expansion - RNZ (audio) 5 Feb 2021

Wellington Airport Expansion - RNZ 5 Feb 2021

Generation Zero Times - Go by Bike edition 28 October 2020

Generation Zero backs Wellington's Spatial Plan 1 December 2020

Council’s Bailout Loan To Wellington Airport Is Not A Climate-friendly Recovery 24 April 2020

Recent Submissions

Wellington City Council Māori Wards April 2021

Regional Land Transport Plan and Public Transport Plan March 2021

Wellington International Airport’s (WIAL) Notice of Requirement for the Wellington Airport East Site Project February 2021

Swan and Garrett Lanes: traffic resolution December 2020

Upper Stebbings and Glenside West development concept November 2020

Wellington City Council - Long Term Plan early engagement November 2020

Planning for Growth - Draft Spatial Plan October 2020

Solid Waste Bylaw September 2020

The Future of the Central Library September 2020

Greater Wellington Regional Council Long Term Plan August 2020

Let’s Get Wellington Moving: Golden Mile August 2020

Porirua City Council: Plimmerton Farm Subdivision July 2020

Wellington City Council: Annual Plan June 2020

Wellington City Council: Parking Policy June 2020

COVID-19 recovery: traffic resolutions to widen footpaths and create pop-up bike lanes June 2020 

Wellington City Council: Safer Speeds May 2020

Wellington City Council: E-scooter trial January 2020



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