TTK who are we?

Transition Towns Kapiti is a grassroots group proactively working to build a strong and healthy local community.

We believe that by working with those around us, we can be more resilient to the challenges of a world faced with resource depletion, climate change and a global recession.

Join a community of forward-thinking people interested in bringing about a bright future.

TTK is currently not very active. But you can still contact us.

Low Carbon Kapiti

A new group of Kapiti residents launched in 2017. Low Carbon Kāpiti is a grassroots community organisation made up of local people who want to see more action to reduce the causes of the climate crisis (aka climate change). Visit the website to find out more.

Keep a cool world

Here's a group of Raumati residents meeting to look at what they may do to mitigate climate change

Climate Change Kāpiti

Since late April 2013, some local community groups in Kāpiti have been getting together to figure out what the future might hold for their local areas in terms of the physical effects of changing climate patterns and then what those changes might mean for their communities. The intention is to come up with some responses to the impacts which are appropriate for the community and the level of risk it is prepared to accept.

New Political Party

Check out the New Political Party The New Economics party
"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that." — Thomas Edison, 1931

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The Regenerators: A better way to farm

A Mini Documentary from Greenpeace promoting a better way to farm in New Zealand.

An inspirational short film showcasing New Zealand farmers leading the way with regenerative techniques to save our rivers from pollution and contamination. The Regenerators is a short doco by Greenpeace about these ecological pioneers restoring their soils, protecting waterways and farming for the future.

Watch on Greenpeace website:

Government being sued over climate targets: High Court Wellington, 2 Molesworth Street. – 26 – 28 June, start time 10am.

Update: sarah-vs-govt-thoughts-first-day-court-climate-targets

Report on Stuff:

Sarah Thomson, a Hamilton law graduate is going to the High Court, to take on the Government’s policy on climate change.
Photo: NZ Geographic

A Hamilton law graduate is going to the High Court, to take on the Government’s policy on climate change. It’s thought to be the first case of its kind in New Zealand. The move by 26-year-old Sarah Thomson wasn’t initially taken that seriously, with John Key dismissing the case as a “joke”. But the case is going to the Wellington High Court next month.

Listen her interview with Jesse Mulligan on Radio NZ.

Support Sarah, by attending the Court Case at the High Court.


Sarah Thomson and her lawyers now have a firm date for the hearing at the High Court Wellington, 2 Molesworth Street. – 26 – 28 June, start time 10am.

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Wellington:protest US Secretary of State visit on Tuesday 6th June 12.30pm, Parliament Lawn

Protesters in Wellington

Protest Rex in Wellington

When Rex Tillerson comes to Wellington we will provide the opposite of a warm welcome.


Here is a message from

On Tuesday, the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson is landing in Wellington to meet with our Government.

Rex Tillerson is no warm-hearted man. Before he took the role of Secretary of State to do Trump’s bidding, he was the CEO of ExxonMobil — the company that despite knowing the truth about climate change since the 1960s waged a war of misinformation and denial that robbed humanity of a generation’s worth of time to reverse climate change.

We need to provide the opposite of the warm welcome Wellington normally gives: we need to unwelcome Tillerson from our Parliament, and protect our Government from climate denial and warmongering.

Hundreds of us will join together to protest outside Parliament on Tuesday. Sign-up for alerts about the action here – and start making your placards.

This visit comes at a time when Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. 2016 was the hottest year ever, and a huge wakeup call. But 2017 is a fire alarm. Pulling the USA out of the Paris Agreement is a crime against our global future.

We need to protect our government from the influence of dirty oil and climate denial. We are mobilising on Tuesday to send a message to Tillerson and Trump that their climate denialism is not acceptable under our watch.

We need you to join us on Tuesday – click here.

Please sign-up then share this message around.

We don’t know yet what time Tillerson is to be arriving in Wellington, and even on the day it could well change. If you have any tips, let us know.


Niamh & Aaron for the 350 Aotearoa team


Details: 12.30pm, Tuesday, June 6th — Parliament Lawn

Guy McPherson Kapiti 10th December

Guy has added a visit to Kapiti to the end of his tour.

Sat 10th December


Kapiti Community Centre
15 Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu, Kapiti


Guy McPherson 5th Dec Lower Hutt

Climate change is not in the future.
It’s happening now.

Climate Emergency – International speaker Professor Guy McPherson

Monday 5th Dec at 6pm
Stop Out Soccer Club, Hutt Park, Gracefield, Lower Hutt

Hear the latest science. Stay and connect with others about how we might respond.

A lecture on the latest scientific findings will be followed by a more informal session to discuss how to respond both physically and emotionally to the serious challenges facing people in the Wellington region.


Hosted by Transition Town Lower Hutt – Call Juanita 021422542 for more information.



Guy McPherson In NZ in Dec 2016

Victoria University Wellington on the 6th of December.

More Dates for Wellington To come

Climathon Wellington

A 24 Hour Challenge
October 28th/29th

We’re supporting people to launch ideas on Climate Change.

Wellington is hosting the New Zealand #Climathon event!
A 24hr fast paced global event – focused on solving meaningful climate change problems.

See more at Climathon Wellington

375 scientists warn about Climate change

375 of the world’s top scientists, including 30 Nobel Prize winners, published an open letter regarding climate change.

Guardian Story

The Letter at


Embracing Abrupt Climate Change with a Humanitarian Spirit

The author of “the Arctic Methane Monster” and “Demise of the Arctic“, Jennifer Hynes, of Boulder, Colorado, USA, will discuss both of these works and bring us up-to-date with the latest developments. Things are changing very rapidly and this is a unique opportunity to hear and discuss the latest.

11 February 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Entry: Koha
Stop Out Sports Club,
Hutt Park, 161 Hutt Park Road, Hutt Park Road, Seaview,

Jennifer Hynes

Jennifer Hynes

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TPPA is opposed by most NZ people – Time to Act – Everyone, Everywhere

TTPA Poster RED smlDear friend of Aotearoa,

Regarding the Trans-Pacific-Partnership-Agreement (TPPA),
Thank you for your attention to this petition (Download pdf here). The Petition pdf is also in this link with explanation:

This is one of several tactical steps to stop the TPPA being signed in February 2016. Simply put, the Government is not listening to the people and is bulldozing ahead, without mandate.

The grounds on which there is no mandate to sign the TPPA include:

  • Significant public objection, including protests of ~25,000 people and professional bodies expressing serious concern. Twelve councils throughout New Zealand have adopted the TPPA 12- point resolution plan. This represents about 60% of New Zealand’s population.
  • The unprecedented scale in which the TPPA impacts our democracy. It is the longest surrender document in our history. The (then) Trade Minister Tim Groser, has said himself that “trade agreements involve concessions over the sovereign rights of countries”.
  • The Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement provisions undermine our nation’s own justice systems
  • The TPPA text was kept secret during the last election
  • In practice successive Governments may not feasibly be able to reverse the TPPA

It is time to appeal to a higher authority in order to uphold our democracy.

Our Governor General is the appointed guardian of our representative democracy. His reserve powers include refusing assent to legislation. We are calling on his Excellency to protect our democracy. We request that he insists the Government obtain a democratic mandate to enter in to the TPPA treaty. This should be in the form of a binding referendum. These powers are reserved for the most extreme situations and no New Zealand Governor-General has ever previously needed to use them.

Now is the time for the people of New Zealand to ask that he exercise this power.

We are approaching the Governor General in the form of a petition, including citizens of high standing, in order to increase the impact of our point: that this is an extreme situation.
Please would you sign this petition and post it as soon as possible. Ensuring that you act on this does make a real difference to the potential outcome of stopping the TPPA.
Note that we are not concerned too much about the volume of signatures per se, although other signatures would be a bonus. There are no set rules regarding this petition as there is for Parliament. This is a paper only petition. One signature on the page – yours – is perfect.

The attached information, plus updated information is available for download at

Please note the instructions and material on page 2 of the petition. This is a paper petition and we request you download and print both page 1 and 2, double sided on the one sheet of A4 paper. Set your printer to ‘landscape’ before printing, and for manual double sided printing select ‘flip on short edge.’

Thank you very much in anticipation for taking action on this. Please feel free to contact us if you wish.

Kind Regards
Amanda Vickers (Kapiti TPPA Concern) 027 237 0008

Greg Rzesniowiecki TPP Action
mobile 02102431632

Antony Maddock
TPP FREE Wgtn/Hutt Valley
0274 368 083

Petition of the People of Aotearoa (pdf)

Run for your Life

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 11.23.56 pm Run for your life is a relay race across Northern Europe to promote climate justice and a sustainable future.

Check it out

I heard about this from A former Kapiti coast resident and past Kapiti coast council staff member who worked on climate change here on the coast and now lives in Paris and is helping organise this event.

March for the climate, march for the future – Civic Square, 1pm, Saturday 28 November

Flier-A6-Wellington-(1)-1Hi TTK people

Please consider coming to the Peoples Climate March on Saturday the 28th of November.

I am planning on going, and Jake Roos has written a great email (below) encouraging us to take action.

Also there is a good article on the Guardian website by Owen Jones, titled
Melting glacier? Yawn. Climate change is boring, worthy – and terrifying

read it at

This article talks about the common challenge we all face, most of us know Climate change is the biggest problem humanity faces, but we have been hearing about it for so long now that we have stopped paying attention.
BUT with everyone not paying attention, we are all getting to the point of no return, (Some say we have already long passed it) where the future for us and our children is gravely threatened.
Many people think that the Paris talks could be the last opportunity for the world’s governments to meet and make the right choice to help protect our future, so to encourage our government to take climate change seriously please consider going to the Peoples Climate March on Saturday the 28th of November.

See the the Peoples climate march website and read the email below.

Hi all,

I’m writing to you as a neighbour, and as someone who has spent his adult life learning about and trying to do something about climate change, professionally and personally. In short, we’re all in big trouble and it scares the heck out of me.

The world is on course to warm up by over 4 deg C by the end of the century, far beyond anything in human experience, in all likelihood unleashing famine, war, mass migration and other disasters on a scale never before seen. For the sake of ourselves, our children and people everywhere, this can’t be allowed to happen. Already the world has warmed 1 degC since pre-industrial times due to human activities and scientists are finding links from this to various calamities around the world, including in NZ.

The main driver of climate change is human’s use of fossil fuels. We can’t give them up overnight, but we must give them up soon, and it’s only our governments, working together, that can set our societies on a course to do this before time runs out. That’s why the UN climate conference in Paris starting on 28 November is so important.

And that’s why my family are going on this march – to help send a message to our leaders that we expect them to do what needs to be done to protect our shared home and safeguard our futures. This is one climate march of thousands going on around the world.

Please consider going too – because as the saying goes ‘to change everything, we need everyone’. If you are, please let me know and maybe we can meet up there.

Please forward this on to anyone you know who might be interested.

Thanks for your time.
Best regards,
Jake Roos


Click to download PDF of Climate March flyer

“This Changes Everything” at Shoreline Cinema & Paramount Cinema.

Email From Brent Cherry

Hi everyone,

As part of my volunteer role for 350 Wellington I am on the organising committee for “The People’s Climate March – Wellington” – Saturday 28 November – 1.00pm at Civic Square – see attached flyer (below).

To both promote the March and fundraise for it we are organising a screening of “This Changes Everything” at the Shoreline Cinema, Waikanae on Monday 16 November at 8.00pm – see attached promotional flyer (below). Tickets can only be purchased at the link below and the People’s Climate March – Wellington receives 5% of the ticket sales:

I am hopeful that you will both purchase some tickets but maybe more importantly – help promote both the screening and the March via your networks, email lists etc.

We are also organising a screening at the Paramount Cinema, Wellington on Tuesday 17 November at 6.30pm – see link below.

More about the People’s Climate March and the surrounding events on Saturday 28 November.

I think inspired by Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything” multiple organisations including climate, environmental, action, health, church and unions are all working together (see the attached flyer) to organise the March. It is truly inspiring to be working with such a diverse range of groups and organisations all focused on climate change.

As Avi Lewis (director This Changes Everything) states “No one is going to come and save us. In fact, we know, the way change happens is people in movements change politicians.

Prior to the March there will be a pray/meditation/silent event 10 to 12noon at Civic Square, where people will be invited to sit and reflect on their love and prayers for the earth, and on the interdependence of all life on the planet.

To make it really “The People’s March” – we are looking at having people march in blocks to Parliament behind large banners – 350, nurses, parents, students, Gen Zero, unions, church and religous, children, grandparents, Kapiti communities, schools etc etc.

Once the rally at parliament ends there will be a multi denomination vigil/church service at St Paul’s Cathedral.


Brent Cherry (volunteer 350 Wellington).
To Contact Brent for more information email

Green Party Climate Change Plan

James Shaw Announces Green Party’s Climate Change Plan 3 September 2015

Another great site from