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ONE Mission:


Accelerating community transition towards carbon zero and beyond.

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One Step at a Time

The One initiative is firmly focused on accelerating our transition to a carbon zero community before 2050. But we also see the climate crisis as providing us with an opportunity to rethink how we govern, work and behave. An opportunity for incremental, citizen driven change at the grassroots to lead us into a better world through partnership and collaboration.

Aligning our best interests with those of the planet is crucial if we want to ensure future generations have a safe world in which to live. We are in the process of learning to tread lightly on this earth and to acknowledge that we are part of a greater system.

The short term goal is zero emissions 2050 - long term it’s about creating a future where we, and every other organism on the planet, has a home and can thrive. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is our GPS on this journey. We know that reaching our destination for 2050 will take a global effort. But every step, no matter how small, counts. It only takes ONE to start.

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What We Do…

The ONE initiative is a forum for citizen driven change both within sectors and for individuals. There are currently two SECTOR LED WORKING GROUPS set up looking at challenges and solutions within the building and in the hospitality sectors. If you’re interested in either of these groups, fill out the contact form below.

The ONE WANAKA COMMUNITY facebook group has also been set up as a forum for discussion on all things to do with building a better community.

The 52 WEEK CHALLENGE began in January 2019. Every week there is a new tip on how individuals can take small steps towards 2050 and beyond. Thought provoking, inspiring and educational, each week you learn something new. Sign-up to get the weekly email, check them out on our INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK account or go to the WanakaApp portal.

The ONE SUMMIT was held for the first time in the Southern Lakes District in 2018. The Summit is a crucible for discussion, collaboration and partnership within the community and a focal point for those wanting to drive change. It increases our understanding of what role each of us play in attaining Vision Beyond 2050 - 'A Unique Place. An Inspiring Future | He Wāhi Tūhāhā. He Āmua Whakaohooho'. We’re busy preparing for the 2019 Summit (Oct. 29 to Nov. 3) already so sign up below if you you want to get involved!  



NET Zero by 2050

New Zealand is on the path to a low emission, climate resilient future; the Government aims to reduce our emissions to net zero by 2050.






New Zealand’s commitments under the Paris Agreement, is a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 11 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030 .  



Emissions continue to grow

The recently published Greenhouse Gas Inventory showed New Zealand's gross emissions increased 2.2 percent between 2016 and 2017, and increased by 23 percent between 1990 and 2017. This figure is 65% increase if you exclude CO2 sequestration due to forestry.



What’s happening

A finalised programme for ONE Summit 2019 will be released in August with tickets available to purchase from this website soon after. Below is a small sample of some of the events we have planned for our week long festival of action focused sustainability initiatives. 



We know that to get to a carbon zero economy, business as usual won’t get us anywhere. We are going to have to start thinking outside of the box. The One Summit provides an opportunity to look at how our carbon footprint as a business and how we can use existing technology and innovation to transform our economy from the inside out. We will be running a number of workshops in the building, tourism and hospitality sector as well as a general introduction for all businesses around the circular economy.


Food is the biggest contributor to our carbon footprint as an individual. We are going to be looking at fun, inspiring ways to reduce this footprint through local food, good nutrition & health.


Within the Queenstown Lakes District, water - in the form of lakes, rivers, snow and glaciers, is one of our greatest assets. We have an amazing group of people addressing water use and protection. The ONE Summit provides an opportunity to find out more and get involved with some of these initiatives.


Climate change affects us all. If we all work together as one, let's not just think about stopping, but reversing climate change. The Summit will address how grassroots action at the community level can create real impact to achieve this goal. You’ll get to see what the Southern Lakes will look like if we do start heating up and the impacts of that on our environment, communities & economy.

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Interested in ONE Summit or like to learn more about ONE New Zealand? Register your email below to stay informed.

Volunteer opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to help us during ONE Summit Week 2019. Contact us if you would like to be part of the team!


Sign up and get involved in our interactive, impact driven, 52 week sustainability challenge. Become part of the solution.