7 Oct 2012

Govt urged to plan for climate change in Pacific

10:10 am on 7 October 2012

The Presbyterian Church is urging the New Zealand Government to begin planning for Pacific Island refugees made homeless by climate change.

A recommendation that the church advocate for them was unanimously supported at its biennial general assembly in Rotorua this week.

New Moderator Ray Coster said every Pacific nation is affected in some way and people face a bleak future without plans for their resettlement.

Mr Coster said Pacific church members are already reporting the impact of climate change and the Government needs to recognise the scale of the crisis and act before it is too late.