Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Govt welcomes 10% electricity savings achievement

Govt welcomes 10% electricity savings achievement

New Zealanders' common sense and public spirit has lowered the risk of electricity shortages this winter, says Associate Energy Minister Harry Duynhoven.

"New Zealanders have responded brilliantly to the call for electricity savings of ten percent," Mr Duynhoven said.

"Reaching the target has been a significant factor in lowering the risk of electricity supply disruptions this winter. Power saving efforts are now paying off and I congratulate everyone who has heeded the Target 10% campaign."

Mr Duynhoven said many New Zealanders had shown ingenuity in coming forward with power-saving ideas.

"New Zealanders are noted for their common sense and this has come to the fore in the effort to save electricity. The wisdom of saving now to avoid difficulties later has been widely seen and acted on."

Mr Duynhoven said that although the risk of shortages had reduced it was important to keep saving power, as winter had only just begun.

"Heavy demand for electricity could still put the system under pressure if people suddenly give up their power conservation efforts. We need to keep up the savings for a few more weeks to make sure we put the risk of winter power shortages behind us."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news