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


Greens applaud motorists for buying smart cars

4 August 2005

Greens applaud motorists for buying smart cars

Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons is encouraged by the fact that Kiwi motorists are responding to higher petrol prices by buying more fuel-efficient cars.

Motor Vehicle Association figures show sales of some popular big cars have dropped this year and sales of fuel-efficient cars are spiking.

"It's great that Kiwis have perceived that petrol prices are becoming a problem and are embracing smaller, more fuel-efficient cars as a result," Ms Fitzsimons says. "We expect petrol prices to stay high and it makes both economic and environmental sense to buy the most fuel-efficient cars on the market."

Ms Fitzsimons says consumers were taking action where the Government has failed.

"Years ago the Government should have increased the efficiency of our car fleet by implementing an average fuel efficiency standard for vehicle importers. However it has clearly failed to do so and now consumers are stepping into the breach.

"My advice to Kiwis who need to replace their car is that they would be wise not to even look at anything that does less than 50-miles-to-the-gallon or 5.5-litres-for-100km," Ms Fitzsimons says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news