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


Spotlight on Govt’s poor environmental record

Nick Smith MP
National Party Environment Spokesman

5 June 2008

Putting a spotlight on Govt’s poor environmental record

The Government’s record on environmental protection is out of step with its hosting of World Environment Day, says National’s Environment spokesman, Nick Smith.

“Labour’s rhetoric on carbon neutrality, sustainability, and 100% Pure New Zealand, is contradicted by its legacy of deforestation, increasing greenhouse gas emissions, degraded waterways, and biodiversity loss.

“It is particularly ironic that the central focus for Environment Day this year is ‘Towards a Low Carbon Economy’, when New Zealand’s carbon emissions have been growing at one of the fastest rates in the developed world.

“Today is also Arbour Day, yet our recent record on tree planting is appalling. A chainsaw massacre has been underway since 2004 with the loss of 12 million trees in the past four years. This contrasts with the record from 1951 to 2004 when New Zealand planted millions of trees every year.”

Dr Smith says New Zealand’s environment is also in serious trouble when it comes to water, with both international and national reports showing severe deterioration in the water quality of our lakes and rivers.

“We have an archaic system for allocating water and the Government’s Water Programme of Action has stalled in addressing these problems.

“We are also losing ground on protecting our native species with 4,500 hectares of indigenous biodiversity being lost each year and 847 native species at risk of becoming extinct.

“New Zealand is a long way from living up to its 100% pure branding. World Environment Day should be about focussing our efforts on the practical policies that will make a real and positive difference to New Zealand’s environment.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election