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


Labour hypocrisy on resource development

Hon Simon Bridges

Minister of Energy and Resources
24 June 2014 Media Statement

Labour hypocrisy on resource development

Labour remains confused over whether it supports New Zealand’s oil and gas industry or not, says Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges.

“Last month Labour’s David Parker said the party would not ban the development of oil and gas, but today David Cunliffe said he’s against any exploration in the Marine Mammal Sanctuary off the west coast of the North Island,” Mr Bridges says.

“This is despite the fact that of the 23 wells drilled in the area, 18 were drilled under Labour Governments — 13 of the 18 under the last Labour Government.

“Exploration in this area is not new. In the Taranaki region, conservation efforts and exploration have coexisted since the 1960s.

“The Pohokura gas field which supplies more than 40 per cent of New Zealand’s natural gas is also in the sanctuary. The Government earned more than $200 million in royalties from Pohokura in 2013 alone — royalties that help pay for schools, hospitals, roads and other essential infrastructure.”

Mr Bridges says research shows 95 per cent of threats to Maui dolphins come from fishing-related activities.

“The threat from oil and gas development is extremely small – since oil and gas development began in the Taranaki region in the 1960s, there is no record of the species being harmed by the activity,” Mr Bridges says.

“I’ve come to expect this anti-development, anti-jobs, anti-everything position from the Greens. If the Greens had it their way there would be no exploration at all. Now the Labour Party is turning their back on Taranaki and putting thousands of jobs at risk.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Gordon Campbell: On John Key’s Trip To Iraq

In the embedded press coverage on this trip, the absence so far of any evaluation of the wider context of what New Zealand thinks it is doing at Camp Taji has been striking. More>>


Labour: Parata Puts Brakes On Charter School Appraisal

“When the Ministry of Education recommended they compare the achievements of children at charter schools to those of their counterparts at state schools, the documents show Hekia Parata specifically prohibited them from doing so." More>>


Bad Day For Universities: Gun, Bomb Threats On Three Campuses

Dunedin Police are continuing their investigation into the threat made against the University of Otago. Staff are following a number of lines of inquiry, and police are working to verify the authenticity and source of the post. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta

Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake. More>> (Cartoon by Dave Wolland)

Public Summaries:


Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Pre-Signing: Gordon Campbell On The TPP Countdown

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news