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

 


National’s environmental priorities are not what NZers want

National’s environmental priorities are not what NZers want


National’s environment priorities, presented by Conservation Minister Nick Smith at the Environmental Defence Society conference today, are greenwash and won’t protect the New Zealand we love, the Green Party said today.

“New Zealanders have identified, year after year, that water is their number one environmental issue, and yet National is allowing our rivers and lakes to become increasingly polluted,” said Green Party water spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

Dr Nick Smith today said that National’s environmental priorities for the next three years were: environmental reporting, reforming our marine reserve legislation, reforming the RMA, reviewing the status of stewardship land, reviewing the status of rivers that run through conservation land, and advancing the proposed national park in Northland kauri forests at Waipoua.

“National is ignoring the two big elephants in the room, water quality and climate change. New Zealanders want action on both, but National is failing to deliver,” said Ms Sage.

“Even Nick Smith admitted that National’s emissions trading scheme has failed. He said, ‘I openly concede that with the low international price, this scheme is not putting huge financial pressure on sectors to reduce emissions.’

“Today Nick Smith admitted the economy depends on the environment yet he stood by while National trashed the environment.

“His Government proposed mineral mining and oil and gas exploration in a Maui’s dolphin sanctuary, allowed conservation land on the Denniston Plateau to be dug up for climate-polluting coal, and allowed our rivers to deteriorate so that nearly two-thirds of our monitored river swimming spots are too polluted for swimming.

“National's weak National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management and weak bottom lines allow for more agricultural intensification which will worsen water quality in our rivers and lakes.

“National isn’t serious about protecting the environment. Last election it promised fully independent environmental reporting, but didn’t deliver. National cancelled the yearly reports on water quality at our summer swimming spots, saying that these would be replaced by 3-yearly reports. It’s no wonder they don’t want yearly reporting because their results are so abysmal.

“The National Government’s oceans protections have been meagre. It has only protected less than 1 percent of our oceans in marine reserves, while it is opening up our oceans to new threats such as deep sea drilling and seabed mining.

“The National Government’s proposed amendments to the Resource Management Act will erode environmental protections, and make the state of New Zealand’s environment worse.

“The Green Party has a credible plan for a smart, green economy that protects the environment. We have launched a plan to make our rivers clean enough for swimming again, and have proposed a Climate Tax Cut – a charge on carbon where the revenue generated is recycled back to households and businesses in the form of a tax cut.

“Voters have a real choice this election. National and its pollution economy, or the Green Party’s plan for a cleaner, smarter economy,” said Ms Sage.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?

Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.

On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>

 
 

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Liquor Sponsorship: Researchers Call For Ban On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sport

“Due to alcohol sponsorship of sport, New Zealanders, including children, were exposed to up to 200 ads per hour they watched televised sport, and people watching football and tennis saw alcohol ads for almost half of each game,” says Associate Professor Signal. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Albert: Ardern For Labour, Genter For Greens

At the close of nominations, Jacinda Ardern was the sole nomination received for the position of Labour’s candidate for the Mt Albert by-election, says Labour General Secretary, Andrew Kirton. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news