Parliament

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

 

PM’s visit little comfort for Taranaki

The Prime Minister’s visit today will be of little comfort to Taranaki people concerned about the future of their jobs and their region following the Government’s oil and gas decision, National’s Energy and Resources Spokesman Jonathan Young says.

“The Prime Minister’s vague talk about a summit and some cash handouts is completely inadequate next to the 8000 high-paying jobs that are currently provided by our petroleum industry,” Mr Young says.

“The Prime Minister talks about a just transition. Well there is nothing just about the way Taranaki and the oil and gas sector have been treated by her Government.

“All the people I’ve spoken to say she should have visited the province and talked to the industry and the locals before she made her decision, not afterwards.

“New industries are important but they should be in addition to our petrochemical industry. Tourism jobs won’t replace the incomes of our engineering and oil and gas sectors.

“The decision is also bad for New Zealand’s economy and its energy security.

New PEPANZ information today shows New Zealand’s current gas reserves are thinner than assumed, and the Government’s off shore oil decision will have a rapid impact on NZ’s energy security.

“According to the report supply at the important P2 level of confidence will start to fall below current demand as early as next year.

“The report also debunks the Government’s repeated statement that there is plenty of currently permitted areas available for exploration. It points out that because of the rate of expiry of permits, the area available decreases rapidly over the next few years.

“The energy sector has told the Prime Minister that her decision on oil and gas exploration will risk New Zealand’s energy security. She needs to listen to the experts who know.

“National will overturn the Government’s cavalier decision to ban oil and gas exploration in Taranaki. The Prime Minister should too.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: Ten reasons to have hope for a better Media in the future

Last week, I wrote about the news crisis in 2018 and why there is hope for journalism despite of (or perhaps because of) this dire situation. This piece will explore what exactly gives us hope at Scoop and will outline some tangible projects and approaches to dealing with this crisis that Scoop is looking to explore in the coming months - years. From tech innovations such as the blockchain, AI and VR, to increased collaboration between newsrooms and new community ownership models, there is plenty of reason for hope.

So, here are ten reasons to have hope for a better media in 2018 and beyond: More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The EU Trade Talks With NZ

In the very unlikely event that all will be smooth sailing in negotiating access to Europe for agricultural products from this part of the world, the EU/NZ negotiations could be wrapped up in about two years – which is relatively fast when it comes to these kind of deals. At best then, we won’t see any concrete benefits until half way through the next term of government. More>>

ALSO:

World Refugee Day: What 7 Former Refugee Kids Love About New Zealand

RASNZ asked 7 members of their specialist youth service (along with two staff members who work with refugee background youth) how they felt about New Zealand – and filmed the responses. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Settlement: Affects 5000 Mental Health Support Workers

Health Minister Dr David Clark is pleased to announce an estimated 5,000 mental health and addiction support workers will soon receive the same pay rates as care and support workers. More>>

ALSO:

DHBs: Nurses Plan Strike Action For Next Month

Nurses across the country have confirmed a notice of a 24-hour strike, starting on 5 July. District Health Boards (DHB) were working on contingency plans following a notice to strike by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. More>>

ALSO:

Oranga Tamariki: Children's Ministry Shifts Away From Putting Kids In Care

Children's Minister Tracey Martin is signalling a shift away from putting children into care, and towards intensive intervention in a child's home. More>>

ALSO:

But No Way To Tell Why: Significant Drop In HIV Diagnoses

A new report shows that for the first time since 2011, the number of annual HIV diagnoses in New Zealand has fallen. But without funding for a repeat of ongoing surveys to monitor changes in behaviour, testing and attitudes, health workers can’t be sure what’s driving the decrease. More>>

ALSO:

On Her Majesty's Public Service: Inquiry Into Spying Claims Extended To All Govt Agencies

In March, State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes announced an inquiry after it was revealed the firm spied on Canterbury earthquake claimants for Southern Response. The inquiry was furthered widened to include the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, who had been spying on Greenpeace staff. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages