Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Climate Change Policy Cautiously Welcomed

Environment & Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO)
P O Box 11057, Wellington
ph/fax 04 385 7545

Media Release - 8 May 2000

Climate Change Policy Cautiously Welcomed

Today’s announcement by Prime Minister, Helen Clark that New Zealand will ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change by mid-2002 has been cautiously welcomed by the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ.

“It is great to see the government commit to a date for ratification, however we believe the urgency of climate change and New Zealand’s obligation to our Pacific neighbours requires faster action”, said Stephen Blyth, ECO Chairperson.

“We are urging the government not to delay implementation of a programme of measures to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions”.

“There is no reason why action could not occur earlier. There is already a large amount of research and many policy papers which set-out options for the government. It is time for action, not more hot air,” Mr Blyth said.

“ECO will examine closely the legislative and policy timetable. We will be calling on government to take the earliest possible action to ensure New Zealand meets its international commitments.”

“It is a relief to see a Prime Minister willing to take the lead on the issue of climate change after seven years of vacillation by the previous government.”

The Vote for the Environment Charter sets out the following priorities, on which we will be assessing the performance of the government on addressing climate change: agreementto a 20% cut in 2008-2012 of green house gas emissions over 1990 levels introductionof a significant, fiscally neutral carbon charge developmentof National Policy Statement on climate change under the Resource Management Act investmentin renewable energy and energy conservation rejectionof the ‘net’ approach for determining gas emission reduction targets.


Contact: Stephen Blyth, ph 04 494 0580 wk, 04 383 5727 hm

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Ellen Rykers on The Dig: Community Conservation – The Solution To The Biodiversity Crisis?

There are backyard trapping networks doing their bit for Predator Free 2050, farmers planting native trees along their waterways, and iwi protecting whenua rāhui. There are 62 biodiversity sanctuaries across 56,000 hectares, with around two-thirds of them community-led. There are citizen scientists counting birds in their backyards and landowners conserving habitat in 3,500 Queen Elizabeth II National Trust covenants.

It’s increasingly clear that a government agency alone cannot combat the biodiversity crisis successfully. These grass-roots initiatives are a growing resource in the conservation toolbox. More>>

Closing This Weekend! Have Your Say On The Issues For NZ's New Biodiversity Strategy

Scoop and PEP invite you to help decide how we should protect and restore our biodiversity over the next 50 years using Scoop’s online engagement platform, HiveMind. HAVE YOUR SAY HERE>>

Biodiversity HiveMind Preliminary Progress Report
Open data report summarising preliminary findings of the Biodiversity HiveMind. Read Progress Report Here>>


PM In Japan: Jacinda Ardern’s Remarks Following Abe Summit

Today we discussed a wide range of topics. Broadly the themes were: a deeper, high-value trade and investment relationship, greater cooperation in the Pacific; and strengthening our security partnership. More>>


Replacing All But Chair: Twyford Appoints Five NZTA Board Members

Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced the appointment of five new members to the NZ Transport Agency Board... There remain two vacancies on the NZTA Board which will be filled in due course. More>>


Climate Change: Adaptation And Risk Assessment Framework Released

“We are already experiencing the effects of a changing climate such as coastal inundation and increasingly frequent and severe droughts, floods, fires and storms. This framework is an acknowledgement that we must start adapting”, James Shaw said today. More>>


Ihumātao: Mana Whenua Reach Decision On Land

Māori King Tūheitia says mana whenua have finally reached consensus over what to do with Ihumātao - they want it back. More>>


PM To Japan, New York: Ardern To Meet Trump During UN Trip

“I’m looking forward to discussing a wide range of international and regional issues with President Trump, including our cooperation in the Pacific and the trade relationship between our countries." More>>

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels