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

 

Nga Hau E Wha: Wind energy potential for Mâori

Ngâ Hau E Wha: Wind energy potential for Mâori

Auckland, Wednesday 2 July, 2003: Greenpeace releases a landmark report today, Winds of Change – Exploring New Zealand’s phenomenal wind resource and options to drive renewable energy development.

Winds of Change outlines the impressive potential for generating electricity by using the energy of Tawhirimatea, as part of our ongoing climate change campaign. “Aotearoa is the Saudi Arabia of wind”, said Climate Change campaigner Vanessa Atkinson.

In 2001, EECA outlined 13 general areas around the country that have excellent potential for wind farms because of their strong and consistent winds. “Greenpeace believe these areas will be of interest to local hapu and iwi. Some economically depressed areas such as the Far North and East Coast could benefit from harnessing ngâ hau e wha with positive benefits for local Mâori communities,” said Ms Atkinson. “EECA estimates that we could meet our current electricity generation needs three times over by harnessing New Zealand’s wind energy potential.”

Winds of Change also takes a look at how the US Tribal Energy Program “promotes tribal energy self-sufficiency and fosters employment and economic development on America’s tribal lands through financial and technical assistance”. Using a series of government sponsored projects, a variety of Native American tribes across the US have effectively installed renewable energy technologies on their lands.

“In 2013, many country line services will be disconnected from the main grid throughout Aotearoa. This will affect marae and rural communities nationwide. In some areas wind farms may be a good solution, giving electricity independence and possibly receiving rental from lands with wind turbines on them if arrangements are made with electricity companies to feed back into the national grid.”

Unlike other forms of electricity generation, 97% of land with wind farms is available for other uses such as farming. Using wind turbines to generate electricity employs many more people per unit of electricity generated, in manufacturing, construction and ongoing maintenance, compared to coal-fired power stations.

Much of our electricity is generated by unsustainably burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas and the Government plans to build more of these fossil fuel generation plants. Fossil fuels release carbon dioxide the main greenhouse gas contributing to dangerous climate change.

“Wind is free, it doesn’t pollute, it doesn’t destroy important conservation areas, it doesn’t need to be mined and transported, it doesn’t give off greenhouse gases - and Aotearoa has it in abundance. Wind is the fuel of the future”.

“The Government should develop a long term energy strategy so Aotearoa can be running on electricity from 100% renewable sources by 2020. Initiatives such as mandatory renewable energy targets, changes to the electricity market and financial incentives are urgently needed to drive renewable energy development. That is what has happened overseas and that is what needs to happen here too”, said Ms Atkinson.

Contacts: Greenpeace Climate Campaigner Vanessa Atkinson 021 565 165 or Greenpeace Communications Officer Dean Baigent-Mercer 021 790 817 Winds of Change is online at www.greenpeace.org.nz

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election