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Kyoto boost for Ashburton

May 16, 2005
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Kyoto boost for Ashburton

Local farmers, power users and the environment are the big winners from the awarding of Kyoto Protocol emissions units to an Ashburton power project which will generate further electricity from the Rangitata Diversion Race scheme announced earlier today by the government.

Labour's Rakaia candidate, Tony Milne said today, "This government has acted in the best interests of New Zealand by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. This is just another example of the business benefits of that move. In this case it's local farmers who will cash in as they will receive an income from a new hydro scheme that will use water from an existing irrigation scheme in which they are shareholders”.

“This exciting scheme has happened because the government ratified the Kyoto Protocol, which the National Party opposes.”

"It seems that while this government is cutting emissions, helping to protect the environment and supporting business schemes for farmers through Kyoto, National MPs are determined to get all this stopped as soon as possible. There approach makes no sense."

"I congratulate the irrigation company, the local farmers who are shareholders in it and TrustPower for the innovative way in which they're bringing Kyoto benefits to Ashburton."

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