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

 

Minister indicates Marden B unlikely to happen

Activists court case moved as Minister indicates Marden B unlikely to happen

Whangarei, Monday 6 November: The three Greenpeace activists, who scaled Marsden B power station on Saturday morning have been remanded on bail to appear in Auckland on 20 November.

Michael Simpson, Emma Giles and Katrina Tamaira, were charged with being unlawfully upon a building after they evaded a posse of Mighty River Power security guards, with dogs and climbed the 60m mothballed power station.

Greenpeace's online radio Heatwave FM finished last evening, receiving overwhelming response – collecting nearly 2000 signatures for an open letter to the NZ Government, calling on it to take action on climate change.

Greenpeace welcomed the comments made yesterday on Heatwave FM (1) by David Parker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change that he does not think that the Marsden B coal fired power station proposal will go ahead.

Parker said he thought Marsden B was "unlikely to happen".

"If David Parker doesn't think that Marsden B will go ahead, then he must step in and stop the project, and provide some certainty on this issue instead of having it hashed out in the courts," said Vanessa Atkinson, Greenpeace climate campaigner.

"Mighty River Power, a state owned enterprise is wasting taxpayers money proceeding with the climate polluting Marsden B proposal, including now dragging it into the Court of Appeal challenging the October High Court decision that climate change must be considered in the Marsden case," she said.

In addition to David Parker, Heatwave FM interviewed Nick Smith from the National Party, Peter Dunne the leader of United Future, Doug Woolerton from New Zealand First, Jeanette Fitzsimmons and Nandor Tanzcos from the Green Party.

Over the weekend, the radio station talked to activists around the world.

"It is evident that there is huge public support – in New Zealand and around the world, calling for action on climate change. Everyone we talked to - in Sydney, the Netherlands, London, Bulgaria, Sweden, Brussels, Auckland and Darwin - told the same story of exponential growth of concern from the grass roots about this issue," said Atkinson.

--

(1) All interviews are available on podcast on http://www.heatwavefm.net

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether We Should Be Betting Quite So Heavily On Astra Zeneca’s Covid Vaccine

According to this week’s Speech from the Throne, maintaining public safety during the pandemic will remain the government’s top priority. Next year will (hopefully) bring the rolling out of a free vaccination against Covid-19 to New Zealander. Currently, there are three possible vaccine contenders but the effectiveness of the vaccine will be only one of the factors determining which vaccine will pre-dominate. On the basis of the cost per dose, and the ease of manufacture, storage and distribution, the Astra Zeneca/Oxford University vaccine will almost certainly be the prime choice for New Zealand, at least initially... More>>

 

New Zealand Government: Speech From The Throne

It is my privilege to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty the Queen and open the 53rd Parliament.
In the October election, New Zealanders elected a majority Government for the first time under our Mixed Member Proportional electoral system... More>>

Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>

ALSO:


New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels