Environment & Resource Management Archive

  • Russel Norman

    A cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand - by Russel Norman



    Russel Norman- General debate speech, 23 July 2014   Together, it is possible to build a cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand. A New Zealand in which our rivers are clean enough to swim in and our precious beaches are safe from oil spills. A New Zealand in which every child has enough to thrive. And […] read more
    July 23, 2014 3:54 pm - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    Silver Fern Farms fails the Waimakariri River - by Eugenie Sage



    [UPDATED] Silver Fern Farms Ltd’s recent application to Environment Canterbury to discharge treated meatworks waste(3500 cubic meters per day) including fat and faecal matter into the Waimakariri River highlights why we need change of Government . We need the stronger national bottomlines for water quality and a network of protected rivers as the Green Party […] read more
    July 17, 2014 5:07 pm - 1 Comment
  • Russel Norman

    National’s innovation policy in three charts - by Russel Norman



    If Steven Joyce is such a believer in innovation, why is he planning to cut his investment in innovation so dramatically? Here, in three charts, is what National’s long-term commitment to innovation looks like: 1. National will cut their investment in science and innovation by 21 percent, in real terms, out to 2023/24. 2. The […] read more
    July 17, 2014 1:12 pm - 4 Comments
  • frog

    Christchurch Green Party office gets tested for asbestos - by frog



    Update from the Christchurch Office Staff We’ve certainly had an authentic “Christchurch earthquake experience” with our Green MPs’ Christchurch office. Like many others, our previous office was cordoned-off within the city red zone and has since been knocked down. Our next ‘office-home’ was in a campervan. The location-flexibility was great, and it enabled us to […] read more
    July 17, 2014 11:57 am - No Comments
  • frog

    Tau Huirama- speech at launch of Green’s clean rivers policy - by frog



    Tau Huirama, co-convenor Te Roopu Pounamu speaks at the launch of Green’s clean rivers policy Banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton 13 July 2014 I would like to start my speech off with this thought…let’s think about how we can “replenish the source”. Replenish the nutrients in our waterways; replenish the spiritual dimensions in our […] read more
    July 14, 2014 12:11 pm - No Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    “Reckless” Abbott loses on carbon tax - by Kennedy Graham



    Today was a good day for the climate, but not such a good day for John Key’s counterpart across the Tasman. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s controversial attempt to repeal Australia’s carbon tax failed in a 37 to 35 vote in the Senate. This is a carbon tax that’s working. It has helped reduce emissions in […] read more
    July 10, 2014 4:27 pm - 6 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    TDB – More mining our protected places - by Gareth Hughes



    This is yet another example of National’s disregard for our treasured places, along with permitting drilling and seismic testing in the Maui’s dolphin sanctuary, and logging and mining in our conservation estate read more
    July 10, 2014 3:29 pm - 23 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Climate Change and Storms - by Catherine Delahunty



    There have always been massive rainstorm and floods on the Coromandel, it’s part of our history and geography. Cyclone Ita was the first huge event for some years and even then the effects were limited to certain areas of the Peninsula. But seeing the impact of this storm on the landscape of the northern Coromandel […] read more
    July 2, 2014 6:25 pm - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Govt backs Green plan for a second internet cable - by Gareth Hughes



    I’m cautiously optimistic of news that the government-owned company Research and Educational Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd (REANNZ) has signed a $65 million anchor tenancy contract with Hawaiki Cable Ltd for its proposed new second internet cable. We announced in December 2012 our plan to fund a much-needed second internet cable. The Green Party plans […] read more
    July 2, 2014 3:54 pm - 19 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Christchurch cycleways heading in the right direction - by Eugenie Sage



    There was a sense of relief in the Christchurch Green Party office when word came through that the City Council changed their mind on the timeframe to complete the major cycleways project. It started off as a three year project, and then expanded to five years, then to eight years, and now it is back […] read more
    July 2, 2014 9:47 am - 1 Comment
  • Denise Roche

    Whakatane waste minimisation - by Denise Roche



    I was pretty taken with the colourful collection of re-upholstered chairs which are testament to the organisations ability to add value to material that would otherwise end up in landfill. read more
    June 27, 2014 5:24 pm - 2 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Tukituki Plan decision bad news for Government’s weak water quality rules - by Eugenie Sage



    Yesterday’s release of the Board of Inquiry’s final decisions on the regional plan provisions for the Tukituki River and catchment as part of the Ruataniwha dam project confirms that National’s favoured approach to bottom lines for water quality will not help our rivers. The Board of Inquiry for the Tukituki Catchment Proposal rejected the Government’s […] read more
    June 27, 2014 9:28 am - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Guest Post – Cr Paul Bruce – Don’t Scrap the Trolleys - by Gareth Hughes



    Lets be clear about this – the scrapping of the trolley buses is nothing to do with age of the fleet and power supply…it has nothing to do with the standard of the overhead wiring…it has nothing to do with the performance of the power stations or under powered trolleys…it has nothing to do with the age of the chassis – they were new 7 years ago. The decision to scrap the trolley fleet is based on prejudice and the... read more
    June 26, 2014 11:31 am - 2 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Net Conservation Benefit - by Catherine Delahunty



    The Government has a strategy to avoid protecting the environment, especially land set aside for its conservation values. It’s called “net conservation benefit” and the poster child of this disingenuous piece of spin is the Bathurst Resources agreement with DOC at the Denniston Plateau. As DOC is increasingly required to commercialise and mining is promoted, […] read more
    June 25, 2014 1:23 pm - 1 Comment
  • Russel Norman

    Peria School in Northland proving John Key wrong - by Russel Norman



    According to John Key, solar PV systems “never pay for themselves, let alone reduce energy bills, or make money”. That was his response when we launched our Solar Homes policy earlier this year. Well, Peria School in the far North is about to prove the PM wrong. I was up there on Monday cutting the […] read more
    June 25, 2014 8:25 am - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Kermadecs marine reserve smart tactic for UN seat bid. - by Gareth Hughes



    Today over in the US, John Key is drumming up support for a UN Security Council seat and Murray McCully is attending John Kerry’s Oceans conference but it seems no one in National has thought of joining the two issues up. read more
    June 17, 2014 7:40 pm - 1 Comment
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Barrick Gold’s violence highlights need for ethical investment - by Catherine Delahunty



    The Green Party has long advocated for ethical investment by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.  Several companies, in which the Super Fund invests, have been accused of human rights violations, the production of nuclear arms, and causing severe environmental damage. One such company was Barrick Gold– a Canadian mining company which has caused environmental damage […] read more
    June 12, 2014 10:30 am - No Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Switched On Energy Roadshow - by Gareth Hughes



    Yesterday I kicked off a nationwide solar-powered roadshow showcasing what local businesses and communities are doing to help kiwi households achieve cheaper and cleaner power. I visited Phil Wood, a homeowner in Dairy Flat, Auckland who showed me how his family are managing to live off the grid on solar power. Despite having a power […] read more
    June 9, 2014 3:22 pm - No Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    World Oceans Day - by Gareth Hughes



    Today is world oceans day. So I thought today would be a good day to explain how New Zealand is falling behind in marine conservation and how the Green Party would help catch us up. Here is evidence that the National Government is not a champion of marine conservation: National is allowing set net and […] read more
    June 8, 2014 4:19 pm - No Comments
  • Russel Norman

    The climate week that was - by Russel Norman



    This was the week we put climate change back on the political agenda. It seems people were waiting for it. The strength of feeling that’s emerged – frustration at New Zealand’s slide backwards into inertia over the climate crisis, anger at National’s indifference, excitement that the Greens have tabled a win-win proposal, and a real […] read more
    June 6, 2014 9:38 am - 18 Comments
  • frog

    How a carbon tax shift worked in British Columbia - by frog



    OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría described the implementation of British Columbia’s carbon tax “as near as we have to a textbook case, with wide coverage across sectors and a steady increase in the rate”. British Columbia’s centre-right political party, the Liberal Party, implemented a broad-based low rate carbon charge in 2008 of C$10 per tonne […] read more
    June 5, 2014 10:23 am - 1 Comment
  • Kennedy Graham

    Defining the Election Issue: National and Green climate policy - by Kennedy Graham



    At its AGM last weekend, the Green Climate Protection Package was rolled out. -    It contains the over-riding goal of net carbon-neutral economy by 2050, with a National Carbon Budget comprising a series of five-yearly budget components to get to that goal. -    There will be an independent Climate Commission to advise the Government on […] read more
    June 4, 2014 9:07 am - 30 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    The monorail that wasn’t - by Eugenie Sage



      Congratulations to Save Fiordland, Forest and Bird and the more than 18,000 people who spoke out to protect the Te Wahipounamu SouthWest World Heritage Area and Fiordland’s beautiful river valleys and the ancient beech forests of Snowdon Forest from a destructive and risky monorail. The reality would have been nothing like the glossy PR […] read more
    June 3, 2014 3:52 pm - 1 Comment
  • Denise Roche

    NZ behind the times on single use plastic bags - by Denise Roche



    I’ve written to the Minister a couple of times suggesting she utilise those powers – most recently asking her to declare single use plastic bags a priority product – but she insists that product stewardship will happen on a voluntary basis. Yeah, right. read more
    May 28, 2014 5:55 pm - 6 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    We can and need to win on September 20 - by Gareth Hughes



    This election matters. It’s game on. We can and need to win this for all New Zealanders. read more
    May 28, 2014 10:01 am - 41 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    A surplus of debt and a deficit of ideas - by Gareth Hughes



    Bill English may have focused attention on the surplus but this election the Green Party will be pointing out the other surpluses – the surplus of inequality, debt and pollution. The only thing National can’t point to is a surplus of housing or housing solutions. read more
    May 26, 2014 3:08 pm - 6 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Serious fun - by David Clendon



    The serious part of the equation was in the purpose of the ride, which was to raise public awareness and discussion about suicide in New Zealand, and particularly youth suicide. read more
    May 22, 2014 10:29 am - 1 Comment
  • Metiria Turei

    A house with no land to put it on is not an affordable first home - by Metiria Turei



    Prime Minister John Key today told Auckland families, locked out of the housing market, to stop complaining and go look at Trade Me, saying there are more than 2000 sub-$400,000 homes they can buy. Even if that was the truth, Key’s glib response that there are plenty of cheap homes (and therefore no housing crisis) […] read more
    May 20, 2014 4:39 pm - 18 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    There’s one thing I agree with the deep sea fishing lobby on - by Gareth Hughes



    I don’t see eye to eye with the deep sea fishing industry on many things, having personally seen the havoc bottom trawling wreaks on the ocean floor, but one thing I do agree with them on is the issue of seabed phosphate mining. read more
    May 20, 2014 1:45 pm - 3 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Time for action on e-waste - by Denise Roche



    “Government must introduce advance disposal fees for e-waste sooner rather than later”. read more
    May 19, 2014 5:05 pm - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Working longer for less and paying more - by Gareth Hughes



    Today is Budget Day and a chance to evaluate how the national economy is doing but also how we feel we are doing as individuals and households. read more
    May 15, 2014 8:01 pm - 12 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    A Green Investment Bank for a smart green future - by Gareth Hughes



    In a nutshell the Green Investment Bank will be a government-owned, for-profit bank. It will partner with the private sector to fund new projects ranging from renewable energy and biofuel production to new clean technologies. You can read the policy here. read more
    May 15, 2014 10:05 am - 12 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Dunedin divests from fossil fuels - by Gareth Hughes



    “Fantastic news from the South. Dunedin City Council has become the first council in New Zealand to divest from its fossil fuel investments.” read more
    May 14, 2014 1:25 pm - 2 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Solid Energy digs itself further down the pit - by Catherine Delahunty



    Papers released under the Official Information Act show State-owned mining company Solid Energy plans to open some new coal mines. Is this the way forward for energy in New Zealand? Is this how  Solid Energy plans to dig itself out of the pit it is in – spend more money developing coal mines? The company […] read more
    May 12, 2014 5:10 pm - 12 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Could we be a marine energy superpower? - by Gareth Hughes



    Yesterday I opened the Aotearoa Marine and Tidal Energy Conference in Wellington and spoke about my vision for cheaper, cleaner, smarter power for Kiwis. read more
    May 9, 2014 8:54 am - 21 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    The September 20 deep sea oil drilling choice - by Gareth Hughes



    This Election, voters have a very clear choice for New Zealand’s energy future: more fracking as National advocates, more risky deep sea drilling as Labour promotes, or more clean energy like solar that the Greens are pushing. read more
    May 6, 2014 1:35 pm - 8 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Shifting sands: the uneven playing field in the battle for West Coast ironsands - by Gareth Hughes



    The Environmental Protection Authority is about to decide if large-scale seabed mining is to start off the North Island’s West Coast in a precedent-setting case, but the playing field has been tipped against the environment from the start. read more
    May 6, 2014 9:03 am - 3 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Pureora too precious to mine - by Catherine Delahunty



    Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman and I recently went to Pureora Forest Park to experience what natural wonders New Zealand could lose if Energy Minister Simon Bridges decides to allow gold mining companies to explore for gold there. I met Russel in Taupo and together we headed west to the Park, known for its ancient […] read more
    May 5, 2014 3:41 pm - 2 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Tour of Christchurch: democracy, structural timber & flooding - by Eugenie Sage



    Last week I had the pleasure of taking Russel on a tour of Christchurch. It was a special day – the fourth anniversary since the National Government passed the law that removed the right of Cantabrians to vote for their regional council. Along with other Green MPs, we marked the occasion at an event in […] read more
    May 5, 2014 10:02 am - No Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Christchurch deserves a long-term solution - by Eugenie Sage



    Far too soon since the last time, residents in Canterbury are again waking up to the realities of flooding in their neighbourhoods. This is the third time in less than two months. It’s been less than two weeks since Christchurch and Banks Peninsula were last hit with flooding. Over Easter weekend, residents and business owners […] read more
    April 29, 2014 2:23 pm - 3 Comments