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Questions, questions, questions….

26 Aug 21 - Climate change is the existential question of our age, so it’s hardly surprising it generates more than a few parliamentary written questions…. but too often those questions reveal more about the petty political point scoring of New Zealand politics than the climate emergency.

Carbon dividend would be “socially progressive”: Shaw

24 Jun 21 - Climate Change Minister James Shaw told this morning’s Environment Select Committee that using revenues from ETS auctions to pay a carbon dividend would be “socially progressive.”

Bill requires finance sector to disclose climate risks

13 Apr 21 - A Bill requiring the financial sector to disclose the impact of climate change on their business and explain how they manage climate-related risks has its first reading in Parliament this week.

Construction sector latest focus for emissions cuts

1 Sep 20 - Emissions limits will be imposed as part of resource consents for new buildings under proposals to cut emissions from the construction sector.

FRIDAY POLITICS: A new look at the air we breathe

28 Feb 20 - The Government announced plans this week to overhaul the rules governing air quality and fine particulate matter.

Climate change low on Nats' question list

17 Feb 20 - Fewer than five per cent of the written questions to Government ministers lodged this year are about climate change.

Leaders (well, some of them) are talking climate change

14 Feb 20 - Climate change was on the lips of the leaders of two of the five parties in Parliament when it resumed this week.


Scott Simpson National's new climate voice

31 Jul 19 - Coromandel MP Scott Simpson is the National Party’s new climate spokesperson.

Taxpayers face $600m carbon prices bill

31 May 19 - Rising carbon prices are likely to cost taxpayers $600 million this year.

Zero-carbon bill sets out on rocky road

22 May 19 - The Government’s zero-carbon bill is off for public consultation with some big questions hanging over it.

Climate-wise Smith warns of blind commitment

22 May 19 - New Zealand’s political elder statesman on climate change is warning of a potential gilets jeune-style backlash against the costs of climate action.

Look it up, minister tells West Coast council

James Shaw

27 Feb 19 - Climate minister James Shaw says he doesn’t intend explaining climate change to the West Coast Regional Council, which has expressed doubt about whether it is being caused by human activity.

Has Coast got climate facts, Muller asks ministers

18 Feb 19 - Opposition climate spokesman Todd Muller wants to know if the Government has provided the West Coast Regional Council with evidence that human-induced climate change is real.

THE HOUSE: When was the last gas bonanza?

11 May 18 - The Government’s ban on new oil and gas exploration permits, threats to restrict the number of cows and charging applicants for the cost of inquiries for marine consents were all on Parliament’s...

Ex-MP to keep ties with Beehive climate group

23 Apr 18 - Former Green MP Kennedy Graham will keep working with the ground-breaking cross-Parliamentary Globe climate group, its new chairperson says.

Nats choose new spokespeople

3 Nov 17 - MPs from the pan-Parliamentary Globe group have taken over responsibility for climate change and the environment in the National Party caucus.

Government snubs MP's climate change motion

29 Jun 17 - The Government is refusing to support a motion acknowledging that a third of the world’s population is now exposed to deadly heatwaves because of climate change.

MPs to get the heatwave message

Aupito William Sio

27 Jun 17 - Parliament will be asked tomorrow to note that up to a third of the world’s population is now exposed to deadly heatwaves as a result of climate change.

Emissions on right track, says Finance Minister

1 Jun 17 - Finance minister Steven Joyce, who explained yesterday that he didn’t have time to mention climate change in his Budget speech, says New Zealand’s emissions are heading “in the right direction”.


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