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Paying the price to curb climate change

Climate Change Minister James Shaw yesterday moved to tighten up the so-called “free” allocations of Emissions Trading Scheme units to highly polluting industries. In the...

Why the Government needs Three Waters

The Government has finally changed its pitch on There Waters and begun to focus on the economics of the proposals. Up until now, the Prime...

Everybody is worried about Groundswell

As the Government sends out  Minister Kieran McAnulty to try and calm provincial New Zealand over Three Waters, the Climate Change Commission yesterday further...

Get rid of the pine trees!

The politics of climate change is more complex than they may look at first sight. The first casualty may be Shane Jones’ “One Billion Trees”...

Ag leaders warn Groundswell — continue protesting and you’ll put us in the ETS

He Waka Eke Noa, agriculture's proposal to manage its own Greenhouse Gas Emissions, which was unveiled yesterday, is a political tangle. On one side, the...

The Government’s big dairy surprise

The Government never told Dairy NZ in advance that it would spend $339 million over the next four years on research to reduce dairy...

Consensus breaks out in Parliament

In a rare display of what almost amounted to consensus, National have supported two major Government measures in Parliament. ACT did not and voted against...

Luxon backs James Shaw

National Leader Christopher Luxon has ended speculation and committed National to the bipartisan climate change policy that was negotiated in 2019 by then-leader Simon...

How to pay the huge infrastructure bill

Infrastructure Minister Grant Robertson yesterday unveiled the bill to fix New Zealand’s infrastructure deficit and then more or less said we couldn’t afford to...

The real reason for Three Waters reforms

The realisation that the country faces a looming crisis over its three waters’ infrastructure goes back as far as 2014. Then a Local Government New...

Saving our cows

Greenpeace and Greens co-leader James Shaw have dramatically fallen out over climate change policy. Shaw told Parliament last week that New Zealand did not need...

Luxon and climate change; an incomplete policy

National Leader Christopher Luxon will have sent a shudder through the farming and transport industries yesterday with his argument that the Emissions Trading Scheme...

Government may say no to farmgate emissions levy proposal

The Government may have to retreat from an ambitious proposal to have farmers account for their greenhouse gas emissions and pay “at the farm...

New staffer challenges Nats’ climate change policies

National’s new economic advisor has today produced a paper which jars with the party’s previous climate change policy and raises questions about how much...

Goff rejects Maori co-governance of Three Waters

The Government’s Working Group review of Three Waters has reported and has backed the Maori-Council co-governance model and decided not to increase the number...