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Farmers’ revenge meets Green resistance

If there was one issue that united farmers in opposition to the Labour Government, it was the battle of the waterways between farmers and...

The real reasons why Councils opposed Three Waters

The anti Three Waters campaign which seemed so simple during the election campaign is now bogged down in a Select Committee as submitter after...

The new Beehive approach to the environment

A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called "Scrutiny" week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies...

The methane waka sinks

In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for...

Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration

A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts...

Our slow regional councils

The Select Committee hearing submissions on the fast-track consenting legislation is starting to become a beat-up of regional councils. The inflexibility and slow workings of...

Fighting poverty on the holiday highway

Turning what Labour called the “holiday highway” into a four-lane expressway from Auckland to Whangarei could bring an economic benefit of nearly two...

Why Rod Carr is optimistic farmers can beat climate change

The future of farming went on the line yesterday when the Climate Change Commission presented its first review of New Zealand’s target of net...

Luxon’s brave climate change promise

The Government now faces the prospect of having to watch another tax raise the price of petrol when, only six days ago, it abolished...

The big Beehive power grab

The Government's new fast-track planning legislation unveiled yesterday is even more draconian than Sir Robert Muldoon's 1979 legislation, which attempted to do the same...

Tough choices on climate change for new government

Slowly but inexorably, the country is getting to the point where it is going to have to make some tough choices about actually lowering...

Shane Jones’ fast track is not what the Nats’ base wants to hear about

If anybody stole the show at National's Blue Greens Forum at the weekend at Waitangi, it was Environment Minister Penny Simmonds. When she said she...

Dig this

Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and...

Why the lights might go out this winter

MPs yesterday had to confront the real cost of using electricity to move to net zero carbon emissions by 2040. The country's grid operator told...

A Parliamentary idealist goes

James Shaw’s resignation yesterday as co-leader of the Greens marks the end of an era in New Zealand politics. Former Green MP Gareth Hughes told...