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Why Ardern and Woods need Tiwai Point to close

Contact and Meridian Energy’s announcement yesterday that they are proceeding with a plan to use the power Meridian currently supplies to the Tiwai Point...

Mahuta’s reforms will shrink Councils

Cabinet papers released yesterday concede that the Government's proposed water reforms will have a "significant impact" on the future of local Government. That will be...

Getting Council planners out of the way with the new RMA

Environment Minister David Parker’s sweeping reforms of the Resource Management Act unveiled yesterday will move significant aspects of the planning process from Councils to...

EV scheme hits potholes

The Government’s new fee-bate scheme to encourage electric car uptake yesterday started to hit some potholes. Toyota, the company that sells the largest number of...

Our nuclear free moment will depend on electric cars — if we can power...

New Zealand's nuclear-free moment, getting to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, will depend on electric cars. And the cars are going to depend on...

Maori lead protests against Shaw’s new environmental protection regulations

Faced with an unprecedented Maori backlash, Far North District Councillors and Government Ministers are having to call taihoa on a key Labour-Greens environmental initiative. Northland...

We have missed every emissions target so far

Figures released by the Government yesterday showed that between 1990 and 2019, total greenhouse gas emissions increased by 26.4 per cent. The figure is contained...

National threatens to end bipartisan climate change consensus

National is now threatening to break up the two-party consensus on climate change because it is dissatisfied with the Climate Change Commission’s Draft Consultation...

Climate change proposals getting chilly reception

The free-market think tank, the New Zealand Initiative, has this weekend produced a  critique of the Climate Change Commission's proposals to get to net-zero...

How to save the high country

If ever a well-intentioned Government policy backfired, it was "tenure review", which has seen South Island high country farmers hand over some of their...

A bluer shade of green

In her most revealing speech as National Party leader, Judith Collins, appears to be setting the party against a whole list of current Government...

Parker is playing the long game with his far reaching RMA reforms

The new Resource Management legislation unveiled yesterday is probably the most fundamental and complex legislative reform put before Parliament in decades. The new Acts ---...

Tiwai Point may hold key to our low carbon future

The devil will be in the detail of the Climate Change Commission’s proposed carbon budgets released yesterday. And that detail will now be the subject...

Dairy NZ makes pre-emptive strike on methane critics

With what is likely to be a  mind-blowing report on what New Zealand's greenhouse gas reductions will mean in practical terms due on Monday...

David Parker’s big oppurtunity

David Parker’s seemingly odd decision to request the Revenue portfolio from the Prime Minister when she appointed her new Cabinet now makes sense. The Briefings...