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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...

“Financially reckless” Parker ignores election

Environment Minister David Parker is pressing ahead with a report which will almost certainly advocate greater rights for Maori over water allocation. Parker has set...

An ill wind

National Leader Christopher Luxon likes to bag the way the Resource Management Act worked. Though it has been repealed and replaced by the Labour government,...

The voice in the Minister’s ear

David Parker’s ambitious transport plans announced yesterday bear the heavy imprint of his good friend, Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown. Brown gets some of his pet...

We’re not there yet; replacing the RMA

The new resource management legislation approved by Parliament yesterday will now take at least two years before it immediately impacts people seeking resource consent. It...

Losing our farms

The Government’s announcement yesterday on aiming for 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2030 came at the same as a warning that we are...

Huge reform effort could be in vain

What will undoubtedly be the most controversial legislation Parliament will deal with this session, the Natural and Built Environments Bill and the Spatial Planning...

Report offers suprising conclusion

Environment Minister David Parker may not have been the most popular Minister at the Agricultural Fieldays in Hamilton yesterday, but he can return to...