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The climate week that was

By Russel Norman

This was the week we put climate change back on the political agenda.

It seems people were waiting for it.

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Defining the Election Issue: National and Green climate policy

by Kennedy Graham

At its AGM last weekend, the Green Climate Protection Package was rolled out.

-    It contains the over-riding goal of net carbon-neutral economy by 2050, with a National Carbon Budget comprising a series of five-yearly budget components to get to that goal.

-    There will be an independent Climate Commission to advise the Government on both budget and policy.

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NZ Green Party launches major climate protection plan

The Green Party has today announced a suite of major election policies to transition New Zealand to carbon neutrality by 2050, including a charge on carbon that will be returned to all households as a Climate Tax Cut on the first $2000 of income, leaving Kiwi families better off.

The components of the Green Party climate protection plan are:

  1. A goal of net carbon neutrality by 2050

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New Zealand Greens' Climate Protection Plan

The Green Party has a win-win plan to protect our climate, achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and leave Kiwi families better off.  

Under our Climate Protection Plan, the Green Party will:  

  • Establish an independent Climate Commission to provide expert and independent advice to the government on carbon prices, carbon budgets, and complementary measures to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

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New Zealand PM John Key’s head in the Pacific sand over climate

John Key needs to front up to Pacific leaders and communities and explain why his Government is not taking climate change seriously, the Green Party said
today.

“Climate change is the biggest risk facing the Pacific. The region is already being disproportionately affected, yet John Key’s head remains stuck in the sand,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Tūrei from Samoa, where the Prime Minister is today visiting sites impacted by a cyclone and tsunami.

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Russel Norman at the 2014 NZ Greens AGM - the climate protection plan

Tēnā koutou Tēnā koutou Tēnā koutou katoa.

Thank you very much Jeanette for that introduction and thank you, all of you, for the very warm welcome.

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Monorail decision victory for people and environment

The decision not to allow a monorail in Fiordland is a victory for all the New Zealanders who stood up for the environment, the Green Party said today.

More than 18,000 people signed Save Fiordland’s petition to protect the Te Wāhipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage area and stop the monorail, and now the Government has finally listened.

“National clearly didn’t want to be attacking the environment this close to the election,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

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New Zealand Green Party unveils strong party list for 2014 election

We are presenting New Zealanders with a very strong and experienced party list, full of talent ready to lead in a new Government
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