Setting climate change targets alone is not enough, New Zealand will have to have a clear plan on how to achieve these targets, says Labour’s Climate Change Spokesperson Megan Woods in the party’s submission to the next world conference.
“The fact is that we are failing to meet targets we have set. This is not surprising because the Government has no plan on how we are going to reach these targets.
The appointment of former Conservation Minister Hon Kate Wilkinson as an Environment Commissioner is wrong in principle, says Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker.
“The doctrine of separation of powers requires judicial processes to remain separate and independent from the legislature for important reasons. Citizens need confidence that the law will be, and will appear to be, applied impartially.
Environment Minister Nick Smith needs to spell out to New Zealanders what they can expect from his substantial reform of the RMA, says Labour’s Environment spokesperson Megan Woods.
In an open letter to the Minister, Megan Woods has urged him to stop the games and be upfront about what changes he is planning to make to this law – something he had so far failed to do despite repeated requests. “Environmental protections are a vital part of who we are as a nation. The Resource Management Act sits at the heart of those protections and is critical to giving communities a democratic say in their local environment”.
The National Government must meet its own climate change obligations before it preaches to the rest of the world, Labour's Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods says.
"Calls today by Climate Change Minister Tim Groser for an end to fossil fuel subsidies is hopefully a sign National is beginning to take seriously the need to reduce New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.
It’s time for the Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry to listen to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and start untangling the mess around New Zealand’s stewardship land, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.
“The Commissioner has called for the Department of Conservation to speed up its classification of stewardship land, so is anything going to happen now?
The death of a Hector’s Dolphin in a set net must lead to action from the Minister of Conservation, Ruth Dyson, Labour’s Conservation Spokesperson said today.
“Despite the fact that the Akaroa Harbour has been a Marine Mammal Sanctuary since 1988, there is a recreational setnetters concession from 1st April to 30 September. So this dolphin has been needlessly killed by people acting within the rules. It’s time for the rules to be changed.