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.
Labour will restore democratically elected regional councillors in Canterbury by introducing a Member’s bill to Parliament this week, says Wigram MP and Labour’s spokesperson for the Environment Megan Woods.
“Nick Smith is finally releasing the long awaited discussion document on the statutory review of Environment Canterbury this week.
In a threatening letter to Maori leaders, Minister for Climate Change Tim Groser says he will be requiring future international delegations to toe the party line, Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods says.
“In the letter Mr Groser is clearly frustrated with prominent forestry advisor Chris Karamea Insley’s participation as a Iwi Leader Group-Climate Change delegate to climate change conferences, and suggests the group think hard about any future involvement by Mr Insley.