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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 14:31

The System of Environmental Economic Accounts (SEEA), released today, measures the interactions between the environment and the economy in a way that has not been done before in New Zealand.

As Associate Minister for Finance with responsibility for overseeing sustainability indicators, Mr Shaw said this new environmental economic data will also help explore whether we are sustaining our environmental assets for future generations.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 15:32

James Shaw's speech to the Council of Trade Unions' conference, 25 October 2017

 

Kia tau te rangimārie o te Rangi e tū nei

o Papatūānuku e takoto nei

o te Taiao e awhi nei

ki runga i a tātou.

Tīhei mauri ora!

(May the peace of the sky above, of the earth below, and of the all-embracing universe rest upon us all. Behold, the essence of life!)

E rere haere ana ngā mihi ki ngā mana whenua o tēnei rohe a Te Ātiawa

(I send greetings and thanks to the home people of this region, Te Ātiawa)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 16:02

The Green Party has today formally signed an agreement to support a Labour-led Government that will achieve environmental, economic, and social progress on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

The agreement lays out the ministerial and undersecretary roles the Green Party will hold, and 20 policy goals that the new Government will pursue across our priority areas.

“The Green Party’s agreement with Labour is built on shared values and principles,” Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 13:27

A new official report detailing potentially irreversible impacts of climate change in New Zealand show why the next government must act urgently to cut climate-damaging pollution, the Green Party said today.

The 2017 Atmosphere and Climate report states that climate change is already potentially irreversibly affecting New Zealand. It says that climate impacts to date include:

·         Our glaciers shrinking by almost a quarter of their volume.

·         Coastal seas rising by 22 cm.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 11:51

The Green Party today welcomed a call from leaders of seven key environmental organisations for the major political parties to prioritise protecting the environment.

The challenge, supported by Forest & Bird, Fish & Game, Greenpeace, WWF, EDS, Generation Zero, and Ecologic, noted larger than ever public support for protecting the environment, and called on parties to prioritise freshwater, climate and conservation.

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 18:50

Speech to a rally at the launch of the Green Party's Climate Protection Plan

Kia tau te rangimārie o te Rangi e tū nei

o Papatūānuku e takoto nei

o te Taiao e awhi nei

ki runga i a tātou.

Tīhei mauri ora!

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 15:20

The Green Party today announced a comprehensive plan to tackle climate change including replacing the Emissions Trading Scheme with a Kiwi Climate Fund.

“We’re the first generation that will feel the effects of climate change, and the last that can stop it. We have a responsibility to act, and the Green Party has a plan to do it,” said Green Party leader James Shaw.

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 11:31

A draft Ministry for the Environment (MfE) report on climate change, shows a grim picture for low-lying coastal areas in New Zealand.

The MfE “Coastal Hazards and Climate Change; Guidance For Local Government” report has been formatted for publication and has a publication date of April 2017 but has yet to be released by Environment Minister, Nick Smith.

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 11:23

The Green Party announced today it will seek to pass binding climate change legislation in the first 100 days in Government.  Green Party leader James Shaw made the commitment to a Zero Carbon Act on Newshub’s The Nation debate this morning.

“If we are to treat climate change like our generation’s nuclear free moment, we need to back that up in law”, said Green Party leader James Shaw.

“Successive governments have allowed New Zealand’s climate pollution to keep growing. Only the Greens have a plan to turn that around.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 13:54

Thank you to members of the media for coming along today - but also thank you to those of you watching this on your live stream at home or wherever you are this afternoon.

Our slogan for this campaign was ‘Great Together’. But, to be frank, over the last couple of weeks we haven’t been all that together and it hasn’t been all that great.

We started out talking about the problem of poverty in New Zealand. We ended up talking about our own problems. It’s been messy.