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Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 13:44

National needs to do an about-face on climate change if we want New Zealand to stop setting new records for the hottest year ever, the Green Party said today.

The National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) predicts that 2016 will be the hottest ever recorded in New Zealand, breaking the previous record set in 1998. The record confirms the longer-term global trends of climate change.

“2016 is going to be the hottest year on record and things are just going to get worse under National’s economic leadership,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green) to the Prime Minister: Ka tū ia i runga i te mana o tana korero "I honestly wish I could have changed the flag", i te wā i pātaitia ai, he aha tana tino pōuri nui?

[Does he stand by his statement that "I honestly wish I could have changed the flag", when asked for his greatest regret?]

Julie Anne Genter MP
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 12:11

The supposedly "business-friendly" National Government is out-of-step with the growing number of New Zealand companies that want stronger action on climate change, the Green Party said today.

More than 50 businesses, leading New Zealanders, and non-governmental organisations today presented an open letter to Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett calling for action on the issue.

The call comes just days after New Zealand’s climate policy was given the lowest ranking of ‘very poor’ in the international Climate Change Performance Index.

Gareth Hughes MP
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 11:49

Talofa lava, kia orana, bula vinaka, kia ora. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, kia ora. I want to welcome our many parliamentary friends from the Pacific islands who are watching this special debate in the House tonight. Right now in Morocco 197 other nations, many of yours represented, have gathered to discuss our greatest shared threat: climate change. I would like to reflect on what it means for our home—the Pacific. The Pacific islands are on the front line of climate change. The islands are seeing the impacts of climate change right now.

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 12:31

National's two Fossil of the Day awards for hypocrisy on climate change shows it’s not doing much better than climate denialists like Donald Trump, the Green Party said today.

At the international climate conference in Marrakech, New Zealand received two Fossil of the Day awards – presented by environmental NGOs to countries obstructing action on climate change.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 11:31

Global climate experts have exposed an enormous credibility gap between the National Government's rhetoric on climate change and its actions, the Green Party said today.

New Zealand’s response to climate change has today been labelled ‘inadequate’ for the fourth year in a row by Climate Action Tracker – an international group of climate science researchers.

New Zealand is ranked below the European Union, China, USA and India.

"Climate experts are effectively calling out the National Government for greenwashing," said Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 11:18

New Zealand and other countries must step up and take the lead on climate change action following Donald Trump’s election, the Green Party said today.

Donald Trump has previously said he would take the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and rescind President Obama's executive actions on climate change.

“Now more than ever, we must put our planet’s future first, and ensure the progress we’ve made on climate change doesn’t go to waste," Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 11:24

The Paris Climate Agreement coming into force is a triumph for ordinary people around New Zealand and the world who have demanded politicians take action to stop climate change, the Green Party said today.

The Paris Climate Agreement will come into force today after crossing the threshold of at least 55 countries, responsible for 55 percent of global emissions, joining the agreement.

“Around the world there’s a real desire for action on climate change, and I think we’ve seen that shift here in New Zealand," said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 11:03

2 November 2016


The National Government must stop relying on dodgy accounting loopholes in order to continue avoiding responsibility for real reductions in New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Party said today.

Under its Paris Agreement obligations, the National Government plans to change the way it accounts for greenhouse gas emissions in 2020.