Kia ora, Mr Chair. Ngā mihi ki a koutou. Kia ora. I rise to take a call on the review of the Treasury part of this debate. I want to focus, in particular, in page 11, which is the alternatives to GDP - discussion that James Shaw had in the committee, and which is in the report with the Prime Minister.
Kia ora. Nga mihi nui, kia koutou, kia ora.
On behalf of the Green Party, it’s inspiring to march with you as part of a global movement, standing up for science.
It’s great to be here with you today because when you look around the world, the state of science is concerning: Donald Trump is gagging scientists, we see the rise of ‘alternative facts’ and a real strain in science funding.
Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green): I move, That the House note the report entitled Net Zero in New Zealand: Scenarios to achieve domestic emissions neutrality in the second half of the century prepared by Vivid Economics on behalf of GLOBE-NZ. I seek leave to table the report.
GARETH HUGHES (Green) to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does she agree with Dr Russel Norman, who said that section 101B(1)(c) of the Crown Minerals Act 1991, known as the Anadarko Amendment, was "put in place by the Government to protect the interest of big oil and to stifle dissent"?
Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. Kia ora. I do not think it would be a surprise to the people of New Zealand when National is putting a bill about the environmental protections of New Zealand that it would be a bill that is anti-environment. I do not think it would surprise anyone in New Zealand that a bill the National Government was putting on the Resource Management Act (RMA) would avoid and take away local people's right to have a say what happens in their towns and communities. I do not think anyone would be surprised by that.
Imagine if this Chamber was on fire. Would we sit around and debate what to do? Would we argue and vote whether it was important or whether it was happening at all? What would we do if petrol was being poured on it, making it worse? I ask these questions because they relate to a little story I want to tell.
Kia ora, Mr Chairperson. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, kia ora. Look, it is 2017. I do not need to tell the Committee how important this year is, but I think it is important to stop and reflect that it was only 10 years ago, in 2007, that we really saw the transformational power of technology, which is what we are dealing with in this legislation. It was only 10 years ago that the iPhone was launched, 10 years ago that Airbnb was conceived, 10 years ago that Twitter was spun off, 10 years ago that IBM started work on its Watson supercomputer, and 10 years ago that Facebook opened up.
Kia ora Mr Chair. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. Kia ora. I want to start by asking a question. This is a real question relating to this bill. Imagine if someone went up to a Resource Management Act (RMA) commissioner and said: "I wanna build a power station running on gas, which comes from fracking, which is gonna release 425,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year."—to put that in context that is the same as all the cars in Palmerston North driving for a year—and the commissioner had to say: "Well, I can't look at climate change cos the law prohibits me from doing it."
EUGENIE SAGE (Green): Tēnā koe, Mr Chair. Thank you very much. Government members are not falling over themselves to take calls on this bill. They seem to be leaving it to the Minister for the Environment, Nick Smith, to defend this shambles of a piece of legislation.
Rt Hon Winston Peters: They're too scared.
It’s great to be here with you all today to share in the celebration.
I always like to start at the beginning. In a book a few of you will recognise, it was once said, ‘let there be light,’ so let’s start there with the light.
Now about 150 million kilometres away, at the centre of our solar system, our sun burns bright. At its core, hydrogen atoms are fused into helium by nuclear fusion.