Tagged: Kennedy Graham

Lip service: it’s all climate action ever gets from Key & Co - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 16, 2014

As expected, the New Zealand government’s response to the IPCC’s Working Group 3 report on mitigating climate change pays lip service to the science, while maintaining that NZ is doing all that can be expected. Climate change minister Tim Groser’s press release said that the IPCC report’s call for intentional cooperation meant that NZ is […] … Read More

Climate crisis? What Crisis? NZ right ignore IPCC call for action - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 01, 2014

New Zealand political reaction to the IPCC’s WG2 report has divided along expected lines: the Green Party and Labour used the findings to call for more action, the National-led government “welcomed” the report but said it is already doing enough, while the fringe right wing ACT party issued a press release making the abolition of […] … Read More

Our “fair share” of future disaster - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Sep 07, 2013

The New Zealand Government has taken refuge from the challenge of climate change by recasting it as a matter of political positioning. This is nowhere more clearly seen than in the frequently reiterated claim that we are doing our “fair share” in the international effort to reduce emissions. It’s a brash claim in any case, […] … Read More

100% useless: NZ government announces pathetic 5% emissions target - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Aug 16, 2013

Climate change minister Tim Groser has finally got around to announcing that New Zealand’s emissions reduction target for 2020 will be a 5 percent reduction on 1990 levels — a significant step back from NZ’s previous conditional commitment to make cuts in the 10 to 20 percent range. Since the Key government refused to join […] … Read More

Coming soon: NZ Climate Change Conference 2013 - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 08, 2013

This year’s NZ climate change conference is fast approaching, and I’ll be heading up to Palmerston North at the beginning of next month to cover proceedings for Hot Topic. The conference runs over June 4th and 5th at the Convention Centre, and covers just about every aspect of work on climate and related issues in [...] … Read More

Ignoring the future? Sea level rise and NZ’s planning guidelines - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Apr 02, 2012

A question-time exchange in the New Zealand Parliament a few days ago seemed worth drawing to the attention of Hot Topic’s readers. Green MP Kennedy Graham (pictured) put this question to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is he concerned by a recent report of an international team of scientists that, even with a two [...] … Read More

Oxfam NZ Election Debate: Climate change - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 09, 2011

Environment minister Nick Smith, Labour’s David Parker and the Green Party’s Kennedy Graham debate climate policy in these edited highlights from the first of Oxfam NZ’s election debates, held last week in Auckland. Debate ranged from whether New Zealand can become carbon-free to the likelihood of a cross-party agreement on long-term issues that last more [...] … Read More