Tagged: Russel Norman

The great climate voter debate - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 07, 2014

Last week’s Great Climate Voter Debate is a must view for anyone wanting to understand NZ’s mainstream political parties stance on policies to address carbon emissions and climate change. Moderated by TV3’s Samantha Hayes, the debate features climate change minister Tim Groser, Labour’s deputy leader David Parker, Greens co-leader Russel Norman, NZ First’s deputy leader […] … Read More

We Play Dirty at the Climate Talks Too: New Zealand’s Dirty Politics of Climate - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 01, 2014

This guest post is by David Tong, an Auckland based community lawyer working on his Master’s in Law on the UN climate talks. He chairs the P3 Foundation and co-chairs the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association, and last year tracked New Zealand’s climate negotiators as an Adopt a Negotiator Fellow. Nicky Hager’s Dirty […] … Read More

NZ Greens launch new climate policy: replace ETS with carbon tax and dividend - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 02, 2014

The NZ Emissions Trading Scheme has failed and should be replaced by a carbon tax, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman told the party’s annual conference yesterday [NZ Herald, Stuff]. Outlining the Green’s new Climate Protection Plan (pdf) Norman told delegates that the government’s mismanagement had “hollowed out and weakened [the ETS] to the point of […] … 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

Lip service: NZ government infested with climate denial - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 15, 2013

Over the last few years I’ve documented the current NZ government’s lackadaisical attitude to climate change policy. They’ve gutted the emissions trading scheme and dismantled sensible initiatives, ensuring that NZ emissions are on course to grow steeply. Last night, TV3 News asked three senior cabinet ministers whether they believed in the reality of climate change, […] … Read More

Prat watch #11: don’t fone us… - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 16, 2013

Bill McKibben must have been doing something right during his New Zealand tour: he’s drawn the ire of the local climate cranks in no uncertain fashion. Perhaps it was the packed houses he addressed in Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington, or his interview on RNZ National’s high-rating Saturday Morning show with Kim Hill, but the clarity [...] … Read More

Bill English’s weasel words on weather, climate and drought - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 14, 2013

Occasionally — but only occasionally — the political pantomime that is parliamentary question time throws up something interesting. Yesterday, NZ’s deputy prime minister Bill English managed to dig himself into a drought-ridden hole, only to emerge looking like a climate denier. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman tried to get English to expand on his earlier [...] … Read More