Tag: Climate Change

Questions and Answers – 12 April 2016

Press Release – Office of the Clerk 1. ANDREW LITTLE (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by all of his statements in relation to the Panama Papers?Questions for oral answer 12 April 2016 1. Panama Papers—Prime Minister’s Statements [Sitting date: 12 April 2016. Volume:712;Page:2. Text is subject to correction.] 1. ANDREW LITTLE (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his statements in relation to the Panama Papers? Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): Yes. Andrew Little: Does he accept that the Panama Papers show that New Zealand – based foreign trusts are being used, at the very least, for tax avoidance? Rt Hon JOHN KEY: No, I have not seen the Panama Papers, so I cannot comment on whether that is the case or not. Andrew Little: Why did he limit the tax dodging review to only the operation of the law in respect of foreign trusts in New Zealand, and not, for example, the law around portfolio investment entity funds and tax paid by multinationals? Rt Hon JOHN KEY: I think the review being undertaken by John Shewan will be quite comprehensive when it comes to disclosure and the issues around tax. Where that will ultimately go is a matter of us working with the OECD, and our officials are going to Paris on Wednesday...

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Climate action “a matter of life and death”

Press Release – Greenpeace New Zealand Thursday, 3 March: The month of February has experienced a whopping temperature rise not seen before in the history of record-keeping, according to just-released global satellite data.Climate action “a matter of life and death” after February temperatures smash global records Thursday, 3 March: The month of February has experienced a whopping temperature rise not seen before in the history of record-keeping, according to just-released global satellite data. Greenpeace Executive Director Russel Norman says temperatures around the planet, including in New Zealand, have experienced such a spike that the world would be “crazy” not to act immediately. “Based on the data that’s just been put out it’s pretty clear that February has obliterated our previous record-setting month. It’s completely unusual, even taking El Niño into consideration. Doing something about this right away is a matter of life and death. We can’t afford to muck around,” he says. “Even the climate deniers, who ironically have used this very satellite data in the past to further their own agendas, have gone very quiet.” Action here in New Zealand needs to start with calling it quits on any future oil exploration, says Norman. But on the back of the Paris Climate Conference in January, Prime Minister John Key stated he had no intention of scaling back any search for fossil fuels. “Key is doing less than bugger...

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‘In the Eye of the Storm’ Conference Begins

Article – Thomas Leaycraft On climate change: Whats the thing before you have a WTF moment? Thomas Leaycraft On climate change: ‘What’s the thing before you have a WTF moment?’ Thomas Leaycraft New Zealand needs to acknowledge that Pacific Island nations face “ecological holocaust” and “ecocide” thanks to climate change, says Dr Pala Molisa. Dr. Pala Molisa, Image Credit: Victoria University of Wellington Molisa, a lecturer in accounting at Victoria University, will be leading the open forum at the ‘In the Eye of the Storm’ Pacific climate change conference, which starts today. Dr. Molisa is also the MC of the conference. “One of the reasons we call this … conference ‘In the Eye of the Storm’,” Molisa says, “is that the Pacific is one of the places where the impacts of climate change will be most severely felt and first felt. We’re going to lose islands – we’re going to lose whole countries – because of rising sea levels … The Pacific is one of the most vulnerable areas to these super storms and extreme weather events.” The conference, which runs Monday-Wednesday this week, will provide an unconventional look at climate change. “It’s bringing amazing leaders and frontline activists from throughout the Pacific together,” says Molisa. The conference will discuss not only the immediate causes and effects of climate change but also the systemic issues behind it. Though a...

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James Shaw’s Commencement Debate Speech

Speech – Green Party Ki a koutou ku hoa Premata, huri noa i te Whare, ng mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa.Commencement Debate Speech James Shaw – 9th February 2016 E te Māngai o te Whare, tēnā koe. (Mr Speaker, greetings to you.) Ki a koutou ōku hoa Pāremata, huri noa i te Whare, ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa. (To all of you my Parliamentary friends, across the House, happy New Year.) Mr Speaker. Today, I want to talk about leadership and I want to start by talking about a subject that many National MPs will become very familiar with next year. I want to talk about retirement. Superannuation One of the big challenges the Government has promised they’re not going to fix is superannuation. Most of the people in this room know the numbers. In the next few decades our population will age and retire. Our tax revenues will go down because there will be fewer people working. Our healthcare costs will go up. And our superannuation commitments will double to $25 billion a year by 2028. We know that the Prime Minister is very relaxed about all of this. Nowadays he’s so relaxed I wonder if he’s got a special dispensation from the Associate Health Minister. Former Finance Minister Michael Cullen was not so relaxed. That’s why he set...

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TPPA will limit ability to stop climate change

Press Release – Green Party The Government will sign away the power to do whats needed to prevent climate change and protect the environment when it signs the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the Green Party said today.21 January 2015 TPPA will limit ability to stop climate change The Government will sign away the power to do what’s needed to prevent climate change and protect the environment when it signs the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the Green Party said today. A new expert environmental analysis of the TPPA by Simon Terry, Executive Director of the Sustainability Council of New Zealand, finds that ‘the environment is a casualty’ under the TPPA, because governments can be sued by multinational corporations for environmental regulations such as changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme and limiting fossil fuel exploration. “The TPPA does little to protect the environment and a lot that will hurt it,” Green Party trade spokesperson Kennedy Graham said. “The whole point of the TPPA is to promote the interests of foreign investors, so when their interests clash with what’s best for the environment it’s pretty clear that the investors will come out on top. “The TPPA locks in the ability for polluting companies from overseas to sue the New Zealand Government for regulating to reduce pollution, and the expert analysis shows that the so-called exception for environmental regulation is clearly...

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