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BUDGET 2016: One-for-two goes but price cap stays

Thursday - The one-for-two subsidy to emitters will be phased out from January, but the $25 price cap and the allocation of free credits to trade-exposed heavy emitters are staying, the Government has just announced in the Budget.

NATS' 19%: Bennett blames population growth

Paula Bennett

Thursday - New Zealand’s net greenhouse gas emissions have gone up 19 per cent under the National Government – and Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett is blaming population growth.

Minister puts figure on hot-air credits

James Shaw

Thursday - More than a quarter of the units New Zealand used to meet its Kyoto commitments were hot-air credits, Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett said in Parliament yesterday.

Labour's new voice wins support for island nations

Su'a William Siu

7 Dec 15 - Labour’s new climate change spokesman for the Pacific already has runs on the board - getting the influential Parliamentarians for Global Action network to push for internationally recognition for climate change refugees.

Little strengthens climate change muscle

Megan Woods

30 Nov 15 - Labour leader Andrew Little has used today’s shadow cabinet reshuffle to send a strong signal on climate change and environmental issues, by boosting the issue up the rankings, appointing a spokesperson specifically for Pacific Islands climate change issues, and introducing a water portfolio.

Groser: I've given no advice on stranded assets

Tim Goser

16 Nov 15 - Climate Change Minister Tim Groser says he has given no advice to Finance Minister Bill English on protecting people’s pensions against the risk of stranded assets in fossil fuel companies.

This week ...

16 Nov 15 - Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright will on Thursday release her report on the implications for New Zealand of sea level rises.

Anyway, says Key, the ETS was brought in by National

28 Sep 15 - Prime Minister John Key is claiming credit for bringing in the Emissions Trading Scheme – despite the fact his party actually voted against it.

No worries, says Bridges, the world loves us

Simon Bridges ... lot going on.

27 Jun 14 - Associate Climate Change Minister Simon Bridges says New Zealand’s is respected internationally for its action on climate change.

We're keen on renewables, says Bridges

Simon Bridges ... excited.

21 Mar 14 - Energy Minister Simon Bridges says the Government is just as excited about renewables as it is about oil and gas.

Nats push green achievements

Nick Smith  ... look what we've done.

14 Mar 14 - National is preparing to strut its environmental stuff this weekend, as its Bluegreens Forum gathers in Kaikoura.

It's the forestry effect, explains Groser

Tim Groser ... we're doing our bit.

31 Jan 14 - The Government is blaming a projected greenhouse gas emissions increase on forestry cycles.

Greens quiz minister on emissions reduction

25 Oct 13 - News that New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions are expected to grow by more than a third by 2040 prompted questions in Parliament this week, as Green Party climate change spokesman Dr Kennedy...

Emissions target under fire from MPs

23 Aug 13 - The Government's 2020 emissions reduction target came under fire in Parliament this week.

I'm proud of our climate record, says Groser

Tim Groser ... no magical powers.

16 Aug 13 - Withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol has not damaged New Zealand's clean and green image, says Climate Change Minister Tim Groser.

We're a world climate leader, says minister

16 Aug 13 - New Zealand is near the top of the list for "sensible" climate change policy, the Government says.

Groser defends climate change attitudes

Dr Kennedy Graham ... wants answers.

9 Aug 13 - This week in Parliament, Climate Change Minister Tim Groser found himself defending statements by two of his Cabinet colleagues that seem to suggest they are not entirely convinced that anthropogenic...

House hears ETS 'far left' debate

Russel Norman ... questions.

7 Jun 13 - This week’s OECD Economic Report on New Zealand sparked an exchange in Parliament over whether the Emissions Trading Scheme is a “far left” policy.

Minister defends Denniston decisions

Nick Smith ... three reasons.

31 May 13 - Conservation Minister Nick Smith says he deliberately approved Bathurst Resources’ mining application for the Denniston Plateau just one day before the new Crown Minerals Act came into effect.

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