Articles tagged Environment

Defence Minister Ron Mark faces some big decisions as he reviews the Defence Force’s strategic plans for the decades to come. Mark spoke to Sam Sachdeva about the debts owed by the Government to veterans and the military’s role in “the war on climate change”.

During the 364 days it took for the Ministry for the Environment to get permission to publish new guidelines on rising seas, lobby groups for coastal residents’ succeeded in removing an explicit 1.9m test for large new housing developments. Meanwhile councils were pleading for access to the final guidance, as Eloise Gibson reports.

The World Trade Organisation’s latest conference ended with a lot of talk but no meaningful action. With the United States continuing its attacks on the body and a lack of leadership from other countries, where does the WTO go from here? Sam Sachdeva reports.

Officials have warned the Government that meeting its greenhouse gas commitments under the Paris Agreement could cost up to $36 billion by 2030 and it should do as much to adapt to climate change as it does on preventing it, Eloise Gibson reports from the Briefing for the Incoming Minister for Climate Change.

Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker says the Government will not shrink away from New Zealand’s leadership role on free trade - but it must be on our terms. Before heading to Apec, Parker spoke to Sam Sachdeva about taking on “the excesses of globalised capital” and avoiding a public backlash.