Dairy factories mostly use coal to power the boilers needed to dry milk into powder. Synlait is taking the plunge to install an electricity-powered boiler. It will be the first of many. Gavin Evans explains why that matters.
The Government launched reviews of employment law and climate change law aimed at soothing the nerves of employers and farmers respectively. It appeared to rule out a breakup of the Reserve Bank and started considering introducing a deposit insurance scheme. Better foreign ownership data showed almost 20 percent of property buyers in central Auckland in the last year were not citizens. Documents showed officials advised the Government against its decision to stop issuing new offshore oil and gas drilling licenses, saying it would actually increase emissions because coal would be used instead of gas. The economy may have slowed a bit in the March quarter as construction sector activity and confidence continues to wane. Donald Trump waged trade wars ahead of G7 meetings and his summit with Kim Jong Un.
Rod Oram systematically dismantles the economic and environmental claims New Zealand's gas sector makes as it doubles down on on its promises that it can help cut carbon emissions.
The Government has made the first big decision on its way to tackling climate change, but the serious test still awaits.
Labour has stopped issuing new permits for offshore drilling, but will keep issuing new onshore permits and will let existing ones run for decades to keep Taranaki jobs. Bernard Hickey and Shane Cowlishaw report.
Existing oil and gas exploration permits will remain, but all signs point to them being the last of their kind. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright , released her final report into the environmental impacts of fracking in New Zealand on Wednesday. Here's six things to know about the report and the ensuing reaction.
The Commerce Commission has quietly signalled to gas and electricity lines companies that it plans to review the way it calculates their cost of capital in the wake of a court ruling late last year. Consumer groups have argued the ruling meant the companies were overcharging by NZ$150 million a year.