Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has defended the government’s decision not to issue new offshore oil and gas exploration permits despite it going against official advice, saying she didn’t think officials had taken into account the changing world we live in.
Former MP (and Minister) Peter Dunne argues in his column this week for Newsroom that the Government’s sidelining of officials is a risky approach that could rebound painfully
The decision to ban offshore oil and gas exploration will likely increase global emissions, officials say.
The government axed granting any future offshore oil and gas exploration licences without a formal Cabinet paper and with minimal analysis from officials, according to a dump of documents and emails from Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods.
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.
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The Government will raise EQC coverage by 50 percent, but has yet to top up the National Disaster fund. Taxpayers will be footing the bill if there is another disaster within the next decade. Thomas Coughlan reports.
In today's email, we covered census day concerns, Ardern's travels in the Pacific, and Steven Joyce's announcement that he is to retire from politics.
In today's email we covered the selection of two Westies as leader and deputy leader of the National Party, and asked whether Simon Bridges might defy the conventional wisdom that predicts he will end up as electoral roadkill.