The National Party’s advisory group on environmental issues

New Zealand’s environment and our national heritage – our soils and oceans and the imagery that surrounds our biodiversity and wilderness outback – hold the key to our nation’s future prosperity.

(Delivered Friday 22 April 2016, Eastern Standard Time, New York City) Tihei mauri ora! E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā rangatira o ngā hau e wha Tenā koutou, tenā koutou, tenā koutou katoa. It’s a great honour to be here today, representing New Zealand at the Signing Ceremony of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
A historic global climate change agreement has been signed today on behalf of New Zealand by Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett.
A kakapo chick rearing facility in Invercargill upgraded with the help of offenders carrying out community work is playing a vital role in the species’ recovery, Corrections Minister Judith Collins and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry say.
The call from opposition parties for a moratorium or a new tax on consents for bottled water plants is typically uninformed and scientifically unsound in respect of dealing with the challenges New Zealand has in freshwater management, says Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith.
Amendments to how regulations are made for the Lake Taupo trout fishery will make its management more responsive, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.
A new $7 million wastewater treatment plant was opened in Shannon today by the Environment Minister, marking another successful step in the clean-up of the Manawatu River.