web analytics

ETS – last chance!

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, November 25th, 2009 - 40 comments
Categories: Environment - Tags:

Breaking news. It seems that turmoil within the Maori Party may derail the ETS after all:

EXCLUSIVE: An 11th hour revolt within the Maori Party is threatening to torpedo the Emissions Trading Scheme deal with the Key Government.

Even if the revolt does not succeed – Environment Minister Nick Smith is hoping to secure passage of the bill this afternoon – the damage to the relationship between the Maori Party and the Government could be irreparable.

The Maori Party’s national council, 26 senior representatives that make up the party’s ruling body, will hold an urgent telephone conference this afternoon or evening. Some of them, though it is unclear whether it is a majority, want the party’s MPs to scuttle the deal with the Government.

Excellent news that there are still some within the Maori Party who value the environment and value their principles. Thank you for speaking up, and I hope you can save both the Maori Party and New Zealand from this huge mistake. National’s ETS is a disaster, it won’t limit emissions, it will load huge costs on the taxpayer, it will damage New Zealand. If you, dear reader, have any influence within the party, or if you know anyone with influence in the party, now is the time to use it. Stop the ETS!

[Hat tips Lew and Lanthanide in comments, and of course great work by Grahame Armstrong in the Stuff piece linked above.]

40 comments on “ETS – last chance! ”

  1. Walter 1

    Wow!

    Rodney must be rubbing his pudgy little hands together. He’ll be like a kid with the keys to a toy store – “Now, what do I want?”

    I wonder if the ‘sensible’ and ‘elegant’ concessions to the MP will stay if they don’t vote for it?

  2. Michael Foxglove 2

    Labour must now try and delay the bill by drawing up as many amendments as possible.

  3. randal 3

    It looks like an orwellian job allright.
    How to say you are preventing pollution but just handing over taxpayers money to your biggest supporters.
    When the world comes to this sort of pass then we are really in trouble.

  4. Tigger 5

    “The Parliamentary caucus had not consulted some members of the party’s ruling body.”
    Combined with taking Harawira out of the picture (yep, got him out of the way but only created a ticking time bomb if the ETS goes ahead) it points to a party that is truly losing touch with its people – or at least some of them..

  5. Doug 6

    Sounds like Gordon Armstrong interviewing his keyboard.
    Not reported in any other News source.

  6. outofbed 7

    Hekia Parata from National has been given the job of sitting next to Te Ururoa Flavell in the House to make sure the Maori Party do what they promised in their dirty deal. Now he’s been taken outside to be leaned on in private.
    http://blog.greens.org.nz/2009/11/25/a-clyde-dam-moment/

  7. outofbed 8

    Shit I agree with Rodney Hide

  8. outofbed 9

    Te Ururoa Flavell just said they won’t vote against it

  9. grumpy 10

    Good news on all fronts really.

    The Left don’t want it, nor do the Right. And….we won’t need to pay out heaps of money to iwi.

    Copenhagen is a dead duck anyway, the “undisputed science” argument has collapsed. The future for an ETS is much different this week than it was a few weeks ago.

    • snoozer 10.1

      do tell, what part of the stolen emails shows that climate change isn’t real?

      some quotes perhaps like ‘greenhouse gases don’t cause radiative forcing, lolz’ or ‘turns out we’re not emitting any carbon dioxide after all, suckas’

    • lprent 10.2

      Ah no. Just have a few dick head CCDs doing what they have always done. Everyone else pretty much ignoring it. Me, I’m just playing with the food, like a cat plays with a mouse.

  10. Draco T Bastard 11

    I really do hope the Maori Party stick to principle rather than the Dirty Deal that they had going.

  11. toad 12

    Looks like its for real – they’re not responding to phone calls.

    NBR was told Minister for Maori Affairs Pita Sharples’ press secretary was on leave and co-leader Tariana Turia’s press secretary’s phone was otherwise engaged.

    • toad 12.1

      Then, again:

      The National Executive of the Maori Party has confirmed that no meeting has been organised or authorised of the National Council to discuss the decision of the Maori Party to support the Emissions Trading Scheme.

  12. toad 13

    …a senior party source said…

    “Many Maori Party supporters are threatening to leave the party, as the real issues behind this legislation are becoming known by the wider public.

    Haere mai koutou ki te Pati Kakariki.

  13. Daveo 14

    This just in (typo theirs):

    Maori Party – Ourt Word Is Our Bond
    Press Release by Maori Party at 11:48 am, 25 Nov 2009

    The National Executive of the Maori Party has confirmed that
    no meeting has been organised or authorised of the National
    Council to discuss the decision of the Maori Party to
    support the Emissions Trading Scheme.

    Te Orohi Paul, Co-vice President, and speaking for the
    National Executive; said “The Maori Party is a party of
    integrity. It keeps its word and we will not welch on
    promises already made in good faith”.

    “We have had discussions at the last two National Council
    hui about the ETS, and have received a great deal of
    information from the parliamentary wing of the party, to
    inform us as a National Council”.

    “The mischievous making from unknown individuals, whilst
    sensational, will not change our resolve and distract us
    from the important work in hand”.

    ENDS

    Whatever’s happening, it’s becoming increasingly clear that there are some major splits and divisions in the Maori Party. At some point this contradiction is going to come to a head in spectacular fashion.

    • gobsmacked 14.1

      The Maori Party is a party of integrity. It keeps its word

      Hone’s in, Hone’s out … In, Out, In, Out, shake it all about

    • Draco T Bastard 14.2

      Well, the MP certainly have a different definition of integrity than pretty much everyone else then.

      EDIT:
      Pretty sure this will spell the end of the MP actually. They’re proving themselves untrustworthy to the majority of their supporters.

  14. snoozer 15

    “it keeps its word” – that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all day.

  15. Bored 16

    In Churchill’s terms now is the “hour of crisis’. It’s pretty obvious to anybody with half a brain that to commit to a lasting solution to the ETS means a consensus is required across all political parties. This requires that John Key stands up and acts like a statesman, and leads a non party based discussion and vote by the whole of the house. Goff needs to invite him to do so and support him through this.

  16. tc 17

    Remove Hone from the picture, dangle the MP re-entry card carrot for him, but keep his block vote was a sly tactic.

    MP must surely realise that Turei/Sharples aren’t fit to lead them if it’s come to this so time to run a book on who sits next to the ineffective Sharples with a limo and nice office next term…..oh assuming they form part of a coalition that is.

  17. gobsmacked 18

    The tragedy is, the Maori Party have broken a basic rule of Politics 101: use up your political capital on your own priorities. Not digging some other party out of a hole.

    The Maori Party was always going to face flak if it wanted to advance its goals, especially from “mainstream” middle NZ. But what have they achieved? A flag?

    The Foreshore & Seabed has been reviewed and consulted and discussed and no law has changed. Nothing will happen until well into 2010. Will the Maori Party hold together until then?

  18. prism 19

    Someone out there recognises that the ETS agreement concerning forestry possibilities for Maori is too narrow – ties them to growing trees when there could be more business opportunities in other businesses. They need to reneg on the present deal and get it sorted to be appropriate for them, the whiteside have done it often enough. Big business is getting advantages, why shouldn’t they.

  19. greenfly 20

    Jeeze tc! It’s TURIA and Sharples, not Turei/Sharples.
    Wrong party. Metiria Turei is the Green’s co-leader.
    Tariana Turia is the one having her stomach stapled and her mana destroyed.

  20. gobsmacked 21

    Bring Back Doug!

    11.23 am, Doug sagely informs us it’s a non-story. “Not reported in any other News source.”

    Heh. Best call since John McCain picked Sarah Palin.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Humanitarian support for Bangladesh and Myanmar
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced that New Zealand is providing NZ $8.25 million in humanitarian assistance to support refugees and their host populations in Bangladesh and to support humanitarian need of internally displaced and conflict affected people in Myanmar.  “Nearly four years after 900,000 Rohingya crossed the border ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    32 mins ago
  • Feedback sought on future of housing and urban development
    New Zealanders are encouraged to have their say on a long-term vision for housing and urban development to guide future work, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced. Consultation starts today on a Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD), which will support the long-term direction of Aotearoa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Clean car package to drive down emissions
    New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle chargers now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • EU and UK FTAs top of list for first ministerial trip since COVID-19
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor today announced details of his planned visit to the United Kingdom and European Union next week, where he will hold trade and agriculture discussions to further New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The visit will add political weight to ongoing negotiations with both the EU ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Arihia Bennett to chair Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group
    Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett MNZM has been appointed chair of the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “Twenty-eight people from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa have been selected for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Medical Association General Practitioners' Conference, Rotorua
    Ki ngā pou maha o te whare hauora o Aotearoa, kei te mihiTo the pillars of our health system I acknowledge/thank you Ki te ope hapai hauora o roto o tēnei rūma, kei te mihi To our health force here in the room today, I acknowledge/thank you He taura tangata, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Karangahape Road upgrades are streets ahead
    The upgrades to Karangahape Road makes the iconic street more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, attractive and environmentally sustainable, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said at the formal celebration of the completion of the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. The project included widening footpaths supporting a better outdoor dining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to APEC business event
    E ngā tumu herenga waka, ākina ā ngaru, ākina ā tai ka whakatere ngā waka ki te whakapapa pounamu, otirā, ki Tamaki o ngā waka Tena koutou katoa… To the great leaders assembled, who guided your waka through turbulent times, challenging waters and you continue to navigate your respective waka ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Pause on Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria extended
    Following an assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria will continue for a further seven days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. There are now 93 cases associated with the outbreak in greater Melbourne, spread over four clusters. Contact tracing efforts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Supplier Diversity Aotearoa Summit: Navigate 2021
    *** Check with delivery *** A mihi to all who have contributed to making today a success – starting with you! As you have explored and navigated government procurement today you will hopefully have reflected on the journey of our people so far – and how you can make a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Pukemiro School to close
    Pukemiro Primary School near Huntly will close following years of declining roll numbers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “I’ve consulted with the School Commissioner, and this decision acknowledges the fact that the few remaining students from last term are now settled at other nearby schools. “I want to thank ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt acts to protect NZers from harmful content
    New Zealanders will be better protected from harmful or illegal content as a result of work to design a modern, flexible and coherent regulatory framework, Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti announced today. New Zealand currently has a content regulatory system that is comprised of six different arrangements covering some ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Consultation on exemption of new builds from proposed tax rules
    The Government has today confirmed new builds will be exempt from planned changes to the tax treatment of residential investment property.  Public consultation is now open on details of the proposals, which stop interest deductions being claimed for residential investment properties other than new builds.   “The Government’s goal is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech for Predator Free 2050 Conference
    Introduction E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa   Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei i raro i te kaupapa o te rā Ko Ayesha Verrall toku ingoa No ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New stock exchange to help grow small businesses
    A new share trading market, designed as a gateway to the NZX for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has been granted a licence by the Government. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said Catalist Markets Ltd will provide a simpler and more affordable ‘stepping stone’ for SMEs to raise capital. “This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Visa extensions provide certainty to employers and 10,000 visa holders
    Changes to onshore visas will provide employers and visa holders with more certainty, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has announced. Around 10,000 Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) work visas due to expire between 21 June 2021 and 31 December 2021 will be extended for another six months to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Border class exceptions approved for more farm workers and vets
    The Government has approved border class exceptions for an additional 200 dairy workers and 50 veterinarians to enter New Zealand, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today.  “It is clear from conversations with the dairy and veterinarian sectors that they are facing workforce pressures. These border exceptions will go a long ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More freezers and South Island hub to support vaccine roll-out
    A South Island hub and 17 new ultra-low temperature freezers will help further prepare New Zealand for the ramp up of the vaccination programme in the second half of this year, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. The new freezers arrived in New Zealand on 27 May. They’re currently being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech at the release of Climate Change Commission's final advice
    Good morning – and thank you Prime Minister. Over the last three and half years we have been putting in place the foundations for a low-carbon Aotearoa that will be a catalyst for job creation, innovation, and prosperity for decades to come. In that future, many of our everyday tasks ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Achievable blueprint for addressing climate change released
    Report says Government making good progress on emissions reduction, but more action required Meeting climate targets achievable and affordable with existing technology Economic cost of delaying action higher than taking action now Benefits from climate action include health improvements and lower energy bills All Ministers to help meet climate targets ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to release of Climate Commission final report
    A few years ago in a speech in Auckland, I compared climate change to the nuclear free movement of roughly four decades ago. And I did so for a few reasons. Firstly, because the movement of the 1980s represented a life or death situation for the Pacific, and so does ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Barrister Michael Robinson has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Robinson graduated with a BA and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1996, and commenced practice as a solicitor with Brookfields in Auckland.  In 1998 he travelled to London ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government takes action to improve protections for subcontractors
    The Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Bill – which provides greater financial protection for subcontractors, has passed its first reading today. The Bill amends the retention provisions in the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) to provide increased confidence and transparency for subcontractors that retention money they are owed is safe. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 1 million more Pfizer doses to arrive in July
    Pfizer has scheduled delivery of an estimated 1 million doses of vaccine to New Zealand during July, COVID1-9 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These consignments will double the total number of Pfizer doses we have received this year to more than 1,900,000 – enough to fully vaccinate almost 1 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Long-term home of the Independent Children’s Monitor identified
    The Independent Children’s Monitor (Te Mana Whakamaru Tamariki Motuhake), which is currently located within the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), will become its own departmental agency within Government. “Following the recommendations of several reviews, Cabinet agreed in 2019 to build a significantly expanded independent monitor for children in care,” Carmel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Racing Integrity Board members announced
    The new Racing Integrity Board will be up and running from July 1 to ensure high standards of animal welfare, integrity and professionalism in the racing industry. Racing Minister Grant Robertson today announced the appointments to the new Board: Sir Bruce Robertson KNZM – Chair Kristy McDonald ONZM QC Penelope ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt crackdown on organised crime continues
    A major operation against multiple organised crime groups with international links will make a significant dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks, Police Minister Poto Williams says. “I want to take an opportunity to congratulate the Police for their role in Operation Trojan Shield. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Farm planning framework supports farmers into the future
    A new framework, agreed between Government and industry, will make it easier for farmers and growers to integrate future greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater regulatory requirements into their farm planning, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said. “The Good Farm Planning Principles Guide out today, provides guidance for how farmers can organise ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for Canterbury
    The Government has activated Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) in response to the Canterbury floods. The Minister of Social Development and Employment, Hon Carmel Sepuloni says $500,000 will be made available to help with the clean-up. The flooding in Canterbury has been a significant and adverse event damaging farmland, homes, roads ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Connecting rangatahi to the soil
    A Jobs for Nature project to raise 480,000 native plants in nurseries across South Auckland will provide work for communities disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, Acting Conservation Minister Ayesha Verrall says. The Mana in Kaimahi project is being run by Te Whāngai Trust Board and will establish ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Roll out of high-resolution elevation mapping begins
    The first tranche of mapping data from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)-LiDAR project is now available to the public from Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand. LiDAR data, which creates 3D baseline elevation information, will deliver multiple uses over the coming decades to councils and regional industries. “This mapping ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Champions of Pacific education rewarded in Queen’s Birthday Honours
    Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio said the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours list show that across Aotearoa New Zealand there were many champions of Pacific education. “Education is so vital to the success of Pacific people that it’s truly fitting that a number of educators have been honoured this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PM congratulates Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has added her congratulations to the New Zealanders recognised for their contributions to their communities and the country in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List. “This group represents decades of services across many areas, and those honoured highlight how many New Zealanders are going above and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Change of status for Rangiriri kura
    A change of status for Te Kura o Rangiriri sees it become a designated character school within the Māori-medium network, Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis announced today. “This kura has been providing Māori immersion learning since 2003 in the historic town of Rangiriri, so I’m delighted that it is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • APEC trade ministers’ unite on COVID-19 vaccine steps and rejuvenating the WTO
    APEC trade ministers today committed to speeding up the cross-border flow of vaccines and related goods to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This followed the completion of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting chaired by Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor early this morning. “As we face the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further consultation for Melville schools
    Formal consultation is set to begin on specific options for the future of schooling in South West Hamilton, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. “Recent engagement has shown that the schools and community want a change to Year 7-13 schooling for the area.  “I am now asking the Boards of Melville ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Primary schoolkids dig trees for Arbor Day
    A new Arbor Day initiative announced by Forestry Minister Stuart Nash will see thousands of primary school children get the chance to plant native trees in their communities. The initiative is open to more than 2,400 primary schools. It is a partnership between Te Uru Rākau/NZ Forest Service and the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago