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Congratulations on Climate Leaders Coalition milestone

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The Minister for Climate Change has congratulated New Zealand’s Climate Leaders Coalition on its milestone in now having signed up 100 members. “This is an incredible achievement considering the Coalition was born out of the vision of some 60 business leaders less than a year ago,” James Shaw said.
“These 100 Climate Leaders Coalition members, together with their…

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Storm water traps help prevent rubbish pollution of the ocean

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Today’s World Oceans’ Day announcement that eleven Foodstuffs Co-operative supermarkets will retro-fit litter traps in their stormwater drains was welcomed by Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage.
The traps are designed to be fitted under stormwater grates and into drains to prevent litter, cigarette butts, and other gross pollutants from entering waterways, by capturing them at the…

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Supporting young people to give local streams a helping hand

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Wellington waterways will now have more helping hands thanks to a grant to support young people to help look after them, Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage said today.
A project that supports students from around Wellington to learn about local streams and how to look after them received a boost of $270,000 over three years from…

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Speech to WasteMINZ and RMLA meeting on recharging New Zealand’s recycling system

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New Zealanders are increasingly concerned about the environmental impacts of waste. The Ministry for the Environment’s environmental attitudes research shows that New Zealanders believe that dealing with waste is the second equal most pressing issue facing our country over the next 20 years. Poverty is number one.
Incredibly, New Zealand is currently one of the highest producers of…

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New funding to improve water quality

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Environment Minister David Parker has today announced Government funding to help iwi in Whanganui, Gisborne and Omapere improve the health of their local waterways. 
“Helping fund projects such as these is just one of the ways that we are working to halt the degradation and start making improvements to our fresh water,” David Parker said.  
The $750,000 in total…

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Forest and Bird Post-Budget Breakfast

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[Speaking notes may vary from speech given]
Good morning, thank you for being here today.
It is always a pleasure to speak to an audience of people actively involved in caring for our environment.
I particularly want to acknowledge the members of our freshwater advisory groups – Kāhui Wai Māori, Freshwater Leaders Group, the Science and Technical Advisory Group, and…

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Transforming the economy

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Key Budget initiatives:
$1 billion boost for KiwiRail
$229 million sustainable land use package
Funding to meet the climate change challenge
$49 million for Te Uru Rākau
More money to tackle the waste problem
The Wellbeing Budget provides opportunities to grow and modernise New Zealand’s economy while ensuring a just transition to a low emissions future. We need to preserve and enhance our…

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Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill passes first stage in Parliament

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The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill has passed its first reading in Parliament with near unanimous support. “Today’s vote across political party lines to pass the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill through its first reading signals strong bipartisan support for most aspects of this proposed climate legislation,” the Minister for Climate Change, James…

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