New Zealand

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07 12 2020 | 07:38

Analysis: What does declaring a 'climate emergency' actually do?

What's a climate change emergency? We can generally think of it as a symbolic acknowledgement at the highest levels that we're facing a climate change crisis - and a commitment to meet the challenge…

05 12 2020 | 12:46

Jacinda Ardern to declare climate emergency on behalf of New Zealand next week.

The text of the motion is expected to be released the day before and Parliament will vote on the motion.  "We’ve always considered climate change to be a huge threat to our region, and it is…

24 10 2020 | 12:40

Does New Zealand’s plan for a nation-sized battery hold water?

Parliamentary elections will be held in New Zealand tomorrow (October 17), with the Labour-led government headed by Jacinda Ardern, popular on the back of its widely-admired response to Covid-19,…

24 10 2020 | 11:06

Jacinda Ardern’s ‘Nuclear-Free Moment’: Here’s three things that would make it a reality.

New Zealanders have gone to the polls and decided to keep Jacinda Ardern at the helm for another three years. The Labour leader’s promise of kindness, hope and protecting nature has clearly mirrored…

28 09 2020 | 09:11

New Zealand’s parliament goes solar, schools to phase out coal boilers.

New Zealand’s parliament building – known as the Beehive – is set to enjoy the benefits of solar power, as well as an improvement in energy efficiency measures, as part of a NZ$2.4 million (A$2.23…

22 09 2020 | 11:45

New Zealand Plans to Become First Country to Require Climate Risk Reporting.

New Zealand could be the first country in the world to require its major financial institutions to report on the risks posed by the climate crisis.

19 09 2020 | 10:13

New Zealand’s Ardern Pledges 100% Renewable Energy by 2030 if Her Labour Party Wins Next Month’s Election.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has promised to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 if her party wins re-election in October.

06 08 2020 | 07:32

'There’s still a choice': New Zealand's melting glaciers show the human fingerprints of climate change.

New research has found extreme melting of the country’s glaciers in 2018 was at least ten times more likely due to human-caused global heating Twice a year, glaciologist Lauren Vargo and her…

25 06 2019 | 14:38

Fonterra burning coal to dry milk 'insane' and must stop, says British energy expert.

British clean energy expert Michael Liebreich has called on Fonterra to stop using coal-powered boilers to dry milk into milk powder, describing the process as "insane". "Drying milk with coal is…

13 05 2019 | 18:10

UN Secretary: "We cannot allow runaway climate change. We need to protect the lives of all people and we need to protect our planet.

UN chief praises New Zealand premier’s ‘admirable’ response to Christchurch attacks.