Penlink To Start

Waka Kotahi recently announced the construction partners for building Ō Mahurangi Penlink, a massive new $830 million, 7 km road through farmland and coastal environment to the Whangaparāoa Peninsula. This comes after the government gave their final approval to the project at the start of the month.…
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The Emissions Reduction Plan

This is a guest post by sustainable transport and accessibility advocate Tim Adriaansen. Yesterday we received two important and related announcements from Central Government: The first Emissions Reduction Plan, which sets out the pathway Aotearoa will follow to meet our emissions budgets through to 2035 and; Details of the Climate Emergency Response Fund which will be included in Budget 2022, to be announced on Thursday.…
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What we expect and want to see from the ERP

Today the government are releasing their Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), with the details released to the public at midday. The ERP: “will set out exactly how the Government plans to deliver on the first emissions budget. The Minister of Finance will also outline the first investments from the Climate Emergency Response Fund on the same day”.…
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From newsflash to carwash: climate coverage in the media

Last weekend’s Mediawatch story by Hayden Donnell – it’s really good, please do make time to read it – zoomed in on a particular paradox of our media at the moment. Which is: while climate change is the overriding story, anything that makes the tiniest progress towards addressing it – like, say, swapping a handful of parking spaces for bus or bike lanes –  is still presented as “controversial”.…
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The IEAs 10-Point Plan for less oil

Responding to high fuel prices, in part a result of Russia’s murderous invasion of Ukraine, is a hot topic all around the world right now. In response, the International Energy Agency (IEA) are calling on countries to cut oil usage within four months, noting that measures such as just cutting fuel taxes “do not address the broader strains affecting the market“.…
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Delivering Climate Action in Auckland

This is a guest post from the Office of the Mayor of Auckland. Consultation on Auckland Council’s proposed Annual Budget for 2022/23 opened on 28 February and runs until 28 March. The centrepiece of the budget is a proposal for a Climate Action Package that, with co-funding from the government, would allocate more than $1 billion over the next 10 years for a range of initiatives to reduce emissions and the impact of climate change.…
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2022 – The Year Ahead

Welcome to 2022. After wrapping up 2021 before Christmas, here’s a look at some of the things we can expect to see in 2022. Overall it appears that COVID will continue to loom large over the year and will be a major factor, potentially directly but certainly on things such as travel patterns.…
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Goff’s Climate Package

On Friday Mayor Phil Goff released his proposed budget for the 2022/23 financial year and the headline feature of it is a $1 billion climate action package. An ambitious $1 billion climate action package to reduce carbon emissions and deliver more buses, ferries, cycling and walking and urban tree canopy is the signature policy in Mayor Phil Goff’s proposal for Auckland Council’s Annual Budget 2022/23, released today, 1 December 2021.…
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