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Maori Party congratulates Commissioner on rising sea level report

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The Mâori Party has congratulated the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on her very readable report on the impact of the rising level of the sea.

"The science of climate change is often intimidating to every-day New Zealanders" said Marama Fox, Mâori Party Co-leader.

"The concept of greenhouse gas emissions is complex enough without considering the processes of paleoclimatology, or the relationship between rising temperatures and rising concentrations of carbon dioxide".

"As a coastal nation, many New Zealanders have been seeing the impact of climate change upfront and personal, in their own backyards. We have seen the thinning and retreating of glaciers; we have cleaned up after damaging coastal floods; we have been affected by increasing levels of erosion on exposed coastlines".

"Dr Wright’s report helps us to understand what we might do about the warming of the planet and also tells us that New Zealand needs to do more to reduce emissions and have more specific and immediate policies that reduce our reliance on oil".

"The Mâori Party wants to see change within the climate arena as it has social, economic and cultural issues as well environmental but we also do not want to see iwi disadvantaged. There has been negligible investment in low emission technologies resulting in foresters leaving the climate change scheme and planting is virtually zero. This has a huge impact on Aotearoa and also on those hâpu and iwi who have received large forests as part of their Treaty Settlement and so have large carbon credits that are now virtually worthless," said Mrs Fox.

A precautionary approach to new oil and gas development should not be permitted to occur in isolation from a full scher environmental risks.

"The Mâori Party welcomes this latest report as a useful basis for policy; an effective resource for whânau, and a challenging read for all New Zealanders, to ensure we take seriously the urgent need to reduce our greenhouse emissions".

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