The Government must avoid making short-term knee jerk decisions on climate change – the united call from Iwi/Maori

The Crown must avoid making short term knee-jerk decisions around ETS amendments in favour of longer term decisions that consider economic, social, environmental and cultural interests of Iwi/ Māori and indeed all New Zealanders. This is the call from Iwi/Maori across the country as the Government ponders its choices on changes to the country’s central climate change policy instrument – the Emissions Trading System (ETS). Key points from the substantive Climate Change Iwi Leadership Group’s submission to the government are:

  • The Crown must allocate fully the 2nd tranche NZU allocations to Iwi/ Māori and must not underestimate the resolve with Iwi/ Māori should the Crown delay, dilute or delete this allocation;
  • Such an allocation is not only good for Iwi/ Māori but good for all New Zealand, as the proceeds of these units will be reinvested by Māori back into whanau and hapu communities, local and regional economies. And in turn the National economy.;
  • The Crown must not make decisions on amendments to the ETS that are inconsistent with the Treaty of Waitangi and, ensure that Iwi/ Māori do not bear any disproportionate share of any burden as a result of such amendments;
  • The Crown must recognise that the Te Ture Whenua Māori Land Act imposes unique obstacles and costs for Iwi/Māori to effectively participate in the ETS and therefore support efforts to overcome these;
  • The Crown must avoid making short term knee-jerk decisions around ETS amendments in favour of longer term decisions that consider economic, social, environmental and cultural interests of Iwi/ Māori and indeed all New Zealanders; and
  • The ETS should not be the only tool available to the Crown to tackle the challenges of Climate Change. The Crown must begin work on the development and introduction of a broader suite of complementary measures to address the issues raised by Iwi/ Māori.

A total of 47 recommendations are made in the submission that cover immediate and priority issues like allocation of 2nd tranche NZU’s (a $NZ200+ million issue for Iwi/Maori, to longer term issues like community development and sustainability, investment by the Crown with Iwi/Maori into new technology development to adapt to the impacts of climate change, recognition of indigenous forests that act as both carbon sinks and catchments of important flaura and fauna and biodiversity to New Zealand.

The challenge for the Government is that it does not fall into the trap of making short term and knee-jerk decisions that lack environmental integrity that balance off appropriately against the prevailing national and international economic issues.

For a full copy of the Iwi/Maori (Climate Change Iwi Leadership Group) submission, click here – Iwi/Maori Climate Change submission.

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