Climate change is supposed to be this government’s nuclear moment.
More renewable energy generation is consistent with that.
But the government has killed off the Waitaha River hydro scheme even though it had sign-off from the Conservation Department, Iwi, and local councils.
The government wants farmers to reduce methane emissions but the National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management and rewritten National Policy Statement want more wetlands and wetlands produce methane.
The policy also wants to reduce E.coli in rivers but that pollution in several waterways, including the Kakanui River from which we get our drinking water is caused by seagulls. Those birds are protected and so can’t be moved.
Farmers are very concerned about today’s announcements and contradictory messages sent by measures like these fuel their frustrations.