September 05, 2019
Hapū feel left out of climate change policy
The chair of the Wai Māori Trust says hapū feel they have been left out of development of the Zero Carbon Bill.
The trust this week held its annual hui, this time looking at climate change and its impact on freshwater fisheries.
Ken Mair says it drew more than 200 representatives of hapū and Māori organisations.
He says they believe the bill, which sets out the objective of reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, is toothless with the proposed climate change commission being only advisory.
"We all know that we are in a crisis and an emergency as regards to the impact on us from climate change in the sense of higher temperatures, foods, storms etc and the national politicians are pontificating around the edges rather than dealing with the substance of the issue," Mr Mair says.
He says hapū are keen to coordinate among themselves on how they can respond to climate change events on a local level.
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