May 18, 2022
Māori leadership needed in climate action
Climate Change Minister James Shaw says iwi and hapū will be critical to the success of the climate action plan.
Tomorrow’s Budget will allocate an initial $2.9 billion from Emissions Trading Scheme revenue to kick start emissions reductions.
That will include help for the industry to move away from coal-fired boilers, subsidies to help people switch to electric vehicles, and research into reducing agricultural emissions.
Mr Shaw says Māori are involved in every industry, not just agriculture but energy, and he wants to see a matauranga Māori component in research.
Māori need to be resourced and empowered to lead the response at iwi, hapū and marae level.
“If we can have some people on the ground up and down the country who are able to work at the level of community, that is a tremendous resource for unlocking local action but also informing what central government does with actual grounded real examples, because it can get very abstract,” Mr Shaw says.