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National Says Its ETS Cheaper Than Currrent Version Overall

National Says Its ETS Cheaper Than Currrent Version Overall
Wellington, Sept 22 NZPA - The Government says amendments to the emissions trading scheme (ETS) will make it more expensive in the medium term, but cheaper to run from 2013.

Mapua Site Okay For Public - Report

Mapua Site Okay For Public - Report
Wellington, July 31 NZPA - The former contaminated Fruitgrowers Chemical Company site in Mapua, 30km west of Nelson, is now safe for the public.

Greenhouse Gases From Energy Jump 3.6 Percent On Kyoto Account

Greenhouse Gases From Energy Jump 3.6 Percent On Kyoto Account
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector jumped 3.6 percent last year -- the first year in which New Zealand has to account for its emissions under the Kyoto protocol.

Air Quality Standards To Be Reviewed

by Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 10 NZPA - The Government is to review air standards to see if they are realistic. But Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says that means it intends to weaken or delay them.

Minister Questioned Over Plastic Bag Backdown

Minister Questioned Over Plastic Bag Backdown
Wellington, April 1 NZPA - Environment Minister Nick Smith faced more questions over his vetoed plastic bag initiative in Parliament today. Dr Smith caused a stir when he said he was investigating the introduction of a charge on all supermarket plastic bags.

Plastic Bag Charge A Deterrent, Rather Than Tax, Says PM

Wellington, March 30 NZPA - A government proposal to charge shoppers 5 cents for plastic bags would be a deterrent rather than tax and a decision is a long way off, says Prime Minister John Key.

Government To Investigate Northland Aquaculture Opportunities

Government To Investigate Northland Aquaculture Opportunities
Wellington, March 26 NZPA - The Government is to look at finfish and oyster farming opportunities in Northland in a bid to grow New Zealand's aquaculture industry.

Bioethics Council Says Its Work Is Not Duplicated

Bioethics Council Says Its Work Is Not Duplicated
Wellington, March 16 NZPA - The Bioethics Council sent out a swansong press release thanking its supporters today but also having a dig at the Government for shutting it down.

Nick Smith Accused Of Gatecrashing Select Committee

Nick Smith Accused Of Gatecrashing Select Committee
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, March 12 NZPA - ACC Minister Nick Smith is being accused of bullying and gagging the organisation's board and management after he appeared at a select committee today instead of the corporation's chairman.

Environment Ministry Increased Own Carbon Emissions Says Smith

Environment Ministry Increased Own Carbon Emissions Says Smith
Wellington, March 11 NZPA - The Environment Ministry increased its own carbon emissions despite running a programme to get them reduced, Environment Minister Nick Smith said today.

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