Major parties to front up for Climate Voter election debate

Press release - August 25, 2014
Auckland, 25 August 2014 – New Zealand’s main political parties will take part in ‘The Great Climate Voter Debate’ on September 3.

The 90-minute debate at Auckland’s Q Theatre will give the parties a chance to convince both live and online audiences to vote for them based on the action they are taking on climate change. It will be hosted by Samantha Hayes from TV3's 3rd Degree and has been organised by a group of New Zealand’s leading environmental, climate change and development organisations.

The confirmed politicians are National’s Tim Groser, Minister for Climate Issues, Labour deputy leader David Parker, Green co-leader Russel Norman and New Zealand First deputy leader Tracey Martin. Other party representatives will be announced in coming days.

Organisers expect the 300 tickets to sell out by the end of this week. The event will also be streamed live via starting at 7pm. Community hosted  screenings have been confirmed in Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin. Locations are mapped here

The Climate Voter initiative is a non-partisan alliance of six leading New Zealand organisations: Forest and Bird, 350 Aotearoa, Greenpeace, Generation Zero, Oxfam New Zealand and WWF New Zealand. Since its launch on June 22 this year more than 45,000 Kiwis have signed on.