In a special live stream event, the Greenpeace crew will respond to the makeup of the new coalition government and what it will mean for the environment.

Four head shots (Russel, Niamh, Amanda, Mike) with text: Post-election reckons

Join the Greenpeace crew on the evening of Wednesday, 6 December, for a dive into what the new coalition Government means for the environment: LIVE: What does the new Government mean for the environment? 

Chatting on the couch will be Greenpeace’s Executive Director Russel Norman, Head of Campaigns Amanda Larsson and Programme Director Niamh O’Flynn. Joining them will be Iwi Chairs Forum Climate co-chair Mike Smith. 

What: LIVE: Post-election reckons
When: 6.30-8.30pm Wednesday 6 December
Where: Live on YouTube

You can also RSVP and invite your friends using this Facebook event link: LIVE: Post-election reckons

Will the coalition Government of the Act, National, and NZ First parties be a three headed hydra that rolls back the environmental protections we’ve achieved? What impact will the new Government have on the environment? 

There’s a lot lined up for the chopping block, including ‘replacing’ or removing the offshore oil and gas exploration ban, the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020, the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater, the Natural and Built Environment Act 2023, the Auckland regional fuel tax, and the clean car discount.

Key ministerial appointments are troubling.

The new Energy Minister, Simeon Brown will be tasked with opening up offshore oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa again. This commitment from the new Government is at odds with science and public opinion, and threatens the very future of life on earth.

The Oceans and Fisheries portfolio has been given to NZ First MP Shane Jones. NZ First has previously received tens of thousands of dollars in donations from commercial fishing companies.

And the Act Party’s Andrew Hoggard, former head of Federated Farmers is the new associate Agriculture Minister. He is the ‘dinosaur of delay’ for the intensive dairy industry, which for years has blocked actions that would protect New Zealand rivers, drinking water and the climate.

We don’t have time for slowing down climate action or rolling back protections on biodiversity. This is a time to raise our ambitions for what is possible. The health and wellbeing of the natural world and all communities that live within it is at stake.

And we know we can’t leave it up to the politicians. All positive change comes through civil society taking action, speaking up, turning up, peaceful civil disobedience, and confrontation when necessary. We’re a movement of thousands who take action for Papatūānuku to ensure the continued abundance of the oceans, forests, land and climate. We’ve been here before, and we can do it again.

What will happen over the next three years, and how can we influence what happens for the better? Bring your questions and join the Live to explore the new political landscape together.

RSVP on the Facebook event page, or tune in on the night on the Greenpeace Aotearoa Youtube channel.