Māori Party Co-leader and Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Debbie Ngarewa-Packer has today announced her party’s climate change
policy plan, that will restore the environment, create jobs and reduce costs by transitioning Aotearoa’s economy towards
renewable energy, clean technology, and regenerative agriculture.
“The Māori Party climate change policy is to uphold years of struggle by Māori for action by pushing to end fossil fuel
exploration and extraction in Aotearoa and for a transition to an economy that is clean, fair and protects and restores
our environment,” said Mrs Ngarewa-Packer.
“We will end new onshore oil and gas permits and withdraw existing onshore and offshore permits with a target of
decommissioning sites by 2030. Oil and gas is a sunset industry in Aotearoa and its about time Crown policy reflected
“I have led the campaign against seabed mining in Taranaki and know just how risky and untested it is. I will continue
to campaign to put in place a nationwide ban on seabed mining permits within the EEZ and to withdraw existing permits.
“One of our key priorities is to establish a $1bn Pūngao Auaha scheme for Māori-owned community energy projects and for
solar panel and insulation instillations on marae, kura, papakāinga housing developments and whānau homes. The scheme
will create jobs in grassroots communities and the Māori economy, while bringing down energy costs for thousands of
whānau and building resilience.
“Ensuring that Māori-led clean technology projects are supported with R, start-up funding, and partnership finance, alongside our proposed $300m Mātai Ahuwhenua fund to support Māori farmers
to transition towards regenerative and value-add agricultural models, will help ensure that the Māori economy continues
to grow as we adapt to live with the reality of climate change.
“We have an obligation to our rangatahi and mokopuna to unite and do everything we can to protect our taiao and our
whānau from the climate crisis in the short time that we have left,” said Mrs Ngarewa-Packer.In summary, the policy will:End new onshore oil and gas permits, withdraw existing onshore and offshore oil and gas permits within five years and
aim to decommission sites by 2030Ban seabed mining permits nationwide and withdraw existing seabed mining permitsEstablish dedicated $1bn Pūngao Auaha fund for Māori-owned community energy projects and solar panel and insulation
instillations on marae, kura, homes and papakāinga housing developmentsWork alongside interested whānau, hapū and iwi to develop a national Māori strategy for renewable energy and clean
technology and ensure the Crown supports Māori-led clean technology projects with R, start-up funding, and partnership financePhase out synthetic nitrogen fertiliser on farms by 2025 and bring methane emissions from agriculture into the ETS to
disincentivise intensive methane-emitting agricultureEstablish $300m Mātai Ahuwhenua innovation and support fund to incentivise Māori farmers to transition to regenerative
and value-add farming practisesEnsure the Crown works with whānau, hapū and iwi to establish climate change adaptation plans and establish a fund to
support whānau, hapū and iwi with adaptationEnsure Aotearoa plays a greater role in supporting Pasifika leaders on the world stage through aggressive diplomatic