Q+A – environment debate

All of Q+A this morning will be a debate on the environment.

The way we care for our environment has emerged as a key election issue – especially the state of some of our polluted waterways. Q+A has an hour long environment debate with 7 candidates on Sunday. Which party wins your environment vote?

Scheduled to take part:

  • David Parker (Labour Party) – Spokesperson for Environment, Water
  • Scott Simpson (National Party) – Minister for the Environment
  • James Shaw (Green Party) – Spokesperson for Climate Change
  • Marama Fox (Maori Party)
  • David Seymour (ACT Party)
  • Damian Light (United Future Party)
  • Winston Peters (NZ First Party) – Spokesperson for everything

Denis O’Rourke is the NZ First spokesperson for climate change and also for the Environment but has been shunted down to 13 on their party list. Peters has chosen to take part in a debate for a change.

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25 Comments

  1. robertguyton

     /  September 10, 2017

    Where is Nick Smith?

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    • I don’t know. Do you? Does it matter?

      This is a debate on the environment, so it seems appropriate for the Minister of the Environment to take part.

      Where is Eugenie Sage? She’s the Green Spokesperson for the Environment.

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      • robertguyton

         /  September 10, 2017

        Scott Simpson is Associate only, so I’m not sure what you mean by, “This is a debate on the environment, so it seems appropriate for the Minister of the Environment to take part.”
        James Shaw, Leader of The Greens, seems entirely the best person to represent the Party in a debate this close to the election. Do you think he doesn’t understand the issues?

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      • Blazer

         /  September 10, 2017

        where is Paula Bennett?She is Nationals Climate Change Minister ,despite the fact she says her knowledge of the subject is…ZERO!

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      • Corky

         /  September 10, 2017

        ”I don’t know. Do you? Does it matter?”

        LoL.

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  3. sorethumb

     /  September 10, 2017

    Need to check the meta narrative: “growth is good”.
    Tourism is a big pie but only small pieces.
    Marama Fox is completely out of touch – another faux Maori.

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    • sorethumb

       /  September 10, 2017

      The metanarrative of the Treaty as a foundation stone is a stone around our necks. The Treaty never addressed modern NZ (demographics industrial society). Yet it justifies an industry of parasites (lawyers and post-colonial post modernist academics). There is some validity but pretending that we have common ground is BS two positions are juxtaposed to each other. It is an interesting invention that Maori have unique “kaitiaki responsibilities” (exogenous in their conception) and therefore fit into the big picture etc – they wont spot a buck in their “ownership” of the foreshore and seabed..

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  4. sorethumb

     /  September 10, 2017

    The Epsom Poninjay makes a good point hitting on the Greens for air travel. having said that flying for electoral work is excusable, however all the dears who appear on RNZ have been every whereeeee (don’t you know)!?

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    • sorethumb

       /  September 10, 2017

      The popinjay mentioned “xenophobia”. When those on the right talk xenophobia suspect Harcoursts, Bayley’s and the other blights on NZ society.

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  5. Zedd

     /  September 10, 2017

    so now all the parties are fighting for ‘green credibility’, even those who support big polluters (natz). Mr Shaw tried to reclaim the issue.

    btw; Damian Light (UF) was probably the most cool, calm & collected ? :/

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    • robertguyton

       /  September 10, 2017

      UF have no hope of being elected, so Light can afford to be relaxed. His soon-to-be-extinct Party have nothing to offer in a debate on the environment.

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  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 10, 2017

    With the possible exception of Ms Fox I doubt if any of them would know an environment if they fell over it.

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    • robertguyton

       /  September 10, 2017

      Given your belief that “an environment” is something you can fall over, like a cliff edge or a log, you’d be the last go-to person to comment about who knows what.

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