Election Debates on the environment

Election Debates on the environment policies

There have been a number of debates on the environment.  ECO held a debate on policies as part of the ECO Annual Conference in July (see conference 2011).ECO Conference 2011 debate on environment policies

A 3 News Reid Research poll at the end of October revealed cleanliness and quality of our natural environment is the number one issue for voters in the upcoming election

Oxfam ran debates in Wellington (26 October) and Auckland (2 November) on the climate change involving speaker.  Kennedy Graham for the Greens,  David Parker for Labour, and Nick Smith for Nationa were in the Auckland debate.  Further details on the Auckland debate can be found on the web.

An blog from the Good Magazine website features the Auckland Oxfam debate.  Another blog on environmental and public law had additional thoughts on the debate.  The climate change Hot Topic blog included a commentary.

The NZ Herald covered the Auckland debate and commented on the issues.


Oxfam also held debates on "Foreign Affairs and Aid" issues.

Forest and Bird branches have also been organising a number of debates around the country as part of their “Vote for Nature campaign”.

Media Debates on the Environment

A number of media organisations have organised debates on environment issues.

Radio New Zealand Nine to Noon held a debate on policies on the environment, energy and climate change with Labour, National, the Greens and the Maori Party.

RadioLive had a crossfire debate with Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson and Labour Conservation Spokesperson Ruth Dyson.   The debate is 26 minutes long.

Some local newspapers have been questioning electorate candidates on the major environmental concerns and policies.  See for example Kapi-Mana.

ECO will list further debates as they are reported.