04, Sep, 2014

Climate Vote had large online audience

Category: Greenpeace NZ

A large online audience joined a sellout crowd to watch the first-ever ‘Great Climate Voter Debate’ which was streamed live last night at

The debate at Auckland’s Q Theatre gave representatives of six political parties the chance to convince the live and online audiences to vote for them based on the action they are taking on climate change.

Hosted by Samantha Hayes from TV3's 3rd Degree the line-up included National’s Tim Groser, Minister for Climate Issues, Labour deputy leader David Parker, Green co-leader Russel Norman, New Zealand First deputy leader Tracey Martin, Internet Mana candidate John Minto and Maori Party candidate Nancy Tuaine.

Organisers of the Climate Voter initiative say they were delighted by the level of interest. The #ClimateVoter hashtag was trending nationwide throughout the event, second only to TV3’s televised minor leaders’ debate hashtag #decision14.

“At least 13,000 people tuned in during the two-hour debate and panel review,” says Climate Voter initiative spokesperson Steve Abel.

More than 300 people were in the Auckland audience and about 500 people viewed the livestream at 14 community hosted events around New Zealand mapped here

“We set out to demonstrate that thousands of New Zealanders care about climate change and want to see politicians committing to real action.

“With 57,000 kiwis signed on as Climate Voters and an audience of more than 13,000 for last night’s debate all in a little over eight weeks - we’re stoked.

“Our challenge is to hit 70,000 before election day on 20 September.”

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. was launched on June 22.

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