High hopes for Paula Bennett

  • 08/12/2015
New Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett (Simon Wong/File)
New Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett (Simon Wong/File)

The Greens are hoping new Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett will take more notice of their pollution-cutting plans than her predecessor did.

Ms Bennett was given the portfolio in Monday's cabinet reshuffle, taking over from Tim Groser who will soon be New Zealand's ambassador to Washington.

"During Groser's time as minister, greenhouse gas emissions actually increased by 10 percent," said Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei.

"Groser should be ashamed of his legacy. He oversaw a huge increase in New Zealand's climate pollution."

Ms Turei says her party hopes Ms Bennett takes a fresh look at the portfolio and recognises the benefits of a clean, green economy.

"The Green Party has put forward a smart plan for cutting climate pollution that supports locally produced energy and clean sectors of the economy," she said.

"Paula Bennett is welcome to use it."

Ms Turei says the offer to work with others parties on climate change is still on the table.