Protestors have aired their concerns about the government tenders for petroleum exploration in Wellington yesterday.

Protestors, including Teanau Tuiono, were out in force to get the government to heed their call to tender no oil exploration permits.

“Kei konei mātou te porotēhi atu ki ēnei, ēnei i haere mai me te whitiwhiti kōrero mō ngā āhuatanga o te keri hinu me te mōhio he kino tērā mō tō tātou nei ao.”

Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says the long-term goal is to see NZ using 100% renewable energy by 2035, with a carbon neutral economy by 2050.

“I think that our plan in terms of being carbon neutral by 2050, by being down to 100% renewable electricity by 2035.  Very indicators of the past that this government wants to go on.”

But Woods did say that NZ does not currently have the capacity to live fossil fuel free, and many of the permits granted by former governments still have up to 20 years on them.

But Tuiono says if it's not dealt to quickly, our coastal communities could pay the cost.

“He maha o ō tātou nei hapori e noho ana ki te takutai. Nā runga i te huringa o te āhuarangi, nā runga i tērā ka waipukengia ō tātou nei hapori.”

Woods says the next step is for the government to establish an independent climate commission to realise their goal of a renewable energy NZ by 2035.

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