Environmentalists call Government out on inaction over oil exploration issue
A petition against oil exploration containing 45,000 signatures was delivered to the Government on Monday.
The petition comes at a time when environmentalists and climate change activists are growing impatient over the Government's inaction on the issue. Environmentalist Hinekaa Mako hopes that the prime minister will put action to her pre-election remarks around climate change.
"I meatia mai a Jacinda i mua i te pōtitanga nui he take nui ki a rātou hoki - kei te tatari tonu mātou mō te hua o taua kōrero."
Speaking to the crowd and Government officials at the event, Greenpeace Climate Change campaigner Kim Simcock challenged Ardern to make good on her words.
"Prime Minister, your bold words around climate change and about tackling it head on have inspired us, and have the power to inspire the world. So today, we are encouraging you to turn those words into action, by taking a decisive move to end oil exploration."
However, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has asked for more time to "get the decision right".
"We know that this is something that we need to make a decision on, and we do it in light of both environmental impacts, but also something that we as a government have talked about for some time now, and that is the issue of just transitions."
A Māori climate change hui has been scheduled to take place at Pipitea Marae in Wellignton this Saturday.