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Author: Luke Malpass

The Government has announced that it will be quadrupling the amount of money it spends over the next four years to help poorer countries deal with climate change.

In a significant boost to New Zealand’s global efforts to battle climate change, Stuff can reveal that over the next four years the Government has committed to ploughing $1.3 billion into offshore efforts, part of a global commitment to the developing world of $100b.

New Zealand’s previous commitment was $300 million.

The announcement comes after the Government was criticised last week for a lacklustre draft emissions reduction plan last week and a couple of weeks ahead of Climate Change Minister James Shaw travelling to Glasgow for a crucial United Nations climate change conference.

The Government claims that the increase in funding means that New Zealand will now be paying its fair share towards global climate funding. About half the money will go towards climate mitigation efforts in the Pacific and be administered as part of New Zealand’s aid programme, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said.

“The rest of it will go through a variety of projects, but it includes other partner projects around the world, and also multilateral institutions like the Green Climate Fund which was set up under the auspices of the UN.”

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced a big boost to New Zealand’s climate finance commitment

Despite New Zealand looking at many years of budget deficits, Shaw said defended the big boost in spending, saying “the climate crisis hasn't gone away just because there is a pandemic on”.

“I firmly believe that government is able to walk and chew gum at the same time, right. We need to support people in the Pacific, and we need to support people here at home as well,” he said.

,Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement: “The investment will enable New Zealand to support clean energy projects in developing countries, ensure buildings are able to withstand more damaging storms, crops are resilient to droughts, floods and new pests, and communities are protected from sea level rise and storm surges.


“Our new contribution far eclipses the pledges New Zealand has made previously. With the climate change clock ticking, it is important we lift our contribution now and bring it into line with other countries,” she said.

This is the third climate finance commitment made by the New Zealand Government, which has been steadily ramping up since the first commitment was made along with the Paris Agreement in 2015.

“The commitment period that we are currently in was for $300 million, so the amount that we're putting in – $1.3b – is obviously just over four times that. The $300 million over the current period is a doubling of the previous effort which was $150m,” Shaw said.

He said New Zealand’s previous contributions were not up to snuff.

“Our previous commitments, I would have to say, have not represented what we would call a fair share of that commitment towards the $100b total.”

An Oxfam report in December 2020 ranked New Zealand at 21 out of 23 developed countries for its contribution to internal climate finance on a per capita basis.

“Comparatively wealthy countries like Aotearoa New Zealand have a duty to do everything we possibly can to stop this getting worse, and to support countries to prepare for the unavoidable changes we have already forced on the climate,” Shaw said.

Note from Nighthawk.NZ:

Some of the comments:
Haywood J. Blomi Says: For a country of 0.06% of the world pop and a gdp of only 0.16% why are we putting in 1.3% of this 'plucked from the air' $100b. Someones wallet just got fatter.The plumbing here got numbered at $180b to fix.  Could've got some of that fixed.

George says: Fantastic news - I am pleased to see this happening because it tells me clearly that there are no housing/education/health/child poverty issues in New Zealand.

South guy 2 says; That's right, more debt!! And what makes it worse, it's for a cause that doesn't exist!!

Dike says; more good money after bad & a typical labour move to just shovel money at a problem & hope it goes away... you can bet there will be no accountability for spending...

tontoe says; Whose money?. And will someone tell James Shaw he better be rowing to Glasgow or using Skype because jumping on an airliner is so last century to attend a meeting and reeks of privilege and do as I say not as I do

I am all for saving the environment, but there is a limit and things need to be put into perspective. We have a housing issue, covid debt, health & education issues and government admits child poverty issues in New Zealand so where is the money for these issues. yet you can pull $1.3b out of your arse to give to other countries that are so called poorer. What countries are they for a start, and is it a loan? How is that money going to be spent?

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