Climate Change Minister James Shaw and Transport Minister Michael Wood have unveiled details of the rebate system for new and used electric and hybrid vehicle buyers.Video / Dean Purcell
Shaw needs to attend the meeting-
And he needs to be there directly.
A briefing paper released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the official information law shows that authorities are concerned that New Zealand could drop out of the world stage if the minister does not start attending the event directly. I am.
This wasn’t a problem when more or less everyone stopped traveling last year. The international gathering switched to zoom and life continued. This year is different.
Returning to a face-to-face meeting means that New Zealand is making an enviable choice about its attendance-we either meet in person or never show up.
It’s not surprising that the government chose to send the show directly in the face of foreign claims that New Zealand is a “hermit kingdom.” In this case, the government is a price taker. Finding a New Zealand carveout is not an option if other parts of the world are returning to meet in person.
The Glasgow Conference COP26 is perhaps the most important gathering of leaders since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015. In fact, it was once proposed that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern himself appear, but this quickly failed. As a result, governments enthusiastic about advancing the “Kingdom of Hermitage” had to attend meetings at all times, not to mention governments that wanted to build on climate change credentials.
The government has some big policies to announce on the side, perhaps NDC-essentially emission reduction pledges-and potentially more money to help developing countries address climate change challenges. ..
This conference is more or less essential to New Zealand’s international position towards the important Paris deadline of 2030.
The problem is that almost all of us have something worth going or essential.
If only the government is zooming in on meeting in person, it’s not just the government that has a hard time hearing their voices. Traveling isn’t as essential as pretending to be Colclas’s favorite, but if you cancel your trip altogether, you run the risk of not hearing New Zealand’s voice at the world’s top tables.
Undercapitalized countries like New Zealand need to work their rooms to ensure that we are still at the top when it comes to attracting foreign investment. Former Prime Minister Bill English, as Deputy Prime Minister, joked in his speech that he had asked a 28-year-old American fund manager where New Zealand was.
The man replied: “On our list, it is between the Netherlands and Namibia.” The moral existence that even the Deputy Prime Minister must work hard to sell the country to investors around the world.
Similarly, national filmworkers may be wondering if they can find a better solution to the Lord of the Rings plight. One of the reasons Amazon took the project offshore seems to be a problem getting cast members out of the border.
This is clearly a different issue than the show, but the principles are the same. There is an essential reason why many people want a more comfortable border. That is why we take steps to allow the free flow of people to return completely. The number of MIQ spots will increase, making it easier to move.
The problem is not limited to business trips. Families are separated at the border. Due to the current border system, hundreds of thousands of people, some New Zealand citizens or residents, and others were unable to attend funerals and weddings.
Only a few years ago, many of us would have considered such a trip more or less “essential.”
The problem only gets worse. Two weeks ago, the Kuomintang began a policy of prioritizing returnees, addressing border anxieties by giving priority access to coveted MIQ spots to those who need to visit sick or dying families. I tried. Access to the MIQ slot is now a lottery-rooms are as easy to reach as New Zealanders going home for a vacation.
That policy presses some of the correct buttons, but it may not be advanced enough. People who go home with a little face-to-face with family and friends are clearly not currently in the priority group, but as this pandemic continues for another year or two, such trips will begin to look quite important. ..
We are not far from the second anniversary of the border closure-and there are few signs that the border will open in a substantive way in the near future. Short pilots of home quarantine for a chosen number of business travelers are not going to reunite hundreds of thousands of families divided by current border policies.
Over time, more and more trips begin to look indispensable. Canceling the annual return from Oz and Britain is one thing, but the entire generation of kiwis abroad faces a future separated from friends and family without knowing their nieces and nephews. After a few years of ground contact, a family visit holiday is also an essential trip.
All this means that while the rest of the country is more or less grounded, the government quickly runs out of excuses for why its ministers and officials need to travel.
The problem is also an election problem. The current state of the pandemic means that almost everyone is very happy with the tough borders (according to the government’s own research), but New Zealand is a pluralist society. More than a quarter of the residents are born abroad (mostly non-resident parents) and one million kiwis live abroad.
It’s a huge voting block of people whose life suggests that some degree of openness from the border may be needed. People who currently can’t vote on their own feet, but don’t have to wait long before they can vote on ballots.
Thomas Coughlan: James Shaw should go abroad-and we all should
SourceThomas Coughlan: James Shaw should go abroad-and we all should