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Kerre Woodham: Why is it that this Budget focuses on emissions and not cost of living?

Author
Kerre Woodham,
Publish Date
Mon, 16 May 2022, 12:18pm
(Photo / NZ Herald)
(Photo / NZ Herald)

Kerre Woodham: Why is it that this Budget focuses on emissions and not cost of living?

Author
Kerre Woodham,
Publish Date
Mon, 16 May 2022, 12:18pm

I have to say looking at the Herald this morning, you wonder whether the Government, whether the media, whether I, have a take on what people are really concerned about because I came back and I'm reading the paper and there's a full-page report in the Herald on what we can expect from the Government and its master plan to cut emissions when the Budget’s released.

The headline in Stuff is 'Emissions plan could herald the biggest set of changes in New Zealand since Rogernomics'. It will detail ways in which the Government will reorient the economy towards one that actively tries to drive down emissions to get New Zealand to a position of net zero emissions by 2050. 

So they're saying the economy and therefore society is going to be yanked into a completely different direction from one which we have known since Rogernomics. 

Which will be huge if that is so. And yet when households are struggling to put food on the table and petrol in the car, is climate change the most important and meaningful area for the government to focus on? To yank society into a completely different direction?

I look at the headlines saying we're about to experience seismic change, the like of which we haven't seen since Rogernomics to deal with reducing our emissions and I wonder if the world has gone mad?!

Why do we have to rearrange society when all that really matters is that you have enough food on the table for the kids and that they're getting educated? So that they have a chance to make a difference in the world.

Why is it that this Budget that we're all waiting for breathlessly has at its very core fuel emissions and the cutting thereof within CO2, when all I want to be able to do is know that I can feed the kids for a week? That's what matters, surely? The rest is ideological BS.