Six party candidates talk about the environment

25 August 2017

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Environmental issues will be discussed on campus by MPs and party candidates.

The environment is a hot topic for this year’s general election, including water quality, climate change and biodiversity.

MPs and potential MPs from the major political parties will be at the University of Waikato on Wednesday 30 August to discuss their parties’ environmental policies.

The ‘after-work’ event, which is open to the public, has been organised by staff in the Political Science and Public Policy Programme of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Professor Priya Kurian says it will be good opportunity for Hamiltonians to hear from politicians in one location, making it easier to compare what each party is proposing and to gauge how effective or adequate their policies might be.

“The idea that we have to pit environmental protection against economic growth is old and stale. It is increasingly understood that a sustainable society requires action on multiple fronts – environmental, social, and economic. This cross-party forum will be a wonderful chance for people to hear about party policies and ask questions of all the participants," she says.

The panellists will be David Parker, Labour’s spokesman for the environment, National’s MP for Hamilton East David Bennett, the Green’s environmental spokesperson Eugenie Sage, Rahui Papa from the Māori Party, Denis O’Rourke – New Zealand First, and Donna Pokere-Phillips from The Opportunities Party.

The forum will take place in S.1.04 at 6.15pm.

For more information, contact Professor Priya Kurian (, Dr Patrick Barrett ( or Dr Reuben Steff (