4 Aug 2009

Maori urged to make their own case on climate change

10:56 am on 4 August 2009

Measures to control climate change could cost Maori forestry owners as much as $5 billion.

Waatea News reports a hui called by the Climate Change Iwi Leadership group in Wellington will receive a report on Tuesday from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research detailing what carbon emissions controls could mean for Maori.

Willie Te Aho, a negotiator in the recent $500 million Central North Island forestry settlement, says that rather than reacting to calls for a 40% cut in emissions, Maori should be making their own case for what happens.

The New Zealand Government is due to issue a decision on the target on 10 August.