Māori Climate Commissioner: Overseas Holidays, Rugby World Cup, America’s Cup vs Catastrophic Climate Change


Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere Huata, says NZ is sending hypercritical messages by telling students not to join the climate change strike March 15th.

“Why is it that we as a culture don’t mind students not going to school when it’s an overseas holiday or a victory sports parade, but seem to have a problem when students go on strike to protest catastrophic climate change?”

“I urge every student to go on strike this March 15th to protest climate change and I urge every parent to support their child in this action.”

“As adults we are failing them and their future by not radically adapting to the realities of a dangerously warming planet. Greta Thunberg sums it up perfectly when she says, “What is the point of learning facts when the most important facts given by the finest scientists are ignored by our politicians?”

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“Why indeed.”

Donna Awatere Huata
Māori Climate Commissioner



  1. Agree with you whanaunga I will be supporting our Hutt Valley students on March 15th this is a very powerful lobbying group and our future leaders ands we are going to see a generational divide at our next election over this issue. Whoever addresses this issue best will get these votes.

  2. I will march and expect other parents grand parents to march.

    To hell with the small minded attempting to put barriers in the way for young folk to protest at the mess their parent and grandparent generation have allowed, and often demanded.

    Those extremely selfish adults who trip overseas for holidays, drive large vehicles around when they could orgsanise their lives better and walk or cycle, buy up unnecessary stuff on a whim or to impress others, grey nomads who roam the highways for distraction when their grandkids or future generations will suffer the pain of consequence given to them by self centred often ignorant deniers with a thousand excuses.

    There is no excuse for stuffing up the planet further with extremely damaging aircraft emissions for an OE or overseas tour or trip to see a game of event and doubling or quadrupling a personal GHG footprint.

    NZ averages about 18 tons of GHG per capita per year. This is a shocking level of emmissions but doesn’t include air traffic. Sweden for example has a figure of less than 6 tons per capita.

    There are more than 20 countries who have percapita GHG emmissions of less than 1 ton.

    So don’t blame the kids nor criticise their alarm at your wasteful destruction of their world. They will rightfully turn against you.

    Cancel that overseas trip and do something useful.

    Don’t be a dangerous unthinking slob.

    Joint the march and create some solidarity with the young and others who strive to actually make a better future if at all possible.

  3. We want to pretend and believe it’s all good mate! The terminal nature of exponential climate change is a serious destroyer of our party, the ultimate downer that shows up in stark horrifying reality the empty Planet destroying culture we all enjoy except the exploited of course*. Not only climate change but the 6th mass extinction now well advanced will see us all off.

    * 1. The wage slaves trying to bring a family up while paying extortionate rents to the landlord. Landlordism the real get rich from capital gain religion of NZ.
    2. The empty materialistic culture of NZ part of the reason for so many suicides?

    The youth are still alive and have some spirit and idealism good for them. They haven’t been crushed by the joyless work slave culture just yet.

    • The usual NZ reaction to bad news: Hang them out to dry, It’s so pathetic like this NZ, could you expect anything else!?

      Go back to your happy property speculation and soul destroying intellectual and spiritual deadness: there is where happiness lies.

    • Rickoshay, I do hope you are aware that the warm water that has been pouring down the rivers of Siberia and Canada into the seas of the Arctic region has a low salt content and that the river water tends to form a layer on top of the salty sea water. Now since fresh water freezes at a higher temperature than salty water, the current Arctic ice cover is very different from that of 60 years ago, when submarines could hardly find any places to surface. Now much of the Arctic ice is thin and less than 3 years old. In other words, your linked article is designed to mislead (as is always the case with anything you link).

      By the way, here is the latest update to atmospheric CO2:

      March 9, 2019 413.55 ppm

      March 9, 2018 409.94 ppm

      So the meltdown of the planet will continue, as will the acidification of the oceans.

      And another interesting fact (not mentioned in your article) is that melting of ice on Greenland (which has been happening at an unprecedented rate) does affect sea level, and potentially provides enough water for around 7 metres of global sea level rise.

  4. YouTube
    Collapse Chronicles
    Umair Haque: “this decade is the point that all our existential threats will become irreversible”.

  5. On Contact: Civil Disobedience to Stop Ecocide
    Some environmental activists argue the only way to stop the impending ecocide is to carry out nonviolent acts of civil disobedience to shut down the capitals of the major industrial countries, crippling commerce and transportation until the ruling elites are forced to publicly state the truth about climate catastrophe, implement radical measure to halt carbon emissions by 2025, and empower an independent citizens committee to oversee the termination of our 150-year binge on fossil fuels. The British-based group Extinction Rebellion has called for nonviolent acts of civil disobedience on April 15 in capitals around the world to reverse our “one-way track to extinction.” Joining Chris Hedges in a two-part discussion from London is Roger Hallam, the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion.

    Vanishing: The extinction crisis is worse than you think
    We’re entering the Earth’s sixth era of extinction — and it’s the first time humans are to blame. CNN introduces you to the key species and people who are trying to prevent them from vanishing.


    • Roger Hallum makes the important point that awake people recognise the system as having failed but all the ‘elites’ are prepared to do is keep kicking the can down the road.

      Kicking the can down the road has not only exacerbated the environmental crisis but has also exacerbated the energy crisis and exacerbated the economic crisis.

      Peak Oil never went away; it was just masked by unconventional oil extraction via fracking and recovery from tar sands etc. And there is reason to believe the global economic system will be in deep trouble within a few years, as diminishing returns overwhelm the both futile and counterproductive attempts to keep the world running on oil.

      Like abrupt climate change, peak oil is a taboo subject as far as the government and the corporate media are concerned because it demolishes all the fantasies they deliver to the uninformed masses.

      Even if the rate of fall of oil extraction is not as much as suggested in the article below, any fall puts and end to the perpetual growth on a finite planet fantasy that economists and politicians espouse.

      ‘IEA 2018 World Energy Outlook: Peak oil is here, oil crunch by 2023’


  6. Australia’s forests are being reshaped by climate change as droughts, heatwaves, rising temperatures and bushfires drive ecosystems towards collapse, ecologists have told Guardian Australia. Trees are dying, canopies are getting thinner and the rate that plants produce seeds is falling. Ecologists have long predicted that climate change would have major consequences for Australia’s forests. Now they believe those impacts are unfolding.
    Climate change puts additional pressure on vulnerable frogs
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    “The whole thing is unravelling,” says Prof David Bowman, who studies the impacts of climate change and fire on trees at the University of Tasmania. “Most people have no idea that it’s even happening. The system is trying to tell you that if you don’t pay attention then the whole thing will implode. We have to get a grip on climate change.”

    ‘Whole thing is unravelling’: climate change reshaping Australia’s forests


  7. Climate change is here. And so is the destruction of our oceans by pollution.

    We hear about dirty dairying but the construction industry apparently likes to dump their waste in the ocean. Yep, just another price to pay (for someone else obviously and to ruin another pristine place, not effect the profiteers of course).

    Time to reform the RMA to actually PROTECT the environment not consent to destroy it.

    ‘Appalled and disgusted’ – Great Barrier Island residents head to high court to stop dumping

    Residents on Great Barrier Island are going to the High Court in a bid to stop millions of cubic metres of Auckland waste being dumped off their coast.


    Our goods now instead of ‘be a tidy Kiwi’ should now be replaced by ‘ please dispose unreasonably by dumping in someone elses back yard’, because that what big industry and local councils/their subcontractors do in NZ with waste.

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