I recently went to the Tauranga Multicultural Festival held at Historic Village. There were stalls from over 30 different cultures, a range of foods to sample, arts and crafts and cultural performances. I think the highlight was making ‘momo’, or Nepalese dumplings.
For me one of the great things about being a local MP is being able to get out in the community and interact with people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.
Today countries around the world are facing the same energy challenge – we want to continue to grow our economies and help our people to prosper, but we need to reduce our carbon emissions and respond to climate change.
At the moment, the world is in a transition phase towards a low carbon future.
In the US, President Obama speaks of an “all of the above” policy on energy. That is also what we have here in New Zealand – a mixed and balanced approach to our energy future.
Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges today announced three energy efficiency initiatives to improve business productivity, save money and reduce carbon emissions.
“The energy sector, specifically transport and industrial heat, are two key areas where energy efficiency initiatives have the potential to save thousands of dollars for businesses and reduce carbon emissions,” Mr Bridges says.
It’s great to see so many people, including the many international guests, here today. I hope those of you from overseas have an opportunity to see some of the sights that our country is renowned for before you return home.