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Groser threatens iwi over climate advocate

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Mr Groser has written to the Iwi Leader's Group suggesting it should think hard about sending forestry advisor Chris Karamea Insley to any future international climate change conferences.

He criticised Mr Insley's sustained criticism of the Government’s record, and warned future delegations will be told good faith, fair and respectful behaviour will be demanded.

Mr Insley has calculated the Government has cost Maori foresters and post-settlement iwi hundreds of millions of dollars by allowing polluters to buy cheap eastern European carbon credits rather than New Zealand unites.

Labour’s climate change spokesperson Megan Woods says it's a blatant attempt to shut down differing opinions.

She says low priced carbon credits are leading to massive deforestation in New Zealand, with 700 foresters leaving the Emission Trading Scheme last year.

A Global Action Network survey released for the latest Climate Summit in Peru found New Zealand had slipped to 43rd out of 58 countries surveyed because of its failure to meet emission reduction targets and transition to a low carbon future.

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