Watch Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson’s post-Cabinet press conference


Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson spoke about a damning independent review of cycling at the government’s post-Cabinet press conference.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who usually holds the press conference, is currently ill with Covid-19 and was therefore unable to attend.

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Grant Robertson will be expected to answer questions at the weekly post-Cabinet press conference.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Grant Robertson will be expected to answer questions at the weekly post-Cabinet press conference.

During the conference, Robertson said the elite sport system must achieve both wellness and high performance.

“There is no exchange. There must be both.

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“It’s an issue we need to take seriously, that most of the inquiries we’ve had lately – here in New Zealand and issues raised around the world – have involved female athletes,”

Robertson, who is also finance minister, also faced questions about the government’s new emissions-cutting plan, which he helped launch on Monday morning.

It provides a blueprint for New Zealand to start reducing emissions across the economy, with a goal of net zero by 2050.

Climate Change Minister James Shaw and Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Grant Robertson deliver speeches in the closed doors of the Emissions Reduction Plan in the Banqueting Hall of Parliament.

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Climate Change Minister James Shaw and Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Grant Robertson deliver speeches in the closed doors of the Emissions Reduction Plan in the Banqueting Hall of Parliament.

This morning’s announcement included subsidies for large energy consumers to switch from coal-fired boilers. It also included a soon-to-be-announced program for low-income people to trade in old cars for scrap and receive a grant to buy a low-emission vehicle.


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