The Prime Minister is heading to New Plymouth today to meet with representatives from the oil and gas industry.
It’s the first time she’s been to the region since the Government banned on any future offshore exploration permits.
Jacinda Ardern says the focus of her meetings today will be on what needs to be done to help the industry transition.
“There are decades left of work and exploration in this industry. What we need to think about is what happens in the 30 years after that, and that’s why we’re going to Taranaki to talk about that.”
The industry has been very critical, saying they weren’t properly consulted by the Government, but Ardern maintains that’s not the case.
“There have been changes in this industry for some time and anyone who listened to what we’d been saying about there not being a future for fossil fuels would not have been surprised by this move at all” . . .