Helen Clark was elected Prime Minister of New Zealand on 27 November 1999. Her rise to the top of New Zealand politics is the culmination of almost thirty years of involvement with the Labour Party, and the latest chapter in a remarkable story which began in New Zealand's provincial, conservative heartland. Helen Clark in her role as PM of New Zealand has set out a policy of building a sustainable nation. New Zealand will aspire to be carbon neutral in their economy and will go the extra mile to lower greenhouse gas emissions and increase sustainability. Her office has led the rewriting the land transport legislation to put emphasis on sustainability and has further that to the draft New Zealand Energy and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategies set to take sustainability to new levels. These policies champion renewable energy across power generation, transport and energy efficiency at home and at work. Helen has also recognized the important contribution of forestry to climate change mitigation strategies and thus, announced its Permanent Forest Sinks Initiatives involving a major investment to development 30,000 hectares of permanent forest on Ngati Porou land on the East Coast of the country. Her cabinet arranged consultations on wide-ranging proposals for sustainable management in agriculture and forestry. - Carbon Neutral Public Service: Six public service departments will commit to reaching carbon neutrality by 2012 by emissions reduction followed by offsetting. Offsetting policies will contribute to sustainable land management policies. - In 2012, all other departments will be on the same path and a wider state sector programme will ensue. - The government will use its purchasing power to help drive innovation, cleaner production, and improved cost effectiveness over the whole life cycle of goods and services. - A procurement policy for sustainably produced goods and services are to be used whenever possible. - The entire VIP car fleet will be replaced with fuel efficient vehicles with lower emissions. - Increased public awareness will be a priority with grants assisting in energy efficient retrofits to solar heating programmes and improved energy efficiency requirements - Work closely with the private sector and willingness to consider the legislative and regulatory changes necessary to put the development of carbon trading regimes in effect. - Advancement of new proposals to improve waste management and funding of construction of recycling facilities - Refinement of the Waste Minimisation (Solids) Bill to effect waste levies to fund waste minimization infrastructure.
Helen Clark Rt Hon Helen Clark Prime Minister PO Box 18888 Parliament Buildings Wellington 'New Zealand '