Live: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on royal commission, climate emergency

With Parliament back in business for the Labour Government’s second term, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will today address some of the big issues facing the administration.

This morning she will be speaking to Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking about significant steps in climate change as well as opening up the borders to additional workers in the coming summer months during the Covid pandemic.

Parliament will this week debate if a climate emergency in New Zealand should be declared, with the Prime Minister personally introducing the motion tomorrow.

LISTEN LIVE: Jacinda Ardern joins Mike Hosking at 7.05am

Last week Ardern said Labour had always considered climate change to be “a huge threat to our region”.

It was something that had to be tackled immediately, she said.

It was revealed on Friday the Government would let in 2000 workers from the Pacific early next year to pick fruit for the horticulture and wine industries.

Their arrival is hoped to cover a huge hole in the labour force and avert what many growers have been calling a crisis.

But there are government conditions to the deal.

Employers will have to pay the workers a living wage of $22.10 an hour, pay them 30 hours’ a week while they’re in managed isolation for 14 days, and cover their isolation costs – estimated at $4472 a worker.

It also emerged last week that evidence given by ministers and public sector bosses to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch terrorist attack will be suppressed for 30 years.

And an interview with the Australian-born terrorist will never be released out of concern it could inspire and assist further attacks.

The inquiry’s report was provided to Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti yesterday and will be publicly released on December 8, after first being shared with victims’ families and political party leaders.

It will detail any failings by police, spies, and other government agencies in the lead up and aftermath to the mosque shootings on March 15, 2019, in which 51 people were killed.

In a final minute issued on Friday, commissioners Sir William Young and Jacqui Caine said evidence and submissions by public sector chief executives and current and former ministers would be subject to non-publication orders for 30 years.

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