NZ First voters will be happy with Zero Carbon Bill deal - Peters

6:37 pm on 1 May 2019

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says his party's voters will be happy with the deal he's struck with the Green Party over the Zero Carbon Bill.

Winston Peters

Winston Peters won't be drawn on what the specifics of the bill are. Photo: Ana Tovey / RNZ

Climate Change Minister and Green Party co-leader James Shaw this week delayed the release of two reports from the Interim Climate Change Committee until the government makes a decision on how to respond, which will contribute to the final climate change legislation.

To date, New Zealand First has been concerned about the impact agricultural emissions targets would have on its farming voters.

Mr Peters wouldn't be drawn on what the specifics of the bill are but did give an inch when RNZ asked whether his voters would be happy with the legislation, replying, "yes".

Asked why they'd be happy, he said, "because when we make a commitment we do something''.

Mr Peters said he couldn't comment on when the bill would go to Cabinet because that was a matter for the Prime Minister but he understood it would be "sooner rather than later''.

Asked if it would be on the agenda at Cabinet on Monday, Mr Peters said he couldn't answer that question.

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