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Taranaki mayor calls for rural climate change institute

Image: Russell Street [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A New Zealand regional mayor has called for the government to fund a “specialist tertiary institute” in the North Island to focus on climate change and energy sciences.

Neil Holdom, a former adviser to Powerco, NZ’s second-largest gas and electricity distributor, says the institute could provide training and jobs in a region that is heavily dependent on energy production.

It could be part of the proposed restructure of NZ’s polytechnics and be a regional leader in climate change research, he told Radio NZ.

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