Cracks in National-Green relationship
Cracks in National's relationship with the Green Party are starting to show and the Greens want energy efficiency and conservation removed from the two parties' memorandum of understanding.
The issue, revealed in a Pundit blog entry by Claire Browning, began after the MOU was signed in April, when Ms Fitzsimons was left out of updating and revising the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS) - contrary to what was signed.
Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee announced in August the EECS (developed by Ms Fitzsimons in 2007) would be replaced.
According to the post, Ms Fitzsimons was continually left out of the loop and phoned Prime Minister John Key in September to say if the matter with Mr Brownlee was not resolved the Greens would withdraw.
Green Party leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman wrote to Mr Key withdrawing from that part of the agreement, after hearing nothing.