Perhaps it was unwise to expect a lot of last week's two-day Just Transitions Summit in New Plymouth.

Its genesis was the shock to the Taranaki oil and gas, engineering and local fine dining sectors of the government's decision last year not to issue any new offshore oil exploration permits.

The summit was offered as a concrete demonstration that this Labour-led government is committed to avoiding Rogernomics-style social and economic dislocation as it pursues transition to a low-carbon economy.

Judging by the army of Wellington bureaucrats in attendance – boosted by dozens of freely issued passes to environmental NGOs and