A new trend of declaring regional climate change emergencies is sweeping New Zealand's local governments. In recent months Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, Nelson City Council, Auckland Council and, as of Thursday, Wellington City Council have declared emergencies, following the lead of countries including Wales and Canada. But for one Tauranga City councillor - a former MP and confessed sceptic of human-caused climate change - it's all a bit much. Samantha Motion reports.

A Tauranga City councillor has slammed the trend of councils declaring climate change emergencies as "complete nonsense" and says people are being "brainwashed".

Former MP Larry Baldock's