due its circumstances
especially the recent election of a very green Labour govt.
There is no huge coal lobby.
The gas will run out in about five years.. Since the new govt is discouraging more drilling.
They have also recently committed to 100% renewable electricity by 2035 plus car electrification(more vague)
Current total power is about 5GW but will rise up to 9GW with vehicle electrification.
Geothermal can go up by about 1.5 GW
Perhaps LENR can fill the gap more cheaply than wind/ geothermal.
But it would take considerable lobbying for NZ to invest in LENR research.
Especially with the greens.