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A lot of hot air

Written By: - Date published: 6:59 am, July 9th, 2012 - 138 comments
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Climate Change Minister Tim Groser: “Our farmers have been reducing their emissions by 1.3% per year for two decades” (that’s emissions per unit of output, btw, not absolute – although total emissions from agriculture are down in recent years). Groser on why farming should be out of the ETS: “we’ll introduce biological emissions into the ETS when we think there credible abatement technologies out there.”

Um. So, farmers are reducing their emissions but it’s not fair to put them into the ETS  – ie. everyone else should pay for their emissions through our tax dollars – because there’s no way for them to reduce their emissions….

Let’s face the truth: farmers can reduce their emissions and paying the price of their pollution would encourage them to take up the opprtunties to reduce them further. But, instead, National is making us subsidise agricultural pollution.

Worse, they’re just not taking climate chane seriously, even as we see more extreme heatwaves and more storms.

138 comments on “A lot of hot air”

  1. Tigger 1

    Answered a Fonterra survey last week, some of which was about pollution (mostly seemed to be about their rebranding as ‘our’ Fonterra bs).

  2. Let’s face the truth: farmers can reduce their emissions and paying the price of their pollution would encourage them to take up the opprtunties to reduce them further. But, instead, National is making us subsidise agricultural pollution.

    The gases produced by the existence of plant and animal life on this planet are pollution to the same extent you breathing out all that CO2 is pollution. Maybe the govt could introduce a breathing tax? That might prompt you to reduce your emissions.

    Given that the ETS doesn’t do what it was supposed to do, it would make more sense for the govt to stop billing the taxpayer for this supposed “pollution” that farm animals are producing and think about a carbon pricing system that might actually achieve something other than unintended consequences.

    • felix 2.1

      There’s nothing “unintended” about National selectively applying legislation so as to advantage farmers at the expense of everyone else.

    • Deano 2.2

      the millions of cows in new zealand producing methane are as much an artifical (ie human-created) source of greenhosue gases as the millions of cars.

      • Psycho Milt 2.2.1

        Animals emit GHG gases – if those are a pollutant, your argument is with life on earth, not farmers.

        • felix 2.2.1.1

          Milt, from what you write around the place you’re obviously a very smart person. Why are you pretending you’re not?

          You know the millions of cows on our farms exist because we have deliberately bred that many. It’s (almost) entirely up to us how many cows are born and how many die. Nothing to do with “life on earth” in the sense that you imply as if it’s a state of nature we are powerless to control.

          • Psycho Milt 2.2.1.1.1

            The cows in NZ are here because we put them here, yes – but that comes under the heading of So What for several reasons:

            1. There’s no reason these particular animals are bad relative to other animals that exist and have existed. A farmer is entitled to resist being billed for his ruminants if we let wetlands continue to exist and let wild ruminants wander about with nobody clipping the ticket.

            2. If we weren’t using that land for growing cows we’d be using it for some other form of food production, which would also involve greenhouse gases. Anyone who complains about GHGs emitted by food production and also eats is a hypocrite.

            3. What comes out of a cow is no more pollution than what comes out of you or me. If critters with unnaturally-large populations need to have their numbers reduced for the good of the planet, seems to me humans would logically be number one on the priority list, not cows.

            • Deano 2.2.1.1.1.1

              farming is an industry – just because the manufacture of food and other agricultural products involves a biological process doesn’t change the fact that the process is occuring because of human action and, therefore, it’s GHG emissions are human-induced.

              Since the point is to stop human-induced climate change, we can’t ignore a human-induced source of the gases that cause climate change.

              And saying ‘if you eat, you’re a hypcrite’ is stupid – it’s like saying ‘if you think this government is less than perfect but you refuse to joing armed revolt agaisnt it, you’re a hypocrite’.

              The point is that there are techs to reduce emissions per unit of output now and those techs can be improved upon – so let’s do it and let’s give farmers a financial incentive to pick up those techs.

              • Colonial Viper

                Destocking and de-intensification is going to be part of the answer in many cases. No way around it.

              • Jenny

                Some major central government initiative is required. It would be good to hear of some serious policy initiatives from our aspiring governmental parties on this issue.

              • The point is that there are techs to reduce emissions per unit of output now and those techs can be improved upon – so let’s do it and let’s give farmers a financial incentive to pick up those techs.

                Some scheme to do that would probably be a good idea. It’s too bad the current one will amount to a tax on owning livestock.

                Some major central government initiative is required.It would be good to hear of some serious policy initiatives from our aspiring governmental parties on this issue.

                I guess it’s theoretically possible that NZ’s political parties might lay before the voters a plan for a major initiative to wreck our biggest export industry and drive the prices of dairy products even higher than they are now, but I wouldn’t put money on it.

                • Jenny

                  Though I raised stopping all dairy conversions on the Canturbury Plains as an option, and possibly even reversing some farms already converted back to cropping. What I was actually asking was: Are there are any policy ideas coming from our political aspirants to government different than that to the current administration?

                  • Robert M

                    Actually I agree. NZ had quite enough dairy farms with their excessive runoffs and production of too much fatty milk products. The idea that by increasing production by 50% internally within NZ is somehow going to give us sufficient weight to remain a world level dairy markerter remains absurd. The extra water use and runoff from extra dairy is quite unsustainable.
                    There is far better use for the remaining Waitaki and Rakaia water than using it to fuel more dairy conversions that will be farmed by the usual uneducated, unitelligent daft aspirant farmers of the Ewen MacDonald sort. Some more water could have been allocated to those areas to help them thru dry years and sustain lamb and crop farming- but not any expansion of dairy.
                    The English,Grosser and Smiths policies are fradulent pie in the Sky stuff. The emission tradings schemes and carbon transfers etc have always been an elaborate fraud , never intended to be seriously implemented generally and never in the agricultural area. The emission tradings schemes are all simply designed to give credibility to NZ green voters and the international image that NZ is enviromentally sensitive and still remotely part of the advanced intelligent liberal western world. Its a short term con,with the intention always to push implementation dates out furthur step by step into the never,never.
                    I think I corresponded with Nick Smith with ideas for a green centre party and the ideas of the Nats seeking a Green partner or creating one, 15 years ago. From my point of view I was talking about urban greenism, public transport, solar energy etc- but I think Smith developed the idea of the Blue Greens and attraction to the Green voters about that time from multiple sources. But for the Nats its a poitical strategy aimed in assisting and disguising the key National strategy of English and Smith of cementing the provincial seats as the strongest Nat areas and changing the strongest Labour areas traditionally in the heartland into strong National bases.

            • Draco T Bastard 2.2.1.1.1.2

              1.) Over-population
              2.) But quite significantly less
              3.) Yes

            • felix 2.2.1.1.1.3

              Milt that is so much bullshit.

              1. They don’t just “exist”, we created them. And we don’t have millions of wild ruminants running around and we aren’t creating any more wetlands.

              2. In that case anyone who argues that anything could be done better is a hypocrite.

              3. Being human doesn’t require that we raise so many cows.

              I take back the first part of my previous comment. If you seriously believe any of what you just wrote you’re a moron.

              • 1. So? The biotonnage of animals on the planet is not small – it makes no sense to arbitrarily assign a “pollutant” category to some tiny proportion of them because we increased their population. There’s a hell of a lot of animals that have had their population decreased by humans, but I don’t expect anyone will be volunteering to dish out carbon credits for it. Also, no NZ doesn’t have millions of wild ruminants running around but the climate doesn’t observe our geographic boundaries. From the atmosphere’s pov there’s no difference between the emissions of a cow in NZ and an elephant in Kenya.

                2. Maybe, but then I also think that people who regard the outputs of animals as pollutants should be agitating for a tax on their own breath and on any children they produce before they start hassling farmers for growing food. Some hypocrisy is more annoying than others.

                3. So? What comes out of a cow is no more a pollutant than what comes out of you or me. Imagining otherwise is simply wrong.

                • McFlock

                  1: Not all animals are artificially concentrated with things like intensive grass fertilisation (not to mention that many fertilisers involve longer-cycle carbon).
                     
                  2: Funnliy enough, a lot of people are trying to lower their own carbon footprint voluntarily. Farmers… not so much.

                  3: It’s not so much the substance as the needless amount. See 2.

                  • If you want a “needless amount,” ask yourself what the planet’s current need for 7 billion people is. Cows are trivial by comparison.

                    And some farmers are trying to lower their own carbon footprint voluntarily, just like some other people. So what? At issue is the extent to which the govt should make people pay for the emissions of animals, not the extent to which some social class you despise is morally inferior to those you don’t. If some people should be billed for the CO2 and methane outputs of animals they’re responsible for, why not all of us? Farmers at least stand to get billed for cows from 2015 onwards – where’s the plan to bill the rest of us? You, your kids, your pets, all of us are turning out greenhouse gases every minute of every day, and we are more concentrated and artificially supported than any farm animal. If you’re feeling angry at farmers not getting billed until 2015, you should be incandescent with rage at the failure of the govt to make any plans at all to increment your own taxes for the gases produced by you and every dependent adult, child or pet on your property (or make deductions from your benefits, as the case may be). Let’s bitch about the farmers once we’ve removed the justification for them to bitch about us.

                    • RedLogix

                      It should come as no surprise that, when confronted with the challenge of reducing our carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, some people angrily proclaim, “Why should we bother? Even breathing out creates carbon emissions!”

                      This statement fails to take into account the other half of the carbon cycle. As you also learned in grade school, plants are the opposite to animals in this respect: Through photosynthesis, they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, in a chemical equation opposite to the one above. (They also perform some respiration, because they need to eat as well, but it is outweighed by the photosynthesis.) The carbon they collect from the CO2 in the air forms their tissues – roots, stems, leaves, and fruit.

                      These tissues form the base of the food chain, as they are eaten by animals, which are eaten by other animals, and so on. As humans, we are part of this food chain. All the carbon in our body comes either directly or indirectly from plants, which took it out of the air only recently.

                      Therefore, when we breathe out, all the carbon dioxide we exhale has already been accounted for. By performing cellular respiration, we are simply returning to the air the same carbon that was there to begin with. Remember, it’s a carbon cycle, not a straight line – and a good thing, too!

                      http://www.skepticalscience.com/does-breathing-contribute-to-co2-buildup-in-the-atmosphere.html

                      On the other hand cows create methane which while short-lived in the atmosphere, is more intense in it’s effect. This means that methane (CH4) has to be counted as an extra component to the AGW effect … over and above that which the same amount of carbon in CO2 contributes.

                    • So, GHGs produced by humans are just part of the natural atmospheric cycle even when we make 7 billion CO2 excreters while cutting down most of the CO2-absorbing trees, but GHGs produced by ruminants are an unnatural imposition on the atmospheric cycle that must be accounted for?

                      In other words, your quote works for complaints about needing to reduce emissions from fossil fuels, but loses all logic when you apply it to animals.

            • Matthew Whitehead 2.2.1.1.1.4

              1) These particular animals in these particular numbers and density are not a natural occurence. They have been fed, bred, and contained to protect them so they can be slaughtered for meat. If everyone stopped eating meat, or even just ate three quarters less, it would do an amazing amount for the climate.

              2) Other forms of food production than livestock are in general far more energy-efficient, as livestock use up paddock space, resources for barns, pens, or other animal housing, medications, workhours, and an incredible amount of potable water IN ADDITION to using more space and water for grains or other feed stocks than we would need to actually grow food directly to feed the same number of people. If we quit or even just greatly reduced meat and dairy farming, it would be far more impactful than say, improving our fuel economy or taking buses everywhere. (which yes, I also do.)

              3) What comes out of you or me, assuming you’re talking about methane or CO2, is indeed also a pollutant, because there is too much of it for the atmosphere to handle, which is why we need to be moving towards negative global population growth. It seems to me we should focus on each individual human having a high quality of life and clean water, good, healthy, and efficient food, (ie. not meat) rather than cramming in as many animals- human or otherwise- on the planet as possible. And we can do that without war, forced sterilisation, or any of the other scare-mongering strawarguments about politcies to slow or reverse population growth.

              • Hell is other people, huh?

                • RedLogix

                  Well if there were so many ‘other people’ that the entire planet was stacked ten layers deep with us… then I guess that would be hell too.

                  (I had this pile of straw lying about and….)

                • mike e

                  PM Hey us humans are subsidizing cows right now Under the ETS. I thought you’d be happy about that !
                  A little GM and we can help you avoid that as you already have the intelligence of a cow it would explain why you talk so much BS.

            • rosy 2.2.1.1.1.5

              1. Not much sympathy with this argument. We grow cows at greater and greater densities than other ruminants wandering wetlands.
              2. I have some sympathy with that argument – but we could be growing plants instead. As it stands a monoculture of dairying is what we’re getting. Emissions trading* may affect that.
              3. A lot of sympathy with this argument. No-one seems to have come up with an emissions trading scheme that includes population increases with credits for effective family planning. Can of worms, that one!

              * not that I actually agree with the ETS, but if we’re going to have it it might be useful here

    • Shane Gallagher 2.3

      Okay – I am going to assume you are simply mis-informed…. In order to create pasture out of what was once forest you have to either burn it down or chop it down. Mostly it was burnt – carbon goes into atmosphere. Then you plow the fields – more carbon escapes into the atmosphere as there is a lot of carbon trapped in the soil that is released when you plow it. Also you get run-off into water and that helps release more carbon. Then you put cows on the pasture land who essentially convert a large amount of the grass into methane. Now methane has a greenhouse effect 25 times that of CO2. So you chop down trees that are soaking up CO2 and storing it in the ground and replace them with Methane creating cows you have a net increase in our greenhouse gas emmsions.

      Got it? This is basic chemistry… not that complicated really. :-)

      • Psycho Milt 2.3.1

        I doubt even a Greens govt would attempt to bill farmers and Maori for the NZ forests that have been burnt over the last 1000 years. Also, animals eating vegetation is to a great extent what life on this planet involves. Anyone wanting to wring their hands over how awful that is will promptly stop all that eating they’ve been doing, if they’ve the courage of their convictions.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.3.1.1

          Typical, moronic and false either/or option put forward as an argument.

  3. TT 3

    All farming is dirty, polluting activity; particularly animal. Farming animals is also morally reprehensible. The practice should cease immediately. So called “livestock” farmers should also face criminal charges for the inevitable cruelty of their evil practices. We should only farm for the needs of the people of this country. That farming should only be plant-life, and possibly insects if people insist on eating animal protein. At least that way the emissions per gram of protein would be acceptable.

    • Sweetd 3.1

      Are you for real or a pizz take?

      • Jenny 3.1.1

        Yes, I think TT will be hearing from the ILF (Insect Liberation Front).

        • Populuxe1 3.1.1.1

          At the risk of annoying the mods (I apologise in advance), I do love this relevant quote from G. K. Chesterton’s delightful novel The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904):

          There was Mr Edward Carpenter, who thought we should in a very short time return to Nature, and live simply and slowly as the animals do. And Edward Carpenter was followed by James Pickie DD (of Pocahontas College), who said that men were immensely improved by grazing, or by taking their food slowly and continuously, after the manner of cows. And he said that he had, with the most encouraging results, turned city men out on all fours in a field covered with veal cutlets. Then Tolstoy and the Humanitarians said that the world was growing more merciful, and therefore no one would ever desire to kill. And vegetarianism doomed (‘shedding’, as he called it finely, ‘the green blood of the silent animals’), and predicted that men in a better age would live on nothing but salt. And then came the pamphlet from Oregon (where the thing was tried), and the pamphlet called ‘Why should Salt suffer?’ and there was more trouble.

          • Carol 3.1.1.1.1

            Actually, more relevant is how humans lived prior to the development of agriculture. When humans were hunter-gatherers, animal food was a small percentage of their diet, and plant food made up the main bulk of their food-supply.

            Agriculture, especially intensive animal farming, has shifted that balance. I don’t think it’s necessary to give up eating meat completely, but I do think western diets are over-reliant on meat and intensive, environment-damaging agriculture.

            • Populuxe1 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Because Japanese whaling and overfishing are so much better?

              • Carol

                Did I say anything about fishing and whaling?

                I’d put intensive fishing, whaling and fish farming in the same category as agriculture and intensive animal farming. I was suggesting plant protein as an alternative.

      • Carol 3.1.2

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet

        As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.

        It says: “Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products. Unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives: people have to eat. A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.”

        http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-and-environment.aspx

        Many leading environmental organizations, including the National Audubon Society, the Worldwatch Institute, the Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and even Al Gore’s Live Earth—have recognized that raising animals for food damages the environment more than just about anything else that we do. Whether it’s the overuse of resources, global warming, massive water or air pollution, or soil erosion, raising animals for food is wreaking havoc on the Earth.

        The most important step you can take to save the planet is to go vegetarian. Order PETA’s free vegetarian/vegan starter kit for tips and recipes to get you started on an Earth-friendly vegan diet today.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1.2.1

          Carol , just pasting slabs of content will get attention of the moderators.
          Do you have some of your own ideas ?

          • Carol 3.1.2.1.1

            Usually I add comments, gww, but in this case, I thought the quotes spoke for themselves & answered sweetd’s questions: ie that there is a strong argument, based in official stats and reports against farming animals for food – hence there was a serious point to TT’s post,even though there was a slight tongue-in-cheek element to how it was made.

            I really thought I didn’t need to add anything – TT failed to provide evidence in support of her/his comment. I was providing such omitted evidence.

        • higherstandard 3.1.2.2

          Why doesn’t PETA just have done with it and call for the orderly eviction of humans from the earth.

          • Carol 3.1.2.2.1

            I’m not a great fan of Peta, but in this case, they were referring to reports, stats etc about how damaging animal farming has become.

      • Uturn 3.1.3

        Who knows what anything means on this site, but at face value TT’s comments are not such an unusual view:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5waCNdr8sI

        Eating insects is only unusual in the Western world. Here in NZ you’re only likely to find them on the menu of the WildFood festival.

        http://www.wildfoods.co.nz/index.cfm/1,51,0,0,html

        A buddhist of a certain type would find Farming animals reprehensible; the criminal charges part is fair opinion depending on your outlook; farming only for domestic need is fair opinion, even if there is no explanation how this could join to a wider economic system; farming insects is possible and fair opinion; as is comment on emissions.

        • Draco T Bastard 3.1.3.1

          farming only for domestic need is fair opinion, even if there is no explanation how this could join to a wider economic system;

          What, exactly, do you mean by join to a wider economic system? Surely, producing food is merely part of the economic system even if we have elevated it to heights it doesn’t deserve in NZ?

    • gorj 3.2

      TT, disagree on the point of all livestock farming being morally reprehensible.

      Which is more ethical: Bringing an animal into the world and giving it a happy life free from predators, disease and killing it quickly and painlessly to provide sustenance for humans or not giving the animal life at all. Most farmed animals in this country would not survive outside of farms, they rely on humans for their wellbeing, you can’t set them free.

      Unfortunately a lot of farming, battery and meat chickens especially, is done with little regard for the welfare of the animals so I don’t eat a whole lot of meat unless it’s free range/organic. In these cases I think it is more ethical to eat the meat than not eat it.

      Also if I think you are going to be eating your chops and steaks, you should be prepared to eat all other parts of the animal, liver, kidneys, offal, brains and all that. You should honour the life of the animal and get the most out out of it cheers.

      • felix 3.2.1

        “Which is more ethical: Bringing an animal into the world and giving it a happy life free from predators, disease and killing it quickly and painlessly to provide sustenance for humans or not giving the animal life at all.”

        Not “giving it life” at all, whatever you think that might mean.

  4. Jenny 4

    Methane produced by ruminants is New Zealand’s number one leading contributer to global warming, molecule for molecule, thirty times more dangerous to the climate than CO2.

    Other than ignoring this reality, which is the Feds favoured option….

    What can be done about it?

    What practical steps can be taken?

    The ETS is an obvious failure making no impact at all on either CO2 emissions or any other greenhouse gas emissions.

    The only outcome of a pollution trading scheme is to burden the population with the cost of not meeting our international obligations.

    Some other major central government policy direction is obviously required.

    Due to the dearth of any policy related to Methane pollution from either of our nation’s two main political parties, or even the Greens.

    I would humbly like to start the debate.

    In my opinion what is needed is legislative curbs on any more dairy conversions in the South Island, particularly on land poorly suited to dairying like the Canturbury Plains.

    Going further than that, returning dairy conversions back to cropping, more suited to the climate of this area. Being less polluting and in less need of intensive irrigation needed by dairying in this area of the many over exploited and degraded south Island braided rivers in a rain shadowed semi arid area.

    What crop could replace dairy?

    Soy is a universally demanded crop. Not only this it’s refinery with some rejigging could take advantage of the already existing dairy factory infrastructure and workforce without any loss of jobs.

    Other benefits could be, taking the pressure off of rainforest destruction for soy farms to meet the international demand for soy. The destruction of rainforest in Latin America for massive industrial scale soy farming being a major environmental threat in its self.

    Such inniatives as this would enhance New Zealand’s international reputation for being ‘clean’ and ‘green’.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.1

      And growing soy (- beans) in the Canterbury plains wont need irrigation?

      • Jenny 4.1.1

        And growing soy (- beans) in the Canterbury plains wont need irrigation?

        ghostwhowalksnz

        Of course it will, Ghost, but nowhere near as much irrigation as Dairy. Making it more sustainable and less polluting in the long run. Which currently threatens to exhaust the underground aquifiers as well seriously degrading the Canturbury Plains river systems and water quality generally.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 4.1.1.1

          Rice paddies are a big source of methane, no animals required.

          What should rice farmers shift their cultivation to ?

          • Matthew Whitehead 4.1.1.1.1

            One option is to switch their crops, sure. Another is to cease all-year flooding of paddies and allow them to dry up at natural times, cutting off the methane-producing bacteria for the dry period. In synergy with other methods to fight climate change a less intense push for rice farming wouldn’t mean that nobody you know would ever eat rice again, especially if combined with sensible means to slow and reverse population growth.

    • Soy requires intensive processing to make it edible by humans – if you think shifting to a diet consisting mainly of highly processed food would benefit the environment, you haven’t thought it through very well.

      • Jenny 4.2.1

        Soy requires intensive processing to make it edible by humans -….

        Psycho Milt

        Kia ora Psycho. Firstly. thanks for becoming involved in the debate. I think that I have addressed that issue of the necessary intensive processing of soy, by advocating the conversion of the existing Southland dairy factories.

        …. if you think shifting to a diet consisting mainly of highly processed food would benefit the environment, you haven’t thought it through very well.

        Psycho Milt

        Granted, but Psycho I am talking here of practical and realistic transistional steps of going from most damaging, to least damaging. Particularly as regards to climate change. And with the least impact on working people reliant on the Dairy Industry for their livelyhoods.

        Maybe as well as giving a critique it would be good to see your solution. (Or anyone else for that matter. Who has some ideas for alternative solutions to the methane menace. How about it JAMES).

        • higherstandard 4.2.1.1

          “…alternative solutions to the methane menace.”

          Get on with your life and stop tilting at windmills ?

          • Jenny 4.2.1.1.1

            Get on with your life and stop tilting at windmills

            higherstandard

            People said this to me when nuclear ships were in port, and racially selected sports teams were running on our fields.

            Proudly I can say I ignored them, as I will you.

            • ghostwhowalksnz 4.2.1.1.1.1

              Will you be campaigning against rice farmers , because they too emit methane from the paddies ?

              Will they say , of course YOU are right before and this makes you right again ?

              • Populuxe1

                Actually Jenny is not wrong.
                 

              • prism

                gwwnz
                If you’re a ghost then you have no interest in your own life or anyone else’s. If you want to make a point about rice paddies make it yourself – don’t be lazy and ask others on the site to answer all your questions.

                • ghostwhowalksnz

                  Whats it got to do with you ?
                  Anyway ,either rice paddies are a significant source of methane or they are not.

                  • Populuxe1

                    If you’d read my link above, ghost (Scientific American no less) you would know that methane production by paddies can be dramatically reduced by improved cultivation.

        • Populuxe1 4.2.1.2

          I seriously doubt anything we can accomplish now will moderate or reverse climate change – the genie is well and truly out of the bottle – so going out of our way to hamstring our economy for little benefit seems counterproductive to me, especially as the countries most likely to endure the tribulations of global warming will be the ones with money to pay for relocating communities and massive engineering projects.

          • Jenny 4.2.1.2.1

            the countries most likely to endure the tribulations of global warming will be the ones with money to pay for relocating communities and massive engineering projects.

            Populuxe1

            Well that is just factually wrong. For a start as looks likely, the worst affected will be those in the third world. First world countries like England for instance, will get off relatively lightly in comparison to say Bangladesh or sub Saharan Africa.

            Countries in the global North and South (including ourselves) will be better off than those at the equator. There will be exceptions to this general rule, Australia for instance will likely be devastated, already the driest inhabitable continent could me made mostly uninhabitable.

            • Populuxe1 4.2.1.2.1.1

              Jenny, get out your dictionary and look up what the word “endure” means.

              • Jenny

                My apologies for my misunderstanding of the meaning of your choice of words.

                In common parlance I understand the word “endure” to mean “suffer”. When you wrote “the countries most likely to endure the tribulations of climate change were those with the money to relocate communities or massive engineering projects” I knew that wasn’t right.

                I am aware now that you meant “endure” as in “survive” or “persist”.

                In that context your words have a much more sinister connotation. In that, countries without “money to pay for relocating communities and massive engineering projects”, will not endure/survive.

                I have never read a more cold hearted calculation for continuing climate change.

                How many millions are you talking about here?

                Again I apologise for not comprehending the shockingly monstrous and inhuman message of your words.

                • Populuxe1

                  What a load of melodramatic bumf. If developing nations are to survive they will need all the help they can get from the more technologically advanced wealthy nations. But while your heart is bleeding all over the carpet, humanity will have to endure. I’m simply outlining the likely scenario – I don’t need you to turn me into H*tler 2.0 for stating the obvious.

                  • Jenny

                    You flatter yourself I thought of you more as a Quizzling.

                    I have long considered the apologists for continuing policies that cause climate change worse than the deniers and sceptics. Most apologists, cite the economic cost of any serious mitigation measures to combat climate change as the reason for not doing anything. To which you have added a eugenic twist.

                    All projections show that the cost of doing nothing will be far worse. And not just in terms of money, but in human welfare and habitat loss and environmental degradation as well. But in the self centred world view of the apologists, these costs and this suffering will be inflicted not on them personally but on the next generation.

                    Apologists like you are the Quizzlings of Climate Change.

                    • Populuxe1

                      I try to avoid arguments with the mad, but I am not in any way against trying to reduce greenhouse emissions, but I think it’s naive to think the damage can be undone. With your head in the sand you expect humanity to die for your dream world.
                       

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      Ah, but can they spell Quisling?

                    • The damage can’t be undone, at least not on a shorter-term time scale. What we can do is stop it getting even worse.

                  • Populuxe1

                    Also:

                    I have never read a more cold hearted calculation for continuing climate change.

                    WTF!? Who said anything about deliberately continuing climate change? I don’t think we can stop or reverse it now.

                    • Jenny

                      I don’t think we can stop or reverse it now.

                      Populuxe1

                      That’s exactly what Vidkun Quisling said about the Nazi the take over of Europe.

                    • Jenny

                      WTF!? Who said anything about deliberately continuing climate change?

                      Populuxe1

                      You accept that climate change is happening and that the damage already done can not be reversed.

                      Pop1, If you are not a climate Quisling;

                      Then now, might be a good time to put forward your ideas for mitigating climate change.

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      It’s quite clear what Populuxe is saying. Are you deliberately misunderstanding it?

          • Jenny 4.2.1.2.2

            I seriously doubt anything we can accomplish now will moderate or reverse climate change – the genie is well and truly out of the bottle – so going out of our way to hamstring our economy for little benefit seems counterproductive to me…..

            Populuxe1

            In reply to all surrendering Climate Change defeatists.

            If you will not fight when when the victory is sure and not too costly;

            Then you will come to a time when you will have to fight with the odds against you and only a precarious chance of winning.

            There may even be a worse case scenario.

            We will fight when there is no hope of victory and death is certain, because it is better to die fighting than die on our knees.

            Winstone Churchill

            • Populuxe1 4.2.1.2.2.1

              Jenny, if you must quote that racist pisshead, could you at least spell his name correctly.
              Ecclesiastes 9:4

              • Jenny

                Still waiting for you to say what we should be doing other than surrender?

                • Populuxe1

                  I’m hardly advocating surrender, I simply think our resources would be better spend preparing for the inevitable rather than pretending we can somehow make it go away by getting rid of all our cows.

                  • There’s no point spending money on adapting to climate change if we don’t stop accelerating it first.

                  • Jenny

                    OK Pop1.

                    How do you think “our resources would be better spent preparing for the inevitable…”?

                    Remember that the worst effects of the crisis will fall on the next generation and as you have implied the people in the poorer countries as well.

              • Jenny


                http://bible.cc/ecclesiastes/9-4.htm

                “…A live dog is better than a dead lion”?????

                What a saying to live by.

                Grow a spine man.

                • Populuxe1

                  A spine is only useful to those alive to enjoy it, and it beats the hell out of vainglorious doomed heroics. I firmly believe that our goal should be the futureproofing of this country against the vicissitudes of peak oil and global warming to the best of our ability, not squandering it on feelgood self-hugs.

                  • Jenny

                    Pop1. Can you tell us what you think this “future proofing” should be?

                    • Populuxe1

                      Isn’t that fairly obvious? Tidal barriers, alternative water sources like desalination, evacuation of communities in vulnerable areas, secure renewable energy sources and other infrastructure, prepare for a massive influx of refugees from the Pacific Islands. It’s not like this is a particularly new conversation.

                    • Jenny

                      Hmm. I particularly like your idea of secure renewable energy sources and other infrastructure. I imagine that you are talking about a huge increase in solar and wind as well as hydro and geothermal, possibly even tidal booms. This shouldn’t be such a big ask as 70% of our power already comes from renewables. I also imagine that by “secure infrastructure” you mean building a decent public transport system so we can still get around.

                      As well as this, a major state housing building program to house the thousands of climate refugees will need to be built.

                      Unemployment will disappear overnight.

                      (And I thought I was being radical suggesting new dairy conversions be banned.)

                      Switching the $billions set aside to be wasted on the Roads of National inSignicance could be a good place to start for the funding needed. There will also need to be a major overhaul of the tax system.

                      So how can we create the political will to achieve all this?

                      Any ideas?

                      At the moment the Greens are purposely not raising the issue of Climate Change in case they are seen as too radical. And Labour still seems to be wedded to business as usual.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      So how can we create the political will to achieve all this?

                      You have to shake the voting middle class, those households with an income of over $80K pa, out of their high consumption entitlement mentality.

                      Good luck.

            • Jenny 4.2.1.2.2.2

              At this stage in history we are at Churchill’s second position. Yet still the quislings and defeatists and traitors to humanity oppose taking any action against climate change, refusing to impinge on their own comforts and privileges. Cowardly leaving the next generation to fight climate change from Churchill’s third position.

              Every ANZAC day we gather to commemorate those of the previous generation that gave up, home, family, careers, everything, even their lives to defeat the existential threat of fascism, and they did it for us the generation to come.

              Are we so selfish that we can’t do the same?

              • Kotahi Tane Huna

                You are about forty years too late to this party, Jenny. Abusing your fellow attendees may seem like a swell idea to you, but actually it’s just tiresome.

              • Jenny

                You have to shake the voting middle class, those households with an income of over $80K pa, out of their high consumption entitlement mentality.

                Colonial Viper

                Again with the cloth cap class hatred for the middle classes. I have asked you before and you still refuse to reply. If this section of the population is as self centred as you claim, how do you explain political campaigns like the anti apartheid movement or the anti nuclear movement or the peace movement generally, all political movements dominated by middle class people.

                I might also mention that in times of national crisis this is the class that is the first to voluntarily enlist.

                • Carol

                  CV was talking about the voting middleclass.

                  He’s probably over-generalising. However, I think there are a significant number of middleclass voters who are primarily focused on their comfortable consumer lifestyles. Their vote for the status quo probably makes a big impact on the outcome of elections.

                  The people who get out on the streets to protest are a minority of that class. The protest movements you mention, Jenny, while being important calls for change, are not the ones most likely to threaten a comfortable middleclass lifestyle.

                  • Jenny

                    CV was talking about the voting middleclass.

                    Carol

                    Thanks for that Carol. You are right I had overlooked that small qualification.

                    CV is right, in that the middle classes, generally, do tend to vote conservatively, mainly for economic reasons, identifying with those who support small business, less taxation, lighter regulation, cracking down on crime, harsher treatment of benificiaries, rewarding success etc. etc.

                    But on social issues, causes like the environment, schedule 4, anti racism, anti nuclear, these are perceived rightly or wrongly by many working class people like CV as middle class issues.

                    Being better read, with more access to education and information than that generally available to factory hands, road workers, farm labourers, truck drivers etc. As well as this, the middle are usually better paid, work less hours, giving them more time to consider the bigger issues. Working people on the other hand have less time, working generally longer hours and taking less holidays, just to pay the rent and buy groceries. Working people generally have less resources and less time than the middle classes to consider the bigger issues which usually take a back seat to just surviving.

                    If Greens ever did have the courage of their convictions and started raising the issue of climate change they would probably garner quite a lot of middle class support.

                    Unfortunately that has not happened yet. In the last election New Zealand’s environmental party, the Green Party, deliberately decided to avoid raising the issue of climate change. Neglecting the middle class vote to concentrate more on courting the working class vote, previously targeted by the Alliance Party and?or Labour. When asked, why they hadn’t raised climate change as an electoral issue the main reasons given by Green Party supporters are as follows:

                    “It would cost us votes”

                    “We don’t want to be seen as to radical”

                    So while our environmental party morphs into something else, climate change goes unaddressed in the electoral forum. Which is a shame, because if the bigger party politicians were ever challenged openly on the hustings on climate change most would be seen to be sadly lacking.

                    • Jenny

                      Also, what CV’s comment ignores, is the role of leadership. Without any leadership calling for serious reduction in Green House Gas emissions how can anyone of any class respond?

                    • Jenny

                      Leadership is important. In war it can mean the difference between defeat and victory. It can see smaller forces overcoming more numerous and better equipted ones.

                      At present humanity is in an existential war over changing climate, AND WE ARE LOSING

                      Mainly because we have not yet begun to fight.

                      Colonial Viper tries to scapegoat the middle classes as being unwilling to make sacrifices for the general good as the cause, of why humanity as a whole is not addressing this issue. But CV’s claims are not base on fact, and are not supported by this class’s history, especially in this country.

                      We should avoid unsubstantiated scapegoating and look to what I identify as the prime cause for inaction on climate change. LACK OF LEADERSHIP from any of the political parties in parliament.

                      The causes are varied depending on the political party, the Greens don’t want to be seen as to radical. Labour is afraid to challenge the powerful oil and coal companies. And National is the party wedded to these interests.

                      Though all these three mainstream parties agree that the threat is real and that something should be done it.

                      This is why I often mention the example of Churchill, a back bench MP voted into parliament after standing as an independent member of no major party regaining the seat he lost as part of the Liberal Party.

                      Despite being a backbencher and an outsider belonging to no major party he wouldn’t shut up about the danger of the Nazi threat.

                      This was what is called giving a lead, or leadership.

                      From a minority position of one. Churchill by continually and tirelessly debating and challenging his fellow MPs on this issue, exposed all the other leaders as wanting on this issue. Eventually from his minority position without any acceptable moral counter from his opponents winning over the whole of parliament to his point of view and was promoted to the Prime Ministership of the Conservative led parliament.

                      This is the sort of leadership we need in parliament now.

        • Psycho Milt 4.2.1.3

          Maybe as well as giving a critique it would be good to see your solution.

          My solution to what? The existence of animal life on this planet isn’t a problem in need of a solution.

          • Jenny 4.2.1.3.1

            Your solution to climate change.

            • Kotahi Tane Huna 4.2.1.3.1.1

              If destructive weather and peak oil don’t mitigate it nothing else will.

              • Colonial Viper

                The Great Recession will do it.

                • Kotahi Tane Huna

                  No, it won’t. There are still considerable amounts of oil that can be got at and burned, and the likelihood is that we’re going to do exactly that, sooner or later. A downturn in the economy means there is still economic activity going on, just at a lower level – so emissions fall a few percent – not enough. Once we’ve torched all the oil, the real question is: what are we going to do with the coal?

    • higherstandard 4.3

      Any idea what converting NZ from a dairy exporter to a soy exporter would do to our export revenues ?

      • Carol 4.3.1

        Does it need to be just soy? As I understand it, there are several kinds of beans that can be a good source of protein in a meat-free, or low-meat diet?

        http://vegetarian.about.com/od/healthnutrition/tp/protein.htm

        • higherstandard 4.3.1.1

          Any idea what converting NZ from a dairy exporter to a soy exporter (or the several other kinds of beans) would do to our export revenues ?

        • Populuxe1 4.3.1.2

          Yes, but unless somebody wants to buy your beans in the first place there’s precious little incentive to grow them.

          • Jenny 4.3.1.2.1

            Pop, there is a huge demand for soy and soy products is in global market. For which, to meet that demand, vast tracts of virgin rain forest have been sacrificed. Particularly in Latin America.

            Far better to grow it here. And on land better suited for it, land that traditionally has been used for cropping since the settler days.

            • belladonna 4.3.1.2.1.1

              I quite agree with Jenny regarding soy beans. There is a huge market out there. In many other countries in the world people are turning away from eating meat. If you are serious about cutting emissions from cows then stop eating meat then you will go a way to decreasing the 18% of emissions that currently come from cows. You will stop the deliberate cruelty to animals and improve your own and your families health as well.

      • Jenny 4.3.2

        No idea. But I believe the costs of not addressing climate change have been estimated in the $trillions, not even mentioning the cost to the human and natural environment.

        • higherstandard 4.3.2.1

          But you are aware, no doubt, that if we converted our entire dairy herd to something such as soy it would have zero impact on climate change/global warming I take it ?

          • Jenny 4.3.2.1.1

            Extraordinary claims, need extraordinary proof.

            I think you need a citation here H.S.

            • Jenny 4.3.2.1.1.1

              ……Or at the very least some facts, or reasoning to back up your claim.

                • Jenny

                  Ah yes. The ol’ oft repeated excuse that because New Zealand is only responsible for 0.2% of global emissions, we should do nothing.

                  Which is the Fed’s main argument for doing nothing.

                  And it’s true. If New Zealand stopped all green house gas emissions tomorrow it would have negligible beneficial effect on the world’s natural climate.

                  But on the world’s global political climate the affect would be far reaching, if not electrifying. If we can do it, the populations of other first world countries would be demanding that their countries do it too. ‘New Zealand’ would become a template for how a modern industrial state switched to a sustainable carbon neutral industrial economy.

                  Like votes for women, or the welfare state, or even Rogernomics, which all started here first, then swept the world.

                  This is what Sir Peter Gluckman the government’s top science adviser has to say:

                  “The collective wisdom of the scientific community is that action is needed now.”

                  Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science adviser to the Prime Minister.

                  http://www.pmcsa.org.nz/climate-change/

                  The country’s top science adviser goes on to say:

                  “New Zealand is a small emitter by world standards – only emitting some 0.2% of global green house gases. So anything we do as a nation will have little impact on the climate – our impact will be symbolic, moral, and political”

                  Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science adviser to the Prime Minister.

                  In effect H.S. you are living in the country that could do the most.

                  So you will have to do a lot better than drop a couple of stale links, to put your case for doing nothing to oppose climate change.

                  • higherstandard

                    Jenny your idealism would come at a not insignificant cost to the country, and despite your wish that NZ crucifying it’s dairying would have an electrifying effect on the rest of the world it’s more likely to do nothing more than stuff us even more financially while the rest of the world continues on its own merry way.

                    Better that we effect change where we can in a economically and environmentally sustainable manner, such as through the work of those in such places as Agresearch who will no doubt come up with solutions to decrease the methane production per cow.

  5. Kotahi Tane Huna 5

    Sorry to be the bringer of uncertainty, but I wish people would not quote figures such as “30% more dangerous to the climate” in these discussions. They simply have no meaning. Methane is a more powerful GHG than CO2 but decays completely after about 10 years.

    60-75% of the measured CH4 anomaly has been calculated to come from wetlands, and of what is left, there is an increasing body of evidence that points to under-reporting of emissions from the natural gas extraction industry.

    Where this leaves farmers and the ETS I’m not sure. On the one hand I am inclined to the view that the National Party is simply flicking more corporate welfare to bludging farmers, but on the other, well, the farmers can point to the skewed attribution figures and cry foul.

    Certainly polluters must pay, but which ones? Is anyone seriously suggesting that we believe TAG Oil, for example, when they tell us their “fugitive emission” levels and ask us to trust their accuracy?

    The CH4 level in the atmosphere was flat from the late ’70′s to the late ’90′s. During the same period dairy production increased about 44%. Food for thought.

    • Jenny 5.1

      Tane, You are absolutely correct about the short life of methane in the atmosphere, as you say only ten years, where CO2 can persist for centuries.

      This points out it’s significance in halting global warming. The effects of methane though only short term are very powerful. It has been postulated that drastically reducing methane pollution will counter the growing CO2 footprint. Giving humanity a breathing space in which to address the more intractable problem of CO2 emissions.

      For instance, British figures I have read have calculated that if all their landfills, which are a major producer of methane emissions, were eliminated, this would counter all that country’s CO2 emissions.

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 5.1.1

        That may well be so, but given that ‘fracking’ has been “given the green light” – as The Guardian puts it – to go ahead across the UK, it hardly seems likely – especially since NOAA and Howarth/Ingraffea demonstrated last year that CH4 extraction is producing more emissions than the industry is reporting.

        David Archer’s essay “An Arctic methane worst-case scenario” adds some context here I think.

        …the methane worst case does not suddenly spell the extinction of human life on Earth. It does not lead to a runaway greenhouse. The worst-case methane scenario stands comparable to what CO2 can do.

        That isn’t an argument to do nothing – far from it – but it could easily help drive a wedge between farmers and the resource extraction industry, one which could only make life difficult for the National Party. If farmers are being unfairly taxed because of the gas industry’s lies…

      • davidw 5.1.2

        “…where CO2 can persist for centuries.” or until a plant sucks it up as a nutrient and converts it to cellulose whichever comes first.

        V interesting this labelling of naturally occurring compounds as “GHG” as if the science is settled and somehow this stuff is nasty. The term was coined to describe the postulate some gasses will trap the sun’s energy inside earth’s atmosphere and cause a temperature increase. That postulate has subsequently not been supported by reality with the result that even those jetting around the world attending conferences have backed off and it is now “climate change” as a bet each way on disaster prediction.

        Accordingly, the term GHG does not describe the current trend in disaster prediction and is just so out of date darling.

        But then there are no theories that describe “climate change gasses” either so the average punter is getting more confused by the day. One thing is for sure though, the climate change disaster prediction industry is losing credibility with every day that passes.

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 5.1.2.1

          davidw you don’t actually understand the science at all do you? Do you think the annual uptake and release of CO2 from biological sources is news to anyone? It stands out like a dog’s balls in the annual rise and fall in atmospheric levels, and it’s your trump card? lol someone has been trying to make a fool of you, and it’s working.

          Do you know what a dipole is? Do you know what a dipole does when it moves through an electromagnetic field? What is the physical and electrical structure of a CO2 molecule? Answer these questions? You couldn’t “postulate” your way out of a paper bag.

          • davidw 5.1.2.1.1

            No Kotahi, no trump card, just an observation that the language is changing faster than the arguments which has to tell you something if you could get your head out of your arse for a minute or two and look around. (not normally one for ad homs but give and take I say).

            Frankly mate, the science has not been of great assistance as all the models, mathematics, dipoles, Higgs Bosons, tree rings and ice cores have yet to be fitted into a model that actually generates some verifiable predictions. So until they do and the disaster predictors can stop lieijng through their teeth there will be no credibility in the argument.

            So, as I say – stand back and have a long look at the progression of the argument, the shifting ground of the doomsayers and their fast-diminishing credibility before you stuff your foot back into your mouth.

            • Kotahi Tane Huna 5.1.2.1.1.1

              “Verifiable predictions” – you don’t actually know what the science says do you? How about the observed polar amplification that was predicted in 1896? Or the correct predictions (1896 again) that winter would warm more than summer, nights more than days, and the Arctic more than the Antarctic?

              Like I said, you can’t postulate your way out of a paper bag, and seem profoundly ignorant. Don’t be upset, ignorance is a condition we all share. Found out what a dipole is yet? Or why it’s relevant to GHGs?

              Sorry about the ad hom but if you’re going to make a fool of yourself I’m going to ridicule you.

            • Colonial Viper 5.1.2.1.1.2

              Hey davidw, GHGs are not “nasty” as they prevent the surface of the earth from being -25 deg C on average.

              • Kotahi Tane Huna

                L(1-α) = εσT^4 ;)

                Where L = solar luminosity
                α = albedo
                ε = emissivity and
                σ = Stefan-Boltzmann constant.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Thanks for the reminder, but I’ve definitely got no problems with my albedo haha

      • Robert Atack 5.1.3

        Afewknowthetruth: will no all about CO2 v methane, I think methane converts to CO2, then hangs around for 1,000 years?

  6. G 6

    Do you guys all know something I don’t? Apart from using products like Eco N and reducing cow numbers, as far as I’m aware there is little that can be done to reduce methan emissions.

    • Jenny 6.1

      Practical ways of reducing cow numbers and dairy related pollution is what we’re discussing.

    • prism 6.2

      Work is going on by scientists, who are important people Mr Jokey Hen, to identify and change the particular part of grass that results in high methane levels in our cows. I heard something about it a while ago.

      Probably when listening to the farmers/rural program on Radio nz and there are two – one morning about 6.20 a.m.and one at midday aabout 12.30 pm. Plus other feature items examining in depth. So that’s a good way to keep up with what is a vital part of NZs income and climate change pollution trigger.

      • higherstandard 6.2.1

        So will that be an acceptable piece of genetic engineering to those currently decrying the diary herds methane production ?

        • prism 6.2.1.1

          HS There is and has been genetic engineering going on for yonks in breeding as plants and animals are cross-bred to get better features. You’re clever hs and you know that. So stop trying to bring up silly questions to get answers that you can put idle questions to because the weather isn’t right to do your garden or some useful occupation you could fill in your time with.

          The sort of genetic engineering people are scared of, is the sort that changes the nature of one species by mixing it with another, or encourages excessive weedkill spray or affects bees collecting pollen or grows super weeds that have resistance to weedkill spray or introduces rogue pollen that has been trade-marked into ‘pure’ crops by wind like catching PSA, or has terminator genes so that seed that used to be viable for further seasons can’t be used again.

    • mike e 6.3

      G Increasing efficiency on Dairy farms would be very easy as most dairy farms are very poorly managed

  7. prism 7

    I listen often to what farmers are saying and it is not my perception that the hot air they emit has reduced, rather the opposite.

  8. Steve Withers 8

    It isn’t really a surprise that the Farmer Party doesn’t understand why farmers should pay the true cost of their business.

    The farmer coup at ECAN a couple of years back is a good example of how farmers’ political wing handle shared resources.

    They just take them.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 8.1

      “…the true cost…”

      Again, what is that exactly? Certainly the National Party embodies the ethical corruption you describe. but so does the resource extraction industry, and in this particular context, “Big Oil” not to mention Bride of Big Oil – aka gas drilling.

      The farmers are being blamed for a particular percentage of the increase in global CH4 emissions, but this all started with Reagan and “cow-farts” – I’m still not convinced that it’s anything other than spin.

      However, while the science says the farmers must pay, then pay they must. And get ready to sue the living fuck out of anyone who turns out to have been lying about their “fugitive emissions”.

  9. Viv 9

    Dairy farm emissions are about more than just methane from cows. Milk tankers visit dairy farms once or twice every day, that’s millions of kilometres travelled by large heavy trucks- where do those emissions get counted?
    Milk is processed (dried) an energy intensive process and then shipped overseas to be used in processed foods. CO2 emissions occur when we export food and they occur when we import it. Surely it would make more sense for NZ farmers to grow as much of NZ’s food as possible, using some of the irrigation infrastructure to grow crops, and to only import what we can’t grow here.

    • Jenny 9.1

      In fact I believe that the dairy industry is the country’s number one consumer of coal* used in boilers to generate the steam needed for the pasturisation of milk and the drying of milk powder as well as cleaning out all the stainless steel pipe work and heating all the cleaning water needed for cleaning down all the floors and work surfaces.

      *Huntly power station being number 2, and Glenbrook Steel mill number 3.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 9.2

      The existing energy economy – based as it is on fossil fuels – is not the fault of the dairy farmer – or anyone else for that matter – it’s been a boon to humanity and the low-cost energy it has provided is part of the reason we understand it at all.

      It’s time to let go. Voluntarily or because the wind just ripped your arms off?

  10. Afewknowthetruth 10

    Given that the ETS doesn’t do what it was supposed to do

    ETS is doing exactly what is was designed to do. It is a financial scam which is designed to allow the international financiers to make short term profits whilst failing to address the core issue -out of control carbon dioxide emissions. (Can’t talk about them, with the entire economic system totally dependent on continued use of fossil fuels).

    Metahne is not the problem at all -well not yet. Methane is rapidly oxidised [in geological terms] in the atmosphere to carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide, on the other hand, is building up at a stupendous rate, both in the atmosphere and in the oceans.. Of course, if we put enough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere we will trigger positive feedbacks involving semi-sequestered methane -billions of tonnes of it, thereby triggering very abrupt climate change, as explained in:

    http://www.publishme.co.nz/shop/theeasyway-p-684.html

    The whole discussion is fatuous, and is yet another example of failure the present culture to address any of the important issues.

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  • We Are Asking the Wrong Question
    The charge sheet against John Key could hardly be more serious. If it could be shown that he had misused his position as the Minister for the security and intelligence services to discredit his political opponents and had then lied...
    Bryan Gould | 23-08
  • Is Simon Lusk a psychopath?
    National party consultant Simon LuskYou may have noticed that the mask has entirely slipped from the National parties face, taking their pretence of being honourable with it. Because of the revelations in Nicky Hager's excellent book, Dirty Politics, no longer...
    The Jackal | 22-08
  • July 14 Patronage results
    The patronage results for July are now available and they show another strong month of growth. Auckland public transport patronage totalled 72,740,387 passengers for the 12 months to Jul-2014, an increase of +0.5% on the 12 months to Jun-2014 and +5.9%...
    Transport Blog | 22-08
  • Would the real National Party please stand up
    This election campaign is turning into a joke. National, through John Key and to a lesser extent Steven Joyce, appear to be telling us either not to believe emails people from their sidewrote or that somehow a smear campaign involves...
    My Thinks | 22-08
  • A right wing conspiracy
    In just one week we've gone from the Prime Minister claiming that nothing in Nicky Hager's new book, Dirty Politics, was true to irrefutable proof that Ministers and their staff were directly involved in smear campaigns using the poisonous blog...
    The Jackal | 22-08
  • The Prime Minister responds again
    Hello there. I just wanted to spend some time to respond to some of the baseless accusations that have been flying around this week. First of all, Labour need to be ashamed about the way they have behaved. They have...
    My Thinks | 22-08
  • The most bullshit OIA response ever
    On July 30, we learned via Question Time that Murray McCully had allowed an email informing him that the Malaysian government was not waiving Muhammad Rizalman’s diplomatic immunity to sit unread in his mailbox for an indeterminate amount of time....
    No Right Turn | 22-08
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    Notes from the edge | 22-08
  • Sick again
    This post is part of the 100 Days ProjectDay 42I've got nothing interesting to share about the world - my temperature is up and I feel crummy - again.  It's probably nothing much, but after a week of lethargy and...
    Notes from the edge | 22-08
  • Voice-over!
    This post is part of the 100 Days ProjectDay 38Political scandles notwithstanding, I've spent the last two days learning how to be a voice artist, in as much as this is possible in a two day period.  It was a...
    Notes from the edge | 22-08
  • My mechanic is a right-winger
    This post is part of the 100 Days ProjectDay 37My mechanic is one of my favourite service providers.  On days when I have to leave my car for repair he drives me to work while telling hilarious, off-colour stories about...
    Notes from the edge | 22-08
  • Craft Kitchen
    This post is part of the 100 Days ProjectDay 36Craft Kitchen is an organic, gourmet sort of cafe which opened near the corner of Ponsonby and Great North Roads a bit over a month ago.  The first week it was...
    Notes from the edge | 22-08
  • Letter to the Editor – Transparency in government – do we have it or no...
    . . from: Frank Macskasy to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz> date: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 subject: Letters to the Editor . The Editor Dominion Post . Some National Party supporters are keen to over-look allegations of wrong-doing and dirty politics in...
    Frankly Speaking | 22-08
  • Letter to the Editor – Transparency in government – do we have it or no...
    . . from: Frank Macskasy to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz> date: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 subject: Letters to the Editor . The Editor Dominion Post . Some National Party supporters are keen to over-look allegations of wrong-doing and dirty politics in...
    Frankly Speaking | 22-08
  • Letter to the Editor – The Marianna’s Trench or Pluto?! WTF was Key hol...
    . . from:      Frank Macskasy to:           Sunday News <editor@sunday-news.co.nz> date:      Fri, Aug 22, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday News . He says he doesn’t know about Judith Collins...
    Frankly Speaking | 22-08
  • Letter to the Editor – The Marianna’s Trench or Pluto?! WTF was Key hol...
    . . from:      Frank Macskasy to:           Sunday News <editor@sunday-news.co.nz> date:      Fri, Aug 22, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday News . He says he doesn’t know about Judith Collins...
    Frankly Speaking | 22-08
  • Letter to the Editor – Just what is the Prime Minister’s role?!
    . . FROM: Frank Macskasy SUBJECT: Letter to the Editor DATE: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 TO: The Listener <letters@listener.co.nz. . The editor The Listener . John Key says he knew nothing about the activities of his one-time media consultant, Jason...
    Frankly Speaking | 22-08
  • Letter to the Editor – Just what is the Prime Minister’s role?!
    . . FROM: Frank Macskasy SUBJECT: Letter to the Editor DATE: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 TO: The Listener <letters@listener.co.nz. . The editor The Listener . John Key says he knew nothing about the activities of his one-time media consultant, Jason...
    Frankly Speaking | 22-08
  • A life working for social justice, David Shearer
    I believe New Zealand can be the best country in the world, where everyone can get a fair go and anyone prepared to work for it can achieve their dream....
    Labour campaign | 22-08
  • Key’s pathetic excuses
    Aug 15, 2014Aug 18, 2014Aug 18, 2014Aug 19, 2014Aug 20, 2014...
    The Jackal | 22-08
  • Ancient ocean currents may have changed pace and intensity of ice ages
    This is a re-post from the National Science Foundation Climate scientists have long tried to explain why ice-age cycles became longer and more intense some 900,000 years ago, switching from 41,000-year cycles to 100,000-year cycles. In a paper published this...
    Skeptical Science | 22-08
  • Is Whale Oil a journalist (2)?
    Some time ago, I wrote about Cameron Slater’s claim to be a journalist, which he is invoking for the purposes of protecting his confidential sources. The District Court ordered him to turn over his sources in a defamation case brought...
    Media Law Journal | 22-08
  • Government considering starting CRL on time
    I’ve long suspected the realities surrounding the City Rail Link and its close relationship to some of the biggest development projects in Auckland would in some ways force the governments hand and require an earlier start than 2020. Yesterday the...
    Transport Blog | 22-08
  • Poll of polls
    Polity's poll of polls is up to date, over at the Poll of Polls page. The short version, good to use as a more-or-less pre-Dirty Politics baseline, is: National: 50.4% Labour: 26.4% Greens: 12.0% NZF: 4.6% InternetMANA: 2.3% Conservative: 2.1%...
    Polity | 22-08
  • Primary Teachers Rise Up!
    I have been a primary teacher for 35 years and for over half of that time I have been an active member of the New Zealand Educational Institute, New Zealand's largest education union. NZEI Te Riu Roa represents 50,000 members, including...
    Local Bodies | 22-08
  • Friday melts, weird weather and whales (it’s been a long time…)
    It’s been a long time since my last post: apologies for that. You may blame a bad cold, an urgent need for root canal work, the peak of the truffle season (and truffle tours for culinary heroes1 ), the start...
    Hot Topic | 22-08
  • John Key’s Top 69 Lies – Today No. 29: It’s a left-wing smear campaig...
     Key: 'Left wing smear campaign'   Key continues to back Collins    John Key is wrong. He is not the victim of a smear campaign, and here's why: First, let's define "smear campaign". Wikipedia: A smear campaign, smear tactic or simply smear is...
    Arch Rival | 22-08
  • How Many National MPs are Corrupt?
    Reading through the ‘dumps’ of information allegedly showing Scumbag Adulterer Cameron Slater’s messages with National Party Hacks, there is a lot of discussions about money changing hands, Tobacco Companies making ‘donations’, and so on. Not only has Key’s Office and...
    An average kiwi | 22-08
  • Tolley feeds Slater too
    Because of Nicky Hager's excellent book, Dirty Politics, we know that a number of senior National party officials and Ministers have been caught out supplying information and content to the Whale Oil Beef Hooked blogsite, information that Cameron Slater uses...
    The Jackal | 22-08
  • Unsurprising
    No bloggers have signed up to join the Online Media Standards Authority. This isn't really surprising. For a start, membership costs $500 a year (and ten times that if too many people complain) - well beyond the means of most...
    No Right Turn | 22-08
  • Nelson fishing museum satire or not?
    Apparently, unless Fairfax is now taking on The Civilian in the field of satirical news, the Minister of Conservation Nick Smith and fishing magnate Peter Talley are planning a fishing museum in Nelson. And the Minister considers this "ambitious new...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-08
  • Steering By The Real: Chris Trotter Responds To Paul Buchanan.
    Uncharacteristically Idealistic: Normally a cool-headed realist (as befits an expert in international relations) Dr Paul Buchanan has taken issue with Chris Trotter's "cynical" Bowalley Road posting Dirty Politics - Is There Any Other Kind? by offering a passionately idealistic defence of...
    Bowalley Road | 22-08
  • This should not have taken five years
    Back in 2009, after the Herald was given information showing that National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi was suspected by the Immigration Service of paying off a woman at the centre of allegations he had made bogus job offers, Immigration Minister...
    No Right Turn | 22-08
  • Poll of Polls update – 22 August 2014
    The latest Herald Digipoll has just been released, and with a polling window running from 14 August to 20 August, the entirety of the polling was completed following the release of Dirty Politics. The results show a sharp fall of 4.9% for National. However,...
    Occasionally erudite | 22-08
  • Hard News: In The Green Room
    Next Thursday, John Key and David Cunliffe will meet in the first TVNZ leaders' debate. At the same time, Green Party co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman will appear in The Green Room, a "companion" debate streamed live online.I'll be...
    Public Address | 21-08
  • Walking in Manukau
    Just over a month ago I was out at Manukau City, at the open day of the new MIT, which doubles as Manukau station. This is a brilliant facility, with world class integration of land use and transport. If you...
    Transport Blog | 21-08
  • World News Brief, Friday August 22
    Top of the AgendaThai Junta Leader Appointed PM...
    Pundit | 21-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Key must clarify who signed out SIS OIA
    Yet again John Key is proving incapable of answering a simple question on an extremely important issue – this time who signed off Cameron Slater’s fast-tracked SIS OIA request on Phil Goff, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “John Key’s claim...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time to invest in our tertiary education system
    A Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including allowances, loans, accommodation support and scholarships – with a view to increasing access and making the system fair, transparent and sustainable, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says....
    Labour | 17-08
  • Labour will facilitate regional Māori economic development agencies
    The next Labour Government will facilitate the creation of regional Māori economic development groups lead by iwi and hapū to work in partnership with business and public agencies as part of its Māori Development policy. “Labour is committed to working towards...
    Labour | 16-08
  • PRIME MINISTER’S DENIAL AT ODDS WITH NATIONAL PARTY STATEMENT
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has today released an email from the General Manager of the National Party that directly contradicts recent statements from the Prime Minister in relation to the 2011 breaches of Labour Party website databases. In his stand-up...
    Labour | 16-08
  • Labour committed to a healthier NZ for all
    A Labour Government will shift the focus of the health system from narrow targets and short term thinking to make public health and prevention a priority, Labour’s health spokesperson Annette King says. Releasing Labour’s full Health policy today she said...
    Labour | 15-08
  • Time Key took responsibility for Collins
    It is well past time for John Key to take some responsibility for the misuse of power and information by his Minister Judith Collins, and follow through on his last warning to her, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “The evidence released...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Dear John, time to answer a few questions… – Harawira
    “When Cameron Slater says about Kim Dotcom ‘I have lots on him…death by a thousand cuts…wait till you see what comes out in coming weeks on that fat c***t’, you have to ask whether this is the same Cameron Slater...
    Mana | 14-08
  • MANA CANDIDATE FOR IKAROA RAWHITI OPENS UP ABOUT SUICIDE
    “This week suicide has claimed yet more lives in whanau and communities in Ikaroa Rawhiti, and my heart goes out to those who are dealing with such a tragic loss”, says MANA candidate for Te Ikaroa Rawhiti, Te Hamua Nikora....
    Mana | 14-08
  • Offshore betting in Labour’s sights
    A Labour Government will clamp down on offshore gambling websites that deprive the local racing industry of funds, Labour’s Racing spokesperson Ross Robertson says. Releasing Labour’s racing policy today, he said betting on offshore websites is a major threat to...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Key has serious questions to answer on Dirty Politics
    John Key must answer the serious questions raised in Nicky Hager’s new book which reveal examples of dirty politics that New Zealanders will be deeply concerned about, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Many people will be disturbed by the evidence...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Creating an inclusive society for disabled people
    A Labour Government will provide free annual health checks for people with an intellectual disability, Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth Dyson said today in announcing Labour’s Disability Issues policy. “We will also employ another 100 additional special education teachers and...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA name change
    This is to advise all media that on the 24th of July the ‘Mana’ party name was officially changed to ‘MANA Movement’ under the Electoral Act 1993.  The inclusion of the word ‘Movement’ in our name shouldn’t come as a surprise...
    Mana | 13-08
  • New Zealand must help in the growing Iraq crisis
    The humanitarian crisis in Iraq looks certain to get worse before it gets better,” said David Shearer Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealand should urgently pledge increased humanitarian assistance to United Nations agencies and NGOs present on the ground....
    Labour | 13-08
  • Allegations of migrant worker rort should be investigated
    Labour is calling for an investigation into the alleged exploitation of workers at Hutt Railway workshops, hired to repair asbestos-riddled DL locomotives. Hutt South Labour MP Trevor Mallard has written to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment asking that...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Medical and dentistry students get reprieve under Labour
    A Labour Government will restore the right of medical and dentistry students to get student loans after seven years of study because it is the right thing to do, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Hard on the heels...
    Labour | 13-08
  • National must stop meddling with ACC before the election
    The redesign currently occurring at the Accident Claims Corporation (ACC) for sensitive claims needs to be put on hold immediately, said the Green Party today.The Green Party is concerned about work currently underway at ACC involving the sensitive claims service...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Markets slow but first home buyers still hurting
    First home buyers are hurting more than ever as the supply of affordable houses in the market dries up, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank will be happy LVR minimum deposits and rising interest rates have dampened...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Green Party celebrates MOU win on contaminated sites
    The Green Party is celebrating the announcement of a national register of contaminated sites today, and $2.5 million to start cleaning two sites up. The Green Party and the National Party agreed to include toxic site management work in their...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Emergency staff at breaking point
    The Southern DHB is so cash-strapped it is failing to fill nursing rosters, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson David Clark says.  “Every day emergency department nurses arrive at work knowing they are likely to be carrying more than their recommended workload. ...
    Labour | 12-08
  • ACC minister fails in mission to change culture
    The latest damning report by the Auditor General shows that the ACC Minister has failed to fulfil her mission to fix the sick culture at ACC and real change will not come till a new Government is elected, the Green...
    Greens | 12-08
  • Labour’s regional development fund to support Palmerston North
    Labour will consider a proposal to develop an inland port at Palmerston North, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The Palmerston North community has developed plans for an inland port which will bring jobs and economic growth to a region which...
    Labour | 12-08
  • Green Party announces priorities for Christchurch
    The Green Party has today announced its plan for a fairer, smarter and more democratic Canterbury rebuild, with a focus on smart transport solutions, restoring local democracy, and keeping Christchurch's assets.The plan sits across all of the Green Party's priorities...
    Greens | 11-08
  • Rock-star economy unplugged by China log jam
    The collapse of log prices due to oversupply in China threatens to wash the gloss off what remains of National's so-called rock-star economy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Already this year the price of milk solids has plunged by more...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Young job seekers dealt a poor hand
    National's "keep 'em poor" card for young people on a benefit is a sorry substitute for job training, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says.  The Government today announced it would extend its payment card scheme to all teen parents...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Labour – achieving change for Kiwi women
    Working towards being a world leader in eliminating violence against women and children will be a priority for a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Women’s Affairs policy today spokesperson Carol Beaumont said while Labour had a proud track record of achieving...
    Labour | 11-08
  • A Matter of Whether John Key is Credible
    Headline: A Matter of Whether John Key is Credible Analysis by Selwyn Manning. Prime Minister, John Key.WITHIN NATIONAL’S STRATEGY TEAM there is an acceptance that the facts revealed in the book, Dirty Politics, is chewing away at the party’s popular...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • TDB Political Diary for 2014 Election
    Here are the political events TDB will be covering this election. I will be live tweeting these events and  blog reviews will follow the next day. Internet MANA launch – August – Sunday 24th – 1pm, Western Springs School Green...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • One man’s struggle to find a copy of Dirty Politics
    I’m typing this on top of Dirty Politics.  I got the last copy yesterday morning at the local branch of a chain bookshop.  I was really in to get the paper.  I know it sold out – everyone knows - but the first thing...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • From Tucker to Key – while you were out
      From Tucker to Key – while you were out...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Amnesty International – Justice is not Blind in Ferguson
    When a US cop pulls a gun on an unarmed man, he could be acting upon a series of impulses that have been formed since before he or she could talk. What does that police officer see in front of...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Putting an end to zero-hour contracts in 2015
    All around the world attention is being drawn to what have been dubbed in the UK “zero-hour contracts”. These are contracts that don’t have any guaranteed hours even though the worker may be regularly employed. Unite Union has been struggling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • NZ’s Foreign Aid: The Party Policies Compared
    For the past two elections, I’ve cast my vote based on a single question, which party promises to give the most money in foreign aid? I grant that this is a fairly narrow and simplistic lens through which to judge...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Steering By The Real: Chris Trotter responds to Paul Buchanan
    WHEN ACADEMICS take to blogging the rest of us best be careful. And when they offer comment on the subject of dirty politics we should all pay attention. I will always remember my history lecturer, Dr Michael Cullen’s, confident dismissal...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Interview Between Selwyn Manning & Sean Plunket Over SIS Release of OIA...
    During a RadioLive interview between host Sean Plunket and managing director of Multimedia Investments Ltd, journalist Selwyn Manning, a fiery exchange developed after Plunket attempted to “wet flannel” the issue of whether the Prime Minister has been truthful over what...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • “Even though my hours are being cut, my rent doesn’t get cut to compens...
    Fast Food = Slow Pay   Lola is a manager at a major fast food chain. Last year her employer arbitrarily cut her hours from 32 hours to anywhere between 18 and 26 hours each week. “I said I can’t...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Hate Politics has no place in NZ Politics
    I wasn’t going to write about Nicky Hagar’s ‘Dirty Politics’.  There are plenty of policy issues to discuss. Then I read the book, and what it reveals strikes at the very heart of our democracy. My overwhelming feeling is one...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Pak’nSave pull adverts from Whaleoil
    Pak n Save have replied to complaints that their adverts were appearing on hate speech site Whaleoil by deciding to block their adverts from appearing on the site. Their reply… Congratulations for Pak’NSave on making this type of ethical stand. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Herald Poll – Why the Greens will hit 15%
    The biggest problem for John Key is that there are swathes of National Party voters who are educated and decent people whom will be forced to read Dirty Politics out of intellectual curiosity and will be horrified by what National...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Dirty Politics and Dirty Media
    The Nicky Hager book is mind blowing on so many levels. The revelations of government ministers and their staff colluding with vile and hateful schemers to attack other people, is truly ugly. When the dust settles on the illegalities, immoralities...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • “You just have to keep on fighting” – an interview with Metiria Turei
    We’re meeting in her office. It’s austere, though she does have a nice teapot. The view is startling. One can map the Bowen Triangle, though the teapot is still more interesting. A group of pink faced men are running across...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Taxation and Real Estate – turning housing debate on its head
    The debate about property prices in New Zealand is disingenuous. It is clear that there is a global process in which speculators are using massive amounts of unspent and borrowed money to blow bubbles in the world’s major asset markets....
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – Faith and politics
    In a week which has seen our collective focus shift to those who see politics as a great game to be manipulated for their own ends, it is timely to reflect on the fact that many people are in fact...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Government’s Own Guidelines Show John Key Would Have Been Informed Of SIS...
    Analysis by Selwyn Manning. INFORMATION THAT I HAVE ACQUIRED, sourced from the State Services Commission, states in black and white the tight guideline requirements that must be followed whenever the SIS informs a Prime Minister of any pending release of...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Simply Not Credible: Dr Tucker’s “clarifications” are only making thi...
    THAT DR WARREN TUCKER, Director of the Security Intelligence Service in 2011, agreed to the release of politically sensitive material – thereby intervening in an on-going contretemps between the leaders of the National and Labour parties – without receiving the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: Evidence of Collusion between the NZ Herald and Imm...
    . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the Herald...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Dear Canon NZ – Malevolence should induce revulsion, it shouldn’t be ce...
    Giovanni Tiso’s analysis on Slater is possibly the best in NZ… It’s been a good week for some of us. A week of feeling vindicated, offeeling galvanised. Where it goes from here will depend on several factors, some of which are largely...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • 5AA Australia: After Dirty Politics Can National Provide Stable Government?
    AS WE ALL KNOW New Zealanders and Australians do not like political parties that are unstable, or can no longer assure us that they are able to provide stable government. And the big question for Kiwis as we prepare to...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • SIS letter means it’s over for Key
    It’s over. I may not agree with all of Phil Goff’s positions, but you can’t question his integrity the way Slater did in Dirty Politics and not be deeply concerned that our Secret Intelligence Agency is being used for political...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • who to vote for in Epsom
    who to vote for in Epsom...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • The Rise and Fall of John Key – who will be the next leader of National P...
    . . It was all set to go: Teamkey would be the cult of personality that would do Stalin, Mao, Reagan, Thatcher, or any of the Nth Korean Kim Dynasty, proud.  National and it’s “Teamkey” propaganda strategy   would cash-in Big Time...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Who said Kiwis couldn’t get a fire in their bellies over an arcane intern...
    An amazing team of activists has taken the campaign on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to local governments throughout the country. Their latest triumph came last Monday when the Dunedin City Council endorsed a resolution expressing concern about the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National’s Dangerous Education Agenda Exposed
    Putting aside the dirty politics coming out of the Beehive and the right-wing blogisphere, there are some very strong signals that another term of a National Government would do even more serious damage to the public education system. The Education...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • We can have clean politics and get our democracy back.
    Something is rotten in our politics and it stinks. Dirty politics has sadly become one of the defining features of this election campaign. In the light of recent revelations about the extent of nasty and disingenuous political strategies, it would...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Book burning copies of Hager’s book? The next generation of National Part...
    It seems we are getting the next generation of National Party Dirty Politics now. There are claims the Young Nats in Hamilton are buying up copies of Dirty Politics and burning them. One witness was contacted by the Waikato Times...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National Party Poetry Day Haiku
    Key’s inbox and Cam’s poison most foul, there he blows hoist by own harpoon...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Why Cunliffe will be the next PM
    David Cunliffe will be the next Prime Minister of NZ. Labour’s inclusive and positive TV adverts… …are in stark contrast to National’s team of white people powering away from the rabble of the ‘others’… …the messaging is vital and crucial...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • From smiling assassin to grumpy butcher – on giving Judith Collins a last...
    After #dirtypolitics Key isn’t the smiling assassin, he is the grumpy butcher. When he said Judith had  a ‘last chance’ he meant 1 second after voting closes on 20th September. Key would love nothing more than to cut Collins loose and end...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • If the National Party rowing advert was real….
    If the National Party rowing advert was real there would be more blood in the water. If the National Party rowing advert was real it would be Cameron Slater calling the strokes. If the national Party rowing advert was real,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Cameron Slater: Zionist and political pundit
    It is hard to know where to start with right-wing blogger Cameron Slater (Whale Oil), especially after the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. This confirmed everything many of us thought Slater to be: a snivelling pundit who serves...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Bryce Edwards stood down from Herald for election season??? Are the editors...
    I only found this out via twitter last night and I am still in shock. Bryce Edwards, easily the best critical thinker and news analyst the NZ Herald has has been stood down by the NZ Herald ‘for the election...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • So who’s a “conspiracy theorist” now?!
    . . As the media storm over Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“,  and allegations over smear campaigns continue to swirl,  National’s spin doctors have given Key, Collins, and other National Party ministers a string of  phrases to use in all...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Momentum shift
    When you are deeply immersed in a local campaign sometimes it can be difficult to see the helicopter view.   I don’t know how accurate the political polls are and have always known that things can change quickly in politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Dear Toby Manhire. Bad call on backing Farrar
    Oh dear. I say this as someone who regards Toby Manhire as one of the smartest journalists/commentators/columnists this country has, and I think Toby has made a terribly dumb call here. Let’s see if Toby is still singing Farrar’s praises...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Radio NZ apologise to me for getting it wrong
    Radio NZ have contacted me, reviewed the claim by their host that I had an advance copy of Nicky Hager’s book and they have concluded they got it wrong, they have called me and apologised and will make a statement...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Reclaim UoA – Students’ Message to Steven Joyce
    Tertiary Education – we’ve been sold a lemon  A group of 30 students attended an event on Tuesday evening about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which the Minister of Tertiary Education Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Can someone in the media please ask the PM of NZ to categorically deny any ...
    Now we see the MO of Slater & Co, the setting up, the digging for dirt, the use of staff to dig that dirt, can the Prime Minister of NZ categorically deny any National Party staff worked with Cam Slater...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Panic setting in for National as they realise what’s about to happen
    And the terror starts to set in. I’ve never seen blind panic like this before  and it’s spreading as the enormity of what’s about to happen starts to sink in. Hager’s book is a mere entree, Nicky’s personal ethics wouldn’t...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics: what the book ultimately reveals is abuse of powe...
    Guide to the many faces of John Key Nicky’s book is now doing what I suspected it would do, create a shockwave of revulsion. Andrew Geddis over at Pundit Blog sums up this attitude best, and it’s reverberations build with every...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Fancy taking children seriously
    Let’s see why all political parties should pay close attention to the Green Party’s policy for children. First, it is a comprehensive attempt to put children, not ideology, at the heart of family policy. Wow, children at the heart of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Amnesty International: Dear Azerbaijan, Stop Torture, Love Kiwi Kids
    This is a world where many adults often underestimate Generation Y. Being only a few years out of being a teenager myself, I feel I can make this statement with certainty. However, I have been the Youth Intern at Amnesty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GCSB meetings today in Christchurch 1pm at Uni 7pm at Cathedral
    The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. 1pm at Canterbury University bottom floor James Height Building: Chair: Bomber Bradbury Ruth Dyson – Labour Party...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about
    Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Guide to when Key is lying
    Guide to when Key is lying...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The State of the Student Nation …or is just Al...
    Students politics are dead and our student media is in terminal decline. The most disappointing thing about university is the politics, or should I say lack of? I was raised with the idea that students held the power.They were the...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Love Lifts Us Up: Thoughts from the Green Party’s campaign launch.
    Author Eleanor Catton wants people to give their party vote to the Greens.Photo by Peter Meecham NO ONE WAS QUITE SURE how he did it. Somehow Bob Harvey had persuaded the owners of the rights to Joe Cocker’s Up Where...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • The Nation Environment Debate with Amy Adams & Russel Norman
    Lisa Owen: Now, this week's campaign debate. As a handful of islands at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is an environmental treasure, and as Kiwis, we're proud of being clean and greenish. But putting that environment to work...
    Scoop politics | 23-08
  • The Nation: Debate Between Amy Adams And Russel Norman
    Lisa Owen Hosts an Environment Debate Between National’s Amy Adams And Russel Norman From the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 23-08
  • Travel And Accommodation Determination for MPs Released
    The Remuneration Authority today released its determination covering Members of Parliament New Zealand accommodation, travel services for family members, and travel services for former Prime Ministers and their spouses....
    Scoop politics | 23-08
  • Te Kuiti man imprisoned for images of young children
    A Te Kuiti man caught with pictures of children being sexually abused has been sentenced to ten months imprisonment. Sickness beneficiary Daniel James Parry, 35, appeared for sentence in the Tauranga District Court today (Friday) after pleading guilty...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Japan Maritime Training Squadron visit – Open Day, Band
    • The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Training Squadron will make port in Auckland from Wednesday 3 September to Saturday 6 September...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • MP Perk Transparency Needed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the increase in taxpayer-funded entitlements for MPs and their families published on the legislation website this afternoon . Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Debating the future of Auckland’s housing
    With only weeks until the General Election, Auckland’s mounting housing crisis will be put under the spotlight in an Election Debate hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. The debate’s topic “Market forces...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Let’s sort this out – Human Rights Commission
    A Whangarei woman allegedly censured for greeting customers with Kia ora can get in touch with the Human Rights Commission says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. “We really need to resolve these kinds of issues. I had thought that...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Aged Care Association welcomes Labour’s wages policy
    The New Zealand Aged Care Association welcomes the Labour Party’s announcement that if elected, it will raise the minimum wage for aged care workers within its first 100 days in Government....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Honorary doctorate for Secretary-General of the UN
    An Honorary Doctor of Laws degree is to be bestowed on His Excellency Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, by the University of Auckland on Wednesday 3 September, both in recognition of his role as an international statesman...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Surveillance of Mr Upul Jayasuriya
    The New Zealand Bar Association joins the International Bar Association (IBA) and other Law Societies and Bar Associations worldwide over the reported surveillance of Mr Upul Jayasuriya, President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Bob Parker, China State Media and Tibet Forum
    Former Christchurch mayor was signed up to position statement without his knowledge; observed “happiness” in Tibet as Tibetan protesters elsewhere shot by security forces...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • “Walk the talk to reduce the wage gap”
    There’s just a few weeks left to convince the candidates of all political parties that reducing the wage gaps makes good sense....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Digital Currency on the Drawing Board
    Government policies and digital currency ideas and issues will come together at three public workshops next week....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • NZ Cycle Trail welcomes $8 million fund
    Government funding of $8 million to maintain and enhance the Great Rides of New Zealand will help ensure the trails are delivering the best possible visitor experience, says Evan Freshwater, Manager Nga Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail Inc. (NZCT)....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Judges Comments Bonkers – McVicar
    Napier Conservative Party Candidate Garth McVicar is accusing a Judge of forgetting that he is the gate-keeper for the community and not a benevolent caregiver for law breakers. "The comments by this Judge are not just alarming, they're completely...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Oxfam: World must suspend arms sales to protect civilians
    As the New Zealand Government prepares to ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty, and after ceasefire talks collapsed and violence erupted yet again in Gaza yesterday, Oxfam is calling on all states to immediately suspend transfers of arms or ammunition...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Degrees in Picking up Rubbish
    Responding to the Fairfax media report of a University of Otago survey of Wellington’s street-connected walkways, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Another Union row
    “ The teachers union the NZEA is getting ready for another industrial dispute. These disputes now only occur in the government sector. National has no one to blame but themselves” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Whyte: Speech to Grey Power
    National’s failure to increase the age for super and reform health is a threat to every New Zealander’s security....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Local Govt should not go into business
    “No one should take any comfort from the fact that “Infracon”, a roading company in Tararua and Central Hawke's Bay, is to go into liquidation. This puts the future of more than 200 jobs in doubt. ACT sympathises with those...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Join the hikoi to end child poverty in New Zealand
    CPAG is calling on people across society to join a march from Britomart to Aotea Square in Auckland to demand action on child poverty in Aotearoa....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Ngapuhi Chair Says Enough of the Political Sideshow
    Time for side-shows to end so we can focus on future of our nation – Raniera (Sonny) Tau, Chairman, Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Commissioner of Police v Kim Dotcom And Ors
    An order is made extending the duration of the registration of the restraining orders issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on 10 and 25 January 2012 and registered in New Zealand on 18...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Labour Announcement on Future of Hillside Workshops Welcome
    Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement in Dunedin today that a government led by his party would re-open Hillside Railway workshops was welcomed by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU). ‘Since the workshops were shut down in late...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Primary teachers and principals vote to put kids first
    Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunkett: Educating for Success
    In all the turmoil stirred up by the "Dirty Politics" revelations, the real issues that the campaign should be about have been put to one side....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Dirty Politics – Number One Bestseller and Back in Stores
    An exposé of the hidden side of New Zealand politics, Nicky Hager's book, Dirty Politics , has been in hot demand since its release last Wednesday....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Epsom: profiling NZ’s most controversial electorate
    Welcome to the wealthy inner Auckland electorate of Epsom: home of coat-tailing, the Tea Tapes, a convicted outgoing MP... and heavy newspaper and magazine readership....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Families Free From Violence campaign and website
    We are pleased to announce the launch of our Families Free From Violence campaign and our new Families Free From Violence website. This website has been created to encourage people to take responsibility for ending family violence by seeking help...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • PSA And DHBs Reach Settlement on Five Collective Agreements
    The 20 District Health Boards are pleased to reach settlement via mediation on five Multi Employer Collective Agreements (MECAs) with the Public Service Association for 12,000 mental and public health nurses, allied, public health and technical staff,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Refusal to complete census results in 46 convictions
    Failing to fill out a census form has resulted in the convictions of 46 people, Statistics New Zealand said today....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Council Amalgamations Still Bad Deal
    Northland, Bay of Plenty, and Wellington ratepayers should not be seduced into accepting the amalgamation of their Councils by a recent amendment to legislation allowing for local boards not community boards, Chris Leitch, Democrats for Social Credit...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • DHB industrial action withdrawn
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has withdrawn notices of industrial action covering 12,000 health workers at District Health Boards (DHBs) across New Zealand, after progress was made in mediation....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Aged Care Pledge Needs Better Target, Says Care Agency
    Labour’s pledge to set up an aged care working group to address industry concerns is good to see, but appears to skirt the obvious issue of a looming lack of beds and carers for our rapidly growing elderly population, says...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Social inequality still rife in New Zealand
    Social inequality has worsened over the past decade in New Zealand, a new study from Victoria University of Wellington shows....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Working towards a living wage and more Māori in paid work
    The Māori Party will build on the gains it has already achieved in Government and accelerate job opportunities particularly for young Māori....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Deepwater Group Supports Changes to Catch Limits
    The Deepwater Group says the increase in the Total Allowable Commercial Catch for hoki shows the benefits of a long term commitment to build biomass in this major New Zealand fishery....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Ohariu candidate Sean Fitzpatrick
    “Our Ohariu candidate will be Sean Fitzpatrick. Sean has strong ties to the region and I’m glad to hear he will be doing his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the area,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Tauranga candidate Stuart Pederson
    “Our Tauranga candidate will be Stuart Pedersen. Stuart has strong ties to Tauranga and I’m glad he has agreed to do his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the electorate,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party scores massive own goal
    Green Party scores massive own goal as their own policy auditor criticises their fiscal plan...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party’s own Auditor of their Budget finds it dodgy
    “The Alternative Budget released by the Green's does not even stack up in the eyes of their chosen auditor – Infometrics” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species
    Environmental groups are welcoming some aspects of a raft of law changes announced today in relation to shark finning, but say that overall the chance for New Zealand to catch up with international efforts in shark conservation is being missed....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Promoting Labour’s Positive Policies
    General Secretary of the New Zealand Labour Party, Tim Barnett, today launched Labour’s television advertisements for the 2014 election. The advertisements help tell Labour’s positive story for a better New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug Court: Rare Insight into New Alternative Justice Model
    Māori Television’s latest New Zealand documentary presents a fascinating look inside a new alternative justice model – through the stories of convicted criminals....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Political parties pledge to increase overseas aid
    A survey of political parties looking at how much New Zealand should spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) shows the overwhelming majority of parties are committed to raising the bar according to the Council for International Development (CID)....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Top Kiwis backing Tip the Scales campaign
    Sir Graham Henry, former All Black Kees Meeuws, singer-song writer Jamie McDell and fishing guru Matt Watson have pledged their support to Tip the Scales, a pre-election campaign generating public support for rebuilding New Zealand’s depleted inshore...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Maritime Union continues to press over dirty politics
    Maritime Union National President Garry Parsloe says Ports of Auckland management is trying to get off the hook from its involvement with extreme right wing bloggers during the Ports of Auckland dispute....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • No end in sight to overwhelming human cost of conflict
    Two ceasefires have brought some respite to civilians in Gaza and southern Israel, amid hope that a durable cessation of hostilities might occur. In Gaza, these breaks in the fighting have barely given people enough time to seek medical care,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Young Kiwi speakers to represent NZ at Gallipoli 2015
    The RSA is delighted at the announcement made by Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today, that all eight regional finalists of the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will be included in a group of 25 Youth Ambassadors...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
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