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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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    The Dominion-Post reports that the government is considering wiping past convictions for homosexuality. Good. As a guest-poster to On The Left has recently explained, living with a criminal conviction isn't easy; employers and agencies will simply dump applications from people...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Define Instruments Expands into South Africa
    It’s always great to see companies grow – and Define Instruments recently took their first big leap. The team has followed existing international sales by setting up a South African office. It’s the first of many new overseas offices we hope to...
    Lance Wiggs | 31-10
  • MacLennan on fixing the OIA
    Journalist and lawyer Catriona MacLennan has some suggestions on Fixing Official Information Act Abuses . She identifies three problems with the law: lack of resources to enforce the law; deliberate flouting of the act; and inadequate understanding of the legislation...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
    It's Halloween! Time for a jolly pumpkin to remind everyone that there is chocolate nearby The weather is terrible, and while it can't rain all the time, I suspect there may be an absence of ghosts and ghouls. Whatever shall...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Indistinguishable from totalitarianism
    SF author Charles Stross has a lovely alternate-history thought experiment which demonstrates quite neatly how British surveillance is indistinguishable in practice from totalitarianism. And if you're in any doubt, you've only got to read today's news:The Government is facing calls...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Rate my minister
    Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce wants to introduce a new ranking system, Rate My Qualification, where employers rate tertiary education courses and then students can look up the results. Well perhaps employers should be able rate other things too, such as their ministers....
    Tertiary Education Union | 31-10
  • To the field experiments!
    In the wake of the Stanford / Dartmouth schnozzle this week, this political science article caught my eye: The way your brain reacts to a single disgusting image can be used to predict whether you lean to the left or...
    Polity | 30-10
  • NZ cranks finally publish an NZ temperature series – but their paper’s ...
    You can’t teach old dogs new tricks, it seems — certainly not if they’re gnawing a much loved old bone at the time. The lads from the NZ Climate Science Coalition — yes, the same boys who tried to sue...
    Hot Topic | 30-10
  • West Auckland Network with new interchanges
    Last week Auckland Transport began consultation on the new network for West Auckland. I and many readers were highly critical of it as it seemed to ignore much of the network design philosophy and elements AT are implementing elsewhere and...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • This ‘boom’ might save the world – 10 quick facts about r...
    As the world's leading climate scientists finalise the latest and most comprehensive report on climate change and ways to tackle it, a key question is: What is new? What has changed since the release of the UN climate panel's last Assessment Report (AR4) in...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • A lack of commitment
    New Zealand has finally joined the Open Government Partnership. A requirement of membership is to submit an action plan about how you will improve open government over the next two years. So what's in ours? Sweet fuck-all:Our Action Plan will...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Smartphones are meant to bend
    You’ve no doubt heard of the issues surrounding the newly released iPhone 6, but do […] The post Smartphones are meant to bend appeared first on Connected....
    Potentia | 30-10
  • Tea Party takes on “President Obola”
    OK, so this happened: Theatricality is one of the best ways to shake the sleepwalking public awake. One brave liberty advocate made a bold statement when he donned a Hazmat suit and an Obama mask, and took to the president’s...
    Polity | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said.  Photo:  ...
    CTU | 30-10
  • Herald vs Hosking-in-Herald on teabreaks
    The New Zealand Herald editorial today is distinctly unimpressed with the government’s decision to remove mandated tea breaks for workers: It is a pity that almost the first legislative act of the Government's new term is an act abolishing mandatory...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Ghost Dancing?
    Ghost Dancing circa 1890: With the buffalo effectively exterminated, the material basis for the Native American cultures of the Great Plains was destroyed. The Ghost Dance, it was believed, would reconstitute the basis for an independent indigenous existence. Has the...
    Bowalley Road | 30-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Way back in March, 2012,  I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18...
    Frankly Speaking | 30-10
  • WINZ: Bureaucratic Befuddlement and Confustication
    Yeah, I know. Confusticate isn’t a word, unless you’re quoting Urban Dictionary. Definition: This word is the coalescing of the English words “confuse” and “complicate”. It refers to anything of, or relating to the process of being both confused and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • Climate change and New Zealand cities
    Environmentalists sometimes have an uneasy relationship with cities. Because they concentrate a lot of people and economic activity in relatively small places, they also concentrate a lot of negative environmental effects. All that concrete, all that energy being consumed, the...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Got a mystery? Just ask John!
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009John Key has learned the identity of the entertainer guilty of an indecency charge through the grapevine of people circumventing the suppression order....
    Pundit | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD....
    CTU | 30-10
  • Blocked
    It is safe to say before the election last month I was fairly prolific in the blogosphere as we headed to an election. Was it because there was a glimmer of hope for we on this side of the coin?...
    My Thinks | 30-10
  • Blend with the Bruntletts Group Ride
    While Vancourerites Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are here for their Auckland Conversation talk, Generation Zero, Frocks on Bikes and TransportBlog have organised a slow, family friendly ride around the city centre. The map is below. The ride is designed to be self-directed so...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • New research quantifies what’s causing sea level to rise
    There have been a number of studies that have come out recently on ocean warming and sea-level rise. Collectively, they are helping scientists coalesce around an emerging understanding of climate change and its impact on the Earth. Most recently, a...
    Skeptical Science | 30-10
  • Rawshark – Is she Maori or Pakeha?
    Cameron Slater blamed someone for being behind the hacking of his emails and passing them on to Nicky Hager. And then he named someone he thought was Rawshark. John Key says someone told him who Rawshark is but he ain’t telling. @B3nRaching3r is...
    Te Putatara | 30-10
  • Employment law: it’s toasted
    In an early episode of Mad Men, when the company’s going for the Lucky Strike account, sleazebag antihero Don Draper asks the client exactly how cigarettes are made. They talk through the process, mentioning the tobacco is toasted – and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • Owners of the wind
    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today.“Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so again...
    CTU | 30-10
  • Contact’s big solar buy-back drop bad news for Kiwis with solar
    The Green Party are calling for a law change to establish an independent umpire to set fair and reasonable buy-back rates after Contact Energy announced, from today, new small scale solar and wind generators will receive 50 percent less for...
    Greens | 01-11
  • John Key’s asset sales outed by his own Minister
    National needs to come clean about the motivations behind selling state houses after Paula Bennett's asset sale admission, said the Green Party today.On Saturday, Paula Bennett, the Minister for Social Housing admitted, in a televised interview, that the sale of...
    Greens | 01-11
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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