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Here’s an idea! Clean energy…

Written By: - Date published: 2:34 pm, February 4th, 2014 - 55 comments
Categories: capitalism, greens, Mining, sustainability - Tags: ,

So, the whole big plan for the Key-led NZ Inc, has just become a bit of a fizzer.

Piha no oil sea drilling protest-17

All that time, money and resources Anadarko wasted on looking for deep sea oil in the Taranaki has come to nothing. Stuff reports:

Texan oil company Anadarko says it has found no commercially viable oil or gas in its deep-sea well in the Taranaki Basin.

So, undeterred, Anadarko is going for more fail in the Canterbury basin:

“It’s a disappointment, but this is by far the most frequent outcome in exploratory drilling,” Anadarko New Zealand’s corporate affairs manager Alan Seay said.

The 4619-metre well, which was drilled under 1500m of water, will be plugged and abandoned over the next few days, he said.

Anadarko spent about 70 days drilling in deep water off the Taranaki coast, at a cost of up to US$250 million (NZ$309m). The company’s licence to drill in the Deepwater Taranaki Basin ends on February 14.

“In terms of the drilling operation, the ship performed above and beyond expectations,” Seay said.

So great endeavor by the ship, a big fail for NZ’s economic and energy policy.

No deep sea oil drilling

As I/S on NRT says, ‘National’s gamble fails‘:

So that’s National’s entire economic plan gone. They had one idea to boost economic growth (I’m not going to say “raise living standards” because that includes clean beaches), and it has failed. What are they going to do now? Pray for a pot of gold to fall out of the sky? Oh wait, that’s what they were already doing…

There are cleaner ways to earn a living than polluting the oceans and baking a planet. And we desperately need a government which will pursue them. National seems incapable of it. Time to toss them out and get someone better.

clean energy

Gareth Hughes’ response: ‘Deep sea drilling is not our future.‘  Arguing for a smart green economy:

“The National Government’s deep sea drilling plans have so far failed, and it’s time the Government focused on what will actually deliver jobs and regional economic development, like clean energy, green-tech and IT,” said Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“The National Government has been rolling out the red carpet to the oil and gas industry, but rather than picking a winner, it has picked a loser and New Zealanders are worse off for it.

“The Government is playing ‘deep sea oil roulette’, hoping for oil while ignoring other sectors like clean energy where the jobs actually are.

“The Government should look to support industries that, in the long-term, we know will be good for the environment and economy.

“To make sure that New Zealanders have good jobs, the Government should turn around the manufacturing crisis, which has seen 40,000 manufacturing jobs lost since National came to power.

Gambling with our country’s future, is just more fiddling while the country ‘burns’ and  positive life-sustaining action is required.

[update] Hikoi against Hard Rock Toxic Mining & Deep Sea Oil Drilling this week:

An invitation has been extended to MineWatch Northland and any interested people to join the Hikoi (March) and Forum in Waitangi.

Please bring your signs and meet MineWatch Northland on either days to show your opposition against Toxic Mining and Deep Sea Oil Drilling.

Wednesday 5th February 2014 – Paihia to Waitangi
UNITE WITH WHANAU of TE REINGA and HIKOI kotahi tatou.
8.00am – Paihia to Waitangi
9.00am – Powhiri on to Te Tii Marae
10.00am – 8.00pm @ Te Tau Rangatira Mining & Oil
Thursday 6th February 2014 – Waitangi Day 
9.00am – @ Te Tau Rangatira (Where to from Here)
11.00am – March to top Marae (Flag Pole) Meeting point left hand side of bridge to Waitangi.
12.00noon – Presentation of Statement

Katie Bradford has tweeted this image of today’s Hikoi:

Hikoi against oil and gas exploration going through KeriKeri. Led by an electric car. Lots of toots of support.

hikoi oil gas kerikei

55 comments on “Here’s an idea! Clean energy…”

  1. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 1

    Good on the Greens – Clean energy and forward-looking job creation is where the focus needs to be.

    Welcome relief to read something positive, thanks Karol

  2. grumpy 2

    Would be good to know what they mean by “green energy”.

    • karol 2.1

      Green Party favours renewables like geothermal, wind, wave, tidal and solar energy etc. All in their policies.

      • Bob 2.1.1

        How effective are these currently at powering motor vehicles?
        Obviously these are great initiatives, and the direction we should be moving both for the enviroment and for lower cost energy moving forward, but how does shutting down the production of oil prior to a suitable replacement being available help the situation?
        Wouldn’t this just drive transportation costs through the roof, causing virtually everything in our current economy to become exponentially more expensive? Wouldn’t this hurt people who already have the least expendable income the most?

        • karol 2.1.1.1

          We already generate more than 50% of NZ’s energy electricity supply from hydro schemes.

          I don’t think anyone’s talking about going cold oil turkey. But it takes time to find new oil sources and get them on stream, ​the time and resources would be better spent on developing renewables – like China is doing in a big way.

          We should also be moving to be becoming less car dendent. Apparently there are some very good technologies being developed for electricity run public/mass transport. Why did we ever get rid of trams?

          Rail electrification is slowly developing in Auckland, etc.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1.1

            Why did we ever get rid of trams?

            All the indications that I’ve seen is so that the fossil fuel and car companies could make massive profits.

            • McFlock 2.1.1.1.1.1

              I suspect it’s to do with large fixed infrastructure that requires installation and maintenance, rather than just the trolley itself. Efficiency vs adaptability in costs (i.e. profit-taking by cutting costs). Basically, between that and simple fashion at the time (maybe trolleys were seen as “old” tech), a lot of councils made foolish decisions.

              Edit: haha – got moderated by the Scunthorpe Dilemma

              • Draco T Bastard

                I suspect it’s to do with large fixed infrastructure that requires installation and maintenance, rather than just the trolley itself.

                Possibly. The large infrastructure and maintenance looks nasty on the rates bill and so the councils dumped the expense directly on the people and the people didn’t realise that the costs went up more because it was individualised rather than collective.

            • mikesh 2.1.1.1.1.2

              In Wellington trams used to run in the middle of the road which meant that whenever they had to stop to to take on or let off passengers cars following behind also had to stop. Trolley buses seem better since the can pull into the kerb.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.2

          How effective are these currently at powering motor vehicles?

          As cars are massively inefficient they’re obviously not part of a green economy.

          but how does shutting down the production of oil prior to a suitable replacement being available help the situation?

          We have the replacement but our government isn’t putting it in place instead they’re looking at digging up even more of the fossil fuels that will, most likely, bring about an extinction level event.

          Wouldn’t this just drive transportation costs through the roof

          Nope, make it massively cheaper. Trains running on electricity are cheaper to run than running them on diesel and the same will be true of buses. Throw in the added efficiency of mass transit and we’re on to a winner.

          Wouldn’t this hurt people who already have the least expendable income the most?

          No, see above.

          • Bob 2.1.1.2.1

            Thanks Draco, but how long is it going to take, and how expensive would it be to run electric trains to every suburb in every town/city in the country?
            In the mean time, cars and trucks are crucial for personal and commercial transportation, while I agree that this is a much better solution to our current and future transportation issues, it would be very short sighted to think that we can switch to an entirely electric transportation system before current global oil prices become unaffordable (not to mention the oil based products required to produce an electric transportation network).
            Oil drilling is not ideal, but if the royalties from oil production in NZ was pumped directly into producing an electric transit system to reduce our reliance on oil in the medium to long term, that is a solution that I would vote for.

            • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Why would we be running trains to every suburb in every town/city in the country? Doing that would be really stupid. Each suburb would be individually assessed and then either have a train and/or* bus service implemented.

              * Buses would feed to the train stations if there’s a train there but otherwise just a bus service.

              As for how long it would take? I figure NZ could do it in 10 years to get the basics done but it would take longer to get it fully rolled out. If we dropped that worthless free-market capitalist BS about someone needing to make a profit from it it could be done faster and cheaper.

              Oil drilling is not ideal, but if the royalties from oil production in NZ was pumped directly into producing an electric transit system to reduce our reliance on oil in the medium to long term, that is a solution that I would vote for.

              If we were going to do that then we’d be better off keeping the oil/gas ourselves rather than selling it and using it directly in the transition. After all, money isn’t a resource and is thus useless whereas oil/gas are. Our countries sovereign ability to create money and to levy taxes ensure that we have enough to do whatever we want with our own resources.

              • srylands

                “Our countries sovereign ability to create money ….”

                God not that again.

                • KJT

                  Prefer that we continue to donate 20 cents in every dollar to Australian banks do you? Srylands.

                  At this rate banks will end up with a bigger share of GDP than the Government.

            • Flip 2.1.1.2.1.2

              “…it would be very short sighted to think that we can switch to an entirely electric transportation system before current global oil prices become unaffordable (not to mention the oil based products required to produce an electric transportation network).”

              I cannot help think that we should have been doing the switch earlier. It may be that an entirely electric transport system is not feasible but the less of fossil fuel dependency we have the better NZ will do long term simply because fossil fuels are finite. The effects on the climate is another reason. In fact the excuses to use fossil fuels have run out.

              The current road building program is short sighted.

              Nice if we had a plan for energy consumption and generation.

              • KJT

                There are several good reasons for reducing energy use as soon as possible.

                One. Because we have to reduce Green house gases, worldwide.
                Someone has to start. .

                Two is that changing energy supplies and the infrastructure required will be much more difficult and expensive as oil supplies run low. Oil is used in the manufacture of a great many of the things we will require. Substituting for oil in those cases makes it more difficult. Having to pay to use oil, while we also try and pay for quickly making changes, that have been forced on us, will be even harder.

                Three. The advantages of being one of the first to develop the necessary technology.

                Four. Energy costs can only rise. The USA has run out of countries to invade to force down oil prices. We can avoid being part of the military grab for oil.

                But. We cannot just duplicate past capabilities with renewable electricity as a substitute for oil.

                For example. Most of the energy used in a cars lifetime is in construction, not running.
                Changing all our vehicle fleet to Prius’s, which duplicate the capabilities of petrol cars, would not save energy overall, even if we could do it.
                Changing a large proportion to vehicles. Which can be at least 10 time lighter does.

                A bicycle can be glued together from timber and weigh 8 kilos. A motorcycle, because of the requirement for much greater speed, needs sophisticated materials and design and weighs more than 20 times as much.

                We need to change out thinking about building design and many other energy uses. Houses designed for passive warming and cooling are well within today’s technology, and cost effective.

                Another example. Of many. Solar panels are expensive, imported, and short lived . Direct solar water heating can be built and maintained by any handy person.

            • Francis 2.1.1.2.1.3

              Trains can already take over much of the inter-city commercial (and even a degree of passenger) transportation.

              Though most railway lines would require the use of Diesel (with the exception of the North Island Main Trunk Line from Hamilton to Palmerston North), a single train uses up far less resources than it would take to transport the same amount of resources via truck. Also, it wouldn’t be too difficult to complete the electrification of the entire rail network :)

              What’s stopping this from happening is almost entirely Government decisions and Trucking Lobbies. Some of you may even remember a time when trucks were prohibited from travelling where they could have used rail transport. Maybe it’s time to bring back a similar policy…

          • KJT 2.1.1.2.2

            Actually. As most private cars do less than 50km a day at speeds below 50km/hr, powering them with electricity is easy, cost efficient and doable.

            Just have to let go of the idea that they have to do 400k at 100km/hr in the weekends.

            Think golf carts, rather than imitating our present cars. Make them here from vege based composites. (Export the technology. We are already world leaders in composites) Ban petrol cars from city centres to make them pedestrian and cycle friendly.

            Then there is attaching them too each other, to make trains, for journeys to the city centre.

            • weka 2.1.1.2.2.1

              “As most private cars do less than 50km a day at speeds below 50km/hr, powering them with electricity is easy, cost efficient and doable.”

              How much is ‘most’? 95%? 65%? I support what you are saying but start to feel nervous when people make generic statements like that. But then I live in the rural South Island, where the picture looks a bit different. Lots of people drive fair distances to and from work in areas with no public transport. There are solutions to that too, just not discussed so much because of the population concentration in cities.

            • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.2.2.2

              As most private cars do less than 50km a day at speeds below 50km/hr, powering them with electricity is easy, cost efficient and doable.

              Nope, still inefficient. Don’t forget all the land lost to roads and car parks. Nor the fact that cars spend 96% of their time doing nothing at all which means to say that all those resources used to make them is an almost total waste of resources – in a world of scarce resources.

              Simpler and more efficient to use trains and buses.

              • KJT

                Weka. About 80 odd percent of car use, from the NZTA.
                I don’t see public only transport as that workable for smaller towns and rural areas.

                A bus carrying three people is a lot less efficient than a golf cart.

                A lot of truck journeys are also short and at low speed. Trucking companies use a depot in each town for long haul trucks and then others for local deliveries.
                A model which works the same, but with rail and ships for the long haul is both cheaper and more energy efficient.

                Same for intercity transport of people. Hire your golf cart at the station.

                On the supply side, New Zealand is lucky to have ample potential sources of renewable energy. 95% renewable for stationary energy and 80% renewable for transport is not an impossible goal. 90% renewable for stationary power by 2020.

                It is only the political will that is lacking.

                Of course we have to reduce the demand side as well. But it is surprising how much difference a lot of small power saving measures added together, can achieve, though. (Like the Greens insulation program)

                For those who do not believe that AGW is a fact, saving over a billion, and rising ever more steeply as the costs of extraction rise, a year, in imported oil has still got to be good.

                • KJT

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy_in_New_Zealand

                  “Renewable electricity in New Zealand is primarily from hydropower. In 2011, 77% of the electricity generated in New Zealand came from renewable sources, a ratio that has been falling for decades while load growth has been met primarily by natural gas-fired power stations. In September 2007, former Prime Minister Helen Clark announced a national target of 90 percent renewable electricity by 2025, with wind energy to make up much of that increase”

                • Colonial Viper

                  Weka. About 80 odd percent of car use, from the NZTA.
                  I don’t see public only transport as that workable for smaller towns and rural areas.

                  A bus carrying three people is a lot less efficient than a golf cart.

                  Well let’s examine the use of the word “efficient” there.

                  Having excellent public transport and enabling two out of three families to get rid of their car would be hugely efficient, from a community costs point of view, perhaps replaced with a communal rental car system which could be shared between half a dozen households when a personal vehicle was truly required.

                  Yes many areas of NZ are very low pop. density so much less practical there.

                  But in towns of 25,000 or more – why not?

                • weka

                  Agree with much of that KJT. One of the biggest obstacles I can see is how people use their cars for recreation. People drive short and long distances for this. Would be interested to know how this has been solved in other places. Much of it is about a change in expectations and what we perceive as rights. When oil gets very expensive that will change naturally, but in the meantime? Building good public transport systems, and increasing cycling in population dense areas seems relatively straightforward (given the political will). The other stuff is a bit more tricky I think.

                  edit: just seen Max’s comment below about holidays. Case in point ;-)

              • MaxFletcher

                “Simpler and more efficient to use trains and buses.”

                In some instances. Do you have children, Draco? I do. I have 3 children, all under 6.
                To go up the coast for a holiday requires all the organisation of a military drill. The amount of stuff we have to take, keeping the children in line and getting to our destination would be a nightmare on public transport.

                • Colonial Viper

                  True, personal vehicular transport is one of the quite convenient facilities of a high energy civilisation (while those conditions last). However, let’s remember that families in the 1890’s-1940’s relied on public transport like trains and buses for their holidays.

                  And the 5% of the year you are happen to be tripping away on holiday is not quite sufficient to justify a vast NZ hundred billion dollar personal vehicle infrastructure.

                  • MaxFletcher

                    “And the 5% of the year you are happen to be tripping away on holiday is not quite sufficient to justify a vast NZ hundred billion dollar personal vehicle infrastructure.”

                    While that may be true without a personal vehicle getting my kids to their various appointments (doctors/play group/etc) would be a disaster.

                    • karol

                      The plan isn’t to do away with personal vehicles entirely, but to limit their use. And personal vehicles mostly don’t need to be as powerful or fast as they are now – hence golf cart style vehicles.

                      There are also possibilities of neighbourhood vehicle sharing.

                      And it was common in the early 20th century for family holidays to be taken by bus – earlier by horse bus.

                    • greywarbler

                      MaxFletcher
                      Clever people can be flexible and resourceful. You will work out what appointments are most important and while now use the transport that a middle class family can afford, but later stay closer to home and find training for your children for sports, arts, tutoring nearer home. Families in a street might get together for dance, music, cricket practice, more will be done on school grounds, if the private providers are agreeable, and so on. What is now, will not continue, and we will manage it, I hope, and not lose too much.

                    • weka

                      That’s a very good point. How much of our current lifestyles and expectations are a result of freely available cars? It’s not that long ago that we didn’t have that. When was the change with the Japanese imports (late 80s?)? Before that not every household had a car, certainly not two cars.

                      The potential for relocalising around neighbourhoods is huge. The barriers are cultural and attitudinal more than structural IMO.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      One thing you are pointing to is how unworkable metropolitan areas like Greater Wellington or Auckland are as currently set up.

                      Without massive amounts of fossil fuels (maybe a million litres a day) used in personal transport, they grind to a halt.

        • joe90 2.1.1.3

          How effective are these currently at powering motor vehicles

          The Tesla site calculator – a large sedan, petrol at $2/L = $3,636 v electricity at 30c/kwh = $849 over 16000km.

          edit. allowed for a US gallon = 4L

          http://www.teslamotors.com/goelectric#savings

  3. aerobubble 3

    Taxpayer built hydro dams so that a unethical researcher could declare that the very same people who paid taxes, who paid the debt for the hydro dams, who were paying the electricity bills werent paying enough. This is what they do to green investment, they ignore it, they divorce people from their history, their consent for clean energy, and then they make the outrageous claim (in order to back their political masters) that we haven’t been paying enough for electricity.

    How can anyone have any trust in politics when unethical research declares the people who paid for assets, by other means (taxes), weren’t paying enough. This with the back drop of out government
    selling these assets, who need to undermine that investment, whose ideology doesn’t believe in society. If the private market doesn’t account for it on its books its has no value to these politicians, and that means we might as all be slaves for all we’re worth.

  4. Tamati 4

    I wonder if any Labour MP’s will turn up?

  5. natwest 5

    Karol, may I commend you on that politically inspired & beautifully articulated piece of journalist crap!

    I have come to the conclusion after reading that, that the left (Labour & Greens) are nothing more than ideologically deranged.

    To rejoice & snigger at something that economically could bring significant wealth, both in terms of jobs and revenue to NZ Inc, is pathetic, ignorant and rather droll.

    As for “green” technology – really, it’s failed abysmally globaly – particularly in Europe and the UK, where it has proven to be inefficient and exteremly costly.

    As for that jumped up little green prat Gareth Hughes – if he preached the value of his convictions, he would be living in a cave, but no, he enjoys all the benefits oil provides, cars, air travel, the comforts of technology etc. etc. Hypocrite of the highest order.

    And lastly, the Hikoi, well what would you expect – Northland Maori don’t want progress it could mean jobs – which means work – hell no, more welfare thanks.

    Karol, I think the answer is more welfare, and you are just the party to deliver it.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 5.1

      Wow Karol is a ‘party’ now?
      When did you become a ‘party’ Karol?
      I must have missed the announcement :\

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      To rejoice & snigger at something that economically could bring significant wealth, both in terms of jobs and revenue to NZ Inc

      Except that it wouldn’t do either of those.

      As for “green” technology – really, it’s failed abysmally globaly

      BS. Go read The Entrepreneurial State and you might actually learn why these things are failing. HINT: It’s got nothing to do with the actual technology.

      As for that jumped up little green prat Gareth Hughes – if he preached the value of his convictions, he would be living in a cave, but no, he enjoys all the benefits oil provides, cars, air travel, the comforts of technology etc. etc. Hypocrite of the highest order.

      And that’s even more BS – we don’t need oil to provide all those things.

      And lastly, the Hikoi, well what would you expect – Northland Maori don’t want progress it could mean jobs – which means work – hell no, more welfare thanks.

      And the racism typical of the RWNJ comes out.

    • freedom 5.3

      “something that economically could bring significant wealth, both in terms of jobs and revenue to NZ Inc”
      natwest, you poor kool-aid raddled misanthrope

      Let’s start with jobs eh? If there are to be all these jobs, where are the training programmes?
      and why are the international trade pages full of ads looking for oil workers to move to NZ?

      As for the money hunny, do you understand what 5% of any declared profit means? It means they decide what is profit. 5% of turnover and you may find a few people more agreeable to the wholesale annihilation of our finite resources but 5% of a multinational’s declared profit is like asking a grumpy four year old if they want to give their little sister the chocolate bar or the bowl of cold porridge.

      Sorry if you feel insulted, (do molluscs get insults?) but your comments above are so packed full of cliched propaganda I could not see any point in being polite. There is not one factual statement in anything you wrote.

      Has it ever occured to you that the reason green technology has, in your opinion, failed, is that the petrochemical industry does not like competition? To ignore the crass and consistent efforts of the petrochemical industry in selectively suppressing green technology is only exposing your own ignorance.

      I am reminded of a series of interviews done with the heads of the major car companies back in 1997/8. I apologise for forgetting who the group making the documentary was. The bigwigs were being independantly interviewed, not knowing the others were also being interviewed. When the discussion turned to alternative energies they all answered with the exact same timeframe of ten to twelve years in the future would be the earliest that their company would be releasing what they considered to be the first real steps towards alternative energy automobiles. We are still waiting truth be told, but the past five years have certainly seen some amazing product releases eerily consistent with that statement.

      If you are holding out for petrochemical companies to offer the economy sustainable future growth, I do not recommend you hold your breath.

      • freedom 5.3.1

        I am annoyed with myself for two comments above and would like to retract them.

        They are both the product of a particularly shitty afternoon in the real world, where I was repeatedly being exposed to some vile mindsets for whom the concept of generosity and sharing were seen as biotoxins that could wipe out entire ecosystems.

        “you poor kool-aid raddled misanthrope ” was definitely a by-product
        and so was “(do molluscs get insults?) ”

        The thing is natwest, it was the similarity of spirit evoked by your words, which momentarily mirrored the societal ignorance experienced earlier in my day and I unfortunately succumb to temptation and vented via the unproductive abuse of a stranger.

        As many know, sometimes the net is too easy a place to say what is on your mind, and we do on occasion neglect the basics of simple decent behaviour. As far as abuse goes it was incredibly tame, but it is something I feel I should acknowledge as wrong and unnecessary in this exchange.

        What you wrote natwest, is still unmitigated horse manure, but i had no right to insult you, when it is what you stand for that i object to.

    • framu 5.4

      “he would be living in a cave”

      i love how certain idiots confirm they now SFA about green policy when they think theyve made a absolutely rock solid put down

      well done natwest… sorry… racist

  6. Saarbo 6

    Hilarious listening to Anadarko spokesperson stating on RNZ that the “drilling off Taranaki proved that exploratory drilling is safe as there were no incidents”

    Well, unlikely to be oil spill incidents when there is NO OIL.

  7. Yossarian 7

    Memo To The Newly Elected Leader of The Karol Party.
    Most would agree it’s an admirable aspiration to have as much renewable energy sources as possible. Whether this be from wind, solar, wave, hydro & to try to invest in technologies that in the future will bring further non fossil fuel sources online.
    Unfortunately we have to make up the shortfall up with carbon based fuel sources until the above is feasible. The question then is to source these carbon sources as environmentally friendly as possible and turning away from inshore drilling avenues, and the other short term carbon options like fracking & trying to extract Oil from Paula Benetts Hair.
    So the reality for Green Energy at this point is time is what is feasible Green wise and how do we make up the shortfall?
    I note that Chairman Karol says/quotes over 50 per cent of NZs power currently comes from Hydro sources. I wonder if Your party could give me a breakdown of what is the current total of all “Renewable Energy Sources” and what percentage is left to the unfortunate use yet at this point in time needed use of Carbon Based fuel sources?
    I would be rather interested in what the rest of Party Karol stands for yet have yet to see any other policies and have missed any mention of how Party Karol is doing in the Polls? or could you provide me with any literature/policies/manifesto for Party Karol, so I can make my mind up if your a serious Party or just a “A One Person Band”? Thank you….yours a possible voter.
    Ps: is membership free or do I have to pay a subscription?

    • karol 7.1

      Thanks for the questions, Yossarian, but you could probably as easily find all the answers with a little online searching as I could.

      I’m thinking of turning down the party offer, and taking up natwest’s other offer of me being a journalist. Wonder how much shi is paying?

    • mikesh 7.2

      “I note that Chairman Karol says/quotes over 50 per cent of NZs power currently comes from Hydro sources.”

      I think karol said that 50% of NZ’s electricity came from renewable sources, not its energy. The last time I checked (admittedly this was a few years ago) 65% came from hydro electric, 10% from geothermal and wind, and 25% from the burning of coal or gas.

  8. Yossarian 8

    Thank you Chairman Karol on your swift response.

    I must say, I am not overly wrapped at having to source stuff from the internet to my questions, I posed to Your Party. Oh Well.

    Good luck in your dual career at Nat Prats Bank Inc as a “Journalist”.
    I hope you are the sort of journalist that researches properly and doesnt rely on the “Internet” & produces fair and balanced articles for all?

    As for the price of “Shi”.. Looking at the current values on the International Shi Markets its approx what you wish it to be, besides I thought you would not be overly bothered at price of journalistic droppings, as it is a “Renewable Source.”…Every little helps in our Energy Needs!
    Ps: I take it is a no on free membership of The Karol Party then? bummer!

    • mickysavage 8.1

      Que?

      • karol 8.1.1

        +1 – but a joke can go on for twoo long. i’m neither a party person nor a journalist.

        But this:

        I wonder if Your party could give me a breakdown of what is the current total of all “Renewable Energy Sources” and what percentage is left to the unfortunate use yet at this point in time needed use of Carbon Based fuel sources?

        I was just pointing out anyone can search for such info. without too much effort.

        Wikipedia has a graph from the Minsitry of Economic Development (2010)

        Ah.. Correction to the comment I made above – my link shows 50% of NZ’s electricity supply comes from hydro.

        Oil and gas make up the biggest part of our energy supply with geothermal coming a close third.

        38% of our energy supply from renewables. But part of becoming less oil dependent is using less private transport, etc.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.1

          Most of our electricity supply comes from renewable generation but once you take into account transport it flips the other way.

  9. Jenny 9

    Oops on closer reading Huntly may still be operating.

    • Jenny 9.1

      Further investigation seems to suggest that Huntly too, could be out of action, or a least just idling. This is due to restrictions on Huntly operating in summer hot weather conditions, (as currently being experienced), to protect the Waikato from overheated cooling water discharges.

      Relatively complex consent requirements, among other things, limit the fully mixed temperature downstream of the station to no more than an increase of 2oC and no more than 25oC absolute.
      Historically these requirements have constrained the station’s capacity to generate to varying
      degrees depending on prevailing ambient temperature, cloud cover and river flows particularly in
      the December to April period (i.e. the warmest months of the year).
      Historically, river heating limits have constrained the operation of the Huntly (1‐4) power station
      during some periods during the summer months – i.e. when the river temperature is at its highest.

      http://www.mfe.govt.nz/issues/water/freshwater/supporting-papers/evaluation-potential-electricity-sector-outcomes-from-revised-minimum-flow-regimes-selected-rivers.pdf

      • Jenny 9.1.1

        The aspirational ideal of a Clean Green New Zealand comes one step closer to matching the reality.

        For the first time in the modern history of the world. The first ever, 1st world industrialised nation to have all its electricity supplied by renewables. Albeit by accident. And hardly being noticed.

        Let us hope there are many more moments like this, until our whole grid is powered by renewables 24/7 365.

        It can be done.

        No more excuses

  10. phil 10

    I laughed at the Andarko spokesman stating they had shown ‘exploratory oil drilling is safe’. There was no oil! Who writes this PR bs?

    • Matthew 10.1

      Wasn’t it “no commercially viable quantities” as opposed to does not exist?

      i.e. there was oil but it’s not comercially viable to dig up

      • lprent 10.1.1

        Oil and gas exists in many places. So does uranium and other useful substances. Current commercial viability determines if it is worth extracting.

        But by the sound of it the stuff than the cowboys found wasn’t even energy viable. In other words it’d take more energy to extract than the energy extracted. That is pretty damn pathetic and is never worth looking at at any price.

        I’m expecting much the same in the Great Southern Basin. Quite simply we aren’t a good geology for any *significiant* oil or gas finds. What was abnormal was the Taranaki finds.

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    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • 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
  • Meanwhile…
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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
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • 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
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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