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The Green’s climate change policy

Written By: - Date published: 12:03 pm, June 2nd, 2014 - 128 comments
Categories: climate change, ETS, global warming, greens, russel norman - Tags:

Far away from the media circus that surrounds the Internet Mana Party coalition the Greens have made a useful contribution to the debate on what should be New Zealand’s response to climate change.  The proposals are:

  1. A goal of net carbon neutrality by 2050.

  2. The establishment of an independent Climate Commission to provide expert and independent advice to the government on carbon prices, carbon budgets, and complementary measures to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

  3. The phasing out of the failed Emissions Trading Scheme and an initial price on carbon of $25 per tonne on CO2 equivalent emissions for all sectors except agriculture. Dairy emissions will pay $12.50 per tonne. Forestry will be credited at $12.50 per tonne.

  4. The recycling of all revenue raised from a carbon charge back to families and businesses through a $2000 income tax-free band and a one percent company tax cut.

  5. A suite of complementary measures to support the rapid transition to a carbon neutral economy.

The proposed carbon tax is not a new idea.  It was Labour’s preferred policy response to climate change in 2005 and the ETS was only agreed to after New Zealand First blocked implementation of a carbon tax after the election.  In Australia it was the Labor Party’s selected means of dealing with CO2 emissions.

The difference between a carbon tax and an ETS is, very simplistically, that a carbon tax requires a centrally designated price to be set for the emission of a greenhouse gas whereas an ETS sets an acceptable level of output of GHGs and then lets a created market decide what that price should be.  The theory is that an ETS is able to respond rapidly to supply and demand pressures and reward activities that absorb greenhouse gasses.  One of the major problems is with the quality of certification and the handling of large numbers of credits which the former Soviet Union nations amassed following the demise of their heavy industry.

The policy is brave and will be attacked on the basis that there will be a cost to ordinary New Zealanders.  And no doubt the relatively minute nature of New Zealand’s emissions will be raised as justification for us to do nothing.

But as Russel Norman said (h/t Parsupial)

We cannot expect other bigger countries to reduce emissions if we are not doing so ourselves. Especially when many of those countries are poorer than us. On the other hand, by demonstrating that a transition to a clean economy is both possible and rewarding, we can help spur global action. We are a can-do country. We are not the kind of people who expect others to do the heavy lifting while we sit back. So why sit back on climate change?

National’s initial response has been typical.  Stephen Joyce jumped onto twitter and claimed that as New Zealand’s carbon intensity has been dropping during National’s reign all is fine.  But Keith Ng has elegantly deconstructed Joyce’s claims in a number of tweets which showed how inane Joyce’s claims are.

It is noticeable that Joyce has ignored the predicted doubling of greenhouse gas emissions.  Instead he has focussed much more narrowly on carbon intensity which essentially is a different measure.

The tweets contain a treasure trove of information which establish conclusively that Joyce does not know what he was talking about.

The first matter that Ng raised was that energy emissions (not agriculture) have decreased since 2008.  The information is contained in the MFE’s publication New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990–2011 and Net Position – Snapshot April 2013. The report notes that there are are a number of reasons for the decrease in energy emissions since 2008. These include:

  • a reduction in the use of coal (gas replaced coal due to the commissioning of a combined cycle gas turbine at the Huntly Power Station) and an increase in the use of renewable electricity generation (geothermal, wind and hydro-electric).
  • a decrease in electricity demand after the Canterbury earthquake in 2011.
  • a decrease in road transport emissions between 2008 and 2009 due to the economic downturn.
  • a decrease in the release of methane emissions from coal mining activities from 2010 to 2011. This was a result of the sealing of the Pike River mine following an explosion and the suspension of coal production at Spring Creek mine on the West Coast of the South Island.

So unless Joyce agrees that National is responsible for the commissioning of the Huntly gas turbine (initiated under Labour in 2007), the Christchurch earthquake, the GFC and the Pike River disaster then National deserves no credit for reductions.

Ng also pointed out that GHG intensity has been declining since the early 1990s, is a feature of the growth of the service sector, had little to do with the ETS and it is irrelevant.  The amount of GHG being produced is the problem, not the intensity compared to industrial output.

And the contention ignores methane production.  I presume that Joyce will dispute that cow farts are causing climate change.

The proposed reduction in tax rates as compensation for anticipated price increases is interesting.  I suspect that everyone except for heavy polluters, farmers and climate change deniers will give the whole package some consideration.

Some are criticising Labour for not having a response to the policy. I personally think some careful consideration is required before any formal comment is offered.

Having said this it is good to get away from personalities and back to policy discussions. This is where the left excels and the right is weak.

128 comments on “The Green’s climate change policy”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    1. A goal of net carbon neutrality by 2050.

    Well I think this will be very easy to achieve as energy depletion and Mother Nature will probably IMO make it happen, irrespective of any governments policy.

    I expect access to liquid fuels from crude oil to become significantly restricted by ~2030 (e.g. general rationing unless for approved special uses), NG to follow suit around 2040 (although Russia and Iran probably have gas to last until 2060). Peak global coal will have occurred by then, too.

    • Paul 1.1

      The book Climate Wars by Gwynne Dyer is a wake up call.

      A terrifying glimpse of the none-too-distant future, when climate change will force the world’s powers into a desperate struggle for advantage and even survival.

      Dwindling resources.
      Massive population shifts.
      Natural disasters.
      Spreading epidemics.
      Rising sea levels.
      Plummeting agricultural yields.
      Crashing economies

      Michael Ruppert’s film Collapse’ is also sobering.

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        I find it sad that Michael Ruppert took his own life recently. He had a lot more to contribute.

        A terrifying glimpse of the none-too-distant future, when climate change will force the world’s powers into a desperate struggle for advantage and even survival.

        I think that the globalised class of power elite are well into their planning and positioning for this, hence their building of a massive security and surveillance state, normalising the use of militarised police and para-military tactics on home soil against ordinary citizens, and in the US legalising the mass indefinite detention of entire classes of people should they be deemed a threat to “national security” (a.k.a. a threat to the security of the power elite).

    • dave 1.2

      i cant figure out what part of greens policy is different to labours or nz first all very much on the same wave legnth

  2. karol 2

    I think that the Greens have re-started the discussions on this issue and policy – put it back on the agenda. Hopefully it’ll gain momentum as the months progress.

    • Clemgeopin 2.1

      Yes, it is an uphill task to convince the public. Lots of education, publicity and effort will be needed to achieve that. I had a family/friends brunch gathering this morning with 8 adults +children. At one time, when the conversation veered to politics, I asked if any of them were thinking of giving their vote to the Internet party. Three of the adults who have been voting Greens in the earlier few elections indicated that they were excited by the Internet party. Two of those said they ‘may’ give their vote to them. One was certain. I found that interesting. The next few polls will show how the wind is blowing for all parties.

      • karol 2.1.1

        Push polling? So you didn’t ask how many were thinking of voting Green, or Labour? Or even just ask who they are thinking of voting for?

        • Clemgeopin

          No, it wasn’t a ‘polling’ and definitely not a ‘push’ one. I was just curious to see what my own circle of family/friends thought of the new party. Don’t read too much into it.

      • weka 2.1.2

        “Yes, it is an uphill task to convince the public. Lots of education, publicity and effort will be needed to achieve that.”

        I think we are nearly at the top of the hill. That Norman can make a statement such as “climate change is the most important issue of our time and possible of all time” suggests there has been a big shift in NZ in recent years. Even a few years ago the GP couldn’t have said such a thing (even though they knew it was true). More people are ready now, and many people want to do the right thing and want the govt to provide them with the means to do it. I’m not saying all of NZ is on board, but we are much further on than we were.

        The question isn’t who will vote for the IP or the GP. It’s whether the IP supports the GP policy. The potential for cooperation here is huge.

        • Tracey

          The policy announcements by the greens over the last few weeks, imo, is shoring up those already pledging to vote green.

          There is room for the greens and imp. I wonder, historically, where do undecideds go to on election night, swordfish?

          • karol

            Well, hopefully the IMP will attract more of the politically disengaged with their anti-establishment stance.

            I also think it’s very important for the Greens to maintain a strong parliamentary presence for the longer term future. They have some very well worked and well considered policies and practices, and a clear sense of left wing values.

            Beyond the (very important) desire for regime change, and opening politics up to younger people, I’m not sure there’s a consistent set of left wing values/policies incorporated in the IP position.

          • Colonial Viper

            There is room for the greens and imp. I wonder, historically, where do undecideds go to on election night, swordfish?

            If they vote at all, they will tend to go for National or Labour. Many people say they will vote Green, but will finally defer to a “safer” option when at the polling booth, usually Labour.

            The Greens are no longer the protest vote party as they are respectable now; NZF still plays that role however thanks to Winston’s incessant battering of the establishment (which he is a long term part of, of course), so IMP might get those last minute protest/anti-establishment votes.

          • Naki man

            “There is room for the greens and imp”
            I think you mean gimp.

        • Clemgeopin

          Yes, and that is a good thing.

      • Northshoreguynz 2.1.3

        Similar experience this morning. Mana is gaining some traction amongst those on benefits wanting work, and the low paid struggling to meet rent.

  3. Macro 3

    Just to reiterate the comment I made yesterday about this policy on another thread:

    For those who are worried that a Carbon tax will not reduced emissions – it will.
    For those who fear that it will lead to economic ruination – it won’t.
    For those that say it will stop “growth” in it’s tracks (as if it that is a big deal) – it won’t.
    For those who think that NZ will become uncompetitive because of it – think again.
    For those who want to know the truth about how such a tax and dividend scheme really works and just how an economy is doing that introduced a very similar one in the past –
    look here:

    To quote from the last paragraph of the above link”

    “BC can boast of the crown jewel of North American climate policy. “BC now has the lowest fuel use in Canada, the lowest tax rates in Canada, and a pretty healthy economy,” says the University of Ottawa’s Stewart Elgie. “It works.” “

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      “revenue neutral” taxes designed to encourage certain kinds of behaviours while keeping money in local communities is quite a neat tool.

      However, I’m pretty cautious with regards to assessing the Canada/B.C. situation. The wealthy in B.C. have experienced the economic benefits from a multi-year housing bubble, and I can see no easy and realistic way a median working household with 3 children can reduce their car use by 17% unless one of the parents loses their job and doesn’t have to go to work any more. Further more, Canada’s economy as a whole is receiving a massive and ongoing boost from extremely dirty tar sands extraction.

      • Macro 3.1.1

        Sales of refined Petroleum products in BC have declined by 15% since 2008 – the year the Carbon Tax was introduced – whereas the sales of refined petroleum products for the rest of Canada have remained static.

        Further quote:

        “The tax has actually become quite popular. “Polls have shown anywhere from 55 to 65 percent support for the tax,” says Stewart Elgie, director of the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment. “And it would be hard to find any tax that the majority of people say they like, but the majority of people say they like this tax.”

        The fact is that it works. People begin to look at alternatives to simply hopping in a car to go someplace. This leads to an increasing demand for better Public Transport which can be financed by reducing expenditure on road making and carbon tax. Businesses begin to look seriously at how they too can be less reliant on carbon. Locally produced goods may be initially more expensive but become more attractive when when the cost of transportation of cheaper goods from a distance is taken into account. As you are well aware – the cost of oil is now in free flight following peak. This only intensifies the attention of people onto the issue. By beginning now we can be at the head of the pack in terms of adaptation.

      • Bill 3.1.2

        I can see no easy and realistic way a median working household with 3 children can reduce their car use by 17%

        Car pooling. Walking. Bicycles. Public transport.

        • Colonial Viper

          I don’t know what greater Vancouver and rural BC is like in terms of public transport and walkability etc. but although I recognise it is theoretically possible I still can’t see it. The only thing which brings those kinds of reductions that dramatically is an economic recession and people ceasing doing as much.

          BTW Zero Hedge is suggesting that petrol (gasoline) use in the USA may have fallen by a far larger number (due to recession, not a carbon tax), possibly somewhere between a catastrophic 2/3 and 3/4 over 15 years:


          • Macro

            BC had a very detailed action plan which went along with their Carbon Tax
            Quite an impressive document:

            • Colonial Viper

              Since that document was released BC has had a gas fracking boom and is now planning to build a dozen LNG facilities to export millions of tonnes of LNG to Asia.


              • Macro

                Yes there is fierce debate going on at this very point in time – so I don’t think you can contribute their economic performance over the past 8 years to that which is occurring now!
                The gas issue is something that will need to be carefully considered. Asia has its needs for energy just as every one else. Gas is less “dirty” from carbon emissions than Coal but still no where ideal. Does Canada export gas to energy hungry Asia or does Asia import coal from elsewhere? Personally I would hope that they don’t.

          • weka

            As well as individual actions (bike, walk, ride share etc), there are community and societal restructuring. Relocalisation is a big part of it. If you have a place to by food that is within walking/biking distance, then that changes a lot. Even more so if you can walk/bike to work, church, movies, library etc. These are not difficult to do in terms of infrastructure, it’s more about mentality at this stage.

            • Colonial Viper

              All for relocalisation, but its something which takes 5-10 years to get happening so I don’t think its responsible for the quick drop in fuel use in BC.

              • weka

                Yeah sorry, I was meaning what could be done.

              • Macro

                It’s not a quick drop CV have a look at the link I gave and the graph. There was a drop that occurred across the country in 2008 which was obviously the result of the GFC, but that was not sustained in the rest of Canada – only in BC and their use of petroleum has continued to decline whereas the rest of Canada has returned to the previous levels.

        • dave

          if look at the u s right now there whole infer structure is car centric whole community’s are stranded by rising fuel costs stuck in suburbs as energy poverty bites . as a labour party member I agree with the greens we need to re think the way we live where we work and the way our economy is run because the so called norm is no longer an option

  4. gee..!…thanks winston peters..!

    (question for peters from media..:

    ..’will you block/stop a carbon-tax..again..?’..)

  5. Bill 5

    What exactly does ‘carbon neutrality’ mean? I suspect that strange, necessarily bullshit and rather elastic calculations will be rolled out and used to justify ongoing CO2 emissions on the basis that ‘carbon sinks’ are soaking up what is being produced.

    Curious as to how people reckon all this stacks up against the need to have hit zero carbon emissions from energy back in 2010 if we were to have avoided 2 degrees average surface warming while giving Annex 2 countries a fair ‘crack at the whip’ in laying in infrastructure? We are now about a year away from blowing away a 50/50 chance of avoiding 2 degrees warming due to our growing emissions and are on track for 4 degrees + average surface temperature increase. That equates to the end of any recognisable civilisation

    Anyway. At least there might be the beginnings of a necessary conversation off the back of this policy announcement. That would be good.

    • Tracey 5.1

      sadly bill, most humans dont want to believe in anything catastrophic, until the rain has fallen for weeks, or the asteroid hits, or the earthquake… And the panic passes

    • Macro 5.2

      Carbon neutrality means that we emit no more carbon than we sequester. But as you rightly point out its way too late to stop 2 degrees of warming, and 4 is looking more and more likely.

      • Bill 5.2.1

        Carbon neutrality means that we emit no more carbon than we sequester.

        And we have no large scale sequestration technology. And we don’t know how to calculate agricultural emissions. And we can’t calculate natural sequestration rates/amounts. And even our energy emissions are fudged (international shipping/international flights).

        Soooo…’carbon neutrality’ means absolutely nothing at all in the real world. Although, as I suggested in my original comment, that’s just perfect for bandying bullshit calculations around to ‘show’ that our fossil based emissions can continue. It also allows for no heed to be paid to the fact that warming rides on the back of cumulative emissions rather than emission rates.

        • Colonial Viper

          “Carbon neutrality” is good for another couple of rounds of academic papers however, and is nice lingo for politicians, central bankers and corporates playing us along in their big game of ‘pretend and extend’.

        • Draco T Bastard

          And we have no large scale sequestration technology.

          They’re called trees.

          And we don’t know how to calculate agricultural emissions.

          We’re working on it and already have a ballpark figure.

          And we can’t calculate natural sequestration rates/amounts.

          Yes we can.

          Soooo…’carbon neutrality’ means absolutely nothing at all in the real world.

          It means no net increase in atmospheric carbon.

          • weka

            Trees, and perennial crops and farming practices that increase soil (of a certain kind that will hold and cycle the carbon). They are all only useful if we also reduce emissions.


            You have to understand the different kinds of carbon and the states of carbon soils….

            Bioneers: Are you saying compost and cover crops are not effective ways to sequester carbon?

            Darren: You might increase your net soil carbon quite heavily in the first few years by the application of compost, and all of the aforementioned methods, but will that last over the longer term? The answer is quite clearly no. Great techniques, great to do, but what we need more of is long-chain carbon. It’s largely delivered in the form of polysaccharide exudate or nutrients released from plant root systems, particularly grasses.

            Where we want the carbon and where farmers can look to increasing their carbon levels overall is in the depth of soil. You can have 10% carbon in the top six inches and 2% in the next 10 inches, and 11⁄2% in the next 10 inches. That’s not going to sustain agriculture over the long term, and the top 6 inches is not where carbon is going to be kept and stored and sequestered. It’s pretty well impossible to get that short-chain carbon down into the depths without a lot of intervention, which requires a lot of fossil fuels. The best way to do that is to get plant roots to penetrate these depths and to put their exudates down in those depths. There are carbohydrates created out of the interaction between water, sunlight and carbon dioxide, and then manufactured by the plants as a residue, and their primary objective is to feed the soil microlife.

            Bioneers: So deep-rooted plants are key to this process.

            Darren: What drives the sustenance and the regeneration of the soil life is the plants. The plants are the conduit between the atmosphere and the lithosphere [the Earth’s deep outer layer, which includes soil]. They keep the lithosphere, the soil, and the rhizosphere, the root zone, alive, because they transfer the energy of the sun, manufacture the sugars as carbohydrates, as long chain carbons, and that’s what feeds the economy of the soil.

          • Bill

            sheesh draco. So trees are a technology? ffs! And there was me thinking that trees along with everything Weka mentioned were more suited to being under natural sequestration rates

            Meanwhile, no net increase in atmospheric carbon leaves us fucked. We have to decrease the amount of atmospheric carbon if possible…through adding fuck all extra to what’s there and hoping to fuck it gets naturally sequestrated quick enough….before we get ‘cooked’. (Unless you know of some sequestration technology (ie, not trees etc) that can be operated on a large scale)

            • Draco T Bastard

              We have to decrease the amount of atmospheric carbon if possible…

              That would require being carbon negative and, yes, it’s probably what we need to do.

            • weka

              “And there was me thinking that trees along with everything Weka mentioned were more suited to being under natural sequestration rates”

              Sorry to quibble, but I would call it maybe not technology but at least human generated rather than natural. Sure we can leave nature to grow its own trees, but that will take time that we don’t have (and we need to be doing stuff in addition to what nature is doing anyway). What I was referring to is intentional sequestration from human activity eg farming (either perennial cropping or food and other forestry). When we apply sustainability technology we can speed up sequestration.

              Obviously there are overlaps too.

          • Colonial Viper

            They’re called trees.

            They aren’t a very stable carbon sink. Coal on the other hand is a great carbon sink. Holds the carbon in for 100,000 years without blinking. Trees and their remnants won’t usually last that long. Apart from things like forest fires every few decades, there’s no economic case in the present system to set aside additional land for growing new trees on and to not touch it indefinitely. And AFAIK net tree coverage globally consistently shrinks year after year after year.

            • weka

              “there’s no economic case in the present system to set aside additional land for growing new trees on and to not touch it indefinitely”

              Food forestry and sustainable forestry for building?

              There is plenty of spare land in NZ (assuming it doesn’t all get converted to dairy farms).

              • Colonial Viper

                There is plenty of spare land in NZ

                I’d be interested in what you interpret as being spare land.

                NZ land use is well documented and I don’t see much “spare land” lying around unless we are willing to go in and change the nature and characteristics of a lot of reserves and conservation land.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  I’d be interested in what you interpret as being spare land.

                  Everything we don’t need to provide food for ourselves.

                  In other words, we need to turn a lot of farms back into forest.

                  • I do agree about growing trees and especially creating food forests. I’ve just got back from the Heaphy Track and the number of trees knocked down was amazing – looked like pick up sticks in places – sure overall a small percentage but it would have to be considered as more extreme weather events occur – more big wind events, more rain/slips and so on.

                • weka

                  “I’d be interested in what you interpret as being spare land.

                  NZ land use is well documented and I don’t see much “spare land” lying around unless we are willing to go in and change the nature and characteristics of a lot of reserves and conservation land.”

                  There is a lot of DOC land that could be reforested to natives. Then there is land owned by councils and central govt that is not ‘in use’ eg lots of land held by LINZ (road reserve alone would be significant), town reserves that are just grass currently etc.

                  Then there is land in the high country, and places like Central Otago, where farming is pretty marginal and would be better transitioned to a sustainable model that included either forestry or perennial cropping (polyculture). Plus land still to be allocated in tenure reivews or leasehold farms. I think there is a lot of land in places that simply isn’t in any kind of ‘use’ at all, but is prevented from reforesting because of council policies on broom and gorse. This is true in Central, so I assume it’s true in other places with similar climates or land histories eg Marlborough.

                  I’m thinking of other places where the climate isn’t so harsh where people are buying rural land and either letting it regenerate or regnerating intentionally to forest. Might not be happening so much now that land prices are crazy.

            • just saying

              …there’s no economic case in the present system to set aside additional land for growing new trees on and to not touch it

              Coppicing. We can keep the trees alive and harvest them repeatedly without hurting the trees. Lots of natives are very suitable for this purpose. Win/win. Another traditional technique that is making comeback.


              • weka

                nice one js.

              • Colonial Viper

                And what do you generally use this nice carbon sink coppiced wood for? Oh yeah, firewood.

                • weka

                  It’s not mandatory though. We can use timber for whatever we want.

                  btw, firewood, when properly managed via good forestry and processing of firewood, and efficient burners, is one of the few carbon neutral energy sources on the planet.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    It’s not mandatory though. We can use timber for whatever we want.

                    Coppiced wood is usually much smaller in diameter so the range of building uses it is suitable for is very limited.

                    btw, firewood, when properly managed via good forestry and processing of firewood, and efficient burners, is one of the few carbon neutral energy sources on the planet.

                    Yes indeed. But that characteristic also makes it useless as a carbon sink to offset fossil fuel use.

                    Turning the wood into charcoal before using it as fuel can be a bit more efficient, but not by that much.

                    • weka

                      We can build buildings from coppiced bamboo. We can also build buildings from coppiced trees (roundwood framing). Many things other than buildings that are durable can be made from coppiced wood.

                      And js didn’t suggest that all forestry be coppicing.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      All those things are theoretically possible but we would have to train up a new generation of builders architects designers to build with bamboo and also with round wood framing.

                      Not saying it can’t be done but NZ has no expertise out there to do this, and we can barely organise to build standard housing as it is.

                    • Tracey

                      as opposed to the weedy end of pinus radiata currently used in nz buildings…

                    • KJT

                      CV, as a former builder, and having designed a few houses as well, I can assure you that we do have the expertise.

          • mickysavage

            Agreed Draco.

            Professor Euan Mason (Canterbury School of Forestry) has estimated that if a third of the planet’s area that has been deforested was reforested then our atmosphere could return to a CO2 concentration of 280 ppm.

            Makes you wonder, more forests and trees, cooler climate …


            • Colonial Viper

              Professor Euan Mason (Canterbury School of Forestry) has estimated that if a third of the planet’s area that has been deforested was reforested

              See that sounds very reasonable and do-able. Reassuringly so.

              Right up to the point that you have to tell the good folks of the Waikato that you’re now going to take 1/3 of their land off them because you want to plant trees there instead.

              I’m assuming Tainui will want to have a few words with the Government around these mandatory plans as well.

              • weka

                What, as opposed to telling the good folks of NZ that you’re not going to take 1/3 of their land off them to create a diary sewer, er, I mean farms?

                What mandatory plans?

                • Colonial Viper

                  People who sold their land for dairy conversions got handsomely compensated for it in cold hard cash. Lots of it. And in those transactions there was a willing buyer and a willing seller.

                  Of course, the NZ Government has nationalised land before en masse, hundreds of thousands of hectares of it at the stroke of a pen.

                  Shall we go down that route again?

                  • weka

                    Ok, so when you said the good folks of the Waikato, you actually meant a select few farm owners.

                    I haven’t read Mason’s article yet, but there are other ways of achieving change than land confiscation. Although land confiscation seems entirely on the cards when the shit hits the fan. For which we already have the Public Works Act.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Ok, so when you said the good folks of the Waikato, you actually meant a select few farm owners.

                      No, I meant 1/3 of the land of the Waikato (and every other NZ district), and at a guess in the Waikato that might affect roughly 2000 farmers/farming families.

                      And by the way, why do you think townies would be exempt from losing 1/3 of their sections to tree planting?

                      Although land confiscation seems entirely on the cards when the shit hits the fan. For which we already have the Public Works Act.

                      Yes. It would have to be a “compulsory sale and purchase” of land i.e. with compensation.

                    • weka

                      I don’t.

                      Did Mason suggest land confiscation?

                    • KJT

                      I think you will find that most normal urban sections already have a quarter to a half of the section in gardens and or trees.

                      Of course as they intensify building, this will reduce.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Greater intensification of cities would allow for greater use of parks and thus more trees in the cities. Getting rid of the sprawl is win/win.

        • weka

          “Soooo…’carbon neutrality’ means absolutely nothing at all in the real world.”

          It depends. If you are intent on BAU, making money, increasing profit, growing the economy, then yes, you can manipulate carbon neutrality to do that.

          If on the otherhand, you want to subvert that without scaring the horses, you can use a concept like carbon neutrality to transition society to firstly not emitting more than is being sequestered, and then move towards carbon negative. Sneaky Greens ;-) because if they came out and said what really needed to be done, they’d get bugger all votes. This is as much about changing people’s perceptions as it is about physics in the ‘real’ world.

          Haven’t looked at the detail of their policy yet though.

          • Bill

            Yeah, you might be right. Just that I’m more inclined to take the fcking horses out back and shoot them these days.

          • marty mars

            Isn’t that the shocker paradox we all live under – “because if they came out and said what really needed to be done, they’d get bugger all votes.” Is anything really better than nothing with this topic? Society imo will transition and society won’t like it a bit, society will fight and thrash around and oppose and pretend and then nature will force the big transition and society will begin to change – but of course by then it will really only be window dressing. JMG says it well (paraphasing) – collapse now and avoid the rush, collapse now while you still have some semblance of control, some options.

            • weka

              I’m feeling more… optismistic would be stretching, but let’s say less pessimistic recently. Things look like they are changing to me eg that the GP can talk opening about AGW being the most important thing and do so in an election year as part of a major policy release. It’s normal now.

              Am with you avoiding the rush, and still think that everythign and anything we can do now will make the collapse easier to manage.

              • Bill

                … still think that everythign and anything we can do now will make the collapse easier to manage.

                You do not and can not manage 150-200km/h winds that have downed your infrastructure, closed your roads and flattened your crops.

                You do not and can not manage prolonged drought and heat wiping livestock, pasture and crops while shutting down your infrastructures (electricity supply, water supply)

                You do not and can not manage x m of rain that washes away your crops, washes out your infrastructure, floods your home, collapses hillsides…

                All you can do or hope to do is to survive. And that’s as much dumb luck as preparedness given the climatic vagaries involved.

                • weka

                  Well it’s all relative isn’t. The conditions you describe are unlikely to arrive all at once or overnight. So to what extent do we adapt? Humans have lived in some pretty extreme situations, precisely because they worked within their environment (ie they managed).

                  To give an example,

                  “You do not and can not manage prolonged drought and heat wiping livestock, pasture and crops while shutting down your infrastructures (electricity supply, water supply)”

                  True if we do not very much between now and then. But if instead we practice and increase drought resistant food growing techniques that aren’t dependend on power and water supply infrastructure, then we will ‘manage’ better than if everything falls over while are are still dependent on it.

                  Of course, we could prepare for x kind of weather and find we get y instead, or we could prepare for x and get x. That’s where luck will come into it. But it still pays to prepare for being able to manage, where x is liveable with prepared for adaptation but not with sudden collapse of power supply.

                  Edit: and, the things we should do to prepare are also the things that will mitigate and possibly sequester.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Psychological and emotional preparations are amongst the most important to make.

                    Defending against massive climate extremes and weather events is difficult of course. But knowing your neighbours, not depending on the supermarket for all your food and not depending on petrol to get you around, already puts you at a massive advantage in an age of resource and energy depletion.

                    • “Psychological and emotional preparations are amongst the most important to make.”

                      I wonder if this is even possible but anything is definitely better than nothing here and you never know it might not happen relatively quickly.

                  • Bill

                    Well it’s all relative isn’t. The conditions you describe are unlikely to arrive all at once or overnight. So to what extent do we adapt?

                    Well, nothing I wrote hasn’t been experienced already. Climate change will involve more extremes than those I mentioned. And we haven’t ‘adapted’ to any of the, for now, infrequent storms, droughts and what have you. And neither has the biological environment we are a part of and dependent upon.

                    Anyway. Basic physical infrastructure was built for the conditions we became used to in the now passing holocene. That won’t be getting adapted…(time, expense, engineering know-how)

                    And insofar as we are biological entities that fit (survival of the fittest) into an evolutionary niche that’s part of a larger biological reality and state that’s not going to be accommodated by a 2 degrees or 4 degrees+ world….

                    • weka

                      I thought we were talking about best case scenarios not worst, or at least allowing that we don’t know yet. Or at least, I am suggesting that there is in fact a point to preparing (see below about food growing). If on the other hand you want to argue it’s too late and we are all fucked then just go ahead and quote Macpherson ;-)

                      “And we haven’t ‘adapted’ to any of the, for now, infrequent storms, droughts and what have you.”

                      Actually some people have adapted for things like drought, and I can tell you catagorically that farmers and other food growers in sustainability subcultures are definitely working on adapting to changing climate. The mainstream hasn’t, but that doesn’t mean no-one has.

                      btw, if we look at drought (and I know this is taking things out of the full context), and we look at average tempartures for NZ and add 2C, then we are still within the range of temperatues that humans can grow food in. Humans can grow food in extreme climates. What we can’t do is sustain oil-based, mono-cropped, Monsanto-sponsored agriculture, but then I’m not arguing for that. I’m saying we can increase our resiliency skills and that that better prepares us for managing in the contexts you are talking about if they aren’t at the extreme end.

                      Five minute slide show of the permaculture classic Greening the Desert. Getting food trees established and bearing food within the first year in one of the harshest climates on the planet. They have the least rainfall per head of population in the world. Plus the land in the area has been overgrazed and salinated. If people can grow food there, they will be able to grow food in NZ during prolonged drought.


                      “And neither has the biological environment we are a part of and dependent upon.”

                      The biological environment is adapting all the time, it doesn’t have a choice. I think what you mean is that it won’t adapt fast enough to prevent extinctions if humans don’t change, but that’s a given for worst case. It’s not really relevant to what is being discussed here.

                    • Bill

                      Yeah okay. Drought resistant plants can be grown. But one of the main things that’s going to increase is wind…y’know, the type that rips up trees and flattens crops?

                      And sure, I’m being negative and we could argue hopelessly backwards and forwards on unknowns and likelihoods and what not.

                      But I do want to say this. Adding 2degreesC to average NZ temps has got absolutely nothing to do with imagining a world that’s 2degreesC warmer due to climate change. The 2degreesC is average surface temp. And land is always much warmer than water.

                    • karol

                      I known some of my farmer relatives are using drought resistant grass (in NZ). It was noticeable seeing the fields that have such gras in recent droughts – they remained green while others were brown.

                      It’s an adaptation, but to try to keep going with BAU. Greater adaptations are needed.

                      maf has a whole paper recommending grasses for drought prone areas.

                    • weka

                      Grow crops that are resilient to wind, and you grow them in places where the wind is mitigated. We already do this.

                      “But I do want to say this. Adding 2degreesC to average NZ temps has got absolutely nothing to do with imagining a world that’s 2degreesC warmer due to climate change. The 2degreesC is average surface temp. And land is always much warmer than water.”

                      So with a 2C rise globally, what will happen in NZ?

                    • weka

                      “Drought resistant plants can be grown.”

                      Just need to pick up on this. It’s not simply about growing drought resistant plants. It’s about a completely different way of managing land and water. Plant species selection is part of that, but it’s not enough on its own. Sustainable land management brings in a whole swathe of interlocking techniques and systems that builds in resiliency. Obviously there is an upper limit for wind speed, frequency of flooding, lack of water etc, but that’s still the point – that we are better off preparing, and the preparation is exactly what we should be doing to mitigate AGW.

                      Karol, it’s true that better species selection is happening (and let’s note that organic farmers in NZ were doing this 3 decades and more ago), but MAF and the mainstream sciences are still geared towards export production not local food growing, and are therefore not sustainable. When we switch to growing food locally all sorts of things change, including that we don’t have to rely on large scale open paddocks that are prone to drought. We can build food growing systems geared around the local environment, geography and climate, and they are much more robust.

                      Here’s a look at a mixed perennial/annual polyculture system for feeding livestock in Western Australia,


                    • Bill

                      So with a 2C rise globally, what will happen in NZ?

                      Temperatures in excess of what you’d get from a uniform planetary 2C+ rise in surface temperature. Not as much above 2C+ as larger land masses though. And along with that ‘stuck’ weather patterns (to do with jet stream amplitude changing)…so longer, hotter droughts and heatwaves and much more rain falling over shorter periods than now and then much more energy seeking balance in the overall weather system (ie, much bigger winds).

                      Throw all that at infrastructure and many roads will not be re-opened as we currently expect after slips nor electric/water supplies reconnected as we currently expect, nor roof repairs carried out as per current expectations.

                      Beyond that, who knows?

                    • weka

                      “Temperatures in excess of what you’d get from a uniform planetary 2C+ rise in surface temperature. Not as much above 2C+ as larger land masses though. And along with that ‘stuck’ weather patterns (to do with jet stream amplitude changing)…so longer, hotter droughts and heatwaves and much more rain falling over shorter periods than now and then much more energy seeking balance in the overall weather system (ie, much bigger winds).”

                      Just to stick with food growing, the only thing that strikes me as being really problematic there is the big winds. You have an event that takes out trees and it’s a long haul to restore that. We don’t lose forests with the big winds we already have, but I would guess that planting more in sheltered places would be smart (and soon).

                      ‘Drought’ is a relative thing. Much of the drought in NZ is caused by land management, or by trying to grow certain things in the wrong climate/geography. We can look at places like Texas, where fully grown trees are already dying, but again, this is to do with what they are doing with the land there, and the water table, and stocking rates etc. In various droughts in the past 30 years, there have always been farmers in NZ that have been ok, because they were farming differently. If the whole area had been farming differently, there wouldn’t have been a ‘drought’.

                      Increased rainfall is problematic in some places but not others. But often the problems are again caused by humans. If you chop down all the trees and flatten the land then the water will run over that very quickly and take topsoil with it. It will wash away any land not stabilised and gouge out tracks causing more erosion. On the other hand, if you plant out riparian zones with multi-species, and put breaks in the smaller water courses, then the water slows down and seeps into the land, which is exactly where you want it (esp if the rain events are infrequent).

                      None of this is rocket science. I’m less worried about how ability to prepare and manage than I am about whether we will actually do it.

                    • adam

                      I’d say the horse has bolted. If one was cynical, Kyoto was really was the last chance. We have no idea what the change will be, but a change is a coming. And it will restore us to pre-industrial population levels quickly is my guess. And a type of thuggery will win out.

  6. Lefty 6

    If you really wanted to reduce emissions you would identify some activities that are unnecessary and produce a lot of emissions and make them unlawful.

    If you then wanted to reduce them further you would identify another set of useless activities and eliminate them.

    The sort of activities I am talking about include the production and operations of pollution producing luxury items (like jet skis, over- powered motor vehicles and privately owned helicopters and airplanes). We could stop producing unnecessary packaging, cut back on military operations, cease intensive livestock farming and stop mining coal. Many other harmful and/or essentially useless activities could readily be identified and stopped without reducing our standard of living in the least.

    Of course there would be some resistance to this approach but I suspect it would not be as strong as it is to carbon tax as most people would hardly notice it. It would also be transparent and easy to understand. Anybody can relate to the idea that we need to stop doing things that are harmful to them but taxation is always more difficult to get your head around, particularly when everybody knows the rich manage to find a way of getting around any type of tax. I suspect in the case of a carbon tax they would simply pass on costs making both necessary and luxury goods more expensive. This would mean a carbon tax would essentially be a very regressive tax. Trying to make up for it by giving tax back in other areas does not really work as we have seen with GST.

    Carbon taxes fail to discriminate between useful and useless activities, let the rich off the hook, and like all taxes are unreliable in terms of results and prone to producing unforeseen consequences.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1


      Supply of potable water is critical; supply of 18 year old scotch whisky is not.

    • Clemgeopin 6.2

      Hard to enforce around the world.

      How about stopping people from breathing,belching and farting?…and will it all make a difference?

      What is better is to go for renewable energy methods.

      • Colonial Viper 6.2.1

        Not sure why you are trying to draw parallels between burning up hundreds of millions of tonnes of fossil fuels making and shipping around useless trinkets, and the very necessary activities of people breathing and farting.

        What is better is to go for renewable energy methods.

        If we do that we can cushion the blow, but even a rapid shift in renewable energy generation still means the end of the high speed high luxury globalised economy and a transition to a generally slower and harder world.

      • weka 6.2.2

        “Hard to enforce around the world.”

        We (as in NZ) don’t have to enforce anything. We have to walk the talk, and then lobby the parts of the world where that will have the most effect. Am pretty sure that if enough countries lead the way, others will follow. Either way, we will eventually be forced into change by nature, and the closer we get to that the more visible that will be and the easier to convince people to change. Best we prepare now though.

        • Clemgeopin

          I certainly agree with that, but we should not go over board with crazy, impractical. silly, stupid ideas and schemes….(at least not too fast!)

          • weka

            What sort of crazy things do you mean Clem?

            • Colonial Viper

              Only revolutions in the neoliberal direction are permitted, apparently.

            • Clemgeopin

              As someone here advocated banning jet skis, private helicopters, industries, 18 year old scotch whiskey etc. You need to get voters’ SUPPORT and get elected. Wishful ideas don’t help you get there. Without getting elected, all extreme impractical ideas are just that, ideas.

              • Colonial Viper

                Yep. Which is why there will be no political solution available to avoid major climate change nor for avoiding civilisation disrupting energy depletion.

                As John Michael Greer suggests, we are in the closing vice jaws of a predicament for which our national level institutions and leadership will not be able to resolve and you have outlined just some of the reasons why.

                Face it, NZers can’t even agree on joint sacrifices to pull 300,000 Kiwi kids out of poverty and that’s something right here right now; trying to painfully deal with something which is decades down the track – no way.

                The political and corporate classes will just continue their game of pretend and extend.

      • Tracey 6.2.3

        so breathing belching and farting are the same as drinking scotch in your world?

        • Clemgeopin

          My world is your world.

          So you want to stop people drinking 18 year old scotch? What about the 15 year old scotch?

          • Tracey

            is that the best you can do? A hint of nimbism there clem

            • Clemgeopin

              No, not nimbyism as whiskey is not my preferred drink.

              My point was in the name of environment or in saving the world, the Greens or their loose cannon extremist crazies should not put forward nutter types of silly proposals. My question was legitimate: If the 18 year old whiskey were to be banned, then why not a 15 year old? How do you decide what vintage is ok and what isn’t? This is the sort of stuff that makes people, including me cautious and weary.

    • Bill 6.3

      If you really wanted to reduce emissions you would identify some activities that are unnecessary and produce a lot of emissions and make them unlawful.

      If you then wanted to reduce them further you would identify another set of useless activities and eliminate them.

      I’ve been saying something similar for quite a while now. But…if we leave it to the authorities, then one fine day in the not too distant, people are going to awake to a world where (for example) any access to commercial international passenger air travel has been withdrawn. Meanwhile, the ‘one percenters’ will fly and boat in their private luxury to their hearts’ content (as will politicians because, hey, them’s is important people doing important things!)

      Far better than making some things unlawful, would be for people to withdraw their participation in useless and detrimental market activity. A UBI would help on that front, or such a move could help bring about a UBI.

      edit. and in light of CV’s comment, I’d just like to put it on record that my hand would be up for participating in a workers’ collective involved in the critical production of good malt whisky

      • Colonial Viper 6.3.1

        lol yeah…its one way to productively and pleasantly pass the time in a post industrialising world…also its a very highly barterable/tradeable commodity. Handy.

        Far better than making some things unlawful, would be for people to withdraw their participation in useless and detrimental market activity. A UBI would help on that front, or such a move could help bring about a UBI.

        Yep. Hence their insistence on loading up young people with debt, to ensure compliance with the economic needs of the status quo.

      • weka 6.3.2

        “Meanwhile, the ‘one percenters’ will fly and boat in their private luxury to their hearts’ content (as will politicians because, hey, them’s is important people doing important things!)”

        I’m not so sure. If society is still reasonably intact at that point, I think that there will be huge negatives associated with carbon use to the extent that those people will be treated like pariahs. Interesting to consider how countries will ration carbon at that point.

        • Bill

          You’re aware that those fckers jolly ‘one percenters’ (it could be as high as ~5% I guess) are responsible for a huge proportion of CO2 emissions ie, anything between 30 and 60% of the total? I mean, to be fair, airline pilots and such like, plus politicians and globe trotting academics are a part of that small elite when we’re looking at AGW as opposed to just finance.

          And most of the one percent already are fucking pariahs. Very powerful and influential pariahs though, who have politicians and governments in their back pockets. Now, why are they going to change the programme again? You never, ever see them as it is, and only a few of their names are familiar to most people (Koch Brothers, that Aussie woman Rhienhart? etc)

          • weka

            Ah, ok. I thought you were talking about people like KDC, Peter Jackson, the PM.

            I still don’t think that the 1% you are talking about are pariahs.

            I agree with you about not leaving it to the authorities. My own personal approach is to look at what can be done, which is why although I keep an eye on international issues (like how much power the Koch family have), I don’t engage much because it engenders powerlessness. If I look at what can be done here in NZ, there is much that can be done, and all of it will be dependent on asserting and maintaining sovereignty.

            I don’t yet see the path between where we are now, and mass population withdrawing participation in the economy. I can see some of it theoretically (eg when we get shortages), but not yet in the real world. I like the idea though.

          • marty mars

            As the effects of AGW become more and more visible the 1% will become (through their own devices and basically to continue their financial accumulation as long as possible) heroes to the (western) masses. And those that know the truth will be too busy surviving and trying to set themselves up to effectively challenge the self-declared hero status of the 1%.

            • Colonial Viper

              the 1% will become (through their own devices and basically to continue their financial accumulation as long as possible) heroes to the (western) masses.

              Here’s the irony: after all the raping and pillaging of the people and the world’s resources, the 7 figure sum of fiat currency you manage to stash away in electronic ones and zeroes in that faraway tax haven bank account – chances are you will never get that back. And if you do, in a situation of economic and currency collapse, you might still be able to buy a handbag, a coffee and a sandwich with it.

              • Yes well they didn’t accumulate that 7 figure sum (too low imo) by being nice – they manipulated, used and abused to get it and they’re not going to stop just because the world is collapsing. The minions will want to keep their very small slice of the pie for as long as possible so there will be plenty of people wanting to help – there will be a waiting list.

          • Colonial Viper

            Bear in mind that the 1%’ers (in NZ they earn $200K+ p.a.) are mostly just well paid professional hacks and lackeys of the actual oligarchic power-elite. The 1%’ers are the CxO’s, the law firm partners etc.

            The oligarchic power elite, they are the 1% of the 1%. 0.01%’ers in other words. Doesn’t quite roll of the tongue though.


            Meanwhile, the ‘one percenters’ will fly and boat in their private luxury to their hearts’ content

            Until the boat crew, flight crew, mansion staff and private security guards decide that it might be quite nice to have free use of the marvellous facilities and decide to mount a bit of a reverse “corporate takeover” of the assets.

            See how precarious the position of the 0.01% is?

            See why they are so insistent on installing a trillion dollar security and surveillance state, ASAP?

            • adam

              You really need to look at the land records in the south island CV. And look at the people who were not born here who own land. I think you will see some interesting names – look high country, central and mid look for american names.

    • mickysavage 6.4

      You would identify some activities that are unnecessary and produce a lot of emissions and make them unlawful

      Or you would focus on activities that provided society benefit and did not pollute. For instance, education enriches lives, owning mass produced junk does not. We need to make sure that market pressure supports individual enrichment and ignores consumerism.

  7. Paul 7

    World ‘on the verge of next mass extinction’

    “We are on the verge of the sixth extinction,” lead author, biologist Stuart Pimm, said. “Whether we avoid it or not will depend on our actions.”


  8. dimebag russell 8

    the challenge for the greens is to show us how to do more for less. not an easy trick and prepare us for contingencys and vicisitudes that await.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      Maybe the trick is simply to do less. If you do less you immediately consume less of the world’s resources and release less GHGs.

  9. Poission 9

    It is noticeable that Joyce has ignored the predicted doubling of greenhouse gas emissions. Instead he has focussed much more narrowly on carbon intensity which essentially is a different measure.

    Carbon intensity is a good metric as it combines physics with economics(rosenfelds law).It is widely used for comparative analysis (unfcc ) where there is a wide disparity in both emissions and sink data.


    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Sure, it’s a nice measure and you can do lots of clever things with it. But to get back to a 2 deg C warming scenario we now need economic activity with huge negative carbon intensity. Which doesn’t exist.

      To me, measuring carbon intensity is like measuring how much water the titanic is taking on per passenger. Whether its a tad higher or a tad lower hardly matters. The ship is still going down, and there still aren’t enough lifeboats.

    • mickysavage 9.2

      But the only relevant metric is how much greenhouse gas we are producing. The rest is irrelevant and frankly a distraction.

      • Macro 9.2.1

        Totally agree! Joyce is using carbon intensity because with consistent technological improvements – which has nothing to do with National – we are using fossil fuels more efficiently, and it looks good. It’s just propaganda from him and well he knows it.
        Because you can do more with less doesn’t mean that people will do the same or less – they invariably want to do much more. So the efficiencies gained are squandered.

        • Colonial Viper

          i.e. Jevon’s Paradox

          • Tracey


            • Colonial Viper


              The Jevons paradox (not to be confused with the Rebound Effect, which is the reductionistic view of this phenomenon) states that if a system gains the possibility of using more energy, through increases in efficiency, it will use this opportunity to “do more” – exploring new activities and expanding the set of functions, which can be expressed – rather than “doing the same, while consuming less”. This paradox (more efficiency leads to more consumption), stated by Jevons in the first half of the 20th century, has proved right over and over in several applications. This implies that it is very naive to expect that technical improvement in efficiency will lead “per se” to lower consumption of energy. The truth is that sustainability is not a technical issue, but a cultural one.

  10. karol 11

    I see Bradbury is spinning and stirring claiming being positive about Greens while spinning that this climate policy is a strategic move to court the blue green vote – and that ignores all the other Greens polices, especially the youth health one announced by Turei at the weekend.

    • Chooky 11.1

      Actually as a Green voter I thought his contribution rather positive …and the Greens are not immune from criticism…just as no one is…they have made some dumb strategic moves in the past…eg dumping on Winston from a great height 3 days before a crucial General Election inwhich the Helen Clark govt lost because her coalition partner NZF failed by a couple of hundred votes to get in

  11. Chooky 12

    My apologies to the Greens – why the Carbon Tax is a genius move

    By Martyn Bradbury , June 2, 2014

    “I have to eat some humble organic locally produced pie here. I have always been fairly mean to the Greens in the past over some of their strategic manoeuvres. I have meanly said that they have all the tactical ability of slow growing moss…”


  12. Ennui 13

    “This policy wont make an iota of difference,” said Ennui cynically! “We will definitely burn what we can until it is all gone, its just a matter of how fast.”

  13. Macro 14

    IEA urges Global leaders to take action on reducing Carbon Emissions and increasing Investment on Renewables and efficiency savings.

    “Global investment in fossil-fuel energy continues to outpace new spending on renewable sources, leaving the world on track for temperature increases of at least 3.6 degrees, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency.”

    “Last year, more than $1.1 trillion (A$1.19 trillion) was poured into the extraction, transport and burning of fossil fuels, producing much of the greenhouse gas emissions largely blamed for global warming.
    By contrast, $US250 billion was invested in clean energy sources, such as solar and wind energy, down from the 2011 peak of $US300 billion, the Paris-based IEA said in its inaugural World Energy Investment Outlook study. Energy efficiency efforts attracted another $US130 billion.

    To keep global warming to within 2 degrees of pre-industrial levels – the internationally agreed target – annual investment in low-carbon energy supply would need to rise to almost $US900 billion and spending on energy efficiency needs to exceed $US1 trillion, said the IEA’s chief economist, Fatih Birol.

    “Dependable policy signals will be essential to ensure that these (renewable energy) investments offer a sufficiently attractive risk-adjusted return,” Dr Birol told Fairfax Media.
    Policymakers have “the most important role to play” in driving such investments, he said: “They need to provide clear and credible signals that lower risks and inspire confidence if we are to switch investment to low-carbon sources and energy efficiency at the necessary scale and speed to meet the world’s climate change target.”


    Groser’s response today to the proposed Carbon Tax on RNZ was as usual smarmy and weasel worded and acknowledged and denied the science all in one go! The man must go!

  14. Populuxe1 15

    So why do the Union of Taxpayers (who neither belong to a union or pay tax) like it then? Obviously something isn’t quite right here.

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    Dental fluorosis is really the only “negative” side effect of community water fluoridation (CWF). It occurs in non-fluoridated as well as fluoridated areas but is often a little more common in the fluoridated areas. However, there is a lot of...
    Open Parachute
  • Water fluoridation and dental fluorosis – debunking some myths
    Dental fluorosis is really the only “negative” side effect of community water fluoridation (CWF). It occurs in non-fluoridated as well as fluoridated areas but is often a little more common in the fluoridated areas. However, there is a lot of...
    Open Parachute
  • Funding system pushing tertiary institutions towards fraud
    Pressure for funding is driving institutions to take illegal shortcuts says TEU national president Lesley Francey. News that the tertiary education minister Steven Joyce is investigating alleged fraud of at least $10 million from public tertiary education is shocking, but...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • GOP gulp
    The Daily Kos in the US is solidly on the liberal left side of the spectrum, so to see them declaring trouble for the Republicans despite their midterm win isn't much of surprise. But the source they are quoting is...
  • 2014 New Zealand River Awards
    The second annual New Zealand River Awards will be announced this Thursday evening in Wellington. The Awards recognise the most improved river in each region where there’s robust data, and also identifies the three most improved rivers in the country....
    Gareth’s World
  • Economy, effectiveness and efficiency – yeah Right
    So - Gary Romano who took the fall for the Fonterra botulism scare was head hunted by Shanghai Pengxin -http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11226262the company which bought the Crafar farms (the original purchase of which was financed by loans made to Crafar by Fonterra) and which are...
    Te Whare Whero
  • Christmas singles and the White Saviour Complex
    In light of Sir Bob Geldof’s recent re-recording of ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas?’, controversy around the so-called ‘white saviour complex’ continues to grow. Naturally, I thought I would add my two cents to the debate surrounding the song and...
    On the Left
  • New Bus Priority coming
    Auckland Transport want to roll out 40km of new bus priority measures over the next 3 years to speed up buses, make them more efficient and support the new bus network being rolled out across the region. This is fantastic news as the...
    Transport Blog
  • Gordon Campbell on Rick Ellis as Te Papa’s new CEO
    The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial...
    Gordon Campbell
  • 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #47
    SkS Highlights President Obama's climate leadership faces the Keystone XL challenge by John Abraham attracted the highest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Coming in a close second was John Cook's Why we need to...
    Skeptical Science
  • Andrew Little as Labour Leader
    So Andrew Little is the new Labour leader. I don't particularly agree with him axing capital gains but entirely agree Labour should ditch raising the retirement age. Andrew needs to handle the members better. Cunliffe ditched some policies such as...
  • Hard News: Music: Watching on Twitter from afar
    TV3's decision to broadcast the Vodafone Music Awards live to air was a great call. Not that I was able to actually watch it, but being able to read tweets both from Vector Arena and the living rooms of home certainly...
    Public Address
  • Sunday music: Talking Heads on cities
    A blast from the past: the Talking Heads’ ode to urbanity, “Cities”. This is from the band’s fantastic concert film Stop Making Sense: The Talking Heads emerged from 1970s New York. The city itself wasn’t doing so well at the...
    Transport Blog
  • Our social betters
    by Michael Roberts In a great new book, Billionaires: reflections on the upper crust (http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120092/billionaires-book-review-money-cant-buy-happiness), Darrel M West outlined various social surveys that show the richer a person is, the less likely they are to redistribute some of their wealth...
  • More details on the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr path
    Auckland Transport have released more details about the route for the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr shared path that they and the NZTA are going to build over the next few years. The $30 million path will be built between 2015 and 2018 in four...
    Transport Blog
  • Headline of the week
    Original. To quote our very own Lamia, “Maybe the Maori Party should have included a history lesson in their confidence and supply agreement.”...
    On the Left
  • Who or What Was Onboard MH370, That Someone Doesn’t Want Found?
    239 people (including crew) were onboard MH370 when it mysteriously disappeared on March 8th this year.  Not one single piece of confirmed wreckage has ever been found, nor has a definite crash area been identified. I, like I am sure...
    An average kiwi
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #47B
    Acid maps reveal worst of climate change Buffalo mega snowstorm tied to climate change? China will place a limit on coal use in 2020 Climate change investment falls for second year in 2013 Fossil-fueled Republicanism  House Republicans just passed a...
    Skeptical Science
  • For oil companies, our rights are just another obstacle
    Once upon a time fossil fuel exploration took place far away, out of sight and out of mind. But as oil and gas giants become ever more desperate for new reserves they’re prepared to drill in places that were previously...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • The Arctic Sunrise, her journey continues
    Last Saturday, the ecologically pristine area around the Canary Islands was the watery stage of the next chapter in the story of the Arctic Sunrise. Last year, she carried Greenpeace activists across icy waters North of Russia, where they protested...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • New Wynyard Hotel disappointing
    More details were released yesterday surrounding a new luxury hotel – to be known as Park Hyatt Auckland – that is going to be built on the waterfront, on the site that currently houses the Team New Zealand headquarters.   The...
    Transport Blog
  • Guest post: what should Andrew Little learn from Ed Miliband?
    John tweets at @mrduttonpeabody. A Labour leader being elected on the back of an election loss, through a system of weighted bloc votes, is familiar to anyone who follows UK politics. The 2010 UK Labour leadership election saw Ed Miliband...
    On the Left
  • October 14 Patronage
    October’s patronage results show Aucklanders are continuing to flock to buses and trains. It’s especially true for the rapid transit network which is seeing staggering growth, up over 20% compared to the same month last year. It’s showing that the public...
    Transport Blog
  • Hurray for “Hurray For The Riff Raff”!
     FIRST RATE AMERICANA came to Auckland's Tuning Fork venue last night in the form of the Alt-Country, Indie-Folk roots band Hurray For The Riff Raff. Led by Alynda Lee Segarra, the 27-year-old Peurto Rican singer-songwriter out of New Orleans via New...
    Bowalley Road
  • Capture: Movement
    It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another...
    Public Address
  • Saturday playlist: new Labour leader
    It was difficult, but we managed to restrain ourselves from only posting songs with “Little” in the title … Add your (nice) suggestions below!...
    On the Left
  • Stuart’s 100 #57: Grow your own
    57: Grow your own What if supermarkets could grow their own? Supermarkets, like service stations, are in that category of activities that are of such necessity and ubiquity to our daily life that they cumulatively have a very large footprint...
    Transport Blog
  • The best of Neetflux (so far)
    A selection of our favourite Neetflux posters to date. Here’s to more awesome political satire to come! (Click through for full-size on Neetflux’s Tumblr)...
    On the Left
  • Chipping away at police unaccountability
    Traditionally, our police have enjoyed a wide discretion over who to prosecute and how. Sometimes, this is a good thing - it means that the time of the courts is not wasted on minor crimes. In other cases, its use...
    No Right Turn
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • How biased is the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog
  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
    The Daily Blog
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog
  • US Politics
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    The Daily Blog
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
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  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
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  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
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  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
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  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
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  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
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  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
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  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
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  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
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  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
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  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
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  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
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  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
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  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
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  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
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  • The Warehouse & Noel Leeming Praised for Principled Stand
    Family First NZ is congratulating The Warehouse and Noel Leeming for reinforcing their ‘family-friendly values’ by removing R18 games and DVD’s from its shelves, and is calling on other retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and Dick Smith...
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  • PM’s Post-Cab on Iain Rennie, China and the Smith Inquiry
    In a press conference held today in Wellington, Prime Minister John Key answered questions regarding Iain Rennie’s potential resignation, the independent inquiry into the Smith/Traynor escape, and recent trade deals with China....
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  • Safety Week 2014 focused on a safe summer
    ACC’s annual Safety Week kicks off today. With summer just around the corner, Safety Week this year is focusing on keeping safe when playing sport, enjoying recreational activities or drinking alcohol....
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  • Safety focus during motorcycle month
    As the Central District Police annual Month of Motorcycles campaign cruises into its second week, the results so far have been positive with many motorcyclists playing their part to keep our roads safe....
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  • Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST
    Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST The Sensible Sentencing Trust is slamming a decision which may acquit a Whakatane offender of serious dangerous driving charges....
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  • Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons
    Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons to show violence towards women is never OK...
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  • Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media
    Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media to say “no” to domestic violence Everyone has the right to feel safe at home. Many do not. One in three partnered New Zealand women report having experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner...
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  • Smoke Alarms in Rental properties
    TPA says recent calls for mandatory smoke alarm installations in rental properties is an opportunity for all parties to come together to improve the safety and quality of rental housing....
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  • CTU will not engage in Governments sham consultation process
    Today the CTU has sent a letter to Prime Minister John Key articulating serious concerns about both the content and the rushed process the Government has clearly signalled it intends to follow to progress the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation...
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  • Job vacancies steady in October
    The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online remained steady in October across most industry groups and occupations, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report....
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  • 600 Slaves And Counting on New Zealand Soil
    The 2014 Global Slavery Index has just been released, and buried within its pages is New Zealand’s growing issue of human exploitation and slavery. When taken in conjunction with the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2014,...
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  • Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and NZ
    Media Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand: Police Commissioners take a stand against violence against women and children...
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  • NZ Police Commissioner makes a stand against Family Violence
    New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush has joined with his Australian Police Commissioner colleagues at Parliament House in Canberra this morning to take a stand on violence against women and children....
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  • Amnesty International campaigns for end to domestic violence
    Amnesty International will be making a donation of over $500 to Aviva (formerly known as Women’s Refuge Christchurch) at the conclusion of Tuesday’s inner city march against domestic violence....
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  • Waka Hourua celebrates what’s working in suicide prevention
    On 19 and 20 November, Māori and Pasifika national suicide prevention programme Waka Hourua held its first national hui-fono in Auckland. The theme was Whakarauika Mai: Bringing Communities Together to Prevent Suicide in Aotearoa. ...
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  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
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  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
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  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
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  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
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  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
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  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
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  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
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  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
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  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
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  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
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  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
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  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
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  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
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  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
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  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
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  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
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  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
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  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
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  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
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  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
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  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
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  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
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  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
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  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
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  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
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  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
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  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
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  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
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  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
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  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
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  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
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  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
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  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
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  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
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  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
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