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Ardern backs students striking for climate change

Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, March 15th, 2019 - 70 comments
Categories: australian politics, climate change, democratic participation, disaster, Environment, global warming, jacinda ardern, Judith Collins, labour, science - Tags:

As is usual this morning I woke up listening to Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report.

Two of the stories highlighted to me the problem humankind is having grappling with climate change.

The first mooted New Zealand having a space hub for private rockets engaged in sending uber rich tourists to outer space for the experience and talked how it may be possible in ten years.

The second was about a ten billion dollar project to have an elite rugby competition.

They both jarred.  Imagine burning all that fuel or wasting all that money for so little.  And ten years may be all the time we have to address climate change.

The response of some of our politicians has been underwhelming.  National has been typically obstructionist as exemplified by this from Judith Collins:

National Party MP Judith Collins was dismissive of the protest action.

“Their little protest is not going to help the world one bit,” she said.

Chris Hipkins was meh.  As was ALP leader Bill Shorten, who thought the kids should strike after hours.

But Jacinda has come out in support.  In comments that have been reported by Reuters but not locally for some reason she has said this:

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave her support on Wednesday to a youth movement urging government action to tackle climate change ahead of protests by students across the world later this week.

Thousands of school children in Australia and New Zealand intend to skip school and protest on Friday as part of similar action by students worldwide taking their cue from 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

“Don’t underestimate the power of your voice,” the 38-year-old Ardern told local organizers of the protests and students during a live debate at a college in Wellington.

“Too often we make this assessment that to make an impact we have to be of voting age. That is not the case,” she said.

She correctly said that whether students should be striking during school time was a decision for them and their parents.

And she noted the change in tone of the debate from denial to obstruction.  Again from Reuters:

Ardern said great strides had been made in attitudes towards climate change over the years.

 

She said she was booed by an audience 10 years ago for speaking about climate change, which she has described as her generation’s “nuclear free moment”.

“Now people are not debating whether we should do something. Now they are just debating how fast or what we need to do. And that is a big change,” she said.

“What we do now needs to last to 2050 and beyond. So we have a much higher chance of doing that if we bring everyone with us,” she said.

I hope many do decide to take part in this most crucial of movements.  And realise the importance of politics.  And the need for progressives to win this battle against obstructionist and conservative opposition.

Details of the strikes can be found here.

70 comments on “Ardern backs students striking for climate change”

  1. Incognito 1

    Perhaps the PM wanted to avoid ‘addressing’ Kiwis more directly and creating a perception of ‘official’ endorsement or approval.

  2. Cinny 2

    All the best to the youth of NZ and the rest of the world, who have painted signs and organised protests, makes me feel very proud they are speaking out about the future of our planet.

    Looking on the FB there will be thousands attending in some cities (thanks for the link).

    If people are worried about their safety, then don’t, no doubt they will be joined by adults who feel the same and the media will be there. In fact they will probably be safer at the protests then walking home from school.

    Any wise teachers whose students will be involved could turn it into a learning module on democracy and climate change.

    Looking forward to the coverage on the news tonight.

    • marty mars 2.1

      + 1 Yes spoke to my 11 year old son about this last night. He is adamant he wants to do this action. We discussed protesting and I described the anti tour protests I did and why I did them. So proud of my boy being interested in this action.

  3. Observer Tokoroa 3

    Youth – And Climate Change

    I have absolutely no idea why National Supporters want to burn our kids in Oil, and Pollution and Climatic Disaster.

    The National Supporters want their Kids to skip school and watch ugly games – where they can get their heads bashed in and mashed.

    So it’s okay to be stupid if you are an adult National School Teacher.

    That Great National Goof – Mrs Judith Collins – has spoken : Dismissive as ever about the student Strike for common Climatic sense, She announced today : “Their little protest is not going to help the world one bit,”

    Mrs Collins in her endless years of pretending to be a politician has never done anything to help the world – ever. She is a destroyer. Look at what she has done to New Zealand this past 10 years. And the many years before that.

    National and its weird Politicians do not want a A strike for Common sense on Climate. They are making $Billions for themselves. They Hate The Youth.

    John Key (the Disaster), and Billy English ( the Dope ) announced several times that NZ Youth are “Hopelessly Useless.” Ref 1917 Oh Yeah – you two Nitwits !

    • gsays 3.1

      “I have absolutely no idea why National Supporters want to burn our kids in Oil, and Pollution and Climatic Disaster”

      C’mon, it’s because of the fear that any real action may effect their bottom line.

  4. Rapunzel 4

    And as finally mentioned with a lot of vitriol being in evidence from lots of media commentators, one recalled all the times the he and other pupils were encouraged to go on school days to welcome back various sports teams and that incl at the railway station the Wellington team with the Ranfurly Sheild.
    Seemed to be no problem with that being an issue.

  5. Ad 5

    Most respectfully Mickey, can we get some actual young people to talk on this?

    • Dennis Frank 5.1

      I’m with the PM on this – and we were told by a respondent here not long ago that blogs have been sidelined by the twitteratti, so that would explain why there’s no evidence that anyone young comments here.

  6. esoteric pineapples 6

    “Well, the simple answer is mass denial. We know from history that human beings are not very good at accepting a truth. It’s only human to want to deny it because it is a terrible situation. We all do this in our personal lives. You know, there is something coming up which we know is true but for a while we pretend is not true. So I think that is the main problem here.”

    “The point here is that we are not going to be dealing rationally with this problem. I mean, the idea that we are all going to just suddenly wake up and decide to do the right thing is a bit of a liberal illusion. I think the most predictable path, is that we are going to slide into fascism. And the reason for that is because the elites are going to attempt to protect their interests in the face of ever greater stress. And when that happens, you get authoritarian solutions. We have seen that around the world in the last ten years, and increasingly the rich and powerful will fund right wing movements and they will start to hollow out democracy, because their main interest is protecting their won wealth and power. Obviously this is a completely suicidal mission because it is only going to end in their own destruction anyway, but you can see the logic of it. And what that means for people who are progressive or claim to be liberal, is that you have got to make a choice. Because it is not going to get any easier with every year that goes on. Either we are going to sort this thing out with some major distress and upheaval, or we are going to go into a complete social hell.”

    • AB 6.1

      “elites are going to attempt to protect their interests in the face of ever greater stress”

      This is a grim view, but I can’t help seeing it as a strong possibility.
      It took the great depression and 50 million deaths in WWII to shake capitalism sufficiently to give us a 35-year respite (1945-80) from its excesses. And that respite was temporary and easily overturned from the 1980’s onwards.
      Is there any reason to think it will be easier this time around? How many deaths will it take from the climate crisis before elite interests can be set aside?

    • Philj 6.2

      In Wellington, the Pollies spoke, Robertson and Shaw and were met with modest support. Nicola Young represented National. She proclaimed that she wasn’t an expert in this field, but clarified the situation by saying, as a ‘ mother of four children’ she was concerned in finding a solution that would be in line with other countries. Or words to that effect. She was booed at one point and shouted down. It was sad and exhilarating to witness the passion at this gathering. One placard read, ” why get edumacated wenn guvment duznt lissen to the edukated? “

    • Incognito 6.3

      Ok, about those so-called elites. They are “the few”, for starters, meaning there are only a very few of them.

      They were not born on Krypton, they don’t have super-human powers, they are not mutant X-Men, and they have the same DNA and are of the same flesh & blood as we are.

      If the non-elite, if we collectively disagree with the “elite” and their wishes go against our wishes then it should be no contest.

      So, the question is where does their imaginary power come from and where does it rest? How can they (en)force us to go against our own wishes and best interest? What magical powers do they use?

      The answer is actually remarkably simple but clearly not that obvious although the curtain is slowly being lifted …

      I’m delighted that people protested today and drew attention to the cause – there’s growing hope.

    • Saintarnuad 6.4

      Ecoside, my goodness the extreme left climate change crowd just just love their single word phases.
      I guess by shouting and screaming abuse people are meant to listen to these flat earth climate change believers.
      Serious, if they believe so strongly that mankinds impact upon the world is so great, surely they would sacrifice themselves to save the planet.

      Perhaps an on mass euthenasia by all true followers of climate change…leed by example, in stead of just by words for a change.

      [I appreciate your modest proposal has a satirical aspect, but please do not post this sort of thing. Only warning. TRP]

    • Robert Guyton 6.5

      At this time of the day, early morning, the only sound heard on some lonely lakes, is the cry of the loon.

  7. Well , if anything, it will be a valuable life lesson in freedom of speech issues and personal involvement in politics. Now that cant be a bad thing at all. And the day they all went to demonstrate will be something they’ll always remember. As they grow they will realize the significance of that and that they can have a say and a stake in issues..The only ones who will fear this are the ones who wish to have a dumbed down, complacent and politically disinterested youth.

    So from that angle , – support.

  8. BM 8

    A far more effective action would be for these kids to walk or cycle to school, instead of Mum or Dad dropping them off in the SUV.
    But you know, OMG, hat hair and I could get wet.

    This is nothing more than a Friday afternoon off school, typical virtue signalling left wing bullshit that achieves nothing.

    • Dennis Frank 8.1

      I’m tempted to agree, but there is actually an upside to virtue-signalling. It helps youngsters to form a political identity for themselves in their formative years. That’s good, if the virtue basis is sound.

      I do agree that group-think is the obvious downside. People just have to learn from experiencing that downside. Learning from personal experience is ultimately the best kind of learning. I partly share the apprehension of the right that teachers project their moral judgments onto students, but we need to give the kids the option of using their critical factulties to evaluate & judge the bullshit within that projection.

    • RedLogix 8.2

      Haha BM. It’s something sad the way overprotective parents feel obligated to drive kids to school these days. Some of my best memories of those years come from those moments.

      Still I’m rather proud of these children, their actions today might not have any directly measurable effect, but it is powerfully symbolic. The story of the Emporerers New Clothes comes to mind.

      • BM 8.2.1

        The irony of every parent dropping their kid/kids off at school because

        It’s too dangerous to ride a bike to school as there are so many cars on the roads especially around schools!!!

        isn’t lost on me.

      • Rapunzel 8.2.2

        Exactly! After a week of allowing the youngster I have cared for all week to “scooter” a wee way to school after much pleading had me drop him a couple of streets away the returning parent (away for the week for work) said they weren’t that happy with that arrangment so it was back to “nearly to the gate” today.!

    • KJT 8.3

      Do you have to be so boringly predictable?

      Surely the right wing can afford some more interesting, mouthpieces/parrots?

    • Anne 8.4

      The kids who get dropped off to school in SUVs are the dead-beat offspring of dead- beat parents who think they own the streets, the pavements and everywhere else. They are (in the main) rich, selfish, self-serving, arrogant types who believe everyone else owes them a living. They are the kind of people you think should be running the country.

      The rest of the country’s kids catch buses/trains, ride bikes and walk to school just like my generation used to do. They are the ones who are going to be our future leaders and all hail to them! I hope they have a very successful day.

      • Molly 8.4.1

        “The kids who get dropped off to school in SUVs are the dead-beat offspring”
        Really, they are just kids getting dropped off at school. They are still forming their own personalities separate from family. They deserve some slack for having the possible disadvantage of financial security that stops them from growing.

        • Anne 8.4.1.1

          I live opposite a school where a lot of the children have parents who belong to the SUV brigade. I’ve been observing both the parents and their off-spring for years. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but my views have been confirmed many times over.

          Sorry it doesn’t fit in with your view but mine isn’t going to change.

          • Molly 8.4.1.1.1

            Fair enough. But reading this sounded very similar to tirades I listen to about poor people – brown mostly – and their children, and struck a nerve. Both sound equally ugly to me.

    • mac1 8.5

      ‘virtue-signalling’ is a pejorative term. Let’s get that right. It’s a form of ad hominem attack.

      What the use of it tells me more, as does much abuse, about the abuser than the target of the abuse.

      In this case, how the right just hate being told how they are ethically, morally or socially wrong.

      And these ‘kids’ are in the right, I believe. I’m going to join them at 12.30 and relive my glory days of the later Sixties when we protested the Vietnam War, Rugby Tours, Omega stations and American bases at Harewood.

      And weren’t we right then!

    • AB 8.6

      “that achieves nothing”

      This is the ‘commonsense’ view, but it’s true only in a fairly narrow sense. The protest will not directly lower C02 emissions. We will still be in the crap tomorrow despite the protest.
      The achievements will lie in what the students learn. Mainly they will learn what they are up against:
      – condescension and cynical belittling of their principles e.g. they may be accused of “virtue-signalling”, which suggests that wanting to do good in the world is never genuine, it’s just a desire to look good
      – authoritarian control by people with power. They will be told that they should be in school and they are risking their education and the possibility of getting a good job, i.e. that economic survival depends on obedience
      – deflection and undermining. They will see that calls for collective action will be undermined by scrutiny of the personal behaviour of the people advocating it. They will be told to walk to school, stop eating meat, etc. as though perfection of the self was a necessary precondition to speaking out, and that isolated, individual choices are the only option and collective action is impermissible

      If these things are learned, a great deal is achieved.

      • Anne 8.6.1

        The achievements will lie in what the students learn. Mainly they will learn what they are up against:…

        Precisely. Anyone who marched back in the late 60s, 70s and early 80s will know what that means. But in the end that generation were the winners. Let’s hope this new generation will be even more successful. The world depends on them.

        • Stuart Munro. 8.6.1.1

          Yes, this is a lot of the point. The prevailing views on “what is to be done” are often formed with surprisingly little thought, (Waynes 30% of GDP for example)but those who hold them aren’t really ready to exchange them for something better, which would require tiresome mental processing.

          The kids have some reason to be concerned, and to tell their representatives that kicking the can down the road really won’t cut it anymore. Those who will be inconvenienced are naturally annoyed, how dare their complacent democratic citizens have an opinion!.

      • Stunned Mullet 8.6.2

        Some will learn these things others, judging by a lunchtime wander on Queen Street, are learning where the best shops on Queen Street are and where the cheapest drinks and fast food is.

        • Anne 8.6.2.1

          Come on Stunned.
          I remember doing the same thing after an anti-nuclear march up Queen St. We were hungry and thirsty. Guess we were on a bit of a high after the march too. It’s not every day they get to stroll along Queen St. on a week day. Give them credit for being there and a bit of slack for enjoying themselves afterwards.

    • Saintarnuad 8.7

      Couldn’t agree more.
      Nothing more mad Marxists attempting to infect our children’s minds with a twisted manifesto.
      It’s a sickness really, as it’s no more than grooming a child, in the same mind control manner as sexual peado’s
      There are many practical ways to help our environment without infecting our children’s minds with climate extremism dogma from the far left.

      [There’s a mod note on an earlier one of your comments. Read it. You are a few words away from a lengthy ban, so pull your head in. TRP]

      • Robert Guyton 8.7.1

        “There are many practical ways to help our environment”
        Can you list some of the ways you are helping the environment, Saintarnaud?
        That would be encouraging to anyone unsure about what best to do.
        Thanks

  9. francesca 9

    Just come back from the Golden Bay High kids protest, organised by a 13 year old girl (third generation from hippie days)
    Pretty impressive, big turnout, great placards and chants, march in to town, now theyre going round the local businesses to talk to them about urgency of carbon zero , plastic etc and are going to attend and speak at the public forum of the Community Board.

  10. Anne 10

    Sean Plunket
    @SeanPlunket
    Happy international truancy day #schoolstrike4climate

    This dinosaur is taking it hard.

    • Rapunzel 10.1

      I have hope driving home today that Peter Williams has disappeared from that station’s morning show for good. Despite being mainly a sports reporter Brendan Telfer offered welcome relief from the bitter, bigoted stance of the show hosts that have hijacked almost the entire daytime broadcast of that station and the associated television breakfast show.
      Williams is to be away again next week, my reckon is that has to even pay small lip-service to a view other than his own may have become tiring very quickly and if he was required to allow everyone’s opinion to be fairly heard he decided it was not for him. Or maybe he is being re-trained his views that over-rode almost everything else were quite emotive much of the time and often inaccurate and not well researched to beyond the personal opinions he holds.

    • Robert Guyton 10.2

      Dinosaur?
      Coprolite.

  11. alwyn 11

    I listened to the year 13 student from Western Springs College being interviewed by Guyon Espiner this morning on Morning Report. It is online, starting at 7.14am
    He sounded perfectly sensible and knowledgeable at the beginning. However after abour 2 minutes he started making quite ridiculous comments. They were things like claiming that the arable land in the UK was being destroyed and that in less than 30 years NO food would be able to be grown there. Then he continued by claiming that reports from Canada, the US and Europe showed that there would be NO fish left in the oceans in less that 30 years. His conclusion was that we were all going to starve.

    Where has he been getting these extreme ideas? They are as foolish as Al Gore’s wild statements that the Arctic Ice cap would have totally vanished by as early as 2014. Al always credited these claims to “scientific studies” but he never told his audiences that not everyone agreed with the claims and he has never admitted that this vanishing of the Arctic Ice Cap never followed the path he claimed was inevitable.

    It appears that the headmaster at Western Springs is the major promoter of these beliefs in his (her?) students. I think the student concerned would be a great deal better off if, instead of taking the day off school and marching, he spent the time checking up on whether the stories he has been fed are supported by the facts.

    That Climate Change is a concern that must be addressed is correct. That many of the tales about the effect are fantasy but are believed by young people is something we should be worried about even more.

    • BM 11.1

      I think this is what National should have tried to stamp out during its last term.

      You can’t give extremist teachers carte blanche to fill kids heads full of lies and exaggerations, what you heard from this young boy is proof of that.

      Whoever is teaching this stuff should be driven from the teaching profession before they pollute the minds of any more kids

      Kids believe their teachers are telling them the truth, they’re teachers why would they lie? it’s a very privileged profession that has to be strictly policed otherwise we end up with this sort of nonsense.

      • mac1 11.1.1

        Better that critical thinking be taught in schools, and logic, and debate, and history, and how to conduct an argument.

        Then we might not get tripe like this generalising, ad hominem rubbish.

        “This is nothing more than a Friday afternoon off school, typical virtue signalling left wing bullshit that achieves nothing.”

      • Michelle 11.1.2

        stop blaming the teachers no wonder we don’t have enough teachers

        • BM 11.1.2.1

          We’ve got teachers coming out the wazoo, ask any newly graduated teacher how hard it is to find a teaching job.

          • Sam 11.1.2.1.1

            My reply would be Seek.co.au starting rate $50k-$80k

            supercalifragilisticexpialidocious <<< that would be $80k

            Students reply: Y and Z. No I know my ABC's next time won't you sing with me<<< that's worth $80k

            Civic duties: that’s priceless

    • We’ve put up with the fantasy that the market knows best for a couple of hundred years, alwyn. Why should a school kid over-egging things a wee bit bother you?

      • Poission 11.2.1

        Because of the incessant discourse between little endians and large endians?

      • alwyn 11.2.2

        It is clear that you have not the faintest idea about what Economics says about a Market economy. You were obviously never exposed to the subject of Economics during your school days.
        He is hardly a “school kid” any more though. If he is in year 13 he is probably 17 years old and nearly old enough to vote. I don’t mind “school kids” being ignorant of course. However by the age of 17 they should be old enough to think rationally. After all they won’t all be able to become Labour or Green Party MPs where thinking rationally is unnecessary.

        • te reo putake 11.2.2.1

          Oh dear, are you saying that all that Marx, Hayek, Keynes, Galbraith and even little Miltie Freedman I read at uni was a waste of time? Bugger. Should have just stuck with Ayn ‘I want my pension’ Rand I guess.

          • alwyn 11.2.2.1.1

            ” read at uni was a waste of time”.
            I’m afraid to have to say, from the evidence of what you say on the subject, that the answer is a resounding YES.
            Sad but true I’m sorry to have to say.
            Did you do better when you switched to a simpler subject, Political “Science” perhaps?

    • Macro 11.3

      Maybe he has read a
      book like this
      This is an academic publication produced in the past few years which highlights the ongoing degradation of arable land by industrialised farming practices, whereby the constant cropping of mono crops, applications of fertiizers, pesticides, and herbicides is completely destroying the biodiversity of the soil micro-organisms upon which the fertility of the soil is dependent. Farming is the single largest threat to biodiversity and ecosystem functions of any single human activity on the planet. Yes it is true, if we continue to follow current agricultural practices the ability of the Earth to sustain humanity will be severely reduced. Already over 50% of the Earth’s landmass is used for agriculture. This is under constant threat not only from shoddy agricultural practices, but from intensifying droughts and flooding. Those two scenarios are in fact not incompatible.

      • alwyn 11.3.1

        Does that book argue that within 30 years it well be impossible to grow any food at all in Britain. That was what he was saying.

        • Macro 11.3.1.1

          There are reports that do actually suggest that scenario.
          https://www.parliament.uk/documents/post/postpn265.pdf
          https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/24/uk-30-40-years-away-eradication-soil-fertility-warns-michael-gove
          https://sustainablefoodtrust.org/articles/the-hidden-cost-of-uk-food-soil-degradation/

          Soil is an essential resource and the source of over 99% of all human and animal food calories. It can be created from by the weathering of parent rocks, as it was initially, but it can take 500-1,000 years to produce a single inch of soil this way and it will take much longer still, before repeated cycles of plant growth and decay make the soil fully fertile.

          Soil contains 25% of global biodiversity and supports an intricate ecosystem of microorganisms, invertebrates, insects and small mammals.

          Yet industrial farming has been a mining operation, plundering organic matter, damaging soil structure and destroying soil biodiversity. Soil scientists have variously claimed that the UK has only enough soil left for another 100 harvests, while globally soils are only capable of producing another 60 harvests, something still relevant to the UK given the extent to which we rely on imported food.

          This doesn’t necessarily mean that all soils will be completely exhausted within that time, but that at the current rate, the productivity of many soils will have declined so much that farmers will be unable to produce enough food for the global population, regardless of how much fertiliser they apply or the type of seeds they sow.

  12. Koff 12

    Wide coverage of the demonstrations taking place all over New Zealand which are much larger than any of the organisers expected with some very cogent arguments being made by student leaders, whatever rubbish people like BM and Alwyn are saying.. James Shaw has fronted up for a speech and Q and A at the Beehive. This is an opportunity for Jacinda to show some leadership and join the students and not leave it to Shaw, Grant Robertson and….even Nicola Willis for the Nats!

  13. indiana 13

    When I was their age, I remember being taught that the Ozone hole over the south pole was increasing exponentially and we would be burned to death by UV rays…but alas I’m still around and the population has grown, not burned out of existence.

    • Andre 13.1

      Do you recall what was done in response to that threat to stop it coming true?

      • indiana 13.1.1

        …something about CFCs…but I’m not convinced it made much of difference because the alternative created a new issue.

        https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-aerosols-still-bad/

        • solkta 13.1.1.1

          A new issue unrelated to the ozone layer. The article even says that it worked:

          Of course, just because those deodorant sprays and shaving cream cans aren’t depleting the ozone layer

        • Andre 13.1.1.2

          The alternative didn’t create a new issue. It almost eliminated the ozone depletion problem caused by CFCs and reduced the global warming potential caused by CFCs.

          For instance, the GWP of R12 is around 10,000, while the GWP of its most common first generation HFC replacement R134a is around 1300. The now preferred refrigerant is R600a (isobutane) with zero ozone depletion potential and GWP of 3.

          But if your broader point is rather than just swapping ingredients, the better response is to reduce or even stop using pointless shit like pre-pressurised aerosol spray cans, well, yes, that’s valid.

    • solkta 13.2

      Fuck you must be slow. There was international action taken to ban CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons) which were causing the problem. Since then the hole has been reducing in size.

      So science identified the problem and hence the solution and action was taken and things improved. Time for a replay with the gases that are the cause of current climate change.

      • Poission 13.2.1

        The latest assessment suggests the timeframes for recovery.

        Ozone layer changes in the latter half of this century will be complex, with projected increases and decreases in different regions. Northern Hemisphere mid-latitude total column ozone is expected to return to 1980 abundances in the 2030s, and Southern Hemisphere mid-latitude ozone to return around mid-century. The Antarctic ozone hole is expected to gradually close, with springtime total column ozone returning to 1980 values in the 2060s.

        It also reports that there is an increase in cfc 11 emissions.

        There has been an unexpected increase in global total emissions of CFC-11. Global CFC-11 emissions derived from measurements by two independent networks increased after 2012, thereby slowing the steady decrease in atmospheric concentrations reported in previous Assessments. The global concentration decline over 2014 to 2016 was only two thirds as fast as it was from 2002 to 2012. While the emissions of CFC-11 from eastern Asia have increased since 2012

        China in the frame.

        https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/09/mysterious-source-of-illegal-ozone-killing-emissions-revealed-say-investigators

    • BM 13.3

      We were going to get incinerated in a nuclear holocaust or if we survived that die a horrible death from radiation poisoning.

      In their defence, it was looking highly likely.

  14. mosa 14

    I think the kids should be supported in this action and are prepared to speak out on polices that directly effect them now and the decades ahead.
    So many kids do walk or cycle often in congested roads and are exposed to carbon monoxide as they navigate they way to school and back.
    They have a valid reason to protest and not just sit back ad pretend it is not happening.

  15. mac1 15

    Well, I attended the local gathering. As many there at the war memorial as you’d have on ANZAC Day. Secondary, Intermediate and primary students with a hundred adults. Some of us applauded the students as they walked past to lead us into town where they walked down the footpaths to the local MPs office.

    I don’t think he showed.

    The students then chanted loudly outside his office and walked back to the central green space where they chanted some more. They walked back down the centre of the road and the increase in energy and chanting was palpable. These young people were starting to feel their collective strength.

    Great to see in small town, provincial New Zealand.

  16. cleangreen 16

    My wife and I attended a gathering in Gisborne today holding two banners saying “save our rail” and to my astonishment young folks were happily holding banners saying “Use rail and save a planet” and I was so very proud of these amazing young as they were loud and very determined to get the message heard out there.

    What was very clear is they they have had a gutsful of the slow pace of action from our politicians so I am 100% behind this splendid sector of our young among us that it has transformed my feelings about our young now that makes me feel that they are are future who will finally fix the politicians lack of action we see all the time.

    No more will Government ever ignore the young who now have a legitimate role in shaping how we go about our life from this day on.

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  • Winston Peters accuses Gerry Brownlee of ‘politicising’ Holocaust memorial
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is accusing Gerry Brownlee of "politicising" a Holocaust memorial event after the National MP questioned the lack of Kiwi representation there. The Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, Israel, is holding the World Holocaust Forum on January 23 to mark 75 years since ...
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  • Provincial Growth Fund to help Waipukurau Pā sites attract thousands of tourists
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna - Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project is receiving $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. It is is expected to boost the town's employment and tourism, creating sixteen new jobs once completed and attract up to 15,000 visitors a year. Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development ...
    4 days ago
  • “Common sense will prevail, not extremism” Winston Peters backs Shane Jones’ pro-meat stance
    New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is backing his MPs who have spoken out against a new climate change teaching resource that advises students to eat less meat to save the planet. The new teaching resource, announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Climate Change Minister James Shaw, tells students ...
    5 days ago
  • Violent assault on paramedic highlights need for law change
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Justice Today’s horrific violent assault of an on-duty female paramedic which rendered her unconscious is truly unsettling. “Our thoughts are with the paramedic, her loved ones and the St John’s team at Warkworth Station,” says New Zealand First Justice Spokesperson Darroch Ball. “Harsher penalties for perpetrators ...
    6 days ago
  • Acting PM Winston Peters confirms NZDF troops in Iraq not hit by Iranian attacks
    Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters called for calm and diplomacy following Iranian missile strikes on bases housing United States troops in Iraq, but confirmed New Zealand's base in the country was not hit. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) was earlier today investigating claims New Zealand's base in Iraq had ...
    7 days ago
  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive ...
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  • Delivering a stable water supply to Wairarapa
    Hon. Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in Wairarapa The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $7.11 million to create a sustainable water supply for the Wairarapa. The PGF will provide a $7 million investment to Wairarapa Water Limited to progress the Wairarapa Water Storage Scheme towards procurement, consenting, ...
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  • Housing consents hit highest level since 1974
    Housing consents have hit a 45-year high, as Statistics NZ data shows a total of 37,010 residential consents were issued in the year to November --- the first time they have breached the 37,000 mark since the mid-1970s. Statistics NZ said the trend had been rising since late 2011, when ...
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  • Darroch Ball MP: “Violence against first responders is a problem on the rise”
    New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball says that a paramedic being kicked unconscious last night in an attempted burglary in Warkworth, north of Auckland, is a symptom of a larger problem. "Incidents like this are becoming more and more frequent...and it’s getting worse," Mr Ball said. The MP is pushing for ...
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  • Minister Ron Mark asks NZDF to conduct fire risk assessment from defence point of view
    Defence Minister Ron Mark said there was nothing to prevent similar large-scale bushfires seen in Australia from also happening in New Zealand, and has asked the New Zealand Defence Force to conduct a nfire risk assessment from a defence point of view. The defence assessment would help prevent a disaster ...
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  • Defence Minister Mark expresses “absolute confidence” in NZDF forces stationed in Iraq
    While feeling worried about increased Middle East tensions, Defence Minister Ron Mark said he had "absolute confidence" in New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) leadership. His statements come as the fate of Kiwi troops stationed in Iraq comes under intense scrutiny. Forty-five Defence Force personnel were thought to be in the ...
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  • ‘No Body, No Parole’ Bill is pointless dog-whistling
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Law and Order National MP Tim Macindoe Member’s Bill, Concealment of Location of Victim Remains Bill does not do what he claims. The Bill specifies a requirement for the Parole Board to only “consider” denying parole if an offender refuses to disclose the location of the body. ...
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  • New Zealand Defence Force sends support to Australia
    Hon. Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark today announced New Zealand is sending three Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters and crew, and two NZ Army Combat Engineer Sections as well as a command element to support the Australian Defence Force efforts in tackling the Australian ...
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  • Defence Minister Ron Mark: “NZDF focused on protecting troops in Iraq from retaliation”
    As tensions in the Middle East continue to grow after the assassination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, the New Zealand Defence Force is focusing on the protection of Kiwi troops deployed in Iraq. Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says that "recent attacks on coalition bases and embassies constitute unacceptable ...
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  • Health staff to meet flights from China as precautionary measure
    Public health staff will begin meeting flights from China from tomorrow, to actively look for signs of the novel coronavirus and provide advice, information and reassurance to passengers. Health Minister Dr David Clark says the additional measures are being taken following the arrival of the disease in Australia, via flights ...
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  • National Yearling Sales 2020
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  • Government and construction industry to build big, lift productivity with Transformation Plan
    Delivering the workforce and productivity gains required to build the houses, schools, roads, rail and hospitals New Zealand needs will become easier with the Government-industry Construction Sector Transformation Plan launched today, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “The action plan launched today delivers on the Government’s Construction Sector ...
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  • Log trains to begin on Wairoa-Napier line
    Log trains are about to start running between Wairoa and Napier following Provincial Growth Fund investment to reopen the rail line, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The Government invested $6.2 million to reopen the mothballed rail line which was closed after significant storm damage in 2012. “With PGF ...
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  • Minister of Defence concludes successful visit with his US counterpart
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark met with United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper today. “This was an excellent opportunity to meet with one of our closest security partners,” Ron Mark said. “The main focus of the meeting was to discuss challenges that New Zealand and the United States share ...
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  • New Zealand acknowledges ICJ decision on Myanmar
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today acknowledged the ruling of the International Court of Justice in relation to the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The ruling ordered the Government of Myanmar to take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of acts of genocide in relation to members of the ...
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  • NZ’s trade aims advanced at Davos meetings
    A proposal to cut “trade and production-distorting subsidies” in the agricultural sector by 2030 has set out important measures to ensure a fair agricultural trading system.  Speaking after attending meetings of trade ministers in Davos, Switzerland, Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker welcomed the joint proposal from the ...
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  • Great news for New Zealanders with cystic fibrosis
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says he is delighted that PHARMAC has struck a provisional deal to fund Kalydeco – a medicine which is set to improve the quality of life for about 30 New Zealand children and adults with cystic fibrosis. “While rare, cystic fibrosis is an awful inherited ...
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  • New Zealand least corrupt country in the world
    New Zealand has regained its position as the least corrupt country in the world for the second time under this Coalition Government, says Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealanders can be proud that our reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world has been restored,” says Andrew ...
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  • Boost for Rēkohu/Wharekauri/Chatham Islands Community Conservation
    Community conservation in Rēkohu/Wharekauri/the Chatham Islands is receiving a boost, with grants to support local projects announced today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Rēkohu/Wharekauri/ the Chatham Islands are home to 20 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened bird species and 11 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened plant species. ...
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  • Rātana Pā goes high-tech with UFB
    Iwi, hapu and visitors to Rātana Pā near Whanganui now have access to ultra-fast broadband following its connection, completed in time for annual Rātana celebrations, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The connection and associated hardware were funded from the Provincial Growth Fund’s $21 million Marae Digital Connectivity programme, ...
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  • Govt’s strong financial management acknowledged
    The Government’s strong financial management and plan to future proof the economy with new infrastructure investment has gained further recognition from an international ratings agency. Credit rating agency Fitch has upgraded one of its main metrics assessing the Government’s books, lifting its foreign currency AA rating outlook to ‘positive’ from ...
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  • Boost in Whānau Ora funding to keep changing lives
    Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today.  Including previous funding boosts, the Agencies will now receive $87 million this year between them.  In Budget 2019 ...
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  • More people getting into work
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  • Wairoa gets up to $6.1m to rebuild heart of CBD
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing up to $6.1 million to revitalise business and tourism opportunities in Wairoa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF is funding: Up to $4.8 million for the Wairoa Integrated Business and Tourism Facility Up to $960,000 for the ...
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  • Major Events support for creative and cultural events
    Creative and cultural events that highlight New Zealand’s diverse culture and build national pride are set to get a funding boost through the Major Events Fund, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. The new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator, which is funded through the Major Events Fund, will open ...
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  • Classroom internet in hundreds of schools to get a boost
    The Government has begun a massive IT upgrade to provide more seamless internet access to 200 schools around the country. Te Mana Tūhono – Technology in Schools work programme will launch with a pilot of 10 smaller state schools early this year. IT equipment that gives students access to the ...
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  • Construction workforce, apprenticeships hit record highs
    Working with industry and committing to rebuild New Zealand’s infrastructure has produced a record high number of Kiwis working in the construction industry and learning trades, says Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. New figures available today from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Tertiary Education ...
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  • NZ concludes digital economy trade talks with Singapore and Chile
    A new trade agreement concluded today helps New Zealand exporters and consumers take advantage of opportunities from digital trade.    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker together with Chile’s Vice Minister of Trade Rodrigo Yañez and Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, have announced conclusion of ...
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  • Provincial Growth Fund to fund Waipukurau cultural development and tourism
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna -  Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project will receive $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to create an authentic cultural tourism experience, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today “The project will inform visitors about the history of six pā sites in Waipukurau with a combination ...
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  • 21 new judges boost diversity, improve access to justice
    Twenty-one new District Court judges have been appointed in a move that will improve access to justice and boost diversity on the bench. The new judges include replacements for retirements and 10 new positions. Attorney-General David Parker today announced the 14 judges who can immediately be named, with the remainder ...
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  • Puhinui to Auckland Airport in 10 minutes
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  • Advancing New Zealand’s trade agenda focus of Europe meetings
    World Trade Organisation reform, agricultural trade and a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom will be the focus of Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker’s visit to Europe this week. David Parker leaves on Tuesday for a series of meetings in the UK and Switzerland that aim ...
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  • Minister of Defence to visit counterparts in US and Canada
    The Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, departed today for the United States and Canada where he will meet with his counterparts.  While in Canada Minister Mark will meet with his counterpart, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan.  “New Zealand and Canada are close friends, and share an instinctive like-mindedness on ...
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  • Government to deliver family carers $2000 pay rise, expand scheme to spouses this year
    The Coalition Government is delivering this year the changes to Funded Family Care the disability sector has long-asked for, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. “Today we are announcing the details of our big changes to Funded Family Care, including an annual average pay boost of $2,246.40 for funded ...
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  • Ko te reo kua mū: Piri Sciascia
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  • Minister opens new ecosanctuary at Cape Farewell
    A new ecosanctuary with a predator proof fence on Golden Bay’s Cape Farewell, which will restore a safe home for sea birds, rare native plants, giant snails, and geckos, was officially opened today by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “There has been a fantastic community effort supported by the ...
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  • Pacific partners work together to provide additional support to Australia
    The NZDF continues to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles fires in Victoria and New South Wales, including by transporting Republic of Fiji Military engineers from Nadi to Australia, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark. On Saturday morning a NZDF Boeing 757 will depart New Zealand to uplift ...
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  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive PGF funding: A $9.88 million investment to begin the ...
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  • Govt accounts in surplus, debt remains low
    The Government’s books are in good shape with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the five months to November. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above forecast by $0.7 billion resulting ...
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  • Auckland focus for first Police graduation of 2020
    The number of Police on the Auckland frontline is increasing with the graduation today of a special locally-trained wing of new constables. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of eighteen officers from Recruit Wing 333-5 means that more than 1900 new Police have been deployed since the Coalition Government ...
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  • Wairarapa gets $7.11m PGF water boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund is putting $7.11 million into creating a sustainable water supply for Wairarapa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The following two projects will receive Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) funding: A $7 million investment in Wairarapa Water Limited for the pre-construction development of ...
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  • Progress with new Police station in Mahia
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  • Plans to protect the future of whitebaiting announced
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  • New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change
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  • Getting more out of our most productive firms
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  • NZDF sends more support to Australia
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is sending an Environmental Health Team, a Primary Health Care Team and a Chaplain to Australia, boosting New Zealand support for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles bush fires in Victoria and New South Wales, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The ...
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  • New Zealand joins partners in calling for full investigation into air crash in Iran
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  • Staying connected to Australian agriculture
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  • Investment in schools – a commitment to communities
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