UPDATED: Developers will save Kauri – for a Price

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, March 11th, 2015 - 40 comments
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UPDATE

Tree is staying. Maybe.

Was driving through Henderson yesterday toward the Auckland City Centre and spotted a car with screen painting on it…

“Keep Kauri Standing”…

Imagine my surprise when I passed another on the motorway…

Imagine my further surprise when I passed said cars and saw they are Auckland Council cars with “Keep Kauri Standing” on the bumpers and sides.

They are part of a stop Kauri dieback scheme

But consented the chopping down of a hundreds year old healthy Kauri…

Be funny if it weren’t true

See here

UPDATE

Tree is staying.

 

40 comments on “UPDATED: Developers will save Kauri – for a Price”

  1. tinfoilhat 1

    Auckland Council is run by idiots.

    • Old Mickey 1.1

      So true, but be careful you will draw the rage from One Anonymous Bloke (left WING NUT Job) who loves all bureaucrats as they can not do any wrong. Dare not question their competance….be warned ! ALso dont question the RMA its all good 🙂

      tracey: warning for obvious derail attempt – you are lucky I don’ t have moderating rights )

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.1

        Old Mickey’s answer to being caught lying is to tell more lies.

        If he had answers to the points I made he’d state them, and he doesn’t, so he lies about them instead.

        Feeble. Pathetic. Transparent.

        • tracey 1.1.1.1

          Thanks for not getting into it and responding simply. (not sarcasm – genuine appreciation of response to his attempted derailing)

      • millsy 1.1.2

        Didnt your lot bring in the RMA (Lab4 devised it, Nat4 implemented it — a true example of neo-liberal bi-partisanship, going across the desk of nearly all those who qualify to enter the free market hall of fame). It probably goes to show really,

        If you want to be a cynic, you could say that the RMA was more geared at constraining public sector control of resources and making it harder for councils and governments to carry out infrastructure and public works projects, and when its architects realised that private sector development would be curtailed as well, then they turned against it.

    • The Murphey 1.2

      Auckland Council is run by corporate aligned interest groups

  2. saveNZ 2

    Something has gone horribly wrong with Auckland Council. Much worse since the Supercity. Those in Wellington cross your fingers it doesn’t happen to you.

    Council Officials seem like Rodney Hide types with fiefdoms all over the council, in particular with planning and IT and zero accountability! Ratepayers need to call the CEO to account.

    The councillors do not have enough power to curb these moronic people and that is just what the supercity was designed to do. Remove democracy and accountability to ratepayers.

  3. weka 3

    The petition, nearly at their goal of 25,000 (just under 2,000 to go).

    https://www.toko.org.nz/petitions/save-the-patuaroa-kauri?bucket=&source=twitter-share-button

  4. Ad 4

    The protestors have hit the democratic equivalent of an oil strike.

    Question will be whether Council is prepared to overturn its own officials’ – and the Commissioners – decision.

    As per the Pohutukawa decision, it will depend strongly on how many people are prepared to show up to Council 9.30am tomorrow. This is pure politics now.

    • tracey 4.1

      If, as asserted, a landscape planner from Council stating it is not a minor impact, means it should have been publicly notified, that will give the political master at Auckland Council wriggle room.

  5. One Anonymous Bloke 5

    What’s the matter, can’t you bear to admit your deceitful attempt to blame the RMA?

    PS: and enough derailing: take it to open mike if you want.

    moved old mickey

  6. Molly 6

    Changes to the RMA in 2009 removed the blanket protection for urban trees and required each tree to be individually identified on a protected trees register.

    Local government (including Auckland Council) is required to follow the RMA Act.

    Add to that, perhaps the planner’s personal bias, or the lasting vestiges of cronyism in our regulatory departments – and we have this outcome.

    This tree is symbolic – it represents all the other trees that have fallen (to the sound of chainsaws) but silently to the public.

    Those little legislative changes have long-term wide effects.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 6.1

      The owners seem to have found some magic tunnel that lets them bypass an adverse planners report which would have gone to notified hearing for every other ordinary person.

      Years ago a major supermarket chain stopped the opening of a rival large supermarket ( it was 98% complete) by going to court about the traffic light turn signals.

      Thats right , resource consent, building consent all done, but the court overturned all that and it sat in limbo for some years.

      • Molly 6.1.1

        Here in Franklin, our regulatory planners considered the positioning of 310,000 chickens within 25m of a boundary to be “no more than minor”, and only required limited notification.

        During the hearing, the planners often commented in support of the application – unsolicited.

        After great public outcry the planners caved in, and Auckland Council passed the public relations problem on to the Environment Court. Craddocks have now taken the appeal to the Environment Court. Advice as to the cost of those who submitted against – on their own time and dime – to be adequately represented there – approx $60K. In comparison to those will benefit financially, there will be no net benefit to those residents who wish to protect their quality of life in their homes.

        To give some perspective to resource consent applications have a look at the statistics pages:
        “Resource consents declined

        Local authorities were asked for the number of resource consent applications that were declined.

        In 2005/2006, 0.69% (357) of resource consent applications processed were declined. This compares to 0.74% of applications in 2003/2004 and 0.56% in 2001/2002.”

        These figures are somewhat out of date, but that’s probably because the focus is on scoping a project that identifies the need for a National Monitoring system.

        Less than one percent are denied resource consents. And they can go to appeal. And these stats are before the changes that have been made to the RMA by the National government.

        • Lindsey 6.1.1.1

          I would not get too enthusiastic about the small % of declines. As a Planner, I know that our job is to make it clear to applicants as soon as possible if we think that we cannot support an application. Generally, the declines come from those few stubborn applicants who have been warned, but decided to plough on regardless. The others got the message, and either withdrew the application or made enough changes to it to make it acceptable.

          • saveNZ 6.1.1.1.1

            Yes, just give the planner a paper envelope with a extra donation, and it will sale through…. There needs to be more checks and balances as the planning process is open to corruption.

          • Sookie 6.1.1.1.2

            Am also a Planner and Lindsey is right. Most consents involve a lot of negotiation before you get to a decision apart from when you just cannot reason with someone. I miss working overseas when I got to decline crap applications all the time with no political pressure not to do so.

          • Molly 6.1.1.1.3

            Those pre-application meetings are a good weeding out process. For transparency it would be good to have those figures included in any statistics.

            As for the decision to notify… I have come across similar resource consents in my region that have been dealt with completely differently. I understand that from outside this may look suspicious but be entirely innocent, but once again, lack of transparency makes this hard to determine.

            In the case above, the effects of an egg-laying operation that would be the 3rd biggest in NZ, which was on a property only 275m wide should have resulted in public notification.

            The fact that it didn’t makes me suspect that there is something amiss with the decision making processes in the regulatory planning department. Upset residents, who were unable to be heard on the original application, but who are very close to the property were told that if they wished to contest the notification decision that they could take the matter to the Environment Court. They were advised that this could run into many thousands of dollars.

            The RMA process could do with some kind of moderation and oversight to ensure that all processes and applications are treated in similar ways.

          • saveNZ 6.1.1.1.4

            That process is a joke. I happen to know of an application that was told would be declined. The applicant withdrew it, then put it back in, with even more effects and the planner supported it.

            Don’t even suspect bribery, just stupidity. Blindly following a process which is being dominated by ‘expert’ reports which bend the truth.

            The planners are normally not bright enough to pick it up. For example with the kauri, the reports says ‘vegetation removed’. Yes, true, but 500 year of Kauri and Rimu is not normal vegetation. The planners don’t bother looking too hard, they just take the fees for the council. The experts take the money, and the applicant gets the consent.

            Doing any vigour into the process to protect the natural environment…. nope….

            I can’t believe the council will put rate payers money into ‘compensating’ the applicant for not cutting down the trees which clearly were misrepresented in reports.

            Again liasing with Iwi, ummm more money, less result.

            How about firing the planners that oversaw the bungle?

        • saveNZ 6.1.1.2

          Yes, there is so much of a problem. (sarcasm) less than1% of resource consents declined!!! No wonder National are blaming the RMA for everything less than 1% have not been able to build only a 99.44 % of applications approved!

          Now people, that is why our country is turning into a shit box. Also by the way anyone can put in a resource consent, you don’t actually need a qualification. At the height of the leaky building apparently a few hairdressers were designing apartment blocks. This has not been cleaned up. Fine, if someone is doing something simple, but designing houses or apartments with no qualifications? You also don’t need a geo tech if the council can’t be bothered to ask for it even if the ground is unstable. It’s like they are asking for trouble and cost to ratepayers from stupidity.

          No matter how terrible the consent, you are pretty much guaranteed to get it, because the council and commissioners and environment court think everything is minor. Just wish some of them could live next to 310,000 chickens or have a block wall blocking their view out as a discretionary activity so some greedy person can pay to get something they actually should not even be able to get through.

          Chicken farms are mean’t for the country! 25m away from neighbours – stupid. Will cause problems to everyone.

          • Adrian 6.1.1.2.1

            You’re really just not listening to people who know what they are talking about.

            • saveNZ 6.1.1.2.1.1

              I actually do know what I am talking about. Typical arrogance from a council planner. If wrong they pretend that nobody else knows what they are talking about.. Because they are experts….

              Another sign, not enough accountability! Moran’s who’s excuse is, you don’t know – we have to have those chickens and trees cut down…..

              Actually probably both were discretionary activities or worse.

              Off street parking more important than historic trees. Well the public have spoken what they think on that discretionary activity…

              Council planners wrong.

    • tracey 6.2

      If it we a kiwi would it have gone through?

    • cricklewood 6.3

      I dont think that the change removing blanket protection in this particular case is the issue. As a subdivision albeit small the council would have been well within its rights to make protection of that particular tree a condition of any consent. I see this done often and a project I am currently involved with has a number of trees named for retention as part of consent conditions. These including a Kauri @ 8m tall and 10-15 years old.
      One thing I do know is that the reponse you get from council when applying for consent to work on or around protected trees the reponse varies greatly depending on the council officer you deal with.

      • Adrian 6.3.1

        No, the RMA changes did not affect this case. If they had the debate would be about why the trees weren’t protected. Instead, the debate is about why consent was granted to remove them.

        The site was totally bush clad. When a residential lot was created, it was inevitable that some trees would be removed to create a building site. The issues are the decision to create the lot in the first place, and, once that was done, how best to develop it.

      • Molly 6.3.2

        “One thing I do know is that the reponse you get from council when applying for consent to work on or around protected trees the reponse varies greatly depending on the council officer you deal with.”
        Agree. And I think in some cases it is compounded by a small retention of the networks that used to grease the processes in smaller district councils.

        This lack of consistency and transparency causes the anomalies that frustrate both property owners and the general public.

  7. weka 7

    The owners have made a statement saying they followed due process and are good environmentally aware architects. Apparently the issue is over off street parking. My guess thus far is that this comes down to investment concerns. Why sub divide at all if you can’t design two houses on the land without chopping down heritage trees? Or just build smaller houses. As usual it’s about money.

  8. weka 8

    This is turning into a pretty interesting protest, and they look well organised.

    Video interviews with people at the tree site. Other trees were felled on Friday, and the protest is to stop the final three from being downed.

    “We’re here to stand up for what seems like a very simple right to live amongst nature”.

    The group is asking for help, both at the site tomorrow morning at 7am (or any morning), and in emailing the Auckland council. Sorry for the long paste, it’s from an email.

    He Kauri

    He Rangatira

    E tu

    Thank you so much. We’ve been overwhelmed by your support – two years ago we were a small group of neighbours and residents shocked that anyone could contemplate cutting down a 500 year old Kauri, but this last week we’ve grown into a movement over 25,000 strong, adamant that our taonga deserve protection. We won’t stop until our Kauri is safe. We’re here for the long haul, to #SaveOurKauri.

    (Photo credit: Elton McAleer)

    We want to update you on developments at 40 Paturoa Road. Today we really got a sense of how hard this could be, when a Police car and van crawled past us. Michael has already been trespassed, and we know that if he’s removed from the tree and arrested, the Kauri is no longer safe.

    That’s why we need your help. Please email Len Brown and the Auckland Councillors now, urging them to find a solution that will let our kauri stand for another 500 years. You may want to write your own letter but feel free to use this one:

    To: len.brown@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; john.watson@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; wayne.walker@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; cathy.casey@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; christine.fletcher@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; bill.cashmore@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; dick.quax@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; arthur.anae@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; sharon.stewart@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; alf.filipaina@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; calum.penrose@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; john.walker@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; denise.krum@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; chris.darby@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; george.wood@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; cameron.brewer@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; penny.webster@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; linda.cooper@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; penny.hulse@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; mike.lee@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; ross.clow @aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

    Dear Len & Auckland Councillors,

    Thank you for your efforts so far to #SaveOurKauri, however I’m writing to you to urge you to do more. This afternoon the tree was visited by several Police vehicles, and we still lack a long term solution to this Kauri’s protection. The situation is precarious, and we could be days from losing our ability to save the Kauri for generations to come.

    Please don’t let that happen.

    This cannot be the new normal, we need to save the Kauri for future generations and put in place processes immediately to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

    Thank you,

    Insert your name.

    It is crucial over coming days that we maintain our presence at the site. We can #SaveOurKauri if we keep our numbers up, so please come down to support Michael and the whole team. The Facebook event is here, and we’d love to see you at 7am every morning, or whenever you can make it.

    TOMORROW we need a crew at the site, so please if you can go there. However we are also presenting the petition to the Auckland Council tomorrow morning. We will gather outside the Auckland Town Hall at 9am – if you can join us, bring a sign, bring a friend or three and stand with us to #SaveOurKauri!!

    Thank you again for all your support. We couldn’t do this without you.

    Kia kaha.

    The #SaveOurKauri team.

  9. CC 9

    Oh dear, how sad. The owners claim they have received death threats. It must be hard to get your head around the fact that some people think the life of a 3 to 5 hundred year old tree is more important than yours.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1

      That makes death threats ok how?

    • saveNZ 9.2

      Now they want the council (ratepayers) to compensate them.

      That’s a big problem with the council planners they keep making mistakes but the council just does nothing and rate payers and the future occupants of the country have to pay the price.

      Now they are talking compensation to the applicant.

      It’s like compensating a polluter cos the council is so gutless.

  10. Old Mickey 10

    Very funny on RadioLive, Mayoral Wantabe Penny Hulse called the bureaucrats “anal retentive”, and stated they got it wrong…..Go figure, both the Act and apllication by bureaucrats are found to be wanting, and not just in this case.

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    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    7 days ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    7 days ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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