Back in October it was reported that the government was canceling the standard five-yearly State of the Environment Report. Can’t have the messy facts making nonsense of the 100% Pure marketing campaign can we, so in typical Nat style they hope that the facts will just go away. Now we find (surprising no one I’m sure) that the Nats went against their own official advice in this:
Govt accused of ignoring advice on clean, green brand
The Government has been accused of going against its own advice over backing New Zealand’s clean, green brand with better environmental monitoring.
A 2011 report to the Ministry of Economic Development’s Green Growth Advisory Group, released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act, urged the Government to invest in environmental state and trend monitoring.
The Government was to have published its consolidated five-yearly State of the Environment Report later that year, but has scrapped the comprehensive survey. …
When it comes to beneficiary bashing, National trumpets the need for data and monitoring:
A valuation found those on benefits last year will cost a total of $78 billion over their lifetimes. …
Mr English said the valuation was an important “performance tool” and would change the behaviour of the Government by forcing it to confront the long-term issue rather than accepting it was an unavoidable cost.
The Nats have no intention of confronting the long-term issue of the health and sustainability of the environment, so a “performance tool” is just an inconvenience to be swept under the carpet.