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The zero carbon bill

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, June 25th, 2018 - 59 comments

The Ministry for the Environment has released a discussion paper on a Zero Carbon Bill.  But one proposal is to exempt methane which would mean that effectively half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gasses would not be subject to limitation.

Sage refuses permission to mine conservation land

Written By: - Date published: 10:09 am, June 18th, 2018 - 94 comments

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has incurred attacks from the right by refusing to allow the desecration of conservation land on the West Coast.

In defence of Eugenie Sage

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, June 15th, 2018 - 152 comments

Eugenie Sage has been criticised for granting OIO consent to the foreign buy out of a water bottling company and a piece of sensitive land.  But from the looks of the details that have been released she may have had no choice.

Reclaiming the Mountain

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, June 1st, 2018 - 19 comments

Central and local Government have announced new funding for projects to preserve and enhance the natural environment in Taranaki.

It’s Time for a Cost-Benefit Analysis of Dairy Farming

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, May 29th, 2018 - 166 comments

Not just, ‘we’ve got to make the good outweigh the bad’. I mean: why should dairy farming exist here?

Deep Trawling.

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, May 24th, 2018 - 21 comments

Is NZ’s fishing industry just a domestic version of the tobacco companies? And how much would that really matter?

Some Trash.

Written By: - Date published: 11:52 am, March 1st, 2018 - 27 comments

Being anti-plastic is all the rage these days. How might business respond?

Hey Stuart Nash Maui’s Dolphins are approaching extinction

Written By: - Date published: 2:16 pm, February 15th, 2018 - 74 comments

Stuart Nash is considering cancelling the roll out of monitoring cameras on fishing boats. For the sake of Maui’s Dolphin I hope he changes his mind.

Fonterra and Fletcher Building

Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, February 9th, 2018 - 52 comments

New Zealand only has two businesses of world-competitive scale that are also majority owned by New Zealanders: Fonterra, and Fletcher Building.  And they appear to have lost their way and put much of their value and our wellbeing at risk.

Two Labour Governments, two coal mines

Written By: - Date published: 12:38 pm, February 7th, 2018 - 13 comments

The New Zealand Government has rejected the OIO’s proposal to allow Bathurst to purchase DOC land for coal mining purposes.  And in Australia the Queensland Labor Government is working out how it can back out of an agreement to permit the Adani coal mine to proceed.

High Country selloff scandal laid bare

Written By: - Date published: 2:11 pm, January 21st, 2018 - 33 comments

A feature in yesterday’s Domion Post Weekend lays bare the extent of the scandalous selloff of huge tracts of our high country. The tenure review of the high country has been conducted since 1992 to  privatise some of the land and also bringing parts into the conservation estate. The process has been followed by both National and Labour governments.

Guest Post: Monbiot, Attenborough and Soper on environmental collapse

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, December 6th, 2017 - 43 comments

Guest post by Ed about the intellectual rigour of George Monbiot and David Attenborough and the rater strange response of Barry Soper.

Labour and rural voters

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 6th, 2017 - 94 comments

In recent years Labour has allowed National to dominate rural politics. Maybe it is time for Labour to think about reaching out to rural voters and suggest to them that a progressive vote is in their interests.

Auckland’s impending environmental crisis

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, November 2nd, 2017 - 12 comments

Unless Auckland Council finds more funding for the environment the predictions for what will happen are dire.

The Green Party on 1080 and predator control

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, October 29th, 2017 - 197 comments

Let’s clear up some misconceptions about the Green Party’s Conservation Policy.

The environmental open letter to political party leaders

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, October 3rd, 2017 - 91 comments

Climate, water, conservation. Whoever forms government now has a citizenry with high expectations for the environment.

Mike Joy honoured and Ecan occupied

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, September 15th, 2017 - 15 comments

The inaugural Critic and Conscience of Society Award is given to Dr Mike Joy, and protestors take their protest to Environment Canterbury .

Plant trees, love NZ: the Greens’ bold Climate Protection Plan

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 11th, 2017 - 67 comments

The Greens have a comprehensive, detailed plan for NZ on what to do about climate change that works through transforming the economy, ending poverty, and protecting the environment.

The Green Party plans to protect marine mammals and ecosystems

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, August 31st, 2017 - 25 comments

In Government the the Greens will create a blue whale sanctuary and a local ecotourism industry – to replace seabed mining and oil and gas.

Labour’s water policy – Clean rivers for future generations

Written By: - Date published: 11:23 am, August 9th, 2017 - 76 comments

Labour has announced its water policy.  Details include higher swimming water quality standards, a work task force to get young people off the dole replanting riperian margins and charges for commercial consumers with the royalties being paid to regional councils.

ACT wants to subdivide the Waitakere Ranges (or at least the foothills)

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, August 8th, 2017 - 22 comments

Act has announced a policy that would undermine current protection given to the Waitakere Ranges.  If it gets a chance …

The Catholic Church is urging its parishoners to vote

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, July 21st, 2017 - 29 comments

The catholic bishops of Aotearoa have released a pamphlet urging parishoners to vote. And apart from conservative positions on euthenasia and drug liberalisation the policies they support have a decidedly progressive bent.

Waimea a good dam?

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, July 14th, 2017 - 54 comments

The proposed Waimea Dam in Nelson is attracting opposition from the Green Party but support from the Labour Party.  Is there such a thing as a good dam project?

National’s plans for mining and development of conservation land

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, July 12th, 2017 - 52 comments

Forest and Bird: ““The Government is seeking to give themselves the powers to push through controversial and damaging projects that would otherwise fail because they breach environmental limits.”

The Rainbow Warrior was sunk 32 years ago today

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, July 10th, 2017 - 19 comments

Thirty two years ago today the French Government committed an act of Terrorism on New Zealand soil on a peaceful organisation dedicated to protecting our environment.

The Government is misrepresenting the effect of the Ruataniwha Dam decision

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 9th, 2017 - 21 comments

The Government has responded to the Supreme Court decision which puts a halt on the Ruataniwha Dam by claiming wrongly that the protected land was of low quality and by stating that a law change, possibly retrospective, will occur.

A proposal for a Remarkables National Park

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 25th, 2017 - 9 comments

Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand and supported by Forest and Bird have proposed that a new National Park including the Remarkables be created.

Green perspectives on the Point England land appropriation

Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, June 13th, 2017 - 64 comments

Modern Day Land Grab or Treaty Settlement?

The Freshwater Rescue Plan

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, June 10th, 2017 - 12 comments

Seven steps to reclaiming our lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers.

Book review: Eaarth

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, May 28th, 2017 - 3 comments

Last Sunday I recycled an old book review. Here’s another one from the vaults, “Eaarth”, by Bill McKibben (of 350.org). It doesn’t pull any punches.

Stunning nature

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, May 27th, 2017 - 31 comments

Drilling for oil we shouldn’t use, in a place that should remain untouched. Is this really what NZ wants?

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