Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, May 22nd, 2017 - 27 comments
The Herald has reported that ordinary New Zealanders are paying 500 times as much for water as corporations who export it.
Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, April 13th, 2017 - 55 comments
The Government has granted Alpine Pure the right to construct a pipeline through a breeding area for a critically endangered Kiwi so that it can extract water from a Unesco World Heritage site for free.
Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, March 28th, 2017 - 19 comments
The Government will be embarassed by another example of a corporation planning to extract ten billion litres of fresh water a year essentially at no cost which has arisen.
Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, March 21st, 2017 - 48 comments
The Government’s timid backdown on water charging is placing it in a very uncomfortable position.
Written By: - Date published: 3:08 pm, February 28th, 2017 - 14 comments
Under the new standards we have up to a 1 in 6 risk of serious infection at the times that we actually swim in rivers, and Smith is trying to hide this fact by fudging around with year-long averages. David Parker’s analysis yesterday was bang on.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, February 27th, 2017 - 58 comments
I’m used to hearing some pretty pathetic excuses out of the National government. But this will really take some beating.
Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, February 24th, 2017 - 62 comments
The Government intends to change the definitions of various indicators in an effort to solve some of the country’s most serious problems.
Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, February 24th, 2017 - 25 comments
The Crown is seeking to overturn the Court of Appeal decision obtained by Forest and Bird which is preventing Conservation land in the Hawkes Bay from being used for the controversial Ruataniwha dam.
Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, February 10th, 2017 - 21 comments
The government is stealing from us again so Forest and Bird are stepping up.
Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, January 20th, 2017 - 30 comments
It has been 6 months since the announcement that New Zealand would be predator free by 2050. But is sounds like nothing concrete has happened yet.
Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, October 29th, 2016 - 6 comments
Credit where it is due for the success of the Ross Sea marine reserve. Now how about action where it is needed in our own waters?
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, October 8th, 2016 - 60 comments
Day one of the International Days of Prayer and Action with Standing Rock. Here’s a post on NZ’s relationship with water, and whether water is a resource or a taonga.
Written By: - Date published: 2:37 pm, September 19th, 2016 - 15 comments
The government didn’t make much of a show of Conservation Week – which was probably for the best the Conservation stories coming out weren’t exactly positive for it. US wanting us to do more on dolphins, the Kermadec sanctuary, fish dumping…
Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, September 17th, 2016 - 20 comments
It’s Conservation Week. We should all go and enjoy the great outdoors this weekend… but be careful of the polluted rivers and the wallabies. But at least we’ll be pest-free by 3300…
Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, September 15th, 2016 - 113 comments
The Maori Party are threatening to pull out of their confidence & supply agreement with National. This would leave National with a Hair-thin majority in the House. The Kermadec Sanctuary, if handled with competence instead of arrogance, should have been a massive win for National.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, September 6th, 2016 - 17 comments
While New Zealand trashes its water and argues over whether we are allow to say ‘dairy cow’ at the same time, this 1 min video on The Guardian Facebook page about the Rights of Nature in NZ gets 2.4 million views
Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, August 31st, 2016 - 54 comments
I/S at No Right Turn writes: If the ruling stands, it won’t just kill the dam, but also National’s policy of trying to crack open reserves for development through an ideology of “net conservation gain”.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, August 19th, 2016 - 78 comments
Water is life not merely wadeable.
Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, August 13th, 2016 - 77 comments
Tourists are coming for our “clean green” image (however undeserved), no reason why they shouldn’t be happy to help contributing to maintaining / strengthening it.
Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, July 31st, 2016 - 116 comments
Avoiding 2 deg C warming is a ship that’s sailed. Global warming is now happening at about 4.3x the previous long-run rate. And it might go up to 18x the previous rate over the next few years. That’s what the pundits call “abrupt climate change.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, July 26th, 2016 - 231 comments
Feel-good promises for 2050 are easy. Add this one to the list with a cycleway the length of NZ, a secret plan to end Japanese whaling, the War on P, our emissions reduction (hah!) targets, plans to be a “financial hub”, the promise of pandas, and so on and so on.
Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, June 14th, 2016 - 136 comments
Scientists and experts have been knowingly understating the unfolding climate change catastrophe to governments and decision makers. Why? For the sake of what is “politically palatable”.
Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, May 31st, 2016 - 26 comments
The Nats are happy for the fishing industry to effectively self-monitor, despite the fact that this has already been shown to be massively ineffective. In other news: John Key questioned on National’s closeness to fishing industry.