Climate and food security: annual cropping vs regenerative agriculture

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, February 13th, 2020 - 67 comments
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This popped up in my twitter feed last night. It’s some research published in October 2019 looking at the risks of multiple crop failures as the planet moves between 1.5C and 2C global warming increase.


First the bad news then the good news. From the research abstract,

The increasingly inter-connected global food system is becoming more vulnerable to production shocks owing to increasing global mean temperatures and more frequent climate extremes. Little is known, however, about the actual risks of multiple breadbasket failure due to extreme weather events. Motivated by the Paris Climate Agreement, this paper quantifies spatial risks to global agriculture in 1.5 and 2 °C warmer worlds. This paper focuses on climate risks posed to three major crops – wheat, soybean and maize – in five major global food producing areas.

Risks of simultaneous crop failure, however, do increase disproportionately between 1.5 and 2 °C, so surpassing the 1.5 °C threshold will represent a threat to global food security. For maize, risks of multiple breadbasket failures increase the most, from 6% to 40% at 1.5 to 54% at 2 °C warming.

This is science not news. We already know that crops are at risk. Here’s the IPCC’s chapter on food security (PDF) if you want to read more.

Shifting mass numbers of people onto an annual cropping plant-based diet doesn’t seem so smart after all.

The good news is that permaculture and other regenerative food growing systems have been developing techniques and practices for this scenario over the last 40 years. Below are some examples. Coupled with relocalising food supply, they give a much more stable system of food production and distribution, at the same time as lowering GHG emissions with the potential of being carbon sinks. Bear in mind this doesn’t mean an end to annual cropping, it means we aren’t so reliant on food systems that are already set to fail.

Countries like New Zealand are well placed to lead the world on this, in terms of dropping our own emissions and increasing food security, but also providing models and expertise to other countries. We can and should still grow some excess food for export but with the aim of increasing food security for vulnerable countries rather than merely supporting the global economy. Imagine trade agreements centred around that.

The following examples aren’t silver bullets, but show case a range of foods production systems that feature resiliency and how to adapte food growing in different climatic conditions.

In this five minute slide show of the permaculture classic Greening the Desert, the Lawtons show the process whereby they established trees in Jordan that were bearing food within the first year in one of the harshest climates on the planet. The area has one of the lowest rainfalls per head of population in the world and the land in the area had been overgrazed and salinated.

This TED talk (20 mins) shows how to graze animals so you don’t end up in a drought (both locally and from climate change). Alan Savory has been doing this on-the-ground research for over 50 years, and developed systems of mob grazing that reverse desertification, sequester carbon, and restore local microclimates on such a large scale that they would probably effect macro climate if adopted en masse.

At the end the TED host calls the presentation truly astonishing, but these farm technologies, based on mimicking natural cycles, are well known in sustainably land management circles and are also being used successfully in NZ.

 

Our own Robert Guyton and his wife Robyn’s food forest in Riverton, now over two decades old.

Things that stand out for me from this video are:

  • how they’ve raised the temperature of the garden allowing a wider range of foods to be grown in that exposed Southland climate
  • the variety of plants supporting insect and bird diversity
  • the range of plants, including multiple varieties of some species also means that if one variety fails due to climate/weather the whole crop is not lost.
  • Rebuilding deep soil that retains moisture well (drought-proofing and increasing fertility)
  • No need for external fertiliser inputs

What’s really needed right now is for central and local government to lead by putting funding and direction into regenerative agriculture. I’d like to see subsidies in place to encourage food growers from backyard to large scale farming stations, as well as advice and R and D support built in across the relevant government departments.

Needless to say, we still have to urgently reduce GHG emissions, locally and globally.

Mod note: no climate denial under my posts thanks, including ‘it’s too late’ or ‘there’s nothing we can do’.

67 comments on “Climate and food security: annual cropping vs regenerative agriculture ”

  1. Dennis Frank 1

    What’s really needed right now is for central and local government to lead by putting funding and direction into regenerative agriculture.

    True. Out situation requires a leader to lead the lobbying process. I suggest checking with the parliamentary Greens to see if one of them is ready, willing and able to do this job. 🤔

    Perhaps Robert ought to jump the Labour ship and join the Greens, to do that job? We know it'll never happen if people expect Labour to do it. 😇

    To succeed, it will need to be a community-led social enterprise. Local workshops to show folks how. Someone from the relevant part of the civil service to steer development of that enterprise in liaison with local/regional govt…

    • weka 1.1

      Greenpeace put out a bit on regenag, so definitely potential from the NGOs too. I'd also like to see the Greens do something on this, although I suspect it would be more likely once they have more MPs. One of their list candidates is a farmer, but he's also a bit pro-faux meat I think.

      Robert is a Labour member? I think the work he is doing in Southland is invaluable (community and ES).

      Lots of willing people to step up and teach, needs the infrastructure and funding. Also need some solid NZ based research that the mainstream will want.

    • Gosman 1.2

      This seems like a backward step if the process take much more effort to get the same level of output that we have now if we also take in to account the environmental benefits.

    • Robert Guyton 1.3

      "jump the Labour ship"

      Funny. I stood for The Greens in Clutha-Southland some years ago, pitting my ways against Bill English in a region as blue as a blowfly's undercarriage. I didn't topple the double-dipper from Dipton, but he and I had some fun on the hustings. Labour and I are…distantly related smiley

      Regarding the post, I take issue with the framing, "annual cropping .v. regenerative agriculture"; for me the issue is annual crops .v. perennial crops. The forest garden suits plants such as hosta, cardoon, French sorrel etc. that are planted once then harvested forever. Annuals, cropped en masse and attractive to monoculturalists and industry, have always been asking for it; it being collapse through various means: disease, politics and now, extreme weather events and or locusts.

      • Dennis Frank 1.3.1

        Perennial crops seem preferable. I've experimented with the notion of re-wilding one's garden somewhat – to the extent allowing self-seeding to become part of my praxis.

        Kale (the broad, flat-leaf kind) is extremely robust & prolific at reproducing here – you can take as many leaves as you need all-year round since it seems not to be noticeably seasonal.

        Spring onions seem also to be season-independent, but not prolific. I leave the seed heads and scatter then too but still only seem to get a dozen or so plants growing each year out of the hundreds of seeds. Enough, though.

        Borage, on the other hand, is too prolific! From a single plant three years ago I now have them all over the property. I use it to pull bees from elsewhere. Buttercups are prolific self-seeders too, and make better soup than the best pumpkins!

        • Robert Guyton 1.3.1.1

          Buttercups? Hope you meant butternuts smiley

          I've wild onions growing beneath most of my plum trees and they appear and multiply all by themselves, every year. Naturally, they are regarded by most as a weed. I agree that perennials are the way forward (a way forward, WTB, if you're reading smiley If you're keen, Steven Barstow's book, "Around the world in 80 plants" and his website/facebook page, is for you!

        • WeTheBleeple 1.3.1.2

          A clever permie showed us how he got the whole seed head of alliums (spring onion, onion, leek, etc) and just planted that about an inch down in good soil. Then he got lots of seedlings and thinned them out to grow further. Clever and easy. I have tried your method (scatter seeds) as well, and the results weren't great.

          Thanks for the heads up on the book/page robert. And yes – buttercups? (Every permie in town:) WHAT!

          • Dennis Frank 1.3.1.2.1

            Butternuts, indeed! That was a senior moment. There's a species of pumpkin called buttercup & my mind swapped the name unconsciously apparently. 😕 Good tip re planting the seed-head!

      • weka 1.3.2

        "I take issue with the framing, "annual cropping .v. regenerative agriculture"; for me the issue is annual crops .v. perennial crops."

        Aren't most regenerative systems based around perennials? Fair point though, I probably should have spelled that out. I think I probably need to do some posts on what regen is and how it is done. Unless you would like to write some 🙂 (or have some elsewhere that I can cross post).

  2. Gosman 2

    Why does localised food production make sense? Surely you want the most efficient and environmentally sound food production on a global scale and ensure people can source different food from anywhere. If NZ can produce Dairy produce in a more environmentally friendly way than anywhere on the planet why wouldn't it make sense for us to focus on that and export our surplus to other nations?

    • weka 2.1

      We can't produce export dairy in an environmentally friendly way Gosman, that's been well and truly demonstrated. Regenerative ag means that the land is regenerated (let me know if it's not clear what that means). Almost impossible to do that on a large scale in many places in NZ, dry climates, but also places like Southland that is basically a wetland.

      Reasons why local food makes sense:

      1. if the global food supply fails (read the links in the post) then you and I still get to eat.
      2. the global food supply is artificially propped up by fossil fuels, extractive industries (eg artificial fert or palm oil for dairy cows), all of which are causing enviro problems. If we accounted for those then we would see that the global system isn't very efficient, it just outsources the costs. If you take away those props, then the system fails.
      3. significantly less GHG emissions
      4. more people can make a better living when money stays locally rather than being accumulated in a small number of companies elsewhere
      5. if all places were producing much of their food locally using regenag, then everyone gets to eat (leaving aside political reasons that underpin food scarcity)
      6. export is a net loss of fertility. The only way to counter that is to farm regeneratively, but there are still limits on how much we can do that sustainably and in a CC world. This is a simple matter of physics.
      • Gosman 2.1.1

        Of course we can produce dairy in a more environmentally friendly way. Certainly the way NZ produces Dairy is much more environmentally sound than other countries on the planet. If we are better than other nations then it would make sense that we make dairy produce and other nations do something else. This is unless you think no dairy can ever be produced environmentally sound in which case it doesn't matter if it is local or not.

        • weka 2.1.1.1

          stop splitting semantic hairs Gosman. If you don't understand the argument being made in the post, I'm happy to explain more, but if you just want to create diversions I'm happy to ban you off the post for the day.

          'more' environmentally friendly as you are using it is just killing a bit more slowly.

          • Gosman 2.1.1.1.1

            No, it means that all activity has an environmental impact. People need to work out a formula to decide what is acceptable and what isn't it.

            I don’t think enough has been done on that to state whether something is or isn’t sustainable.

            • weka 2.1.1.1.1.1

              you've said this before, that you think sustainability isn't well enough defined yet because it is dependent on maths and no-one has done the work yet. Sustainability experts, of which we have a very large number, disagree.

              What is acceptable to people is largely irrelevant to defining sustainability, although it does factor into politics.

              • weka

                Btw, I can't tell if you are genuine here and simply don't understand the concepts and the post, or if you are just running diversionary comments. My patience is running out, so my suggestion is that next time you want to comment under one of my posts, you make some effort to lay out your arguments at the start, and explain your thinking. You’ve improved on this as the thread has gone along, but to me it looks like it took the threat of a ban for that to happen.

      • Gosman 2.1.2

        I'm not sure you really understand about what it means by "?If the global food supply fails". Think about that for a second and then think about what would happen if the localised food supply for NZ fails.

        • weka 2.1.2.1

          I have thought about Gosman, and I write posts after I have thought about it. If you want to explain your own thinking, you are welcome, but if not then please don't post patronising comments at me the authors. There is an expectation here to stay reasonably on topic. I'm ok with you making an argument about what concerns you about the global or local food supply failing, but at this stage I don't actually know what your concern is (eg you think it won't happen?)

      • Enough is Enough 2.1.3

        "if the global food supply fails (read the links in the post) then you and I still get to eat"

        And what happens when the local food supply fails?

        I prefer to rely on the global thanks as that isn't putting all the eggs in one basket

        • weka 2.1.3.1

          The point here is that the global food supply chain as the thing we are reliant on IS putting all the eggs in one basket. Did you read the research abstract? What is your proposal for when those three crops fail in significant quantity that people starve? Are you saying that you should have access to those grains and others shouldn't, or are you ok with being the one dying? Why would you choose that over having a more resilient system?

          • Gosman 2.1.3.1.1

            All that will happen is the price of food for those three food crops will sky rocket as there is a shortage and people will have to source other food instead. They will be able to source other food relatively easily because there will be a globalised transport network which will move the produce from the areas it is in to the areas that demand it. However if a localised food production system fails on a large scale then people end up starving because there is few long distance transportation and associated logistics to manage to get food to the affected areas.

            • weka 2.1.3.1.1.1

              what is the food that people will be able to source that isn't wheat, soybean and maize? Please be specific about the replacement plant species and where they are grown so we can see if they will also be affected by climate and weather.

              • Gosman

                All plants are going to be impacted by a change in climate. It doesn't matter if it is local climate change or global. I don't see what your point is.

                • weka

                  You said "They will be able to source other food relatively easily…"

                  Are you now saying that you accept that there will be food shortages and this won't be possible?

                  It's not the plants being affected (although that's an additional issue), it's the way they are grown. Regenag specialises in growing food that is resilient and more secure. This is the literal point of the post. Conventional ag is vulnerable, regenag is more resilient, because of the techniques it uses. There are a number of people in this thread that can easily explain this to you if you ask. Or you can follow the links in the post and do your own reading.

                  • Gosman

                    "Regenag specialises in growing food that is resilient and more secure"

                    That is a very debatable point and regenerative agriculture does not necessarily mean localised agriculture.

                    • weka

                      yes Gosman, it is debatable. It's a post on a political blog where we debate, this is what we do here. If you want to debate it, please do. I would love someone to put up some intelligent argument against the post instead of this superficial 'oh it won't work because I don't believe in it' stuff.

                      Regenag doesn't necessarily mean local, it's true, which is why I spoke about it in addition to the regenag point. I think we can relocalise and do regenag, and have limited export that is grown regeneratively.

    • Dennis Frank 2.2

      Your faith that the current economy is sustainable is likely to be unsustainable. Viability depends on fossil fuel usage, eh? Until someone builds an electric container ship, global trade is vulnerable. Likewise an electric aeroplane…

      • Gosman 2.2.1

        No. A globalised economy existed well before fossil fuel industry was established. The British Empire was largely established prior to the invention of steam powered sea born transport.

        • Graeme 2.2.1.1

          Yeah, very good point, and speeds and passage times aren't all that different between a China Clipper and container ship, most of the improvement is from canals shortening the passage.

          Maybe the challenge / solution is to go back to a similar economy and motive power, but with modern technology. By a similar economy I mean trade reduces to more essential item and higher value goods, as it was in late 1800's. That'd mean less personal / disposable stuff but maybe a better quality of products and life.

          • weka 2.2.1.1.1

            This is what I am hoping we get to, where we can work within the limits of the world but also make the most of our current knowledge and tech within that. I also belief we can have a good quality of life this way. In addition to the benefit of not destroying the environment 😉

          • Gosman 2.2.1.1.2

            Major civilisations have tended to rely heavily on transporting large amounts of food to places which needed it rather than growing it locally. The Romans relied heavily on Egyptian grain to feed Rome's teaming masses. The Aztecs imported massive amounts of food in to Tenochtitlan from the territory of people surrounding the capital that they had conquerred.

            • Dennis Frank 2.2.1.1.2.1

              All true, but unsustainable. We could do adhocery & get away with it for a century or two, but why not shift to a sustainable society?

              • Gosman

                Why is it unsustainable? If I produce food efficiently and have a surplus of it in one location why would it not make sense to move it in bulk quantities to places where people are willing to pay for it?

                • Dennis Frank

                  I meant the historical models you cited proved to be unsustainable. I agree with the principle you delineated – with the caveat that true-cost accounting is applied so that the efficiency is real. Rather than the delusional efficiency promoted by accountants in traditional capitalism.

                  • Gosman

                    Then we are quibbling over accounting terms but do you agree that "Localised good – Global bad" in relation to ALL food (not just the stuff we can't grow here) is overly simplistic?

                    • Dennis Frank

                      Perhaps so, but I wouldn't assume that the issue was originally framed as a simplistic binary. Better to develop employment opportunities for our regions via booming regen-ag, I reckon, even if we continue to import some food on a sustainable basis…

  3. Robert Guyton 3

    Gosman asks: "Why does localised food production make sense?"

    Make sense to whom, Gosman? It makes sense to locals and aren't we all … locals? There are some foods that are best sourced or only available overseas; Brazil nuts, the name might hint to you, come from elsewhere and we need the selenium they contain (we could take supplements instead) but our own needs could largely be met locally, imo. People who eat from their own gardens and visit supermarkets for toilet paper only, are pretty happy about that arrangement.

    • Gosman 3.1

      It doesn't make sense to locals. If I can work in an office 40 hours and earn say $2000 per week and spend $200 on imported food why would I be better off spending those 40 hours growing the same amount of food?

      • WeTheBleeple 3.1.1

        Nobodies asking you to grow the food yourself. Only a portion of us will be feeding the rest. I'm all for the bulk of your food spend money circulating back in the local economy. It makes the economy more resilient. I don't think you'll be missing out. as Robert illustrates with Brasil nuts, some things we can't grow, so we import. With dairy, some countries can't produce it, so we can export too.

        But should we put all our eggs in the same udder? That's not business, that's gambling, and the dice are loaded against us.

        • Gosman 3.1.1.1

          Only a proportion of people feed the rest of us already. I just prefer to source my food from the most efficient producers. It doesn't matter if they come from overseas or not. For some reason it does for you.

          • WeTheBleeple 3.1.1.1.1

            Yep it does matter. Oil based systems are destroying the weather systems. Large scale monocultures require poisons and are destroying biodiversity. It will matter to you too when ecosystem collapse occurs on your doorstep. Oh that's right, it was only your neighbors doorstep so no worries aye. There's nothing efficient about behemoth oil based industries, they ride a carbon bubble and mine wealth to the detriment of our future.

            You might lack the nous to ascertain the world's food supply is under threat, that's why we have scientists.

            • weka 3.1.1.1.1.1

              And bloggers who put the science reports at the top of their posts 😉

            • Gosman 3.1.1.1.1.2

              We don't need oil based transport to move food on a mass scale over large distances.

              • WeTheBleeple

                Well if you cherrypick that part of the system (transport) and then imagine the worlds shipping is currently wind powered…

                Oil based fertilisers and pesticides. Oil driven machinery. Utter reliance on the thing breaking the planet to feed the planet. Not clever, not even close.

                But but efficiency, but but billionaires yacht funds!

                We'll use superyachts to transport the food. No worries aye.

                • Gosman

                  All those things can be replaced with non oil based alternatives.

                  • Robert Guyton

                    pfffffft

                    • Gosman

                      As they were prior to the mid to late 19th Century when there was a globalised food distribution system.

                    • Robert Guyton

                      And look where that led to.

                      It wasn’t the source of power for the ships, it was the mindset that sought to profit, no matter the cost (to everyone/thing else!)

                  • weka

                    "As they were prior to the mid to late 19th Century when there was a globalised food distribution system."

                    You're ok with goods taking 3 months to get from Europe to here? I'm impressed Gosman. I'm ok with this too, we still get to eat chocolate and drink coffee, but obviously it's not going to work for lots of the food we currently eat, and there's still the issue of the maize, wheat and soy crop failures.

                    • Graeme

                      The 3 months passage was because they had to go around Cape Horn, now shipping goes through Panama. There's been several orders of magnitude increase in vessel capacity, but speed hasn't increased that much.

                      IRT crop failure, with global trade a population can handle a local crop failure by importing food, without it they starve.

                    • weka

                      How long does it take now?

                      It was the % re those three crops that got my eye. I didn't read the paper, and I'll keep my eye out for critique of the science, but those are not small numbers.

                    • Graeme

                      https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/jul/25/slow-ships-cut-greenhouse-emissions

                      A combination of the recession and growing awareness in the shipping industry about climate change emissions encouraged many ship owners to adopt "slow steaming" to save fuel two years ago. This lowered speeds from the standard 25 knots to 20 knots, but many major companies have now taken this a stage further by adopting "super-slow steaming" at speeds of 12 knots (about 14mph).

                      Travel times between the US and China, or between Australia and Europe, are now comparable to those of the great age of sail in the 19th century. American clippers reached 14 to 17 knots in the 1850s, with the fastest recording speeds of 22 knots or more.

          • Robert Guyton 3.1.1.1.2

            The "most efficient producers" you cite, Gosman – who, where and how?

            Have "the most efficient producers" exploited their "buying power" to grab land to apply their monocultural, environment and community destroying processes to, "efficiently" produce food with which to "feed the world"?

  4. WeTheBleeple 4

    I love fresh annuals, but not so keen on high maintenance. Last year early spring I built some garden beds and planted trees in them, but also annuals surrounding them. The weed suppressing layer of cardboard with thick mulch on top design meant I did not have to weed or water, merely plant and harvest. My kind of garden.

    Last years drought followed by this years drought has seen very little decomposition of the mulch layer. This has seen less nutrients than were expected, and a need to supplement with extra compost, comfrey, whatever's on hand. The lack of rain means annuals in thick mulch die, or I must water them every few days. Those without mulch on their gardens are watering annuals almost daily. As the trees grow and provide shade conditions will improve with cooler temperatures and better water retention and decomposition rates in this system.

    My established trees are still producing well. Other than planting day, I've only watered them twice – this year. Some young trees planted last year are alive but have barely grown. The new kowhai, titoki, coprosma need no care but are planted close to previous earthworks made to hydrate the soil. Nuts, bananas, peaches, plums, guavas, feijoas, olives, woody herbs, blackberries and more… easy peasy – once established.

    The lawn, which I treat in a manner to make Allan Savory proud (diverse, let it grow, chooks to knock it back, let it grow, never remove residues) is the only green lawn on the street (that isn't watered).

    One neighbor beats his lawn to death. His well established camellias are dead and dying where they stand isolated on the lawn. Only the ones receiving partial shade are healthy.

    Trees are going to be a big deal no matter what you want to grow. The aquifers won't replenish at the rate we draw from them. Water and trees will be key to surviving in agriculture. If not for trees I'd be feeling rather food insecure right now. With all my knowledge and diversity and earthworks – shit's getting real.

    • Robert Guyton 4.1

      When the tap's turned off, metaphorically speaking, and too-little rain falls, it's all on! You wrote some time ago, that forests attract rain and I concur. Two things worry me; drought (definitely not a concern in Southland…presently) and tumultuously, churning, wild-weather (grey and cold). Both states slow/stop/negate plant growth. This is a serious state of affairs. Trees; forests, woodlands, plantations or wilding-break-outs, serve to ensure our survival, imo. Sure, farm regeneratively, but if you're not attracting rain, you're not gonna make it, imo

      • weka 4.1.1

        I would hope that farming regeneratively includes reforestation. Salatin (for all his faults) apparently has a huge amount of their land still in forest rather than converted to pasture.

        What interests me here is how in NZ we can get up to speed fast on different local climates and what is needed regarding forestation i.e. what is the best way to proceed. I'm good with just planting as many trees as people possibly can and I am heartened that so many people are into this now, but we seem to be still chopping down trees at an alarming rate, and lots of people are focused on natives without thinking through the deeper climate mitigation issues.

        High winds are also an issue in some places, forestry needing good system design to both be resilient and to cope with trees that come down.

        • WeTheBleeple 4.1.1.1

          If wind breaks were to go (on windward side) from shrub layer to medium to tall tree the wind stress on any particular subset of the wind break would be minimal. We might also make these fire resistant species, so that the edge of the forest is harder to light. If one placed small earthworks while creating the firebreak/windbreak, it would greatly enhance water holding and thus fire thwarting potential. Such a design kills several birds with one stone being self reliant, fire resistant and wind resistant. Forestry itself should move to mixed models rather than monoculture, but reductionists have trouble counting past one.

  5. WeTheBleeple 6

    Here's something for the survivalists out there. Gosman, relax – nobody is suggesting you do this.

    https://honest-food.net/acorn-flour-recipe-cold-process/

  6. Robert Guyton 7

    "‘I found in many instances pines can be used as a nursery for native forestry, but in some parts of the country, such as the Canterbury plains, there needs to be quite a bit of intervention.

    ‘‘It works well in warm, moist climates like Rotorua and Marlborough, and in North Canterbury, on southwest-facing gullies on hill country.’’"

    https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/horticulture/ambassador-has-free-tree-advice

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    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to June 3 include:PM Christopher Luxon is expected to hold his weekly post-cabinet news conference at 4:00pm today.Parliament’s Environment Select Committee resumes hearing submissions on the Fast-track Approvals Bill from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm today.Auckland ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    20 hours ago
  • May-24 AT Board Meeting
    Tomorrow the AT board meet again and I’ve taken a look through the items on their public agenda to see what’s interesting. It’s also the first meeting for two recently appointed directors, former director at Ritchies Transport, Andrew Ritchie and former mayor of Hamilton, Julie Hardaker. The public session starts ...
    21 hours ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Monday, May 27
    The Government is looking again at changing fringe benefit tax rules to make it harder to claim a personally-used double-cab ute as a company vehicle. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Having repealed the previous Government’s ‘ute tax’ last year, the new Government is looking at removing a defacto tax ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    23 hours ago
  • Some Dark Moments from Netflix's Dark Tourist
    Hi,I pitched a documentary to a big streamer last week and they said “no thanks” which is a bummer, because we’d worked on the concept for ages and I think it would have been a compelling watch. But I would say that because I was the one pitching it, right?As ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    23 hours ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #21
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, May 19, 2024 thru Sat, May 25, 2024. Story of the week This week's typiclal compendium of stories we'd rather were plot devices in science ficition novels but instead ...
    1 day ago
  • National’s bulldozer dictatorship bill
    This National government has been aggressively anti-environment, and is currently ramming through its corrupt Muldoonist "fast-track" legislation to give three ministers dictatorial powers over what gets built and where. But that's not the only thing they're doing. On Thursday they introduced a Resource Management (Freshwater and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Bryce Edwards: The Negative social impact of taxpayer-funded partisan charities
    Whenever politicians dole out taxpayer funding to groups or individuals, they must do so in a wholly transparent way with due process to ensure conflicts of interest don’t occur and that the country receives value for money. Unfortunately, it’s not clear that this has occurred in the announcement this week ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 days ago
  • My Lovely Man.
    Last night began earlier than usual. In bed by 6:30pm, asleep an hour later. Sometimes I do sleep odd hours, writing late and/or getting up very early - complemented with the occasional siesta, but I’m usually up a bit later than that on a Saturday night. Last night I was ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Pressing the Big Red Button
    Early in the COVID-19 days, the Boris Johnson government pressed a Big Red Button marked: act immediately, never mind about the paperwork.Their problem was: not having enough PPE gear for all the hospital and emergency staff. Their solution was to expedite things and get them the gear ASAP.This, along with ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Of Pensioners and Student Loans: An Indictment on New Zealand
    Up until 1989, you could attend a New Zealand University, and never need to pay a cent for your education. That then changed, of course. The sadists of the Fourth Labour Government introduced substantial fees for study, never having had to pay a cent for their own education. The even ...
    2 days ago
  • Putting children first
    Ele Ludemann writes –  Minister for Children Karen Chhour is putting children first: Hon KAREN CHHOUR: I move, That the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill be now read a first time. I nominate the Social Services and Community Committee to consider the bill. It’s a privilege ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Te Pati Maori go personal
    David Farrar writes –  Newshub reports:    Applause and cheers erupted in the House on Wednesday afternoon as Children’s Minister Karen Chhour condemned Te Pāti Māori’s insults about her upbringing. Chhour, who grew up in state care, is repealing section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act – sparking uproar from ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Threads of Corruption
    I could corrupt youIt would be uglyThey could sedate youBut what good would drugs be?Good Morning all,Today there’s a guest newsletter from Gerard Otto (G). By which I mean I read his post this morning and he has kindly allowed me to share it with you.If you don’t already I ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • The days fly by
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Aotearoa, you’re being dismantled… so take the blinkers off and start talking honestly about it.
    Is the solution to any of the serious, long term issues we all have to face as a nation, because many governments of all stripes we can probably all admit if we’re deeply truthful with ourselves haven’t done near enough work at the very times they should have, to basically ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Has Labour Abandoned the Welfare State They Created in 1938?
    The 2018 Social Security Act suggests that Labour may have retreated to the minimalist (neo-liberal) welfare state which has developed out of the Richardson-Shipley ‘redesign’. One wonders what Michael Joseph Savage, Peter Fraser and Walter Nash would have thought of the Social Security Act passed by the Ardern Labour Government ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: MPs’ financial interests under scrutiny
    MPs are supposed to serve the public interest, not their own self-interest. And according to the New Zealand Parliament’s website, democracy and integrity are tarnished whenever politicians seek to enrich themselves or the people they are connected with. For this reason, the Parliament has a “Register of Pecuniary Interests” in ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • Mastering FLICC – A Cranky Uncle themed quiz
    By now, most of you will have heard about the FLICC taxonomy of science denial techniques and how you can train your skills in detecting them with the Cranky Uncle game. If you like to quickly check how good you are at this already, answer the 12 quiz questions in the ...
    3 days ago
  • Shane Jones has the zeal, sure enough, but is too busy with his mining duties (we suspect) to be ava...
    Buzz from the Beehive The hacks of the Parliamentary Press Gallery have been able to chip into a rich vein of material on the government’s official website over the past 24 hours. Among the nuggets is the speech by Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and a press statement to announce ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Cut the parliamentary term
    When Labour was in power, they wasted time, political capital, and scarce policy resources on trying to extend the parliamentary term to four years, in an effort to make themselves less accountable to us. It was unlikely to fly, the idea having previously lost two referendums by huge margins - ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • More terrible media ethics
    David Farrar writes – The Herald reports: When Whanau Ora chief executive John Tamihere was asked what his expectations for the Budget next Thursday were, he said: “All hope is lost.” Last year Whānau Ora was allocated $163.1 million in the Budget to last for the next four years ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Bringing our democracy into disrepute
    On Monday the government introduced its racist bill to eliminate Māori represntation in local government to the House. They rammed it through its first reading yesterday, and sent it to select committee. And the select committee has just opened submissions, giving us until Wednesday to comment on it. Such a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The censors who’ll save us from ourselves… yeah right!
    Nick Hanne writes – There’s a common malady suffered by bureaucracies the world over. They wish to save us from ourselves. Sadly, NZ officials are no less prone to exhibiting symptoms of this occupational condition. Observe, for instance, the reaction from certain public figures to the news ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • The case for commissioners to govern the capital city
    Peter Dunne writes – As the city of Tauranga prepares to elect a new Mayor and Council after three and a half years being run by government-appointed Commissioners, the case for replacing the Wellington City Council with Commissioners strengthens. The Wellington City Council has been dysfunctional for years, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Thoughts about contemporary troubles.
    This will be s short post. It stems from observations I made elsewhere about what might be characterised as some macro and micro aspects of contemporary collective violence events. Here goes. The conflicts between Israel and Palestine and France and … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On Blurring The Lines Around Political Corruption
    It may be a relic of a previous era of egalitarianism, but many of us like to think that, in general, most New Zealanders are as honest as the day is long. We’re good like that, and smart as. If we’re not punching above our weight on the world stage, ...
    4 days ago
  • MPs own 2.2 houses on average
    Bryce Edwards writes – Why aren’t politicians taking more action on the housing affordability crisis? The answer might lie in the latest “Register of Pecuniary Interests.” This register contains details of the various financial interests of parliamentarians. It shows that politicians own real estate in significant numbers. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • King Mike & Mike King.
    I built a time machine to see you againTo hear your phone callYour voice down the hallThe way we were back thenWe were dancing in the rainOur feet on the pavementYou said I was your second headI knew exactly what you meantIn the country of the blind, or so they ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: MPs own 2.2 houses on average
    Why aren’t politicians taking more action on the housing affordability crisis? The answer might lie in the latest “Register of Pecuniary Interests.” This register contains details of the various financial interests of parliamentarians. It shows that politicians own real estate in significant numbers. The register published on Tuesday contains a ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • How much climate reality can the global financial system take without collapsing?
    Microsoft’s transparency about its failure to meet its own net-zero goals is creditable, but the response to that failure is worrying. It is offering up a set of false solutions, heavily buttressed by baseless optimism. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 24-May-2024
    Another Friday, another Rāmere Roundup! Here are a few things that caught our eye this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, our new writer Connor Sharp roared into print with a future-focused take on the proposed Auckland Future Fund, and what it could invest in. On ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Earning The Huia Feather.
    Still Waiting: Māori land remains in the hands of Non-Māori. The broken promises of the Treaty remain broken. The mana of the tangata whenua languishes under racist neglect. The right to wear the huia feather remains as elusive as ever. Perhaps these three transformations are beyond the power of a ...
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, May 24
    Posters opposing the proposed Fast-Track Approvals legislation were pasted around Wellington last week. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: One of the architects of the RMA and a former National Cabinet Minister, Simon Upton, has criticised the Government’s Fast-Track Approvals bill as potentially disastrous for the environment, arguing just 1% ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to May 24
    There was less sharing of the joy this week than at the Chinese New Year celebrations in February. China’s ambassador to NZ (2nd from right above) has told Luxon that relations between China and New Zealand are now at a ‘critical juncture’ Photo: Getty / Xinhua News AgencyTL;DR: The podcast ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Beijing troubleshooter’s surprise visit
    The importance of New Zealand’s relationship with China was surely demonstrated yesterday with the surprise arrival in the capital of top Chinese foreign policy official Liu Jianchao. The trip was apparently organized a week ago but kept secret. Liu is the Minister of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) International Liaison ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • UK election a foregone conclusion?  That’s why it’s interesting
    With a crushing 20-plus point lead in the opinion polls, all the signs are that Labour leader Keir Starmer will be the PM after the general election on 4 July, called by Conservative incumbent Rishi Sunak yesterday. The stars are aligned for Starmer.  Rival progressives are in abeyance: the Liberal-Democrat ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #21 2021
    Open access notables How much storage do we need in a fully electrified future? A critical review of the assumptions on which this question depends, Marsden et al., Energy Research & Social Science: Our analysis advances the argument that current approaches reproduce interpretations of normality that are, ironically, rooted in ...
    4 days ago
  • Days in the life
    We returned last week from England to London. Two different worlds. A quarter of an hour before dropping off our car, we came to a complete stop on the M25. Just moments before, there had been six lanes of hurtling cars and lorries. Now, everything was at a standstill as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Forget about its name and focus on its objective – this RMA reform bill aims to cut red tape (and ...
    Buzz from the Beehive A triumvirate of ministers – holding the Agriculture, Environment and RMA Reform portfolios – has announced the introduction of legislation “to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling development in key sectors”, such as farming, mining and other primary industries. The exact name of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • More National corruption
    In their coalition agreement with NZ First, the National Party agreed to provide $24 million in funding to the charity "I Am Hope / Gumboot Friday". Why were they so eager to do so? Because their chair was a National donor, their CEO was the son of a National MP ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Submit!
    The Social Services and Community Committee has called for submissions on the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill. Submissions are due by Wednesday, 3 July 2024, and can be made at the link above. And if you're wondering what to say: section 7AA was enacted because Oranga Tamariki ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Reading the MPS numbers thinking about the fiscal situation
    Michael Reddell writes –  The Reserve Bank doesn’t do independent fiscal forecasts so there is no news in the fiscal numbers in today’s Monetary Policy Statement themselves. The last official Treasury forecasts don’t take account of whatever the government is planning in next week’s Budget, and as the Bank notes ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Charter Schools are a worthwhile addition to our school system – but ACT is mis-selling why they a...
    Rob MacCulloch writes – We know the old saying, “Never trust a politician”, and the Charter School debate is a good example of it. Charter Schools receive public funding, yet “are exempt from most statutory requirements of traditional public schools, including mandates around .. human capital management .. curriculum ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Paranoia On The Left.
    How Do We Silence Them? The ruling obsession of the contemporary Left is that political action undertaken by individuals or groups further to the right than the liberal wings of mainstream conservative parties should not only be condemned, but suppressed.WEB OF CHAOS, a “deep dive into the world of disinformation”, ...
    5 days ago
  • Budget challenges
    Muriel Newman writes –  As the new Government puts the finishing touches to this month’s Budget, they will undoubtedly have had their hands full dealing with the economic mess that Labour created. Not only was Labour a grossly incompetent manager of the economy, but they also set out ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Rishi calls an Election.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Photo of the Day: GNR
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    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    5 days ago
  • Choosing landlords and the homeless over first home buyers
    The Government may struggle with the political optics of scrapping assistance for first home buyers while also cutting the tax burden on landlords, increasing concerns over the growing generational divide. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government confirmed it will dump first home buyer grants in the Budget next ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Orr’s warning; three years of austerity
    Yesterday, the Reserve Bank confirmed there will be no free card for the economy to get out of jail during the current term of the Government. Regardless of what the Budget next week says, we are in for three years of austerity. Over those three years, we will have to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • An admirable U-turn
    It doesn’t inspire confidence when politicians change their minds.  But you must give credit when a bad idea is dropped. Last year, we reported on the determination of British PM Rishi Sunak to lead the world in regulating the dangers of Artificial Intelligence. Perhaps he changed his mind after meeting ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Can we really suck up Carbon Dioxide?
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Is carbon dioxide removal - aka "negative emissions" - going to save us from climate change? Or is it just a ...
    5 days ago
  • Public funding for private operators in mental health and housing – and a Bill to erase a bit of t...
    Headed for the legislative wastepaper basket…    Buzz from the Beehive It looks like this government is just as ready as its predecessor to dip into the public funds it is managing to dispense millions of dollars to finance – and favour – the parties it fancies. Or ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Why has Einstein Medalist Roy Kerr never been Knighted?
    Rob MacCulloch writes – National and Labour and ACT have at various times waxed on about their “vision” of NZ as a high value-added world tech center What subject is tech based upon? Mathematics. A Chicago mathematician just told me that whereas last decade ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Contestable advice
    Eric Crampton writes –  Danyl McLauchlan over at The Listener on the recent shift toward more contestability in public policy advice in education: Education Minister Erica Stanford, one of National’s highest-ranked MPs, is trying to circumvent the establishment, taking advice from a smaller pool of experts – ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • How did it get so bad?
    Ele Ludemann writes – That Kāinga Ora is a mess is no surprise, but the size of the mess is. There have been many reports of unruly tenants given licence to terrorise neighbours, properties bought and left vacant, and the state agency paying above market rates in competition ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • How serious is an MP’s failure to declare $178k in donations?
    Bryce Edwards writes –  It’s being explained as an “inadvertent error”. However, National MP David MacLeod’s excuse for failing to disclose $178,000 in donations for his election campaign last year is not necessarily enough to prevent some serious consequences. A Police investigation is now likely, and the result ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
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    6 days ago
  • Our House.
    I'll light the fireYou place the flowers in the vaseThat you bought todayA warm dry home, you’d think that would be bread and butter to politicians. Home ownership and making sure people aren’t left living on the street, that’s as Kiwi as Feijoa and Apple Crumble. Isn’t it?The coalition are ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Getting to No
    Politics is about compromise, right?  And framing it so the voters see your compromise as the better one.  John Key was a skilful exponent of this approach (as was Keith Holyoake in an earlier age), and Chris Luxon isn’t too bad either. But in politics, the process whereby an old ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – How does the Medieval Warm Period compare to current global temperatures?
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    6 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: How serious is an MP’s failure to declare $178k in donations?
    It’s being explained as an “inadvertent error”. However, National MP David MacLeod’s excuse for failing to disclose $178,000 in donations for his election campaign last year is not necessarily enough to prevent some serious consequences. A Police investigation is now likely, and the result of his non-disclosure could even see ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Get your story straight, buddy
    The relentless drone coming out of the Prime Minister and his deputy for a million days now has been that the last government was just hosing  money all over the show and now at last the grownups are in charge and shutting that drunken sailor stuff down. There is a word ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • A govt plane is headed for New Caledonia – here’s hoping the Kiwis stranded there get better ser...
    Buzz from the Beehive Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to riot-torn New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home. Today’s flight will carry around 50 passengers with the most ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Who is David MacLeod?
    Precious declaration saysYours is yours and mine you leave alone nowPrecious declaration saysI believe all hope is dead no longerTick tick tick Boom!Unexploded ordnance. A veritable minefield. A National caucus with a large number of unknowns, candidates who perhaps received little in the way of vetting as the party jumped ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The Four Knights
    Rex Ahdar writes –  The Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, likes to trace his political lineage back to the pioneers of parliamentary Maoridom.   I will refer to these as the ‘big four’ or better still, the Four Knights. Just as ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Could Willie Jackson be the populist leader that Labour need?
    Bryce Edwards writes –  Willie Jackson will participate in the prestigious Oxford Union debate on Thursday, following in David Lange’s footsteps. Coincidentally, Jackson has also followed Lange’s footsteps by living in his old home in South Auckland. And like Lange, Jackson might be the sort of loud-mouth scrapper ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago

  • Minister to Singapore for defence, technology talks
    Defence and Science, Innovation and Technology Minister Judith Collins departs for Singapore tomorrow for defence and technology summits and meetings. First up is the Asia Tech X Singapore Summit, followed by the Five Power Defence Arrangements Defence Ministers Meeting and wrapping up with the Shangri-La Dialogue for Defence Ministers from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Major investment in teacher supply through Budget 24
    Over the next four years, Budget 24 will support the training and recruitment of 1,500 teachers into the workforce, Education Minister Erica Stanford announced today. “To raise achievement and develop a world leading education system we’re investing nearly $53 million over four years to attract, train and retain our valued ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Joint statement on the New Zealand – Cook Islands Joint Ministerial Forum – 2024
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Middle East, Africa deployments extended
    The Government has approved two-year extensions for four New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “These deployments are long-standing New Zealand commitments, which reflect our ongoing interest in promoting peace and stability, and making active ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change Commission Chair to retire
    The Climate Change Commission Chair, Dr Rod Carr, has confirmed his plans to retire at the end of his term later this year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “Prior to the election, Dr Carr advised me he would be retiring when his term concluded. Dr Rod Carr has led ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Inaugural Board of Integrity Sport & Recreation Commission announced
    Nine highly respected experts have been appointed to the inaugural board of the new Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission, Sport & Recreation Minister Chris Bishop says. “The Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission is a new independent Crown entity which was established under the Integrity Sport and Recreation Act last year, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • A balanced Foreign Affairs budget
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters confirmed today that Vote Foreign Affairs in Budget 2024 will balance two crucial priorities of the Coalition Government.    While Budget 2024 reflects the constrained fiscal environment, the Government also recognises the critical role MFAT plays in keeping New Zealanders safe and prosperous.    “Consistent with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New social housing places to support families into homes
    New social housing funding in Budget 2024 will ensure the Government can continue supporting more families into warm, dry homes from July 2025, Housing Ministers Chris Bishop and Tama Potaka say. “Earlier this week I was proud to announce that Budget 2024 allocates $140 million to fund 1,500 new social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s minerals future
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government sets out vision for minerals future
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government progresses Māori wards legislation
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • First RMA amendment Bill introduced to Parliament
    The coalition Government has today introduced legislation to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling some of New Zealand’s key sectors, including farming, mining and other primary industries. RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop says the Government is committed to  unlocking development and investment while ensuring the environment is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government welcomes EPA decision
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to Employers and Manufacturers Association: Relief for today, hope for tomorrow
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government invests in 1,500 more social homes
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • $24 million boost for Gumboot Friday
    Thousands more young New Zealanders will have better access to mental health services as the Government delivers on its commitment to fund the Gumboot Friday initiative, says Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Budget 2024 will provide $24 million over four years to contract the ...
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