web analytics

Daily review 04/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, September 4th, 2020 - 21 comments
Categories: Daily review - Tags:

Daily review is also your post.

This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

21 comments on “Daily review 04/09/2020 ”

  1. Ad 1

    Great to see the Golden Bay Tarakohe Port rebuild and expansion get the $20m to go ahead.

    Its about $35m all up.

    Excellent Mussell Farm expansion.

    Well done Winston and the Labour team for that one.

    • Stuart Munro 1.1

      It's a lovely port, sure. But mussels are a sign of lack of imagination in our aquaculture sector, and the chief reason we get one of the world's lowest per kilo prices for our seafood exports. The mussel farming longline system came out of the DSIR in the 1970s, when the object was producing health supplements believed to be effective against arthritis, and it is a damning indictment of our marine research that we have come no further since then. Mussel farming, like dairy or salmon cages, has an appreciable effect on the environment, and the harbour, like Shaw's school, is a pretty direct gift to an already well capitalized operator.

      Winston & Gnasher still being pawns of the industry is no surprise to anyone who noted the munting of the QMS review, but scarcely cause for celebration. The industry is in a rut, and not about to bring itself up to world standards without government leadership, but being neoliberal the government doesn't think it's their job.

      • Ad 1.1.1

        Mussel exports have continued to grow consistently for many years, and have much lower effects than other farmed species like Salmon because they filter their own water. The only negative effect I can see is that the farms tend to fence out big marine animals.

        The farming expansion here is also well outside the Marlborough Sounds where Salmon farming have been the issue.

        https://www.aquaculture.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/New-Zealand-Aquaculture-facts-2018.pdf

        The mussel industry has grown at about 11% per year here, and there's still plenty of upside for profitable growth.

        https://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/marine/aquaculture-risk-management-options/appendix-1-aquaculture-industry-new-zealand

        And of course the Greenshell Mussel is a native to us, so farming them has made them one of the most plentiful and least endangered forms of our seafood protein. ie it's one of our most sustainable forms of seafood.

        2,100 hectares of Marlborough mussel farms generate as much good food as over 500,000 hectares of land farming sheep.

        https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/aquaculture/

        At some point we're going to have to celebrate the investments this government is making, instead of seeking reasons to bitch all over them.

        • Stuart Munro 1.1.1.1

          At some point we're going to have to celebrate the investments this government is making, instead of seeking reasons to bitch all over them.

          If government want people to celebrate their achievements they need to start getting things right. Mussels are not a free lunch, they take a lot of feed out of the water, and where the farms are dense the growth rate and thus the yearly ROI is significantly depressed. It's quite desirable to grow the species that gives the best return on that finite feed resource, and in Golden Bay there are several other species that return quite a bit more per shelled kilo than the mussels. Scallops. Oysters. Geoduck clams. But traditionally, mostly scallops.

          Now, the Golden Bay scallops collapsed a few years back, as fisheries under the dysfunctional QMS regime invariably do. A black anoxic layer of suspended fine organic matter choked the beds, presumably coming down the river from the increased dairy activity in the area. Has this been fixed? Have freshwater regulations been imposed that will address this undesirable outcome – of course not – neoliberal government you see – they're only there for the free lunches. And they expect to be congratulated for their failures and sulk if they are not.

          • francesca 1.1.1.1.1

            Actually , when things came to a head, the Mussel farmers and dairy farmers got together to find solutions to the degraded water quality .The Mussel industry relies on good water values

            The Aorere farmers to a large degree have attempted to retard siltation , by fencing off their waterways and planting riparian strips(probably not wide enough though )

            But doesn't the scallop dredging munt the sea floor?

            There is evidence that underneath the Mussel farms, the seabed is regenerating

            The Mussel farms also act as de facto no fishing zones , while providing snapper with food

            The hugest objection to Mussel farms in Golden Bay is firstly the noise of the Mussel barge thumping across the bay at 5am, and also the detritus of ropes and buoys after every storm

            Mind you, there's money in them there buoys for those who live on the coastline

            • Stuart Munro 1.1.1.1.1.1

              There are lots of issues on the path to an ideal solution. Changing scallops for mussels is a downgrade. Restoring the scallops is a breakeven. The ideal solution might include suspended scallop culture or geoduck farming, or better yet an integrated culture approach.

              There is some evidence that dense mussel farms, particularly in the sounds, suppress finfish populations – except for spotties, which reach plague proportions. Scallop dredging can cause damage, but over flat soft bottoms it doesn't have to.

              But there is a trope in the NZ fishing industry, to bulk produce the lowest value product, which is apparent in our export breakdown – anomalously high production of fillet block and twice-cooked mussels. More successful and sustainable fisheries take more of an artisanal approach.

              Friend of mine got 5kg of mussels in Korea as a Chuseok gift. They were huge by Korean standards, but small compared to NZ greenshells. Over $500 in value, that box, but fresh NZ alternatives were not available – only the tasteless twice-cooked frozen halfshell rubbish.

              • francesca

                Yes I do agree about suspended scallop farming, if its possible

                The seabed in Golden Bay has been absolutely and heartbreakingly munted by scallop fishing bonanzas

                • greywarshark

                  Good forward thinking from you two SM and fransesca. I hope that your ideas will be promulgated. (A nice big word to make them sound important enough to be listened to by the PTB, who can't afford to adopt simple, straightforward facts as it would appear then that someone else could do their job better and cheaper. Peter's Principle.)

                  • Stuart Munro

                    Sadly, the funding of this little exercise demonstrates that neither ordinary environmental prudence nor an informed treatment of the resource is on the cards. The industry is being subsidized to do as they might have done in the 1970s, and the idea that they might develop responsibly as other countries do is considered a dangerous radicalism.

              • Draco T Bastard

                But there is a trope in the NZ fishing industry , to bulk produce the lowest value product

                That seems to be true of all farming in NZ. Its why Fontera export milk powder rather than cheeses.

                • greywarshark

                  Have Fonterra or other ever done tests on our butter for Vitamin A content which ought to show up as coming from grass-fed cows?

  2. Cinny 2

    Yeah !!!! Now that's what I'm talking about heartGovernment funded camera's on commercial fishing vessels. Awesomesauce !

    • Herodotus 2.1

      To wait until 2023 for the 1st group and the remainder by 2024, better late than never. Hopefully post election we can also see the Kermadec sanctuary progress. Personally I would like some around the Auckland harbour eg Tiritiri 400m+ our from the island. And a few around the bay of islands to complement tourist activities like the one just out of Gisborne.

      • Gabby 2.1.1

        Gnashie hoping that gives SurpyDurpy Telly enough time to clear out the pesky dolphins.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.2

        Tourist industries were gone about six months ago. They ain't coming back in the foreseeable future.

        • Herodotus 2.1.2.1

          By tourist I was also including day trippers from the area. As you have stated overseas tourism is current no go. And such reserves are a win:win 🥳 on all aspects.

  3. Patricia Bremner 3

    So sorry for the family losing their loved one to covid. A reminder that sadly not all recover.

  4. lprent 4

    The Standard will be probably be down for while. We have a power outage and limited time on UPS.

    No information on how long until the outage gets fixed.

    Damn I knew I should have updated the batteries.

  5. Stuart Munro 5

    American comic using Republican logic to defend villains.

    Sep 1, 2020Replying to @gregmlarsen

    I know it’s not someone but COVID-19

    Profile photo, opens profile page on Twitter in a new tab

    Greg Larsen

    @gregmlarsen

    Literally the hardest working virus in 2020. Creating healthcare work, bringing people together, and by every measurable standard a raging success in the virus world but that doesn't fit the leftist narrative of "success = evil"

    3:13 AM · Sep 1, 2020

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Royal Commission into Historical Abuse scope adjusted to avoid timeline delay
    “The Government continues to honour our commitment to survivors which we made when the Royal Commission was established in 2018, and has refined the Terms of Reference to make sure the Commission delivers its final report in 2023,” says Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti. In December 2020, the Royal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Making the border stronger
      New ‘very high risk’ country designation Returnees to be cohorted into MIQs   The Government is taking significant additional steps to make our borders even safer, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “New Zealand is in a strong position and Kiwis enjoy freedoms most other countries do not ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • More Aucklanders get a place to call home as Government delivers on housing
    250 new warm, dry homes officially opened in Auckland today including: •           90 public housing homes •           34 KiwiBuild homes •           43 market homes and •           83 transitional housing homes The Government’s commitment to ensuring more New Zealanders have warm, dry, healthy homes is paying off in Auckland, where the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Independent review to explore future for local government
    Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. Announcing the review today Nanaia Mahuta says it will focus on how our system of local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s first official space mission announces ‘mission control’
    New Zealand’s first government funded space mission has taken a ‘giant leap’ with Auckland University’s Te Pūnaha Ātea-Auckland Space Institute announced as the permanent host of the New Zealand based mission control centre for a global methane tracking satellite. “MethaneSAT is a really exciting opportunity to showcase New Zealand’s science ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Leaders’ Summit on Climate to raise ambition on climate action
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined President Biden at the virtual Leaders’ Summit on Climate hosted by the United States overnight. The summit, held for Earth Day, brought world leaders together to galvanise efforts to reduce emissions this decade and keep the shared goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Strengthening Trans-Tasman Ties: Australia-New Zealand Foreign Minister Consultations
    New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, met in Wellington today for biannual Australia-New Zealand Foreign Minister Consultations. Marise Payne’s visit is the first official visit to New Zealand by Australia since both ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Deposit taking measures protect financial stability and New Zealanders
    Cabinet has finalised a package of new measures to protect New Zealanders’ interests in the banking and financial system, including guaranteeing deposits of up to $100,000 per eligible institution. These measures, the final part of a comprehensive review of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act, have been the subject ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Apprenticeship numbers jump in 2020
    The number of apprentices continues to grow, with people from across the community signing up for careers in the trades, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) for enrolments in tertiary and vocational study as at December 2020 shows that the number of apprentices increased by 17.6 per ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand to open new Trade Commission in Fiji
    New Zealand will open a new Trade Commission in Fiji later this year, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor has announced.  “Fiji is New Zealand’s largest trading partner in the Pacific region”, Damien O’Connor said. “Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, annual two-way trade between New Zealand and Fiji was ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Building a New Zealand Health Service that works for all New Zealanders
    HON ANDREW LITTLE SPEECH Morena tātau katoa. Tēnā tātau kua karahuihui mai nei i tēnei ata, Ki te whakarewa te rautaki hauora matua o Aotearoa, Kia hua ko te oranga pai o te motu. Tena tatau katoa.   INTRODUCTION Welcome. Today, I am laying out for you a plan to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major reforms will make healthcare accessible for all NZers
    All DHBs will be replaced by one national organisation, Health New Zealand A new Māori Health Authority will have the power to commission health services, monitor the state of Māori health and develop policy New Public Health Agency will be created Strengthened Ministry of Health will monitor performance and advise ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister Henare contribution to speech on Building a New Zealand Health Service that works for all N...
    We talk a lot about being a transformational Government. Some imagine this statement means big infrastructure builds, massive policy commitments all leading up to a single grand reveal. But this is what I see as transformation. Something quite simply and yet so very complex. Māori feeling comfortable and able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health reform announcement
    On Wednesday morning, Minister of Health Andrew Little and Associate Minister of Health (Māori) Peeni Henare are announcing major health reforms.  You can watch the announcement live here from 8am Wednesday. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Alpine Fault research supports Government’s work planning and preparing for earthquakes
    New research into the probability of an Alpine Fault rupture reinforces the importance of taking action to plan and prepare for earthquakes, Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says. Research published by Dr Jamie Howarth of Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington today, shows there is a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand to provide further support to UN North Korea sanctions
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare today announced that New Zealand is deploying a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft in support of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions on North Korea. The Resolutions, adopted unanimously by the UNSC between 2006 and 2017, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Transmission Gully review shows flawed planning process should have been addressed before project st...
    The Transmission Gully Interim Review has found serious flaws at the planning stage of the project, undermining the successful completion of the four-lane motor north of Wellington Infrastructure Minister Grant Robertson and Transport Minister Michael Wood said. Grant Robertson said the review found the public-private partnership (PPP) established under the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Australian Foreign Minister to visit Aotearoa New Zealand
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today that Australian Foreign Minister Hon Marise Payne will visit Aotearoa New Zealand for the first face-to-face Foreign Ministers’ Consulations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. “Australia is New Zealand’s closest and most important international partner. I’m very pleased to be able to welcome Hon Marise ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Border exceptions will see more families reunited
    Hundreds more families who were separated by the border closure will be reunited under new border exceptions announced today, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. “The Government closed the border to everyone but New Zealand citizens and residents, in order to keep COVID-19 out, keep our economy open and keep New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • “He Taniwha He Tipua, He Tipua He Taniwha – The Dragon and the Taniwha”
    Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Foreign Minister 8.30am, 19 April 2021 [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Speech to the NZCC Korihi Pō, Korihi Ao E rongo e turia no Matahau Nō Tū te winiwini, Nō Tū te wanawana Tū Hikitia rā, Tū Hapainga mai Ki te Whai Ao, Ki te Ao Mārama Tihei Mauri ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Backing sustainable wool carpets to create a compelling yarn for New Zealand’s strong wool sector
    The Government is supporting a new project with all-wool New Zealand carpet company, Bremworth, which has its sights on developing more sustainable all-wool carpets and rugs, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced.  The Ministry for Primary Industries is contributing $1.9 million towards Bremworth’s $4.9 million sustainability project through its Sustainable Food ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand provides support to Timor-Leste for flooding and COVID-19 surge
    New Zealand is providing further support to Timor-Leste following severe flooding and the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “Our thoughts are with the people of Timor-Leste who have been impacted by the severe flooding and landslides at a time when the country is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • WHANAU OF MĀORI BATTALION SOLDIERS REUNITED WITH MEDALS
    A ceremony has been held today in Gisborne where the unclaimed medals of 28 (Māori) Battalion C Company soldiers were presented to their families.   After the Second World War, returning service personnel needed to apply for their medals and then they would be posted out to them.  While most medals ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Reducing barriers to breastfeeding
    The Government is committed to increasing the number of mothers who breastfeed for longer to give babies born in New Zealand the best start in life. The Ministry of Health recommends that babies are exclusively breastfed for the first six month but only about 20 percent of children at this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • SolarWinds compromise attributed to Russian state actor
    New Zealand has today added its voice to the international condemnation of the malicious compromise and exploitation of the SolarWinds Orion platform. The Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau, Andrew Little, says that New Zealand's international partners have analysed the compromise of the SolarWinds Orion platform and attributed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Queenstown roading project given fast track approval
    An expert consenting panel has approved the Queenstown Arterials Project, which will significantly improve transport links and reduce congestion for locals and visitors in the tourism hotspot.   Environment Minister David Parker welcomed the approval for the project that will construct, operate and maintain a new urban road around Queenstown’s town ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Screen industry secures landmark project
    Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash says a landmark deal has been agreed with Amazon for The Lord of the Rings TV series, currently being filmed in New Zealand. Mr Nash says the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) secures multi-year economic and tourism benefits to New Zealand, outside the screen ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Report into review of health response to lead contamination released
    The Government welcomes the findings from a rapid review into the health system response to lead contamination in Waikouaiti’s drinking water supply. Sample results from the town’s drinking-water supply showed intermittent spikes in lead levels above the maximum acceptable value. The source of the contamination is still under investigation by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ Upgrade Programme revs up economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today marked the start of construction on the New Zealand Upgrade Programme’s Papakura to Drury South project on Auckland’s Southern Motorway, which will create hundreds of jobs and support Auckland’s economic recovery. The SH1 Papakura to Drury South project will give more transport choices by providing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech releasing the Digital Council's report 'Towards Trustworthy and Trusted Automated D...
    CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY  E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wa, tēnā koutou, tēna koutou, tēna tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua, ko Ngāi Tahu, ko Waitaha, ko Kāti Māmoe  anō nei aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Green light for 10 minute e-bus to Auckland Airport
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today marked the completion of upgrades to State Highway 20B which will give Aucklanders quick electric bus trips to and from the airport. The State Highway 20B Early Improvements project has added new lanes in each direction between Pukaki Creek Bridge and SH20 for buses and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Review into greyhound racing announced
    The Government is putting in place a review of the work being done on animal welfare and safety in the greyhound racing industry, Grant Robertson announced today. “While Greyhound Racing NZ has reported some progress in implementing the recommendations of the Hansen Report, recent incidents show the industry still has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Road safety boosted by increased penalty for mobile use while driving
    The infringement fee for using a mobile phone while driving will increase from $80 to $150 from 30 April 2021 to encourage safer driving, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood said too many people are still picking up the phone while driving. “Police issued over 40,000 infringement notices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific mental wellbeing supported across Auckland and Wellington
    Pacific people in New Zealand will be better supported with new mental health and addiction services rolling out across the Auckland and Wellington regions, says Aupito William Sio.  “One size does not fit all when it comes to supporting the mental wellbeing of our Pacific peoples. We need a by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Fresh approach proposed to Smokefree 2025
    New measures are being proposed to accelerate progress towards becoming a smokefree nation by 2025, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced. “Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke kills around 12 people a day in New Zealand. Recent data tells us New Zealand’s smoking rates continue to decrease, but ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt expands Mana Ake to provide more school-based mental wellbeing support
    More children will be able to access mental wellbeing support with the Government expansion of Mana Ake services to five new District Health Board areas, Health Minister Andrew Little says. The Health Minister made the announcement while visiting Homai School in Counties Manukau alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Record Number of People Move Into Work
    The Government’s COVID-19 response has meant a record number of people moved off a Benefit and into employment in the March Quarter, with 32,880 moving into work in the first three months of 2021. “More people moved into work last quarter than any time since the Ministry of Social Development ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Significant global progress made under Christchurch Call
    A stocktake undertaken by France and New Zealand shows significant global progress under the Christchurch Call towards its goal to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.  The findings of the report released today reinforce the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach, with countries, companies and civil society working together to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New chair of interim TAB NZ Board appointed
    Racing Minister Grant Robertson has announced he is appointing Elizabeth Dawson (Liz) as the Chair of the interim TAB NZ Board. Liz Dawson is an existing Board Director of the interim TAB NZ Board and Chair of the TAB NZ Board Selection Panel and will continue in her role as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government to phase out live exports by sea
    The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high standards of animal welfare. We must stay ahead of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago