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Daily Review 10/05/2017

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  1. Muttonbird 1

    The end of DOC?

    True to the privatisation ideology and process of this government, DOC has been underfunded, especially in the face of increasing tourist numbers (strongly echoing the National government’s underfunding of urban infrastructure in the face of record immigration numbers) and is now under attack from private interests.

    He had climbed to the top of Mt Sinai in Egypt, “and at the top there are people selling you Coca Cola”, Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said. “We don’t want to see that in New Zealand.”

    Sorry Chris. That’s exactly what will happen. It will be the Powerade Milford track with solar powered vending machines…

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/330509/'it-doesn't-have-to-all-be-on-the-shoulders-of-doc

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Yep they just don’t get it. Public assets should be free of corporate interests. Unless the intent is to make these assets subservient to corporate interests.

      Coal mines and coca cola vendors in our National Parks …

    • BM 1.2

      Good idea I like it.

      Doc is full of time serving dullards they’re more of a hindrance than help, the more you can sideline DOC the better.

      An injection of private sector nous is what’s needed to really springboard the tourism opportunities that exist in NZ

      • mickysavage 1.2.1

        Want to say why?

        Corporate control of our reserves is going to end in tears.

      • keepcalmcarryon 1.2.2

        Our DoC administered lands are the birthright of every kiwi to tramp, kayak, bird watch, climb, hunt, fish and enjoy however they legally please.
        They are not here and have never been here for the sole purpose of making private companies money, so I call bullshit on your attitude BM.

        • mickysavage 1.2.2.1

          Amen to that.

        • BM 1.2.2.2

          You can call bullshit on my attitude as much as you want, I don’t care.

          Facts are you want to get private business on board, these people love what our nature is they want to protect and enhance it, without it, they have no business, it’s in their best interest to make it as awesome as possible.

          If the choice is between ramping up dairy or developing our tourism sector what would you choose?

          • keepcalmcarryon 1.2.2.2.1

            Tourism can exist just fine without destroying the actual reason people come here.
            Or we go your Nat mentality, ramp up dairy, sell and pollute the water, dont control freedom campers, mine, log and commercialise public land and fuck everything.
            Some real sound thinking.
            Yes i get it you dont care – the more reason you muppets are gone this election.
            My response to you was for the general publics benefit, something you wouldnt understand 🙂

          • mickysavage 1.2.2.2.2

            “they want to protect and enhance it”

            The problem is they have no understanding that their desire to make a dollar out of nature adversely affects nature.

          • AB 1.2.2.2.3

            “private sector nous” – LOL

      • KJT 1.2.3

        “Because the private sector does things so much better”. I think that myth has been well and truly exploded, BM.

        • In Vino 1.2.3.1

          BM – you pretend that the private sector thinks about long-term viability because that is logical. Sorry to inform you that the private sector go for the greatest amount of money in the short term, because market survival dictates that. Short term greed is what the private sector goes for time after time. Not long-term viability. Early Darwinian death for long-term viability, sorry.
          To achieve long-term viability, we need strong regulation of the market, and we don’t have it.

    • JC 1.3

      Reprint as at 21 March 2017

      http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1980/0066/latest/whole.html#DLM37793
      Coat of Arms of New Zealand

      Part 1
      National parks
      Principles to be applied in national parks
      4 Parks to be maintained in natural state, and public to have right of entry
      (1)
      It is hereby declared that the provisions of this Act shall have effect for the purpose of preserving in perpetuity as national parks, for their intrinsic worth and for the benefit, use, and enjoyment of the public, areas of New Zealand that contain scenery of such distinctive quality, ecological systems, or natural features so beautiful, unique, or scientifically important that their preservation is in the national interest.
      (2)
      It is hereby further declared that, having regard to the general purposes specified in subsection (1), national parks shall be so administered and maintained under the provisions of this Act that—
      (a)
      they shall be preserved as far as possible in their natural state:
      (b)
      except where the Authority otherwise determines, the native plants and animals of the parks shall as far as possible be preserved and the introduced plants and animals shall as far as possible be exterminated:
      (c)
      sites and objects of archaeological and historical interest shall as far as possible be preserved:
      (d)
      their value as soil, water, and forest conservation areas shall be maintained:
      (e)
      subject to the provisions of this Act and to the imposition of such conditions and restrictions as may be necessary for the preservation of the native plants and animals or for the welfare in general of the parks, the public shall have freedom of entry and access to the parks, so that they may receive in full measure the inspiration, enjoyment, recreation, and other benefits that may be derived from mountains, forests, sounds, seacoasts, lakes, rivers, and other natural features.

    • JC 1.4

      http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1987/0065/latest/DLM104284.html17 Access to conservation areas
      (1)
      Except as provided by or under this section, Part 3B, or section 38(1), the entry to and use of conservation areas by the public shall be free of charge.
      (2)
      The Minister may impose a reasonable charge for the use of facilities (other than paths and tracks) that are provided by the Minister in or in respect of any conservation area.
      (3)
      A concessionaire of any part of a conservation area may, to the extent that the relevant concession document so provides, impose a reasonable charge for the use of any facilities in or in respect of that part of the area that are provided by the Minister or the concessionaire.
      (4)
      Any person who, in accordance with any concession or other consent of the Minister or Director-General,—
      (a)
      has erected any structure or facility in any conservation area; or
      (b)
      uses any part of any conservation area for camping sites or for parking places for vehicles; or
      (c)
      carries on any activity in any conservation area,—
      may, subject to the conservation management strategy or conservation management plan (if any) relating to the area and to the terms and conditions (if any) of the relevant concession document, impose a reasonable charge in respect of access to or use of any such structure, site, or place, or the carrying on or products of the activity concerned.
      (5)
      Nothing in this section authorises any person to do anything on or in respect of any private land.
      Section 17: substituted, on 1 July 1996, by section 3(1) of the Conservation Amendment Act 1996 (1996 No 1).

  2. Muttonbird 2

    Government blogging mouthpiece, David Farrar is in a massive tizzy as usual. This time about this article:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/92208905/christchurch-students-travel-the-equivalent-of-a-trip-to-the-moon-to-avoid-local-school

    In his horrified rant he claims;

    With around 20,000 students the finding is effectively that the average student travels an extra 2 km (each way) a day to get to their desired school. Wow wee.

    They then multiply that up to try and sound impressive.

    This is hypocrisy in all its finery when you remember Farrar parroting Dr. Nick’s line when trying to shut down concern over the gifting of free water rights to foreign bottling companies (without even getting a licensing agreement for the use of “New Zealand” for marketing, I presume).

    In that episode, Smith and his faithful lapdog David Farrar completely missed the point again as they gave us numbers which sound impressive when they told us their bottling company friends want to take a smidgen, just 0.000002%, of the 500 trillion litres of water which falls in NZ every year.

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2017/03/hysteria_over_bottled_water.html

  3. Molly 3

    Good to see the Jackal back.

    His/her blog was one of the first on NZ politics I came across, and did enjoy his/her award system.

  4. Muttonbird 4

    Unbelievable turn around on National Party policy since this campaign ad.

    “Sixty-two thousand in just two years, nobody could build enough houses so the price went up and nobody could afford one.”

    It’s 140,000 in two years now.

    Firstly we will stop the urban sprawl…Having fenced off the outer limited of the major cities we will then set about bringing new life to the inner cities.”

    Oh dear. I just heard the sound of David Farrar having a heart attack.

    To do this we will have to stop the flood of people into our cities, which means we will have to control the flow of immigrants into New Zealand.

    Hmmm. That’s current Labour policy, isn’t it? And NZF, and just about anyone else you fucking ask.

    Under National immigration will be cut from 32,000 to around 5,000 very year.

    Very Winston. No wonder National thinks they have his support come September.

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/05/throwback-1970s-national-ad-warned-of-immigration-s-affect-on-housing.html

  5. adam 5

    A friend of mine sent me this – I’d thought I’d shear, feel free to add any government department you like, as they all have gone to the dogs under this particular government.

    IRD sends their auditor (a nasty little man) to audit a synagogue.

    The auditor is doing all the checks, and then turns to the Rabbi and
    says, “I noticed that you buy a lot of candles.”

    “Yes,” answered the Rabbi.

    “Well, Rabbi, what do you do with the candle drippings?” he asked.

    “A good question,” noted the Rabbi. “We actually save them up. When we
    have enough, we send them back to the candle maker and every now and
    then, they send us a free box of candles.”

    “Oh,” replied the auditor somewhat disappointed that his question
    actually had a practical answer. So he thought he’d try another
    question, in his obnoxious way…

    “Rabbi, what about all these matzo purchases? What do you do with the
    crumbs from the matzo?

    “Ah, yes,” replied the Rabbi calmly, “we actually collect up the crumbs,
    we send them in a box back to the manufacturer and every now and then,
    they send a free box of matzo balls.”

    “Oh,” replied the auditor, thinking hard how to fluster the Rabbi.

    “Well, Rabbi,” he went on, “what do you do with all the foreskins from
    the circumcisions?”

    “Yes, here too, we do not waste,” answered the Rabbi. “What we do is
    save up all the foreskins, and when we have enough we actually send them
    to IRD .”

    “To IRD ?” questioned the auditor in disbelief.

    “Ah, yes,” replied the Rabbi, “directly to IRD …And about once a
    year, they send us a little prick like you.”

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  • PM speech at Parliamentary Chinese New Year celebration 2020
    Nǐn hǎo (Hello in Mandarin). Xīn Nián Kuài Lè (Happy New Year in Mandarin) Néi Hóu (Hello in Cantonese). Sun Nin Fai Lok (Happy New Year in Cantonese) Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Thank you for your invitation to attend this celebration today. I would like to acknowledge ...
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    7 days ago
  • IPANZ Annual Address
    Kia ora. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai ki te Whare Pāremata. E ngā mana whenua ki tēnei rohe Taranaki Whānui, Te Upoko o Te Ika, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa – kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi. E ngā mana, e ...
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  • 2020 IPANZ Annual Address
    Kia ora. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai ki te Whare Pāremata. E ngā mana whenua ki tēnei rohe Taranaki Whānui, Te Upoko o Te Ika, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa – kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi. E ngā mana, e ngā ...
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    7 days ago
  • Tougher penalties for gun crime a step closer
    Tougher penalties for gun crime are a step closer with the passage of firearms reform legislation through another stage in Parliament. The Arms Legislation Bill has tonight passed its Second Reading. “The changes have one objective - to prevent firearms falling into the wrong hands,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash. ...
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  • Arms Legislation Bill: Second Reading
    Introduction Mr Speaker We all know why we are here today. It has been a long journey. The journey did not actually begin on 15 March 2019. It began on 30 June 1997. Almost 23 years ago, Justice Sir Thomas Thorp told us what was wrong with our firearms legislation. ...
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  • New era for vocational education
    The Government’s work to put trades and vocational education back on the agenda took another major step forward today with the passing of the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is a watershed day for trades and vocational education. These law changes formalise ...
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  • Bill to Amend the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act
    Speeding up the return of Christchurch regeneration activities to local leadership is behind the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Amendment Bill introduced to Parliament today by Minister Megan Woods. “As we approach nine years since the February 2011 earthquake in Canterbury, and with the transition to local leadership well underway, the time ...
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  • Milford Track to partly reopen after storm damage
    Hundreds of New Zealanders and international visitors will be able to get back out into nature with the Milford Track partially reopening next week, after extensive assessments and repairs, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The popular Great Walk has been closed since 3 February after an extreme ...
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  • Government drives low-emissions transport momentum
    Up to 110 new EV chargers nationwide in cities and regions 50 electric vehicles for ride-sharing The Government is helping deliver more infrastructure and options for low emissions transport through new projects, Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods says. Tauranga, Nelson, Levin, New Plymouth and Oamaru are just some ...
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  • Kiwis better off under Coalition Government
    New Zealanders are increasingly better off under this Government as wages rise and families have more disposable income, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Stats NZ reported today that average household disposable incomes after housing costs rose 4.9% in 2019. This was the highest rise in four years and came as ...
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  • Another step towards restoring rights for screen production workers
    All New Zealanders need to have their voices heard at work to ensure we have an inclusive and productive economy. Today we introduce a Bill to do this for workers in the New Zealand screen industry, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “The Screen Industry Workers Bill will ...
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  • Enhanced Taskforce Green for Southland and South Otago
    The Government has announced further help for the Southland and Otago regions to speed up recovery efforts from the floods.  “I’ve approved Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG), making $500,000 available to help with the clean-up in Fiordland, Southland, and the Clutha district in Otago,” Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni said.  ...
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  • Employers and Industry take the lead to connect students to vocational education
    Following the announcement that more than 340 schools will be funded to run events promoting vocational education, the Government has announced it will fund a further 257 events to be run by employers and industry. “These industry-run events will allow more than 30,000 students to connect with more than 2,000 ...
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  • Rental reforms a step closer with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill
    Today the Government is making progress on a fairer and more secure rental market for renters and landlords with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill in Parliament.  “This Bill includes a series of reforms to improve the wellbeing of the 609,700 households that live in rented homes, and ...
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