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Daily review 30/03/2022

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 30th, 2022 - 40 comments
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  1. Dennis Frank 1

    The PM officially opened the new Transmission Gully exit route from Wellington this morning. Chalk up a policy delivery win for Labour & the transport minister!

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/128190379/live-engineering-marvel-transmission-gully-is-officially-open

    Only took 103 years. Since the origin of the lobbying for it, I mean. Media & wiki seem to have found an investigation by the MP for Otaki in 1919 as the origin:

    https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/EP19190607.2.15?end_date=31-12-1920&items_per_page=10&query=paekakariki+road&snippet=true&start_date=01-01-1918

    Doesn't cite that name so locals or those familiar with the regional geography are free to dispute it I guess.

    • alwyn 1.1

      Thank you Stephen Joyce.

      • Poission 1.1.1

        50% over budget,showing again even primitive arithmetic was never one of his strengths.

        • alwyn 1.1.1.1

          I would say that that was typical for moderately large engineering projects. From memory the Clyde Dam was over by about the same amount and the Sydney Opera House went over by about 1400%

          • Incognito 1.1.1.1.1

            Thank you Steven [not Stephen] Joyce.

            • alwyn 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Grr. Thank you for the correction. I should be more careful given that I groan when I see Helen Clarke or John Keys or Chris Luxton etc.

              Thank you Steven Joyce

  2. Grafton Gully 2

    Hey all you residential property landlords out there how can you justify raising rents such that your tenants with children to care for can no longer afford to pay it and so have to leave their home in your property and become homeless with all the bad effects that has on their health and wellbeing ?

    • Grafton Gully 2.1

      Hypothetical landlord : That's what I pay a property manager to do – I'm not the actual person effectively evicting the family and I don't really know their circumstances so can not really answer your question. Stop trying to pull my heartstrings – haven't you heard about business is business – you snivelling fucking bleeding heart fucking loser – fuck off.

  3. pat 3

    Last chance for the Minister to avoid a mistake?

    "Whatever the assumptions, this is the work that needs to be done so that the cost of retaining or not retaining a functional refinery is made clear. Fuel users who will ultimately pick up the tab will be especially interested to see that calculation.

    But the work only has meaning if the Government moves swiftly to get the refinery demolition work put on hold.

    There is no need to decide immediately whether to mothball the plant as it will remain in good condition for quite a few months without this, according to the engineer formerly with the refinery.

    All that is required right now is pausing to take stock of what role the refinery could have if the nation wants to seriously consider increasing its fuel reserves capability.

    While the Ukraine invasion is an obvious reminder of how things can change abruptly, it was never a smart plan to go cheap on supply security.

    New Zealand has some of the longest fuel supply lines in the world and will remain utterly dependent on petroleum supplies for quite a few more years – whatever the level of commitment to decarbonising the economy. And refining fuel offshore rather than at home does not significantly change the amount of carbon the atmosphere sees."

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars-at-stake-on-eve-of-refinery-demolition

    • Dennis Frank 3.1

      Yeah, the govt ought to have second thoughts. Times have changed. The current trajectory only makes sense if going cold turkey on fossil fuels is feasible right now.

      The Government has not done the work to find out what it would cost if New Zealand ran out of fuel altogether – it is flying blind on that. But it would clearly be a great deal more and the costs would not just be economic. As food distribution broke down, followed by social order, the human costs would be the ones that hit most deeply.

      If that scenario seems unimaginable, take two straws in the wind from this week alone.

      The head of the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, said that with the Ukraine invasion, the globalisation of the last 30 years is over and that it will “prompt companies and governments worldwide to re-evaluate their dependencies”. He added, "energy security has joined the energy transition as a top global priority."

      So neoliberalism is dead. Resilience is the only way forward. Thickos in National & Labour will refuse to admit defeat though. Reality will be held at bay because addiction to the bipartisan delusion is too powerful.

      Suffering is the only way they will learn. Suffering by the escalating percentage of the electorate hit by rising prices. Watch the minister of finance pull a rabbit out of his hat in the budget to con voters into believing in bau still. Have faith in the rabbit if you're a mainstreamer! Ignore reality.

      • roblogic 3.1.1

        I don't get why the unseemly rush to demolish a half-billion dollar asset. It is incredibly irresponsible in the current security environment. Making us dependent on just-in-time logistics when the shipping industry is cracking at the seams. It's going to eliminate 8% of the Northland economy & jobs. And yet the filthy aluminium smelter is still chugging away in Southland.

    • Blazer 3.2

      Too late, the Commerce Com's rubber stamp has decided NZ will be dependent on foreign companies supplying…refined oil .

      Foreign banks,foreign energy,foreign supermarkets…..all done in the best…possible..taste.

      • pat 3.2.1

        It is the demolition of the refinery that needs to be stopped…..yes the decision to import refined fuel is done and dusted but demolishing the refinery makes a poor decision even worse.

        • Poission 3.2.1.1

          It makes even worse sense during a global diesel shortage,whilst only 8% of Russian oil was exported to the US ,it accounted for 20% of refined product (mostly diesel)

          There are a number of refinerys in the US out with fire damage and some are in annual maintenance.Key problems get over looked.

        • Blazer 3.2.1.2

          I thought the over riding rationale is…it's private property and the owners can do as they like with it.

          Just like the wealthy can buy dozens of homes and leave them empty if they so…desire.

          • pat 3.2.1.2.1

            Parliament currently makes the laws in this country.

            • Blazer 3.2.1.2.1.1

              Very droll Pat…is a law change…needed?

              If dismantling begins next week…it will have to be…quick.

              • pat

                I would expect no change needed….strategic asset, but they could if needed…..and yes they need to act fast, but I wont hold my breath because this should have been considered when the decision to import refined was made, which suggests they dont appreciate the potential problems.

                As said, an incomprehensible level of stupid.

    • SPC 3.3

      Anything from National …

  4. Anker 4

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/300554344/ricky-gervais-tweets-the-oscars-speech-he-would-have-given-had-he-hosted

    Ricky Gervais on Twitter talking about the speech he would have given had he been hosting the Oscars. Love it

    think swordfish you would like to too (good to see you commenting on OM today. Hope you are doing ok. Sending best wishes)

    • swordfish 4.1

      Cheers, Anker.

      Riccardo is a man after my own heart … always admire celebs courageous enough to cut through the narcissistic bullshit of the chattering & cancelling classes.

      Saw his cheeky little tweet after the Oscars.

      The Office (UK version) in my Top 10 sit-coms of all time:

      • Anker 4.1.1

        a lot of great shows! Agree with most of them. Not sure if you have seen Toast of London. I have only watched this one (linked) but found it hilarious.

        I shared it with friends. Two loved it, two didn't……Arh no accounting for taste!

        • left for dead 4.1.1.1

          That's ten minutes I'll never get back,and it anyway serves me right, I would of had 'the thick of it' at number one.blush

          • Anker 4.1.1.1.1

            Oops sorrry about that Left for Dead/. Guess we all find different things funny

  5. Reality 5

    The delight with which Act, if in government, will introduce punitive policies for those who need help the most, is truly mind boggling. What a heartless bunch of nobodies who are kept out of the public eye and in silence.

  6. swordfish 6

    .

    Looks like no one aged over 90 – and hospitalised with Covid – is being placed in ICU in New Zealand … 147 over-90s have been hospitalised with Covid, 62 died … but none went to ICU.

    Is this an informal triage ?

    Or am I missing something (possibly including vital braincells) ?

    [NOTE: The 62 weren’t necessarily all hospitalised patients]

    • Incognito 6.1

      Why would there be any triaging of ICU places?

      One possibility is that they had (many?) other underlying issues (aka co-morbidities) and went down very quickly.

    • SPC 6.2

      It sort of depends, we are not at ICU bed capacity, though there might, at times in some areas, be a lack of nurse capacity (not full staff because of nurses in isolation etc).

      If its pneumonia – those over 90 die of this due to flu (because the immune system is so weak vaccinations lose effectiveness), there will be an awareness of the chances of recovery in that age group to inform the person, and or family, of their low chance of survival via ventilator/ICU.

  7. gsays 7

    Interesting post dinner chat here at home.

    The concept of 'moral injury' as opposed to burnout.

    Health workers, nurses and doctors caught in a double, triple or even a quadruple bind.

    Originally the phrase was coined for war veterans but now is a common occurrence for our medical professionals.

    "..burnout implies that the individual is in some way lacking. That they aren’t resilient enough, that they don’t do enough with self-care. That they don’t manage their time well. Moral injury is being put in an untenable situation — a broken system."

    https://www.reliasmedia.com/articles/145921-dont-call-it-burnout-clinicians-are-suffering-moral-injury

    Here is a Ted Talk about it.

    And, no, this is not a 'Covid' thing. This is partly, under funding of health over decades and the introduction of a market model to our hospitals. The sub-contracting of key roles to, often, foreign companies.

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