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Flood Maps

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, September 7th, 2009 - 62 comments
Categories: climate change, interweb - Tags: ,

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Marty G’s last post just reminded me of this – visualise who goes under as the oceans rise with Flood Maps.

And yeah, before you start, 14m is a big big rise. Just let it serve as a warning to all you Aucklanders to swap out those incandescent bulbs.

62 comments on “Flood Maps”

  1. Adolf Fiinkensein 1

    Roll on global warming. It’s only your last remaining metropolitan electorates which will sink forever! ”Bloody good map,” I say.

  2. ghostwhowalks 2

    You really should use proper contour maps.
    Try maps.auckland.govt.nz

  3. snoozer 3

    Of course, you don’t need a permanent increase of sea level height by 14m for it to be a problem. An increase of a few metres plus increased strom severity leading to bigger storm surges would do huge damage.

  4. ieuan 4

    Honestly you guys know no shame, 14 metres?!?!

    Predictions are for a sea level rise of around 0.5m in the next 100 years.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Current_sea_level_rise

    • all_your_base 4.1

      Ah, did you read what I wrote ieuan? Geez. Time you turned that frown upside down.

    • r0b 4.2

      14 Meters seems crazy, but it isn’t. When the big ice sheets go that is the outcome according to some predictions.

      Greenland:

      The complete melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet would add about 7 meters to sea levels and endanger low-lying coastal cities, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in 2007.

      West Antarctic:

      The net effect of all of these processes is that if the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapses, the rise in sea levels around many coastal regions will be as much as 25 per cent more than expected, for a total of between six and seven metres if the whole ice sheet melts

      No one knows when these collapses will finish, but we do know that they are well started

      • Andrei 4.2.1

        I love the way you “climate change deniers” fail to comprehend that “these processes” have been going on since the planet first formed about 4000,000,000 years ago.

        There is no “natural state” of the Planet it is a dynamic thing which is in a constant state of change and if it wasn’t we wouldn’t be here to worry about it.

        The Climate is changing – there is nothing you can do to stop it, get over it and start worrying about things that really matter, like making sure everybody in the world gets enough to eat.

        • sweetd 4.2.1.1

          Andrei, I think everyone agrees the climate is changing; it has and always will. The fact we are not in an ice age at the moment is easy enough to understand, even though there have been ice ages in the past. I think what people are disagreeing with, ie the ‘climate change deniers’, is how much of this change is man made as opposed to natural.

          • Jeremy 4.2.1.1.1

            scary as it is: a lot of climate change deniers are actually saying that the world is getting colder. Usually they use as “proof” the fact that 1999 was slightly colder than 1998 and pretend the cooling has continued since then.

          • burt 4.2.1.1.2

            Jeremy

            You missed the briefing; If the world is getting colder it is because of the actions of the believers. The only certainty is that the climate will not stay the same. If it is getting colder then the believers in warming will be the new deniers…

            But on that subject – do you have any idea why the latest stats on warming only include climate data up till 2005 ? Air Con (love it or hate it) includes data thru till early 2009 – why can’t the warming believers do that as well ?

            • Armchair Critic 4.2.1.1.2.1

              The data in the article are up to date, follow the link. I assume you read it, because you commented on it, and it is only a few days old.

              Are you smarter than a 10th year?

            • burt 4.2.1.1.2.2

              Armchair Critic

              This article might be recent speculation, but what about the data being used by the IPCC and the forthcoming convention in Copenhagen or the mini summit earlier this year ?

            • Armchair Critic 4.2.1.1.2.3

              Follow the link in the post.
              Data tend to need a bit of processing and checking after they are collected. Three years to do this seems excessive, though.

      • lukas 4.2.2

        r0b-“14 Meters seems crazy, but it isn’t”

        and to back that up you use quotes saying that worse case scenarios are 6-7 meters?

        • Pascal's bookie 4.2.2.1

          What’s 7 plus 7 burt?

        • burt 4.2.2.2

          PB

          As far as I know it is 14, but given the IPCC models can’t reproduce what has actually happened with the climate over the last 40 years it could easily be 100…

          • Pascal's bookie 4.2.2.2.1

            Not sure what the IPCC models have got to do with you not being able to read.

            Glad you agree that 7 plus 7 is 14 though. How many 7 meter rises did r0b’s quotes point to?

          • burt 4.2.2.2.2

            PB

            You might want to check who was questioning rOb before you carry on too far. I humored you with one reply – two is pushing it.

            Hint: Try asking lukas

          • burt 4.2.2.2.3

            Bloody funny really PB considering you did the ‘glad you agree’ thing.

            • Pascal's bookie 4.2.2.2.3.1

              Yeah, but the real own foot shot was the “you not being able to read.”

              Anyway, I’m going to put this unpleasantness behind us and move on.

  5. Edosan 5

    Never mind Auckland, Greymouth is completely submerged. And half the Grey valley. Disaster!

  6. tsmithfield 6

    r0b: “14 Meters seems crazy, but it isn’t. When the big ice sheets go that is the outcome according to some predictions.”

    As I mentioned on the earlier thread, but more relevant to this thread, the ice caps won’t melt.

    This is because they are mainly in large basins and are unable to collapse anywhere. The mechanisms of glacial flow make this impossible.

    Here is a very good article that explains it:

    http://icecap.us/images/uploads/OllierPaine-NoIceSheetCollapse-AIGNewsAug.2009.pdf

    • r0b 6.1

      That article makes a good case ts. I don’t have time to dig into the issue myself right now, but I’ll keep an eye out for it in the debate. I would have expected the IPCC to have taken account of those factors in making their predictions, so I doubt that the case is as simple as that article paints it.

    • NickS 6.2

      Except of course, the paper is merely a news piece, that isn’t peer reviewed, and googling turns up the lead author’s direct links to a known Australian climate denial group;
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavoisier_Group

      And the use of “alarmists” is akin to the use of “Darwinists” to label evolutionary biology researchers by publications of creationist and intelligent design groups.

      • NickS 6.2.1

        Also;
        http://www.springerlink.com/content/6800156543x9126j/

        West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse the fall and rise of a paradigm

        David G. Vaughan

        British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET, UK

        Received: 16 November 2005 Accepted: 8 May 2008 Published online: 20 August 2008

        Abstract
        It is now almost 30 years since John Mercer (1978) first presented the idea that climate change could eventually cause a rapid deglaciation, or “collapse,’ of a large part of the West Antarctic ice sheet (WAIS), raising world sea levels by 5 m and causing untold economic and social impacts. This idea, apparently simple and scientifically plausible, created a vision of the future, sufficiently alarming that it became a paradigm for a generation of researchers and provided an icon for the green movement. Through the 1990s, however, a lack of observational evidence for ongoing retreat in WAIS and improved understanding of the complex dynamics of ice streams meant that estimates of likelihood of collapse seemed to be diminishing. In the last few years, however, satellite studies over the relatively inaccessible Amundsen Sea sector of West Antarctica have shown clear evidence of ice sheet retreat showing all the features that might have been predicted for emergent collapse. These studies are re-invigorating the paradigm, albeit in a modified form, and debate about the future stability of WAIS. Since much of WAIS appears to be unchanging, it may, no longer be reasonable to suggest there is an imminent threat of a 5-m rise in sea level resulting from complete collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet, but there is strong evidence that the Amundsen Sea embayment is changing rapidly. This area alone, contains the potential to raise sea level by around ~1.5 m, but more importantly it seems likely that it could, alter rapidly enough, to make a significant addition to the rate of sea-level rise over coming two centuries. Furthermore, a plausible connection between contemporary climate change and the fate of the ice sheet appears to be developing. The return of the paradigm presents a dilemma for policy-makers, and establishes a renewed set of priorities for the glaciological community. In particular, we must establish whether the hypothesized instability in WAIS is real, or simply an oversimplification resulting from inadequate understanding of the feedbacks that allow ice sheets to achieve equilibrium: and whether there is any likelihood that contemporary climate change could initiate collapse.

        Might have to hunt through O&P’s reference’s further, but this google scholar search throws up a few papers of interest;
        http://scholar.google.co.nz/scholar?hl=en&scoring=r&q=%22ice+sheet%22+collapse+climate&as_ylo=1900

        Also, it’s worth mention that total collapse of either the Greenland or West Antarctica Ice Sheets is a worst case scenario, while partial collapse is very much a reality. And from previous glances at the literature, we’re already seeing giga-tonne losses of ice from both ice sheets. Although there are major uncertainties to with mass balances, as increased temperature leads to increased precipitation + uncertainties to do with the rate of change and mechanisms of ice loss within both sheets.

      • NickS 6.2.2

        …d’oh, Gareth’s already gotten into C&P’s paper;

        Climate change in action

  7. vidiot 7

    This weeks big project @ home for me is to remove the remaining eco bulbs I put in the lounge & dining area last year @ a reasonable expense with good old fashioned bulbs.

    The life span of these so called eco-bulbs is a joke, 18 months on and bulbs are failing in light fittings that would @ most get 5 hours use a week. 400 hours != 3000 hours.

    It’s a con.

    Cost of 1 x R80 Eco bulb – 24w @ $8.99
    Cost of 1 x R80 100W Bulb @ $2.59

    Energy used for 400 hours use:
    24w x 400 hrs = 9600w / 9.6Kw @ 0.20 per Kw/hr = $1.92
    100w x 400 hrs =40000w / 40Kw @ 0.20 per Kw/hr = $8.00

    $8.99 + $1.92 = $10.91 vs $10.59 ($2.59 + $8.00)

    Not to mention the light quality, disposal implications, etc etc etc

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      You must have something wrong in the electrics because the eco bulb above my head has been there at least three years and is on 10+ hours per day.

    • Clarke 7.2

      Holy shit, you’re right! And you’re right to go back to those old incandescent lightbulbs, because mitigating the sea-level rise simply isn’t worth the 32 cent premium!

    • burt 7.3

      Having changed all the bulbs that I can in my house (all excluding the ones with dimmers) some years ago I’m actually pretty impressed with how long they last.

      However until we (NZ that is) stop selling tons and tons of coal to China I don’t see much point in pretending we are making a difference.

      Sure it’s the right thing to do and every bit counts – but we are chipping away at the 2% while the 98% goes mad beyond our control.

    • felix 7.4

      That’s your big weekend project? Fuck, don’t overdo it mate – at least try to get some rest in between bulbs if you can.

  8. So if you don’t rebuild the bridges and motorways there will be a new North Island and no South Auckland crims will be able to drive up to rob Melissa Lee’s desirable suburbs.

  9. Rakaia George 9

    I get a sea-front section, and the Mother-in-law is underwater…and the downside is?

  10. burt 10

    Hands up who thought the waterfront stadium was a good idea because it was Labour’s idea?

  11. burt 11

    Oh, might be time to read Ben Alton’s ‘Stark’ again.

  12. burt 12

    I watched ‘Inconvenient Truth’ again over the weekend. First question….

    How will the polar regions stay warmed by the sun and become hot spots when there is no sun there for half the year? Al Gore standing there showing the poles being heated by the sun completely ignored that – wonder why that was?

    captcha: ignores

    • NickS 12.1

      Well, you see there’s these two different means of moving heat across the planet’s surface, air currents and sea currents, which helps to prevent the poles becoming seriously cold without direct solar inputs.

    • burt 12.2

      NickS

      Yes I know that, but muppet Gore showed how it worked. See Ice reflects the sun and water absorbs it. So Muppet gore is telling us that without ice the water will be heated by the sun and become a hot spot. Watch it again and you will see just how little he appears to understand it and how frail his sell job is.

      • NickS 12.2.1

        The Stupid, It Burns

        You do release that what Gore is discussing is an utterly simple feed-back mechanism that if you can’t grasp it, is a possible indicator of such apparent humongous burning stupid that it boggles the mind?

        So putting this really f*cking simply so you might understand it, when the sun is a shining;

        1) Ice has a higher reflectivity of sun-light than open water, which means it doesn’t heat up as much as the same area of water would at the same intensity of sunlight.

        2) Which means that loss of sea ice, which has been thoroughly observed, means that the Arctic sea ends up absorbing more heat, which in turn leads to more sea ice melting.

        3) This means also that there’s more heat that has to be removed from the Arctic Ocean system for ice to form, which leads to reduced winter sea thickness and extent over time. Leading to increases in the average local temperature over time.

        4) Which gives us a simple positive feed-back loop in which increasing air and ocean temperatures leads to a greater rate of increase in Arctic temperatures, and decreases in sea ice thickness and extent.

        It’s not rocket science, let alone the wondrous complexity of biology.

        Heck, simply putting into google; “sea ice loss” feedback turns up plenty of readings from scientific sources on this feedback loop, how it works, and why we’re seeing a greater loss of sea ice due to the feedback that expected under the climate change models.

        Which makes your claim about Gore lying about this a result of your own seeming inability to grasp this simple matter. Or more simply, you’re utterly wrong.

  13. scotty 13

    vidiot,you forgot to factor in your labour costs,for your big project,will that be one or two bulbs a day.

  14. burt 14

    scotty

    vidiot didn’t say anything about unions being involved so I suspect he can install as many as he likes in a single day. Hell he can probably stand on a chair without a person holding, a person watching and a person reporting on progress as well.

  15. RedLogix 15

    I put them in to cut the power bill, sick of state owned generators acting like corrupt corporates gouging profits because they have a virtual monopoly on supply.

    So how to explain that when the entire industry was an actual state run, single entity called ECNZ, prices were never lower?

  16. burt 16

    A lot of things were different then RedLogix. Govt in general had little or no profit incentive at that time. Wages were low and life was simple.

    It would be interesting to see how household power consumption (actual price of production per unit in real inflation adjusted terms) actually compared to today as well. I’m not saying you are wrong – just it is hard to compare an industry that was propped up from the consolidated fund vs one that makes profits from govt.

  17. RedLogix 17

    just it is hard to compare an industry that was propped up from the consolidated fund vs one that makes profits from govt.

    Or given the multi-billion dollar size of the divedend paid to govt, one that makes profits for the govt.

    Once upon a time the industry was designed, built and operated by engineers… for the public good. It was only when the neo-liberal mantras like ‘competitive markets’, ‘corporatisation’, and ‘shareholder return on investment’ overcame good sense, did electricity prices begin their inexorable rise.

    • burt 17.1

      No argument it was designed and run by engineers. I actually shared an office with a marketing company who was involved in the transition. (Some years ago now)

      The “designed and run by engineers” was one of the levers in the marketing campaign. I recall at the time thinking that shit like electricity supply should be designed and run by engineers and we (the marketing chaps and I) had some interesting conversations about it over office drinks around that time.

      However, it wasn’t delivering a dividend (as you point out) and govt wanted to stop it from being a money pit like Railways, NZ-Post etc had all been.

      The restructuring that occured did not mandate that it should deliver a massive dividend to govt, successive govt’s found it to be a great cash cow – this is the issue I have, not the model that could be run at much closer to cost if the govt so desired.

      EDIT: In the quote you use the “makes profit from” should have been “makes profit for”. Oops – typo.

      • Draco T Bastard 17.1.1

        However, it wasn’t delivering a dividend (as you point out) and govt wanted to stop it from being a money pit like Railways, NZ-Post etc had all been.

        Some of those were money pits (NZ Post, Post Bank) – some could be considered investments with a non-monetary return (Railways, ENCZ) and at least one (Telecom) made profits which were then put back into maintain, expanding and improving the network. All they really needed was a managerial overhaul and they all would have been fine. Trying to bring competition into the scene was, and is, a waste of resources that costs the nation far more.

  18. Rachel 18

    i think the projection of what it will do to christchurch & the surrounding canterbury coastline is more concerning….

    • Draco T Bastard 18.1

      The coast land of the South Island is basically screwed. Even by the end of this century there’s a high probability that large amounts of it will be under water. In another few centuries? Well, it just ain’t gonna be there.

      I’m one of the people who, although I think we should do something, also thinks we’re too late.

  19. Cal 19

    Of all the houses I’ve ever lived in, both North and South, how fitting that the one that survives is the one in Mighty Wakefield

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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    5 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    5 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    6 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    6 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    7 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    7 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago