Is it too early to talk about climate change?

Written By: - Date published: 8:58 am, February 13th, 2023 - 50 comments
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Cyclone Gabrielle is currently bearing down on Tamaki Makaurau.

Locals are nervous.  In my home suburb Titirangi a recent storm that fell well outside the definition of a one in one hundred year storm has caused multiple slips and scarring to the local landscape.  Some people still do not have power and water is limited.  Parts of the area were isolated for extended periods of time.

The thought of even more rain has locals terrified, particularly those who have already suffered slips.

And this is summertime, the time of year where Council is normally urging us to preserve water as the Waitakere dams dry up.  I can confidently say that there will be no water shortage this year.

The two weather events have focussed attention on Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown’s draft budget which proposes widespread cuts.  And people are starting to talk about a pressing need to increase expenditure in mitigation and environmental protection as what appears to be a new norm settles in.  Now is the time to prioritise environmental issues over fiscal issues.

From Matthew Scott at Newsroom:

Forest & Bird’s Auckland regional manager Carl Morgan said cuts to water quality targeted rates and funding to community groups involved in the restoration and care of the region’s wetlands and rivers could exacerbate the destruction of future weather events.

“It seems environmental stuff is the first on the chopping block – I assume that’s because people don’t think they are directly affected by it or haven’t seen the effect,” he said.

But following the anniversary weekend deluge, he said the impact of climate change should increase in visibility.

“We see quite clearly now the real-world implications of climate change,” he said. “It is happening.”

It is clear to see what issue Mayor Brown is treating as a priority:

If we don’t take bold action now, Aucklanders face the unpalatable prospect of over 13 percent increase in rates in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis,” he said in his proposal, aiming for a “prudent and sustainable financial path going forward”.

What he should have said is that if we don’t take bold action now Aucklanders face the unpalatable prospect of parts of the city becoming uninhabitable in the middle of an environmental crisis.  We have to be aiming for a sustainable environment.  Money will be useless on a dead planet.

Reprinted from gregpresland.com.

50 comments on “Is it too early to talk about climate change? ”

  1. Ghostwhowalksnz 1

    Water quality targeted rates werent related to stormwater volume improvement for floods and such.

    It was stream quality , which often comes down to mitigation with rain gardens and road runoff into ponds to allow natural processes to improve quality

    https://www.aucklanddesignmanual.co.nz/regulations/technical-guidance/wsd

    of course each new development is expected to address these quality issues in their plans, and at the developers cost

    The previous ‘water Quality rate’ has been subsumed into general rates rather than a special charge on the rates bill
    The money was proposed to be spent like this

    The proposed investment would fund:
    • stormwater upgrades and waste water/stormwater separation in the Western Isthmus
    • infrastructure for stormwater contaminant removal across the region – e.g. Kaipara
    • rehabilitation of urban and rural streams – e.g. Oamaru creek in East Tamaki
    • introduction of a proactive regional septic tank monitoring programme.
    https://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/media/0iyhgcxj/attachment-b-water-quality-targeted-rate.pdf

    • Ghostwhowalksnz 1.1

      For the previous historical big storms for Auckland, all in early to mid feb from cyclones

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1936_New_Zealand_cyclone

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_storm_of_1868

      • Incognito 1.1.1

        Oh look, you’ve dug up again a few records of historical weather events. Are you going to compare them again to Wellington, just like your hero Wayne Brown did when he desperately tried to divert and deflect from his own shambolic performance and as you did before here on TS? Again, what is your point?

        • Ghostwhowalksnz 1.1.1.1

          Oh dear oh dear .

          Remember the local TV series 'The GC'

          It was said. if you didnt get the point, it wasnt targeted for you! Find something else.

          But is your point really to shut me down as your comments are just babble

          [Pointless comments are considered a form of trolling.

          Don’t be so stubborn and defensive and just clarify the point you tried to make without making it and instead relying on mind reading and/or other people making assumptions. For example, what is the point of bringing up the Great Strom of 1868? How is this relevant to having this conversation about Climate Change in 2023?

          Is that too hard for you or asked too much? – Incognito]

    • lprent 1.2

      Water quality targeted rates werent related to stormwater volume improvement for floods and such.

      Your statement is complete bullshit.

      stormwater upgrades and waste water/stormwater separation in the Western Isthmus

      Which because they are doing the separation, ie digging up the pipes, reorganising them, and mostly swapping them out for new pipe (because most of those affected are at least 80 years old). When swapping out pipe, they have to be changed to the current infrastructure standards and to the capacity to handle the current and proposed infill housing.

      Consequently if you ever have look in the holes, you'd find that the storm water pipe being replaced with nearly double the diameter of the old pipe. I think that thye also increased the size of the sewerage as well.

      rehabilitation of urban and rural streams…

      Most of which is removing the containment on the stream bounds and in the stream beds. That provides higher volume stream beds. Which has three side-effects.

      • It stops the streams operating as a water race and thereby enhancing downstream fast runoff effects at any choke point.
      • It increases the capacity of water in the stream bed, most of which winds up as frictional turbulent flow because it increases the ground to water surface area. That buffers sudden water flows by dissipating energy.
      • It stops people building stupid containment of natural water flows like teeny highway culverts that cause flooding.

      How can you not consider that both of those are not storm water "volume improvement". Because that is exactly what their main effect is.

  2. Hunter Thompson II 2

    It may not seem relevant right now, given the excess of water descending from the skies, but the forecasters are talking about a dry 2024 summer.

    Apparently this will be caused by the phasing out of La Nina and a return to El Nino conditions.

    Climate change with a vengeance.

    • Ghostwhowalksnz 2.1

      They predicted this summer for the region would be average to above average rainfall.

      They were also way way out on the previous two summers which were the driest on record

      Clearly they arent there yet on getting 3 months ahead right let alone next year.

      • Nic the NZer 2.1.1

        Accurate weather forecasts will never be possible more than a month ahead. This is due to the butterfly effect on the fluid dynamics equations for modeling the weather. In practice forecasts lose all skill (same as, may as well be forecasting the average weather for time of year every day) around 2 weeks out.

        The seasonal forecasts are not telling you specific forecasts day to day and present somewhat skillful results, but there is a lot of uncertainty around this.

    • Thinker 2.2

      So I heard, too, but also that, even allowing for La Nina and El Nino effect, this is still an impact of Climate Change.

      I do wonder, though, whether the media capability today means that we have it bombarding us far greater than before.

      I was much younger when Cyclone Bola struck, but we never saw it as the bringer or permanent change, nor was it. Did we even have the statistic of 1-in-100 storm then? Added to this, a much higher population means more people get affected by crises like this.

      We've built some of our new homes on land that was rejected by previous generations and more of us are sharing infrastructure that was neglected by generations of politicians since most of our living memories.

      Don't get me wrong – I'm not saying climate change isn't real. Just hoping that this isn't the new normal.

      • Ghostwhowalksnz 2.2.1

        Yes the '1 in 100' weather has been around for a very long time. Its actually a statistical definition of 1% occurrence in an single year- which is why it can happen more than often than only every 100 years ( 1 in a 100 yrs , is a media shorthand but is sensible for the average reader)

        This intense cyclone seems to be more of a 1 in 75 years event for Auckland.

        As the big cyclonic storms previously – all in early to mid February- were 1936 and before that 1868.

        The rainfall around 10 days back was more like 1 in 200 years but was exceeded 170 yrs back.

        • In Vino 2.2.1.1

          Reply to Thinker

          Bola was remarkable because it strangely stopped and sat off Gisborne's coast for quite a while, and it punished the local area terribly.

          Gabrielle was more powerful, and we are dead lucky that she did not what Bola did. Gabrielle kindly moved on..

          OK?

          • Ghostwhowalksnz 2.2.1.1.1

            The track data shows Bola didnt sit off the Gisborne coast

            It may surprise you, like me, where it did go

  3. Sanctuary 3

    Auckland's climate has changed in just the 23-24 years I have lived here. When I moved to Auckland in 1999 winters usually came with at least a week of frosts somewhere long the line. The summers have always been a bit… uncertain, especially for a someone who grew up in Hawkes Bay and assumed summers were long, dry and hot (and winters cold, crisp and clear).

    But summers have changed because whereas they've always been a bit dreary in Auckland this combination of incessant rain, tropical deluges and regular sub-tropical storms is something new. Auckland basically has the summer climate of the wrong side of the mountain on a mid-Pacific island, without the fun bits.

    It is climate change for sure.

    • tc 3.1

      Totally. Those milder winters also aren't killing off the insects or allowing fruit trees required rest time in between seasons so yields suffer.

      Feel for anyone growing for a living currently. We've lost heaps just through water splitting produce still on the plant not mature yet.

      • Sanctuary 3.1.1

        Our peach tree isn't doing it's thing like it used to, I guess we will have to replace it with a mango.

  4. Tony Veitch 4

    Not too early to talk about climate change – but 30 – 50 years too late.

    Courtesy of the fossil fuel industry (for one) who, like BP are more intent on sportswashing (see TV1 sports news)their destruction of the planet than actually working to mitigate their damage!

    • James Simpson 4.1

      The conversation needs to focus on how we live in this new world.

      Town planning, civil construction and engineering, cant continue in the same way as they did for the last 100 years. We live in a new normal now and we have to adapt in the way we live and build things.

      I'm optimistic that we can pivot as required. As a nation we always have.

  5. tsmithfield 5

    I think that there will need to be something similar to what we had in Christchurch for red-zoned land, where residents had the option for the government to buy out either at land and house value, or at house replacement value, and land value, depending what affected residents decide is best for them.

    Probably this sequence of weather events should be sufficient to identify where the problems are, and will likely be in the future. So, it should be a fairly easy exercise to work that out I expect. Otherwise, it won't take long for insurance companies to make that decision by refusing to insure at-risk areas.

  6. Stuart Munro 6

    I'm with Tony Veitch. We're not poised to limit warming to 2 degrees – we might manage 3 if we go all-out, but we're not. Looks like a bumpy landing.

  7. Jenny are we there yet 7

    It is definitely not too early to talk about climate change, Jacinda Ardern talked about climate change in her first ever campaign launch speech as the leader of the Labour Party.

    As we all know, Jacinda Ardern was driven from office by a vile right wing hate campaign before she could finish her full tenure as our elected Prime Minister.

    Is it too early to talk about climate change?

    Is it too early to make climate change an election issue?

    Is it too early to go to the polls to seek a mandate to actually cut our greenhouse emissions?

    https://environment.govt.nz/news/nzs-greenhouse-gas-emissions-have-increased/

    "There will always be those who say it's too difficult. There will be those who say we are too small, and that pollution and climate change are the price of progress,"

    "They are wrong."

    "This is my generation's nuclear-free moment, and I am determined that we will tackle it head on."

    Jacinda Ardern 20/08/2017

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/election/2017/08/jacinda-ardern-climate-change-is-my-generation-s-nuclear-free-moment.html

    The determined almost Churchillian leadership given during the corona 19 pandemic.

    The compassionate inclusive leadership shown during the 2019 white supremacist attack on the two mosques in Christchurch.

    Too bad that Jacinda Ardern was driven from office before she could properly act on her generation's nuclear free moment.

    The same leadership brought to bear on successfully reversing our rising emissions, would again have made this country globally admired.

    Will Chris Hipkins repeat Jacinda Ardern's words, that climate change is my generation's nuclear free moment?

    Will Chris Hipkins restate that we are determined to tackle climate change head on?

    In his first campaign launch speech will Chris Hipkins announce any concrete measures to cut our emissions, and by so doing seek a mandate from the electorate to do it?

  8. Thinker 8

    At least Hipkins won't call it a "…little experiment…"

  9. Mike the Lefty 9

    Its actually too late.

    Whatever is done now will only delay things like extraordinary weather events and collapse of the world's marine ecosystem due to acidification of the seas. They now cannot be prevented.

    It is all going to happen because human kind put their fingers in their ears when scientists told them what would happen and carried on raping the planet and making their billions.

    The most unfair part of it is that the ones most responsible for it will not suffer the worst consequences, it will be their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  10. Ad 10

    Hardly any point 'talking about climate change' like it's some medium term policy-fest when we now have a full-on declared national emergency, only the third in our country's history.

    • roy cartland 10.1

      Maybe that's the way to frame it – we're not trying to influence the climate for everyone else, but there is a hell of a lot we can do to improve the future for ourselves. What would you call that if Climate Change is too wishy-washy?

      • Ad 10.1.1

        I would call it a national emergency and start from there.

        You can do quite a lot in politics with momentum.

        Finding a farmer complaining now about Three Waters is like trying to find an atheist in a fox-hole.

  11. Jenny are we there yet 11

    "I know what you all must be thinking. The day has come, we're all going to go down etc. etc." King Arnold, High Brazil Is Not Sinking

    We keep raising our greenhouse emissions year on year. We raise public transport costs, and widen our motorways to make way for more cars.
    We keep digging, importing and burning coal. We keep increasing our national dairy herd.
    We all sing from the same song sheet about being carbon neutral by 2050. Yet do nothing to save ourselves.

  12. SPC 12

    Are we more or less resilient in managing emergency circumstances without copper land lines?

    I realise private companies don't want the cost, but so what? To lose the capability has consequences.

    Sure big government can more easily spy on internet broadband or cell tower phones without a warrant, but again, so what.

    Any proper response to this, is to restore land lines.

    The other option of phone charging points not dependent on mains power supply has people dependent on access to them (mobility).

  13. arkie 13

    James Shaw reflects on the time spent delaying climate action:

    I don't think I've ever felt as sad or as angry about the lost decades that we spent bickering and arguing about whether climate change was real or not, whether it was caused by humans or not, whether it was bad or not, whether we should do something about it or not, because it is clearly here now. And if we do not act it will get worse.

    We need to stop making excuses for inaction. We cannot put our heads in the sand when the beach is flooding. We must act now.

    • Jenny are we there yet 13.1

      This is a Minister, outside of cabinet, who instead of putting hard demands on the government, (that he is nominally part of), to cut emissions has instead wasted his whole time in parliament trying to get 'consensus' with the climate change deniers in the opposition National and Act parties.

      And he is still at it.

      Greens' James Shaw looks for cross-party support for new climate change rules

      Anna Whyte05:00, Feb 01 2023

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/131108992/greens-james-shaw-looks-for-crossparty-support-for-new-climate-change-rules

      The weird thing about Shaw's latest quixotic attempt to get consensus with the Nacts on climate change is that Shaw is not even trying to get them to address climate change itself by agreeing to cut emissions, but to get them to agree that we at the very least need to manage the retreat from its effects.

      James Shaw argues that climate change be "non-partisan”. Really?

      During the covid pandemic prioritising public health over private profits proved a very partisan divide.

      National prides itself on being the party of business, they reject regulation of business either to protect the publics health or the health of the planet

      Ignoring the partisan nature of climate change is ignoring reality.

      Prioritising making money over the environment and the climate is why we have climate change.

      If James Shaw really thinks climate change can be a non-partisan issue, maybe he should join the National Party and argue the case for the climate there.

      • arkie 13.1.1

        This is a particularly shallow and Manichean take.

        Cross-party support is to ensure any progress is not immediately walked back by successive governments. Seeking it also demonstrates other parties willingness to confront the reality of the situation. Clarifying for an attentive voter.

        If we want more urgency we must elect more Greens so that they cannot be excluded from cabinet decision-making and they needn't rely on convincing those only seeking power or tax breaks for business.

        • weka 13.1.1.1

          exactly this.

          and working on consensus also changes people's minds and helps them take different actions. Not everyone is ideologically hardwired to greed and powermongering. Some people do it out of habit and lack of opportunity to do it differently.

        • Jenny are we there yet 13.1.1.2

          According to wikipedia Manicheanism is an ancient religion that believed that the world is equally divided into good and evil.

          Personally I believe in the power of good to triumph over evil. But I also believe for that to happen it takes courage, it takes leadership, and it takes effort.

          As you your accusation that my comment is shallow.

          In your opinion, Arkie; Should David Lange have waited till he got consensus from the National opposition before banning nuclear armed warships from our harbours?

          If you really think that is the course that Lange should have taken we would still be waiting for New Zealand to be nuclear weapons free. Even though National vowed many times to repeal the nuclear free legislation they never did.

          This is because the nuclear free legislation did not come fully formed like Athena from the head of Zeus. It had to be hard fought for and argued in parliament and in the court of public opinion. Which took leadership. Which took courage. Which took effort.

          Because there is another factor at play than the wishes of politicians. Which is the will of the people, which had to be won over by leaders like Lange who took a stand and fought for it.

          To repeal the anti-nuclear legislation the public would have had to be won over by the Nats the other way. Which would also have meant taking a stand and fighting for it. (Obviously too much of an effort for them).

          Progressive change never comes from back room horse trading.

          If like Shaw instead of giving a lead and fighting for it, you are waiting on the laggards to catch up, you are actually letting the laggards lead.

          If I could make a prediction. It is this; James Shaw will leave office with New Zealand's level of Greenhouse emissions higher than when he started.

          As for getting more Green MPs or even getting them into cabinet, if they follow the Shaw model they will also achieve nothing.

          • arkie 13.1.1.2.1

            Black/white thinking, without acknowledging that the world is actually shades of grey, is Manichean.

            Your inapt comparison of the nuclear free declaration and lack of action on climate change shows the shallow thinking.

            What single piece of legislation could James Shaw or the Green party pass equivalent to the nuclear free declaration? They aren't the government, they aren't in cabinet, they rely on convincing larger parties to take it seriously.

            It is fundamentally unserious to think that lack of action on climate change is the responsibility of the Greens or due to Shaw. The blame lies with the parties with legislative control, they are the reason greenhouse emissions are higher, that we are achieving very little, that is what Shaw is highlighting.

            If you want action on climate change, if you want truly left-wing advocacy for the most vulnerable, then you don't really have another choice. All other parties in parliament have demonstrated their priorities. The Green party and Te Pāti Māori are the strong and vocal left we need. If we keep voting for Labour we can expect more of what we have now.

            • Jenny are we there yet 13.1.1.2.1.1

              “They aren't the government, they aren't in cabinet, they rely on convincing larger parties to take it seriously.”

              Absolutely 100% agree. I wish James Shaw was doing that.

              "Your inapt comparison of the nuclear free declaration and lack of action on climate change shows the shallow thinking."

              My comparison isn't inapt.

              My comparison of the nuclear free declaration and lack of action on climate change is not inapt or shallow, because In 1984 the Labour Party, (who weren't in power at the time), convinced, (your word), the National Party MPs Marylin Waring and Mike Minogue to cross the floor to vote for an opposition Members Bill to make New Zealand nuclear free.
              In an effort to prevent the vote being taken,. Muldoon's response was to immediately disband parliament and call a snap election to prevent his MPs voting for the opposition Labour Party Legislation.

              Much to Muldoon's dismay, the Labour Party won the snap election in a landslide. This was the true pivotal moment where New Zealand became nuclear free.

              It can be argued with some merit I feel, that Labour's landslide victory was because of their campaign against nuclear weapons in our ports, when they were in opposition.

              Just like the Green MPs now, Labour MPs weren't in the cabinet they weren't even in government, but it didn't deter them or become an excuse for doing nothing.

              All politics is pressure

              As the Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, although he is Minister outside of Cabinet, is in a far stronger position now to lobby the government MPs to vote to cut our emissions than Lange was in 1984. Lange wasn't PM or even a Minister when he swung parliament to vote to make New Zealand nuclear free.

              Instead of wasting his time struggling to get the National opposition to agree to some badly watered down non-binding legislation to cut down our emissions sometime in the future, (before 2050), the Climate Change Minister should be putting pressure on the Labour Party Government to agree to put in some binding legislation to cut emissions now.

              Which is what Greenpeace are doing.

              Greenpeace are running a petition to pressure the government to take some binding action on climate change now.

              "What single piece of legislation could James Shaw or the Green party pass equivalent to the nuclear free declaration?"

              Howabout what Greenpeace have put up.?

              The Greenpeace petition demands are as follows;

              •Phase out the use of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser

              •Stop the use of imported feed, like palm kernel expeller

              •Support farmers to shift to diverse, regenerative and organic farming

              •Halve the dairy herd by 2030

              The Green Party and the Climate Change Minister should be putting as much pressure as they can, on the government to get them to agree to the Greenpeace petition.. They can do this right now by putting up an opposition Bill in parliament and begin lmmediately lobbying Labour MPs to back it.

              Whether the Green Party Members Bill passes or fails, by raising the issue of climate change in a concrete way inside parliament and debating the issue out, and challenging the government MPs to make a decision on it, it will allow the Green MPs to argue the merits of the case and in doing so raise their profile and cause with voters.

              And maybe like the Labour opposition in 1984 having the issue thrashed out in the debating chamber will result in what's at stake being understood by many more than now. And maybe also like what it did for Labour in 1984 result in a pay off in more voter support for the Greens.

              Will history repeat?

              Who knows?

              But it's worth a shot.

              Sign the petition

              Make it a Members Bill

              https://petition.act.greenpeace.org.nz/agriculture-climate-action-plan

              • arkie

                You are obviously unaware of what the Greens have been doing:

                Phase out the use of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser

                Most of the Government’s environment committee oppose a bid to end controversial synthetic nitrate fertiliser use by 2024, but Green Party representatives are still backing further action.

                “The Green Party believes measures to reduce urgently and then phase out synthetic nitrogen fertiliser are required,” Sage said.

                10 May 2022 The Labour Party cabinet decided otherwise.

                Stop the use of imported feed, like palm kernel expeller

                The Green Party is calling for a ban on the import of palm kernel expeller (PKE) for animal feed.

                Green Party agriculture spokesman Teanau Tuiono published an open letter to Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor​ on Thursday saying because the high-protein feed is sourced from palm trees that have in some areas replaced tropical rain forests, PKE imports should be stopped by 2025.

                The party wants a phase-out policy included in the Emissions Reduction Plan due out May 2022.

                December 11 2021 Labour omitted this from the Emissions Reduction plan.

                Support farmers to shift to diverse, regenerative and organic farming

                Green co-leader James Shaw said New Zealanders had a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the way we grow and produce food and fibre”.

                He said the party wanted to help farms decarbonise, which will be essential to meeting New Zealand’s climate change commitments.

                “The reality is that the way we currently farm is accelerating climate change.

                “For decades, successive governments have focused purely on profit, treating farms as factories.

                “They have ignored the land’s status as a precious ecosystem in itself,” Shaw said.

                To fix that, the party announced a $297 million fund to help farmers go green.

                The party’s “farming for the future” policy would take the current the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures Fund and turn it into what the Greens call a Healthy Food and Farming Fund.

                That fund currently has an annual budget of $40m a year. The Greens want to top it up to $297m over the next three years paid for in part by a levy on the sale of nitrogen and phosphorous fertilisers.

                September 12 2020

                Halve the dairy herd by 2030

                In the latest Newshub Reid Research poll we asked: "Do you think New Zealand needs to reduce livestock numbers to combat climate change?"

                The results show 50.4 percent – half of the country – said no, while 37.6 percent said yes and 12 percent didn't know.

                "Our view is that we don't need to cull herd sizes but we do need to do is actually lead the world in finding the technology and the solutions that we need," says National's Christopher Luxon.

                The Climate Change Minister is steering clear of cutting herds.

                "It's not my decision to increase or decrease herd sizes. What I am trying to do is make sure that we find solutions to how we reduce pollution from the agriculture sector as well as every other sector in the economy," Shaw says.

                9 February 2022

                The Greens have been advocating for these changes for a long time but people would rather blame them for not burning their political capital in an oppositional and non-collaborative approach to governance. This would backfire in our modern MMP system. Power must be shared these days, only Labour has had the opportunity to institute these changes wholesale, and they haven't. They're also unlikely to want to work with a party that positions itself in opposition to them. This is why it's shallow and inapt comparison with little understanding of how political parties and advocacy groups differ.

                • Jenny are we there yet

                  "The Greens have been advocating for these changes for a long time but people would rather blame them for not burning their political capital in an oppositional and non-collaborative approach to governance. This would backfire in our modern MMP system. Power must be shared these days…."

                  So I am guessing the Green Party won't be putting in any members bill in support of the Greenpeace initiative then?

                  Will the Green Party be giving any support at all for the Greenpeace petition?

                  Will the Green Party spokespeople at the very least be issuing a statement in support of the Greenpeace petition?

  14. Ad 14

    Shriekback from four years ago rather takes it to the recalcitrants and retrogrades among the farming community when facing climate crises, in this number from four years ago – and if you care to listen as usual it's Shriekback's supple sliding grind that drives their thinking home:

    Some spooky cowboy voodoo what did you do on the plain?
    Marlboro man is decomposing got Jack Daniels on the brain
    All the fatal hesitation in opening the files
    Incidental caterwauling of the lord of the flies

    Some neat holistic vision deft incisions sliced around
    There’s a different city showing now the weather’s broken down
    A little nuclear friction upending all the lies
    Got sunburst and distortion on these unsceptred isles

    When the half-light starts to rise
    And the long gone come back again
    After the shortcuts and the highs
    Comes the pain
    And the rain and the rain and the rain
    And the rain and the rain and the rain

    Some hokey-cokey money sweet as honey nothing found
    There’s a Bitcoin river rising the dam is coming down
    A hint of degradation hanging on a sigh
    Now slogans and perversions just don’t raise a smile

    As the deep force evolves a form
    When the dead loss outweighs the gain
    Inside the cold eye of the storm
    Hides the shame
    And the rain and the rain and the rain
    And the rain and the rain and the rain

    And the rain
    And the rain keeps falling
    And the rain
    And the rain keeps falling
    And the rain
    And the rain keeps falling
    And the rain
    And the rain keeps falling…

    When the half-light starts to rise
    And the long gone come back again
    After the shortcuts and the highs
    Comes the pain
    And the rain and the rain and the rain
    And the rain and the rain and the rain
    And the rain and the rain and the rain
    And the rain and the rain and the rain

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    There’s been a change in Myers Park. Down the steps from St. Kevin’s Arcade, past the grassy slopes, the children’s playground, the benches and that goat statue, there has been a transformation. The underpass for Mayoral Drive has gone from a barren, grey, concrete tunnel, to a place that thrums ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    13 hours ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 23

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Tuesday, July 23 are:Deep Dive: Penlink: where tolling rhetoric meets reality BusinessDesk-$$$’s Oliver LewisScoop: Te Pūkenga plans for regional polytechs leak out ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    14 hours ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 23

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 23, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Health: Shane Reti announced the Board of Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand was being replaced with Commissioner Lester Levy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    15 hours ago
  • HealthNZ and Luxon at cross purposes over budget blowout

    Health NZ warned the Government at the end of March that it was running over Budget. But the reasons it gave were very different to those offered by the Prime Minister yesterday. Prime Minister Christopher Luxon blamed the “botched merger” of the 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) to create Health ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    16 hours ago
  • 2500-3000 more healthcare staff expected to be fired, as Shane Reti blames Labour for a budget defic...

    Long ReadKey Summary: Although National increased the health budget by $1.4 billion in May, they used an old funding model to project health system costs, and never bothered to update their pre-election numbers. They were told during the Health Select Committees earlier in the year their budget amount was deficient, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    17 hours ago
  • Might Kamala Harris be about to get a 'stardust' moment like Jacinda Ardern?

    As a momentous, historic weekend in US politics unfolded, analysts and commentators grasped for precedents and comparisons to help explain the significance and power of the choice Joe Biden had made. The 46th president had swept the Democratic party’s primaries but just over 100 days from the election had chosen ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    22 hours ago
  • Solutions Interview: Steven Hail on MMT & ecological economics

    TL;DR: I’m casting around for new ideas and ways of thinking about Aotearoa’s political economy to find a few solutions to our cascading and self-reinforcing housing, poverty and climate crises.Associate Professor runs an online masters degree in the economics of sustainability at Torrens University in Australia and is organising ...
    The KakaBy Steven Hail
    1 day ago
  • Reported back

    The Finance and Expenditure Committee has reported back on National's Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill. The bill sets up water for privatisation, and was introduced under urgency, then rammed through select committee with no time even for local councils to make a proper submission. Naturally, national's select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Vandrad the Viking, Christopher Coombes, and Literary Archaeology

    Some years ago, I bought a book at Dunedin’s Regent Booksale for $1.50. As one does. Vandrad the Viking (1898), by J. Storer Clouston, is an obscure book these days – I cannot find a proper online review – but soon it was sitting on my shelf, gathering dust alongside ...
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 day ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

    This is a free articleCoverageThis morning, US President Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the Presidential race. And that is genuinely newsworthy. Thanks for your service, President Biden, and all the best to you and yours.However, the media in New Zealand, particularly the 1News nightly bulletin, has been breathlessly covering ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    2 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    5 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    5 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    5 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    6 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    1 week ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    1 week ago

  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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