Maori Party to help Nats kill carbon emissions cap

Written By: - Date published: 5:15 pm, September 14th, 2009 - 78 comments
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Nick Smith has just announced a deal with the Maori Party to replace the existing Emissions Trading Scheme with a do-nothing joke.
  • The new ETS will allocate polluting rights (carbon credits) free to polluters for the first years and then at a low capped price thereafter.
  • Agriculture, source of 50% of our greenhouse pollution, will not be subject to the ETS until 2015.
  • Polluters will be able to get more credits if they increase their production, free at first, then at a low cost.
  • There will be no overall cap on the amount of pollution, which defeats the purpose of the excerise because there is no gurantee that greenhouse pollution will actually fall.
Basically, the National Party-Maori Party ETS will not do a jot to change the current situation. Polluters will be able to put out as much pollution as they like for free. The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will continue to rise, the world’s temperature will keep climbing, and the costs of climate change will keep mounting.
It’s unknown what the Maori Party got in return for selling out on their principles, as laid out in their minority report on the ETS special select committee. Speculation is it’s a deal on the foreshore and seabed.

The irony is, with people like the Maori Party betraying their principles and voting to do nothing about climate change, we can look forward to the seabed claiming more of Aotearoa and our low-lying neighbours in the decades to come. Well done.

78 comments on “Maori Party to help Nats kill carbon emissions cap ”

  1. Bright Red 1

    bastards

  2. snoozer 2

    Isn’t it time we started calling them the Maori Business Elite Party?

  3. Daveo 4

    I’m not sure what to think about the Maori Party. Just when I’m starting to warm to them over their support for the Redundancy Protection Bill they go and do something like this.

  4. Ianmac 5

    Hard to believe!

  5. Lanthanide 6

    “The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will continue to rise, the world’s temperature will keep climbing, and the costs of climate change will keep mounting.”

    Even if NZ stopped emitting 100% of CO2 emissions tomorrow this would still be true.

    Less breathless alarmism, please.

    • lprent 6.1

      “Even if the US stopped emitting then that would be less than a quarter of the emissions, and china’s will keep increasing…”

      People like you exist in every nation as you can see from the above quote. Repeating some pathetic little mantra that makes you think that you can escape responsibility. Hoping that someone else will do the work. Pathetic little wimps without the courage to do what needs to be done. The ONLY way something gets done on this problem is if we all do it.

      Personally I think that as the water laps higher and famines start hitting, we should take CCD’s like you out and shoot them. Call it improving the species by trimming the idiots.

      Umm I suspect there will be a long list of volunteers for Wishart in this country…

      • Lanthanide 6.1.1

        Excuse me, but I fully support carbox taxes, emission trading schemes and stopping climate change (nee global warming). I am not a climate change denier in any respect.

        What I don’t support is breathless alarmism as I quoted – acting like the Maori Party’s singular change of direction is going to result in the world going to crap.

      • sk 6.1.2

        Well said Iprent. Who are we to lecture India and China that they have to stay poor? . . .So we can avoid change that may not be that costly for us (the studies so far say only a few % of developed world GDP – a lot less than has been spent on the financial crisis so far).

        It is like saying slavery should not have been abolished until the developing world did it first.

      • quebec 6.1.3

        You are a bitter and twisted old man.

        Suck it up; we won you lost, badly.

        🙂

      • Ari 6.1.4

        While social darwinism doesn’t actually improve the species, this would certainly be one way to reduce emissions. 😛

  6. lprent 7

    They’re obsessed by the F&S act – effectively it was why they formed. They haven’t managed to get in a position of leverage yet because they simply don’t have enough MP’s and votes. But they figure that they really need to do something this term on the F&S.

    Consequently when asked by National to grovel, they ask “how far”. This will persist until they get F&S legislation passed, which will be as late as possible in the term as National can get away with. National, like now, need the MP for legislation that Act would demand too high a price for. That is why I predicted this just after the election.

    That is my view anyway

    • Macro 7.1

      Exactly!
      The MP are simply naive if they cannot see this! They are being taken for a ride – and now at the expense of ordinary NZers.
      Now NZers are being asked to subsidise foreign polluters to the tune of around $430 million per year on todays prices – to pollute in NZ! Well done the Maori Party. I can see the rank and file really appreciating this!

      • George D 7.1.1

        Subsidies now run to over $1200 million.

        At current prices. They rise and we could easily be paying billions to polluters.

    • burt 7.2

      You don’t like the Maori party standing up for their people do you ?

      • Macro 7.2.1

        Pray tell how this is standing up for their people burt? You and I and every other taxpayer (including Maori – most of whom can ill afford it) are now about to fork out $430 Million to overseas polluters.

      • burt 7.2.2

        Shit, lucky we took the do nothing joke then isn’t it – imagine the cost if the doomsday evangelists had their way.

        • Macro 7.2.2.1

          You just don’t get it do you burt. I thought that you were all for USER PAYS. But under this scheme – it isn’t the USER who pays – its the taxpayer. Now who is the socialist here? Oh! I get it of course!! It’s the responsibility of taxpayers to subsidize business!

      • RedLogix 7.2.3

        Shit, lucky we took the do nothing joke then isn’t it imagine the cost if the doomsday evangelists had their way.

        The whole point of Kyoto (modest as it was) was to provide a market signal incentivising carbon users to shift or mitigate their consumption.

        All this ETS is going to do is socialise much of that signal away from the public, and onto the taxpayer. As a card-carrying ACToid surely you get the irony burt.

  7. gobsmacked 8

    Maori Party statement, 2 weeks ago:

    “The Maori Party’s minority report on the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme shows the party wants stronger controls on greenhouse gas emissions, according to its climate change spokesperson Rahui Katene.

    “The time is past for scheming and trading – we want an Emissions Reduction Programme,” said Mrs Katene. “We want a regime that is transparent and fair, and requires polluters to pay.”

    Liar.

    • willaspish 8.1

      I’m a Maori-Party-Changing-it’s-Mind-Denier. There is absolutely no way they will (or can) change their position on this issue at such a critical time. The science is clear for everyone to see.

  8. BLiP 9

    100 % Pure Bullshit

  9. Ron 10

    Even IF I stop driving at 200 km/hr – someone else will drive badly and kill someone so it’s just alarmism to have police out trying to stop me. Even IF I stop shooting randomly in all directions someone else will shoot people this year so it’s just alarmism to have laws against that sort of behiour. Even IF I stop producing 20 k’s of rubbish every week there’s that farmer who keeps polluting so it’s just alarmism to try and convince me to stop.

    • burt 10.1

      Ron

      I’m planning on impounding your car because other people are driving at 200kph. How ya feeling about that ?

      • Ron 10.1.1

        You don’t need to empound my car. There’s a clear law saying no-one should drive at 200k. It’s not hard.
        I can’t see how it’s ok for me to drive dangerously just because other people do. Christ, isn’t that what we’re always telling our kids?

        • burt 10.1.1.1

          Ron

          Clearly you apply the same logic I do about “it not being OK because other people were doing it”. Where were you when I was being told that it was OK for Labour to steal tax payers money because other parties were also doing it, I even used the speeding analogy – however I digress.

          The point is, we can only do so much, our emissions are insignificant on a global scale against a backdrop of uncertainty. (unless the hockey stick is suddenly real again – and if it is I missed that carbon trading marketing campaign)

          There seems little point in us leading the world so we can say we are leading the world. However as a person who rides a bike to work owns a few acres of land which I have regenerating as native bush any emission taxes will be largely irrelevant to me, not so for people who can’t afford to upgrade vehicles, install double glazing etc.

          • sk 10.1.1.1.1

            Burt, you guys are so 2008 . .. .

            It is no longer about leading the world. It will soon be about avoiding being grouped with the developing world. The new gov’t in Japan has already moved a long way since the election, and noise out of DC is that Obama may as well.

            Welcome to the future, NZ hanging out with Tanzania et al

          • burt 10.1.1.1.2

            sk

            What we say no to defines us – but suddenly we need to be sheep. Welcome back the nuke ships while we are at it – wouldn’t want to be a laughing stock would we.

    • Well I think we should give up now and not do anything.

      WTF with a bit of luck we will be able to not see too many effects during our lives and our kids will have to pick up the mess …

      • Steve 10.2.1

        Yes, the kids should clean up this mess.
        After all the little darlings have done nothing except scream “I want, I want”
        The kids do not care about anyone except themselves.

  10. climate justice 11

    to be honest the ETS was crap anyway – under national or labour – and about an emissions market not emissions reductions.

    was bad that the maori party fell over on this one – now that the ETS debate is over – ppl can talk about what matters on the climate issue – environment, conservation and climate policy.

    NZ needs more renewable energy, energy conservation and sane transport policy. None of those things will happen with the likes of Gerry Brownlee in charge of energy and resources.

  11. gobsmacked 12

    Guyon Espiner is a total fucking wanker. An embarrassment to journalism.

    • felix 12.1

      He certainly is. Why do you mention it?

      • gobsmacked 12.1.1

        His report just now on One News. It wasn’t even “biased” coverage of the issue, it just ignored the issue of climate change competely. He simply said “My hero John Key is gonna save you money” (paraphrase, but close enough).

    • Quoth the Raven 12.2

      Guyon Espiner is a total fucking wanker. An embarrassment to journalism

      A truism. The same goes for his hopeless brother.

  12. Ah, the joys of MMP. You wanted it you got it.
    GW = bullshit forced upon us by communists, aka Greens.

    • Christopher Nimmo 13.1

      Uhhhhh…. so how would this be any different under FPP?

      • George D 13.1.1

        So, if we vote for FPP at the referendum, the carbon falls from the sky and the laws of physics stop working?

        Thanks for the tip, mate.

  13. Zaphod Beeblebrox 14

    Is this a joke post or are we playing to take this to the Copenhagen conference?
    If we do, we will be effectively excluded from future negotiations.

    • burt 14.1

      Best outcome, we don’t need to be a test case for the world to experiment with for a change.

      • sk 14.1.1

        fine Burt, enjoy being irrelevant. Which in your recent posts you clearly are already

      • Pascal's bookie 14.1.2

        Fair enough. Let’s abandon all this Roger Douglas fail that we’ve been playing with for lo these many years.

  14. sk 15

    extremely cynical by everyone involved . .. Shows complete lack of intellectual ability in this gov’t .. . and the media. Of course there are no easy answers, but this ‘solution’ is very irresponsible (and for the Ron’s of the world, just hows that NZ is now completely irrelevant).

    What manewhenua is being excercised by the Maori party? And they wonder why there are no Maori seats.

    The way senior members of the Gov’t talk about Tariana and Pita behind their backs is straight from the 1950’s . .. . .and that is exactly how both sides behave

  15. burt 16

    Unless a race based exception from carbon taxes is given to Maori people, how would you ever expect the Maori party acting in the best interests of their constituents (who are over represented in the lower socioeconomic demographic) to support additional taxation which will disproportionately effect people who can’t afford to spend money upgrading the things they own to reduce their emissions?

    • sk 16.1

      because they owe it to Rangi and Papatuanuku

    • sk 16.2

      and if Rangi and Papatuanuku no longer matter, then Pita and Turiana are exactly as the Minister’s describe them in private – amusing brown fellas like Ben Couch

  16. lprent 17

    Burt the effect of this bill is to shift a 400 million dollar cost per year from polluters to taxpayers. We already agreed to this cost in the Bolger government.

    For the next 4 or 5 years there is little or no incentive for polluters to pay. So you as a taxpayer will be.

    • burt 17.1

      lprent

      Sorry I missed how we already agreed to this in the Bolger government. Can you explain that please.

      • Armchair Critic 17.1.1

        I’m picking it happened when the Kyoto Protocol was signed by NZ. The PM was Shipley, not Bolger, but it was the fourth National government.

      • burt 17.1.2

        Oh yes, the last time we jumped into something to give the appearance of doing something. Now remind me again how many billions of dollars that deal was going to make us ?

      • Clarke 17.1.3

        You do recall Simon Upton signing us up to Kyoto, don’t you? Or were you not paying attention?

    • George D 17.2

      $1200 million.

  17. gobsmacked 18

    A journalist (not a telly idol) provides some proper analysis:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0909/S00385.htm

    Huge implications in there. And a lot of detail deliberately vague. It’s barely an agreement at all – some big fights to come.

    Typical Key – get the headline first, leave the facts for later. Still, if the hacks are lapping it up, he’ll keep feeding them.

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 18.1

      Read the last Para about post treaty settlement compensation. I doubt that even nat supporters will go for that one.

  18. jabba 19

    why don’t we shoot our cows, ban cars/planes/trucks and bring back the donkey and cart.
    Everything we have (well alot anyway) come from a process causing pollution.
    My laptop has glass, steel, plastic and gods knows what else and is run by battery or electricty. My car has plastic, steel, rubber, glass etc and uses petrol and oil blah blah.
    Mmmmm, I’m a bad boy.

    • RedLogix 19.1

      What a proper little Luddite you are jabba. All those things you list are so… last century. The real future of manufacturing lies in entirely new green technologies, new materials, new processes and fully implementing complete life-cycle systems to fully manage products from cradle to grave.

      More than a few enlightened producers are realising that pollution and inefficiency are nothing more than costs which impact directly on their bottom line.

      • Rob 19.1.1

        Hi

        I am in manufacturing and we have some very smart technology and good materials usage, so what exactly are these “new green technologies, new materials, new processes and fully implementing complete life-cycle systems to fully manage products from cradle to grave”.

        I don’t actually think you know, I think you just regurgitate a few words you heard at some conference.

        Unfortunatly Jabba’s point is more of indication of what the true position actually is rather than your wank words.

        • lprent 19.1.1.1

          At one stage I was into running factories before I started programming, and it does tend to be a family profession. Of course being active around computers means that I’ve probably seen the inside of more industries than most.

          I think that you have things arse about face. If there are no reasons to improve, industries don’t. The extreme case was when industry in NZ was hiding behind tariff barriers. We wound up with most of our industry being horribly inefficient. A lot of them simply collapsed when the protection was dropped, the remainder got markedly more efficient at every level from inventory control to purchasing. This included changing equipment, materials, and people management. We also spawned a lot more appropriate industries for our skills and economy.

          Without a price or some other strong economic signal, most industries won’t bother to investigate more than you do. I’d suggest that you learn to use the web and some imagination. It has all been done before….

  19. Ianmac 20

    I was intrigued with Espiners breathless excitement TV1 News announcing that instead of $300 cost per year the plan will only cost $170 py. And power will go up (puff puff) not $150 but only $70 (approx).
    And you lucky people instead of doing $2,000 damage to your car its only $1,000. Aren’t you pleased with how much money I saved you when I crashed your car? Wow! Clever old John, People Saviour. Amen. Guyon gets 10/10 for reading John’s script so well.

    • George D 20.1

      He’s completely wrong.

      The costs to the country are the same in the first year as they would be under the other ETS, and any other (because our external liabilities aren’t changed). However, more of these are paid by the taxpayer because we are subsidising business.

      In later years it gets worse, because businesses shielded from costs are less incentivised to change, and farmers will be shielded 90% in perpetuity, no matter what the carbon price (and by 2020 it will almost certainly be above the current $25).

  20. Anne 21

    SK. Care to elaborate on what else senior members of the Govt.say about Tariana and Pita? We know about John “Hone” Carter’s thoughts on Maori. I think the time has come for Labour and the Greens to expose both of them for what they really are… dishonest, unprincipled and self serving.

    • sk 21.1

      Anne, they are not dishonest, just inept.

      The background is that when in front of exclusively Pakeha audiences, very senior members of this government are prepared to ridicule both Pita and Tariana, in fact, they go so far as to assault / undermine their mana – coming up with stories that should remain private, but are only told to make a joke of the ‘brown fellas’. Even for a non-coalition partner the personal nature of the comments would be unacceptable

      Anyone with a sense for race relations in this country, should have been alarmed . . . .

      If Pita and Turiana are to preserve what is left of their mana, they should start digging around. Otherwise, they will end up as 21st century Ben Couch’s.

      Today has highlighted the risks they are taking personally, but I believe more through ineptitude than malace

      • Galeandra 21.1.1

        “The background is that when in front of exclusively Pakeha audiences, very senior members of this government are prepared to ridicule both Pita and Tariana, in fact, they go so far as to assault / undermine their mana coming up with stories that should remain private, but are only told to make a joke of the ‘brown fellas’. Even for a non-coalition partner the personal nature of the comments would be unacceptable..’

        This isn’t really an attempt to elaborate, it’s a restatement of the allegation. Some specifics please, this is serious stuff. It’s only hearsay as you spin it.

        • sk 21.1.1.1

          This is not the right venue . . .

          It is up to the Maori Party to put it together . . . It is there if they care to see it. A younger Pita Sharples would have by now

  21. The Voice of Reason 22

    I’m guessing the brown Tories have done this because their prime motivation is sticking it to Labour. Or maybe ’cause they just don’t understand climate change anyway and don’t get the value of what they just traded away. The sad thing is that the Nats could have done a deal with Labour that may not have been perfect, but at least would have been close to a consensus position and a good buiding block for the future.

    Once again, the National Party’s tame ethnics franchise loses and Wodders wins.

  22. mike 23

    “with people like the Maori Party betraying their principles”

    Maori are one the more capitalist races in the world Marty. Good on them, how much more mana enhancing can you get than making a better lot for your people?

    • Clarke 23.1

      You’re right … I’m sure they got a very nice collection of blankets and beads. Should go a long way to enhancing their mana.

  23. Anne 24

    sk
    Thanks for the back-ground. I agree. They are incredibly inept. They don’t seem to have the intellectual capability to understand what they are doing. I still believe there is some dishonesty and lack of principle. Perhaps more so with Tariana. She is still full of revenge towards the Labour Party. Very sad.

  24. Gareth 25

    The full dimensions of National’s snub to Labour are revealed here. Breathtaking.

    • burt 25.1

      Made Labour the last cab off the rank – can’t imagine why that pissed them off.

      • Galeandra 25.1.1

        Don’t be so bloody weak. The issue is far too big for party political tossing.
        All of us should see that, even the psuedos who so easily forget that only a few handfuls of generations ago we were all tribally based hunter gatherers for whom individualism wasn’t even an imaginable concept.

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    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    4 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    5 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    5 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
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    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    6 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    7 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    7 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
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  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 weeks ago

  • Making it easier to build granny flats
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
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    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
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    4 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
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    5 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
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    5 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
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    6 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
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    7 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
    The Government will deliver on its election commitment to take agriculture out of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and will establish a new Pastoral Sector Group to constructively tackle biogenic methane, Coalition Government Agriculture and Climate Change Ministers say. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand farmers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Japan from 16-20 June, his first visit as Prime Minister.   “Japan is incredibly important to New Zealand's prosperity. It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and our fourth largest export destination.  “As you know, growing the economy is my number one priority. A strong economy means ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Bayly travels to Singapore for scam prevention meetings
    Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Andrew Bayly, travels to Singapore today to attend scam and fraud prevention meetings. “Scams are a growing international problem, and we are not immune in New Zealand. Organised criminal networks operate across borders, and we need to work with our Asia-Pacific partners to tackle ...
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