National’s Record On The Environment – Abysmal

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In a stunning display of cynical politics, the sort only National can do so well, Paula Bennett announced yesterday that now is the time for her government to “own” the conversation on environmental isues.

If Bennett is suggesting that National “own” the conversation on environmental issues with regard to how a government can get away with sustained wholesale environmental vandalism, then she might have a point. But, of course, that’s not what she meant. Bennett was actually suggesting that National’s performance on environmental issues was such that it had some sort of record to be proud of and one that New Zealanders could get behind and support.

Well, in the style of how John Key’s contribution to the truth was discussed, lets take a wee look at National’s record . . .

Since its election in 2008 National Ltd™ has:

 
been caught out repeatedly lying in the run up to and during the election campaign about its real intentions in relation to the environment

celebrated the opening of the foreign-owned Pike River Coal Ltd mine on DOC land adjacent to the Paparoa National Park from which 1 megatonne of coal will be extracted per year for the next 20 years – Pike River Coal Ltd has announced that it has found additional coal in the national park

cancelled a proposed efficiency standard (MEPS) on incandescent lightbulbs

reversed a moratorium on building new gas/oil/coal power stations

removed the bio fuel subsidy

scrapped the scheme that would have penalised imported vehicles producing high emissions

removed regulations for water efficient new housing by Order in Council

renewed leases on sensitive high country farms which were meant to return to DOC

reversed restrictions on the freeholding of vast swathes of land on the edge of the Southern Lakes

arbitrarily excised 400 hectares from the brand new Oteake Conservation Park, including the most important and, ecologically, the rarest part of the new Park, the tussock and shrubland that went right down to the banks of the Manuherikia River, to enable future access to lignite

said nothing to say in regard to the World Commission on Protected areas of IUCN’s severe criticism of its intention to investigate mineral resources and mining opportunities in protected conservation areas including our three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Te Wahi Pounamu-South West New Zealand, Tongariro National Park and the Sub Antarctic Islands

approved two prospecting permit applications lodged by Australian iron-ore giant Fortescue Metals Group subsidiary FMG Pacific lodged in June – areas covered by the two-year permits include an 8204-square-kilometre area of seabed adjoining the west coast from Cape Reinga to the Manukau Harbour and a 3798-square-kilometre prospecting area of land from Cape Reinga to the Kaipara Harbour including Ninety Mile Beach, the west side of the Aupouri Peninsula, Kaitaia and the Hokianga.

approved an additional prospecting permit for Fortescue Metals in relation to 3568sq km right next door to the Kahurangi National Park where the Heaphy Track is

was forced to release its Ministry of Economic Development (MED) report under the Official Information Act that proclaims “significant mineral potential” in the Fiordland, Kahurangi and Paparoa national parks – the report said the Waitutu area of the Fiordland National Park had sufficient petroleum reserves to be “worthy” of inclusion in a review of conservation land protected from mining

secretly granted the minerals industry the right to veto proposed National Park boundaries and permission for any such vetoes to be kept confidential – in spite of recommendations from its own officials against any such a veto

called for caring New Zealanders to halt their “emotional hysteria” and recognise that conservation land should be mined for minerals and went on to say “Mining in a modern, technological way can have a negligible effect”

rubished the Department of Conservation (“Canterbury Farming” June 2010 issue – now offline) suggesting it was incapable of looking after the high country reserves and parks under its control

gutted the home insulation scheme

pulled $300 million out of public transport, walking and cycling schemes and added it to a pot of $2 billion to ‘upgrade’ state highways

changed the law to provide billions of dollar in subsidies for polluters via the ETS casino

begun a process of gutting the Resource Management Act to make it difficult/impossible for the public to lodge appeals against developers

removed the ability of Auckland to introduce a fuel levy to fund planned public transport upgrades

left electrification of the Auckland rail network up in the air without promised funding commitments and then came through with a dodgy loan scheme and then unilaterally reorganised the local government structure before finally setting about the privatisation-by-stealth model when busting KiwiRail

removed the programme to make Government Departments ‘carbon neutral’ and also began its first wave of public sector redundancies starting with the Ministry for the Environment which was responsible for the scheme

removed funding for public tv advertising on sustainability and energy efficiency

pulled funding for small-town public litter bin recycling schemes

displayed cabinet ministers expressing public support the bulldozing of Fiordland

reduced Department of Conservation funding by $54 million over three years

cancelled funding for the internationally acclaimed ‘Enviroschools’ programme

usurped the democratic role of local Councils of determining policies for their citizens by requiring the abandonment of the efficient and well-established tree protection rules for urban areas

set about revamping Auckland governance in a way that is likely to greatly reduce the ‘Environmental Watchdog’ role of the the current Regional Council (since completely fucked it up with the SuperShitty)

removed Auckland’s metropolitan limits and opened the gateway for unfettered urban sprawl

defended internationally the importation of rain-forest-wrecking palm kernel and stood silent while Federated Farmers called Greenpeace “despicable” criminals, traitors, and robbers

stood silent while Godfrey Bloom, a Member of the European Parliament and infamous Climate Change Denialist, publicly rejoiced in the 1985 bombing of the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior – who was doing so while standing on a dock next to the replacement vessel

took a 0% emissions reduction target to Copenhagen. Yes, seriously, that isn’t a misprint – that was the lower bound of their negotiation platform – then missed the 01/02/10 deadline for commitment to action it had agreed to – meanwhile 55 of the 80 countries which attended did make the deadline

secretly cancelled the internationally recognised scheme for the mandatory labelling of exotic woods to ensure the timber has not been taken from rain forests in direct contradiction of its own statements made at the 13th World Forestry Congress in Argentina

supported the Department of Conservation’s decision to open up the pristine Cathedral Cove to an ice-cream franchise

gave the Department of Conservsation $1.7 million to further develop commercial activities on DOC land and started an “off set” plan allowing company’s to damage the conservation estate if they agree to improve land elsewhere – no monitoring regime has been suggested on put in place

left DOC director-general Al Morrison to announce that DOC is to charge for services that had been free and, to soften the public up to the idea that there will be more “energy generation schemes” operating on DOC land

took no action to reduce existing pollution pouring into the Manawatu River and is “leaving it up to industry” to come up with solutions to heal the river which was described by the Cawthorn Institute as “one of the worst polluted in the Western world”

announced a $1.69 million industry subsidy to kick start marine farming without identifying no-go areas nor putting in place a consultation process for individiuals, communities, and other general coastal users

been forced to release documents under the Official Information Act which confirm that DOC has “giving up” on ecologically valuable high-country land in the Mackenzie Basin because of funding cuts. The released documents cite “statements made by ministers”, “diminishing funding” and the Government’s new high-country policies as reasons for the changed stance – the comments from DOC were made after Land Information New Zealand (Linz), which manages the tenure review process, ignored DOC’s previous conservation recommendations for the farms

used former National Party minister and current director of Open Country Cheese – a company convicted of filthy farming practices and found by the supreme court to be a dodgy employer – Wyatt Creech to head up an enquiry into Environment Canterbury which had been standing up the dairy farmers’ demands for more and more water resources and less and less regulation. The Creech report recommended the Environmental Canterbury be sacked and replaced with government appointments and the voters of Canterbury do without democracy until the water situation had been resolved. The Canterbury area holds 50 percent of New Zealand’s fresh water reserves and 50 percent of the water required for hyrdo energy. The Creech report said Environmental Centerbury put too much focus on the environment

been subjected to international condemnation for knowing next to nothing about the parlous state of the New Zealand fisheries

bucked international trends and poured more acid on the 100% Pure brand and increases the bluefin tuna quota

squirmed when New Zealand is subject to international criticism for its backing of commericial whaling which National Ltd supports

funded Government-owned company Solid Energy runs an essay competition entitled “ The role of coal in sustainable energy solutions for New Zealand” for school children. First prize is a trip to New Zealand’s largest coal customer, China.

supported access fees for entrance onto DOC walkways – fee introduced following cuts to DOC’s budget.

pressed on with PR bullshit about how New Zealand’s environment would profit from mining national parks, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson says.

Department of Conservation director-general Al Morrison said the conservation estate created “opportunities to do a whole lot for a lot of different people . . . we’ve got to get away from this idea that somehow we have to protect one-third of New Zealand for a certain constituency and put it in a jar of formaldehyde and leave it

created random fantasies of abundant wealth to promote all forms of mining

ignored reports on sustained non-compliance with resource consents and worsening pollution of water ways.

ignored its own Ministers possible conflicts of interest

done nothing as both its own SOE Meridian and the Department of Conservation to withdraw appeals against an 85m high damn with a 14km long reservoir on conservation land.

granted Energy Resources permission to ship Australian yellowcake uranium ore through New Zealand.

apologised but does nothing else for breaching the Treaty of Waitangi by granting a mining exploration permit to Brazilian company Petrobras

continued to remove environmental protection powers from local authorities

totally reversed gains made in the protection of National Parks and other high-value conservation areas in the South Island.

commenced a divide-and-rule strategy by attempting to paint New Zealanders interested in protecting the environment as outside of the “mainstream” and in defence of the fact that the media is catching to its bare-faced lies in the lead up to the 2008 election

carried on with more lies by talking about modern mining like that at Reefton being carried out by Oceana Golds as being like “key hole surgery”

appeared to believe that the tourists it is attempting to bring to New Zealand are all blind and won’t see for themselves the impact of the dairy farming it is subsidising to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars

appeared itself to be blind when it comes to the Chairman of Fonterra

forced the Commissioner for the Environment to delay the release of a report into the ramifications for climate change in regard to lignite mining and proposals to convert the lignite into diesel

employed financial sleight of hand in shuffling funds towards business interests and away from community groups looking to protect the environment

made more empty promises when a report showing that a third of New Zealand lankes have poor quality water is released

backed down on promises to protect New Zealand children (and the environment cleaner by more informed disposal) from harmful chemicals by improving labeling and imposing mandatory standards on containers

Ignored the findings by attacking the messenger when a World Health Organisation report confirms that New Zealand’s main centres have the worst air in Australasia and Auckland is the most polluted with twice the concentration of damaging airborne particles as Sydney.

studiously ignored so as to take piss about dire warnings concerning the quality of drinking water in Reidstone

failed to mention in its 100% Pure promotions that visitors to the Kerikeri Basin near the Stone Store – one of Northland’s iconic tourism and heritage sites – could come face-to-face with warning signs telling them the water is polluted

failed to mention in its 100% Pure promotions that tourists in the Coromandel could come face to face with New Zealand’s environmental standards when finding hundreds of dead snapper washed up on Beaches

presented bogus evidence concerning air pollution

made more empty promises in relation to air pollution while also extending deadlines for local councils to reduce air pollution

extended deadlines for businesses previously require to reduce air pollution by 2013

put tourism operators in Akaroa at risk by refusing to make the harbour a marine reserve . . . and then rubs salt into their wounds

done nothing after the United Nations finds that National Ltd™’s targets for reducing pollution are not consistent with the measures put in place to achieve those targets

attempted to defend the Emissions Trading Scheme from comparisons with the Australian model while Environment Minister Nick Smith indicates there’s little chance of the two schemes being integrated any time soon

then further slowed down the implentation of New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme

allowed major retailers to reap the benefits of its earlier and secret decision to abandon the mandatory labelling of exotic woods after it is found that the retailers are contributing to the death of native Australian forests despite an independent, year-long investigation which finds otherwise

tried to keep a meeting between John Key and mininng company Anadarko’s boss secret. The company is responsble for a massive oil spill and is looking to to start drilling off New Zealand soon

continued to ignore yet more evidence of farmers failing to comply with environmental regulations

handed over $400 million to farmers to extend water storage and allow for more land to be used for dairy farms. No mention or provision is made for additional protections required to deal with the increased pollution

failed to point out in its 100% Pure promotion that tourists (and locals) should avoid the Opihi River along State Highway 1 because of the risk of exposure to toxins from phormidium

failed to point out in its 100% Pure promotions that tourists arriving at New Zealand’s “nuclear free” sea ports will be sharing the environment with up to 5,000 tonnes of radioactive yellow cake uranium

lied about how bad the RMA is

ignored top scientists and academics who point out that its underfunding of the Department of Conservation will send more species into extinction and hurt its 100% Pure image.

Ignored John Key making an international arse out of himself in regard to New Zealand’s 100% Pure image

carried on with its lies as New Zealand is identified as jeoparising its good name by allowing us to become one of a small number of states stalling progress in forming an international climate agreement
kept stringing us along even after Next thing, New Zealand received the 2nd place Fossil Award for “proposing the most Flexible Mechanism imaginable with no oversight or review. Bring on the wild west. They want to be able to use any market mechanisms they wish with absolutely no oversight or international review! There would be no way to ensure that the units from one mechanism have not been sold two or three times to another such mechanism. This would likely unleash a wild west carbon market with double or triple counting of offsets and a likely increase of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.”

stood silent when Fonterra was caught out lying by overstating its farmer’s compliance on excluding stock from waterways by 100%

put World class surfing waves and Maui’s dolphin’s at Raglan at severe risk by encouraging a proposed iron ore seabed mining in New Zealand’s coastal waters

never followed up after the scientific models created by New Zealand and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to allow fishing are called into question

set the scene for our children heading down to the park to find an overseas’ owned company had set up a dairy farm in one corner. Over time the shit builds up

ignored data which shows the expansion of fish-farming in the Marlborough Sounds could cause unacceptable changes in the coastal environment

strategically removed the word “environment” from the lexicon of local and central government

failed to tell the tourists it hopes to attact with its 100% Pure campaign that every year, New Zealand drops huge quantities of poison-laced food into its forest ecosystems; enough poison to kill its human population 4 times over, every year. No country has ever done anything remotely similar, on such a scale

failed to tell the tourists it hopes to attract with its 100% Pure campaign that more than a third of Auckland’s beaches fail water quality checks and are closed for swimming

ignored the closing of the beaches, this time as extremely high concentrations of the bacteria enterococci are identified

ignored Ministerial conflicts of interest, this time involving John Key who is identified as shareholder in the Bank Of America which is backing mining in New Zealand and Australia . . . even when more information is made available . . . and more information . . . and more information

pressed on with additional policies that move away from the protection of the environment towards exploitation

limited , as part of its effort to cash-in on the environment, access to some of New Zealand’s most endangered species and isolated islands only to those who those who contribute financially displacing conservation staff and scientists

ignored a World Wildlife Fund report, Beyond Rio, which makes clear New Zealand now risks some of the highest rates of biodiversity loss on Earth unless urgent action is taken

continued to give confidence to Fonterra director Colin Armer being convicted and fined $72,000 for “fouling” a Bay of Plenty waterway after a judge found he could have prevented the pollution were it not for his “systemic” failure to monitor what was happening on his company’s farm

lied when it said New Zealand has the environmental laws and regulations to control oil and gas development on the continental shelf because there is no equivalent of the Resource Management Act to control oil and gas activity outside of the territorial sea (12 nautical miles offshore).

lied when it had already agreed coastal plans to allow marine farming consent holders in the Waikato and Marlborough to move from mussel farming to finfish farming without considering the additional environmental effects imposed

placed short-term business interests ahead of long-term consequences to New Zealand’s environment, particularly biodiversity by allowing damage in one area on the condition that it be “off set” in another creating a dangerous precedent in that such a provisin means that one part of biodiversity can be wrecked in return for “protecting” an area that was never under threat anyway.

promoted proposals that include include a plant producing about 2 billion litres of diesel per year, using at least 12 million tonnes of lignite per year and another producing 3 billion litres using 12-17 million tonnes of lignite annually. A further project would produce by 2016 1.2 tonnes of the nitrogenous fertiliser, urea, using 2 million tonnes of lignite annually

tried to hide the fact that its Department of Conservation was ordered to permit Meridian to to build a damn on the Mohikinui River despite its position that “the public conservation land within the Mokihinui River has such high value that it is most unlikely to be suitable for exchange at all

continued to ignore the slow-motion extinction of Maui’s dolphins:

gone into hiding after it was discovered that significant cuts to the Ministry for the Environment in the 2012 Budget are not publicly detailed or announced

continued to ignore its international obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to “protect and preserve” the martime environment

refused in the face of repeated calls to set national standards for water quality despite mounting evidence of the need to do so

further weakened protection for wild rivers in Canterbury with the ECan Act and indicates that further weakening provisions will follow.

rubber stamped a motorway project with no economic benefit and likely to waste over $1 billion of tax payers’ funds.

been forced to admit that it has spent $1.67 million in a survey of minerals on the West Coast of New Zealand, including within the Te Wahipounamu South West New Zealand world heritage area. Te Wahipounamu is one of 183 natural heritage

secretly ordered that world heritage sites on the West Coast be surveyed as part of a $3 million mineral study spanning more than 16,000 square kilometres. The survey was only puiblicy revealed after Green MP Catherine Delahunty asked for details in a parliamentary question

appointed thoroughtly unsuitable but politically useful members to the Establishment Board for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

facilitated by neglect the employment of inexperienced managers, making poor policy decisions resulting in additional threats to New Zealand’s biosecurity.

under resourced New Zealand’s biosecurity system to such an extent that it is fundamentally flawed preventing any way of identifying how the Kiwifruit killer virus got into New Zealand and, thus, no way of preventing it from happening again.

handed over a further $80 million to business and farmers to subsidise their pollution.

ignored its own guidelines to provide consent the Milford Dart tunnel and Fiordland Link Experience which would otherwise never have been granted.

appointed an advisory group to recommend a significant rewrite of the Resource Management Act to remove references to the protection of coastal areas, wetlands, lakes and rivers and indigenous flora and fauna.

splashed tax payer cash around its consultants considering conservation and environmental protection of the Mackenze Basin and Waitaki Valley

further weakened the resource consent process for foreign-owned mining companies,

locked New Zealanders out of the consultation process on the alloting of areas being made available for resource exploration.

ignored the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and scrapped government grants for solar water heating

used the Navy along with police and Crown Law to bully environmental protesters in a legal case they knew could not be won

put 23 massive blocks of deep and wild waters east of Wellington and Dunedin on the international market for exploratory oil drilling

allowed its own consultants do a u-turn on the economic benefits of additional roading and then handed them a $200 million contract for further consultation work

Supported the Department of Conservation into granting foreign-owned multinational mining company OceanaGold permission to destroy 55 hectares of beech forest so as to extend its Reefton mine to a total 81 hectares without public notification

envouraged the Minerals Industry Association to bully local authorities to step aside from what little environmental protections they are able to impose

reduced its environment agencies to little more than a ramshackle collection of underfunded and ineffective small back offices with no direction or policy for dealing with the vast marine resources of New Zealand

eroded New Zealand’s bio-security to such an extent that Christchurch Airport is found to have failed at a basic level

removed the directive terms “protect”, “preserve”, “maintain” and “enhance” from the RMA fundamentally weakening the legislation and deliberately introducing confusion as to its overall intent.

futher ensured that New Zealand tax payers continue to subsidise 95% of big polluters’ emissions

drastically reduced the size of proposed marine reserves off the West Coast so much so that one advocate says they are “an insult” to those who spent years trying to establish them

instructed its delegates at the world’s largest conservation conference , the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s conference in Korea, to oppose any further measures to protect Maui and Hector dolphins in defiance of 117 other countries and 460 environmental organisations requesting New Zealand ban gill and trawl nets in waters up to 100 metres deep

lied about the environmental impact of fraking

refused to enforce its own legislation to protect the environment

ignored concerns about fracking which has seen the practise banned around the world

twisted the knife by exploiting news of redundancies at Solid Energy in a statement which claims opponents to a proposed mine are “getting in the way of” potential jobs as part of an effort to discourage legal action

changed to law allowing a consideration of the effects on climate change to allow Australian-owned mining company Bathurst Resources (also known as Buller Coal) to build a 200-hectare open-cast coal mine on the plateau and excavate 80 million tonnes of coal that, when burnt, will release about 200 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere

further ensured the extinction of New Zealand sea lions by failing to extend necessary fishing restrictions

failed to protect the New Zealand marine environment and ignored international obligation with its Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf Act oil drilling legislation

continued to obfuscate and dither while More than half of monitored recreational sites on our rivers are declared unsafe for swimming

ignored its own scientific evidence and advice from its own authorities to lock-in tax payer funding of business which pollutes New Zealand’s air

refused to enforce its own laws in respect to water pollution

changed the law to make it more difficult to build a deck on a house than it is to drill for oil

avoided its international obligations “to ensure the conservation and management of sharks and their long-term sustainable use” while its fishers carry on with the barbaric practise of shark finning.

ignored public support for conservation by ordering another round of cuts to the Department of Conservation.

stood alone at the world’s largest conservation summit and voted against more protection for species at risk

further gutted environmental protection legislation to speed up the building consent process for developers

vancelled without notice the five-yearly State of the Environment report put together by the Ministry of the Environment, the report is the largest stock-take of trends relating to land, water, air, plants and animals

abandoned the Kyoto agreement completely

allowed its on lobbyist to publicly attack a prominent New Zealand scientist for speaking truth about New Zealand’s environment in an effort to silence the accurate reporting of scientific evidence

attracted international mockery for the fact that the pristine landscape featured in The Hobbit and used as the basis for the 100% Pure New Zealand campaign as fantastical as dragons and wizards

remained “relaxed” about the fact that New Zealand is now the 18th worst out of 189 nations when it came to preserving its natural environment

pulled out of Kyoto just weeks after the OECD reports that global greenhouse gas emissions could rise 50 per cent by 2050 without more ambitious climate policies, as fossil fuels continue to dominate the energy mix

laughed when New Zealand received two “Fossil of the Day” – first-equal and second place – awards on the first day of international climate talks in Doha, Qatar

used Hobbiton – Waikato – as the centrepiece of its 100% Pure campaign when the area is the country’s major source of pollution to the Hauraki Gulf

handed over responsibility for the monitoring and reporting of fraking activity , for which it has inadequate legal protections, to the foreign-owned multi-nationals which are carrying out that activity thus totally ignoring its own Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

lied, obfuscated and used government resources to attack and undermined local authority plans to improve water quality

sanctioned an unnamed foreign-owned multinational to go ahead with a major road through pristine South Island National Parks

employed disingenuous gobbledeegook to defend its decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Agreement.

turned a deaf ear to calls for New Zealand to assist pacfic island nations by taking a stronger position on climate change

displayed contempt for existing agreements and Environment Case law by approving new salmon farms in recreational areas within the Marlborough Sounds

refused to investigate the impact on increasing use of neonicotinoid pesticides which is likely to be a major contributor to the sudden and dramatic decline (aka colony collapse disorder) of the New Zealand honey bee population, National Ltd™ also refused to consider the development of a strategy to protect what is left of the honey bee population.

lied about its commitment to addressing climate change

failed to monitor Sanford Ltd’s pollution resulting in an international embarrassment

allowed foreign-owned multinationals to proceed with oil exploration without the financial resources available to mitigate any environmental damage should it occur

been caught out ignoring its own advice on implementing environmental monitoring procedures

used changes to the Resource Management Act to remove local authorty’s rights and planning for the protection of trees

commenced removing local authority’s rights to plan for housing

allowed more than 53 percent of Canterbury’s major water users to avoid having meters installed

mixed the cooperative model of climate change negotiations with the competitive model used in trade negotiations, thus putting outcomes in both areas a risk

ducked questions asking for evidence as to the safety of genetically engineered food

ignored the fact that New Zealand carbon credits are no longer the unit of choice in the New Zealand’s own carbon market. Figures from the official Emission Unit Registry show that emitters who initially supported NZUs are now using a range of international units to meet their carbon obligations under the Emissions Trading Scheme

used highly dodgy figures in calculating the reduction New Zealand’s net carbon emissions by including trees due to be harvested in the next few years

ignored news that New Zealand’s first glyphosate resistant weed has been found and the resulting call for the use of glyphosate (Monsanto’s “Roundup”) to cease

stayed silent for five months after being advised that Fonterra’s milk product were contaminated with dicyandiamide (DCD) and now face an international backlash.

set no maximum level of contamination of dicyandiamide (DCD) (AKA cyanoguanidine) in milk products for consumption by New Zealanders, stood silent while the farming industry says the withdrawal of dicyandiamide (DCD) will result in yet more pollution of New Zealand’s waterways

stood silent as NIWA announced findings of research which showed 20 per cent of marine life in the Milford Sounds port area could be killed off as a result of copper leaching from anti-fouling paints on boat hulls

secretly without consultation and any right of appeal used a short-term draconian law to ammend a water conservation order for the Rakaia River

been locked out of the international carbon market because of its trucculent attitude

continued in its efforts to eliminate tree protection of any kind in Auckland and elsewhere

stood alone as the only developed country not to have tabled an unconditional single number target as part of the international climate change negotiations

cut funding into research about protecting the last remaining giant kauri

continued to endanger the 100% Pure brand

been unable to explain how genetically engineered mould escaped from Massey University laboratories and remains unable or unwilling to provide further information

introduced foreign species without a consideration of the risk to human health

allowed oil companies to ignore breaches of resource consent and set neihhbours against neighbours

obfuscated on the negative economic benefits of major raod works

obfuscated on the level of cuts to the Department of Conservation

disengaged the previously widely held concept of environmental protection from any consideration of economic development

sacked 140 staff at the Department of Conservation

inserted last minute changes to environmental legislation that were not announced and, thus, not considered during public submissions and earlier readings of Bills.

lied about the practise of fracking going on in New Zealand for the past 30 years

funded its Economic Development Ministry’s membership of the Coal Association lobby group

staged a consultation process on the restructuring for the Department of Conservation and then completely ignored any submissions generated

proposed handing over recreational paua gathering areas to commercial operators

opened a further 190,000 square kilometers of New Zealand’s coastal waters for oil exploration

allowed the Minister of Energy’s own political adviser to make public calls for the boycotting of the environmental iniative Earth House

held secret meetings with oil company executives known international as irresponsible and mendacious

exposed Auckland beaches to the unmonitored risk of oil exploration by companies unable to afford any clean up operations if required

breached international law and used parliamentary urgency and ignored international guidelines to rush through legislation depriving New Zealanders of the right to protest against drilling for oil within 350 miles if New Zealand coast

given permission for oil drilling to take place over earthquake ridden continental plate fault lines just off shore from Wellington

stood idle while water quality used by households continyes to worsen

ensured that the MacKenzie Basin is turned from a conservation estate into a development area

used parliamentary urgency to avoid public notification, consultation and/or consideration of a law allowing companies with no experience nor financial resources to drill for oil on earthquake-ridden fault lines lying in New Zealand coastal waters

here would be significant and irreversible adverse effects on the conservation values and overall ecological integrity of the application area and the Denniston Plateau should the proposed activity be approved”?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0903/S00452.htm <— back up on Chris Bishop

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10869801 <— irony much

It is disgusting that if you are a sportsperson you get no conviction for an offence that endangered peoples lives because it might affect their ability to play overseas, but an actress convicted for taking part in an environmental protest gets no such consideration.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1306/S00244/savage-attack-on-bee-health.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1306/S00240/positive-changes-to-fishing-regulations-announced.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1306/S00219/report-highlights-risk-of-governments-mining-agenda.htm

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10892481

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/pollution/news/article.cfm?c_id=281&objectid=10884397

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10892985

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1306/S00647/new-zealand-waste-policies-stuck-in-the-past.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1306/S00309/environment-commissioner-releases-water-report-update.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1307/S00024/iwc-says-govt-must-act-for-survival-of-mauis-dolphins.htm

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10895428

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10904557

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2013/jul/29/hobbit-new-zealand-lord-of-the-rings-middle-earth-oil-gas-drilling

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/06/us-newzealand-milk-image-idUSBRE97503H20130806

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/xinhua/2013-08-05/content_9769307.html

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10910158

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10913041

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/nz-commits-2020-climate-change-target-5534697

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1308/S00273/national-admits-defeat-on-climate-change.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1308/S00257/gutted-emissions-trading-scheme-damaging-forestry.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1308/S00219/public-silenced-on-oil-well-consents.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1308/S00179/rma-changes-risk-further-damage-to-nzs-reputation.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1308/S00177/key-stacks-deck-plays-cute-with-rma.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1308/S00172/government-welcomes-king-salmon-decision.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1308/S00154/minister-must-shoulder-the-blame-for-mpis-mistakes.htm

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/planned-oil-exploration-outrages-kaikoura-residents-5535929

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1308/S00287/more-deforestation-following-ets-changes.htm

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11115218

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9099326/Nats-plan-to-remove-right-to-oppose-drilling

http://www.3news.co.nz/Residents-against-proposed-Fonterra-mine/tabid/423/articleID/311296/Default.aspx

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1309/S00100/bills-failure-highlights-nationals-empty-slogan.htm

http://www.mfe.govt.nz/website/closed-sites/bioethics.html

http://www.indymedia.org.nz/articles/1255

Environment Canterbury (

Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Act 2010

Denies access to the Environment Court for the resolution of environmental and resource

management matters in the

Canterbury region

Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Act 2010

Enables the Minister for the Environment to choose what law will or

will not apply to Commissioners appointed to replace

the Canterbury regional councillors

http://www.rethinking.org.nz/assets/Newsletter_PDF/Issue_112/02_United_Nations_Universal_Periodic_Review_170613.pdf

http://lsa.net.au/wcb-content/uploads/lsa/files/2011/Henry%20VIII%20clauses.pdf

Henry VIII Clause

http://www.rethinking.org.nz/assets/Newsletter_PDF/Issue_112/02_United_Nations_Universal_Periodic_Review_170613.pdf

^^ law society UN submission

http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/business/9107225/Rod-Oram-Time-for-economic-leadership

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9121336/Deep-sea-oil-plans-anger-stars

http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/9134466/Ross-Sea-proposed-sanctuary-slashed

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1309/S00064/concerns-over-revised-plan-for-ross-sea-protection.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1309/S00059/serious-risk-in-fed-farmers-short-term-thinking.htm

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9143526/Environmental-OK-for-holiday-highway

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1309/S00108/analysis-of-proposed-freshwater-rma-sir-geoffrey-palmer.htm

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11122601

http://www.labour.org.nz/news/why-not-wholly-independent-reporting-minister

http://www.labour.org.nz/news/minister-buying-needless-fight-with-local-authorities

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/221858/doc-paper-says-dam-proposal-%27risky%27

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/222020/eight-new-o-and-g-exploration-areas-up-for-grabs

Nick Smith and the Ruataniwha dam

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1309/S00222/coal-trumps-climate-at-supreme-court.htm

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=11126724

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9190899/Govt-calls-for-platinum-mining-tenders

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9143526/Environmental-OK-for-holiday-highway

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11130588

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9222669/Fears-for-goldmine-grants-on-green-land

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9242194/Turoa-diesel-spill-contaminates-town-water-supply

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11137661

EDS attacks Nick Smith’s Ruataniwha Dam process

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9278305/Spill-leads-to-fuel-tank-use-review

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9302439/Digging-deeper-on-coal

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9302591/Homeowners-undermined-by-decision

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9284604/Loophole-allows-DOC-to-swap-land

http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/9278492/Voluntary-groups-may-fail-rare-birds

http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/rena-crisis/9247168/Rena-row-still-raging

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1310/S00198/eds-gets-leave-to-appeal-approved-by-supreme-court.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1310/S00195/grazing-not-normal-behaviour-for-dairy-cows.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1310/S00184/eds-says-proposed-new-oil-drilling-regulations-not-adequate.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1310/S00292/epa-board-appointment-announced.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1310/S00257/fonterra-gains-consents-for-coal-mine.htm

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11143781

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9310767/Dirty-dairying-inspection-tipoffs-criticised

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/9309575/Most-RMA-breaches-dairy-related

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/9293549/Fonterra-dumping-milk-byproducts-in-Taranaki

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/9306679/Buttermilk-lake-investigation-under-way

^^disposal at sea

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/9285515/Record-114-000-Waikato-dirty-dairying-fine

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/8027832/74k-fine-for-dirty-dairy-farming

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/7857273/Dirty-dairying-fouling-Golden-Bay

http://inthehouse.co.nz/node/21626

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/opinion/9317016/One-rotten-apple-spoils-dairy-farmers-lot

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/agribusiness/9320472/Rural-water-quality-concerns-mount

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/agribusiness/9299807/Farmers-fighting-proposed-animal-welfare-changes

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/canterbury/9315917/Nitrate-warning-freaking-out-Cantabrians

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1311/S00125/holes-in-govts-freshwater-policy-create-licence-to-pollute.htm

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/9372047/Good-and-bad-in-Canterbury-dairy-report

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/9366266/Big-fine-for-dairy-farms-effluent-dumping

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9385615/Aquifer-fears-spur-call-for-exploration-rethink

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9427016/Risks-of-deep-sea-drilling-kept-secret-Labour

http://inthehouse.co.nz/node/22286

Ms Adams said that the EPA only had to assess the "completeness" of an application and not its effectiveness.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11160976

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1311/S00277/urgent-action-required-in-response-to-water-quality-warnings.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1311/S00274/anadarko-oil-spill-equipment-grossly-inadequate.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1311/S00255/report-change-in-land-use-putting-pressure-on-water-quality.htm

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/228548/fears-over-possible-business-influence-at-doc

http://www.doc.govt.nz/about-doc/news/media-releases/new-doc-chief-executive-appointed/

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11161882

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/9425289/Waterways-will-get-worse-Commissioner

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/9431281/Salmon-decision-reserved

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1311/S00328/councils-around-the-country-warn-against-changes-to-rma.htm

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/229478/nz-may-face-challenge-over-dolphin-measures

NRT: Who’s scaremongering now?

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/230744/eds-unhappy-about-new-drilling-rules

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11174568

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=11174771

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11175901

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1312/S00405/independent-advice-sought-on-monorail-financial-viability.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1312/S00405/independent-advice-sought-on-monorail-financial-viability.htm

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/232289/experts-say-5-degreesc-rise-disastrous-for-nz

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11188369

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/241553/nz-%27not-playing-part%27-in-helping-climate

http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/32516

http://www.3news.co.nz/Minister-didnt-know-park-was-in-drilling-plan/tabid/1607/articleID/339311/Default.aspx

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10023498/Major-defects-in-environmental-bill

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11251714

http://www.3news.co.nz/Collins-wetlands-comments-outrage-environmentalists/tabid/1160/articleID/343032/Default.aspx

http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/33390

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/246245/report-urges-drilling-rule-changes

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11268239

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11268406

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11245986

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10171432/Mauis-dolphin-sanctuary-in-oil-drilling-move-Greens

http://www.3news.co.nz/Govt-gave-Shanghai-Pengxin-conservation-land/tabid/1607/articleID/355268/Default.aspx#ixzz39JLdw9y7

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/20147474

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/20147479

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/10457343/Dairy-company-cops-35-000-fine-for-stink

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/10444703/Farmer-tried-to-influence-inspectors

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/10436385/Resident-worried-by-Fonterra-stink

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/10452599/Big-leap-of-faith-for-Fonterras-baby-food-future

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11319558

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/rural/253832/massey-questions-milk-test-results

http://publicaddress.net/speaker/vote-for-water/

http://publicaddress.net/speaker/science-and-democracy/

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/257187/doc-denies-giving-reserve-permission

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/257211/public-told-to-avoid-toxic-algal-bloom

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1410/S00147/move-from-clean-and-green-to-mega-farms-spells-disaster.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1410/S00143/government-misleading-public-over-1080-and-trout.htm

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/20154644/environment-minister-threatens-to-fast-track-planning-rules

NRT: National lets Shell drill illegally

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1411/S00331/stop-fracking-in-our-big-blue-backyard-frack-free-kapiti.htm

http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/64377272/questions-remain-on-1080-risk-to-anglers

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11388336

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/65751239/department-of-conservation-revamp-badly-flawed

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11400374

http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/66524920/oil-spill-off-taranaki-coast

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/67427485/new-ecan-structure-by-late-2016

http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/36073

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/20174211/nz-govt-%27out-of-step%27-to-reject-solar-power

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/70219348/doc-review-criticises-handling-of-government-conservation-fund

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/75072126/new-road-linking-west-coast-to-nelson-would-cut-through-national-park

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/75046069/help-us-replant-fresh-call-from-foresters-after-paris-climate-deal

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/75557691/Some-of-Wairarapas-best-swimming-holes-are-now-too-dried-up-or-polluted-to-swim-in

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/rural/293736/govt-accused-of-lying-about-waterway-fencing

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/78074905/government-blocking-public-access-to-environmental-assistance-legal-fund-say-greens

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/78100722/canterbury-rumblygut-outbreak-linked-to-dairying

. . . oh, fuck it – I give up.

24 comments on “National’s Record On The Environment – Abysmal”

  1. Peter 1

    Terrific effort. I wonder what the come back will be?

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 1.1

      Knowing National – silence will be their response.

      Or a dead cat.

      Or lies.

  2. dv 2

    Stunning effort BLIP

  3. savenz 3

    Shocking. National really are opening up NZ to massive and polluting exploitation, it’s only getting worse and worse.

    Please change the government.

    And it is a shame that the Greens did not lead with those messages because that is what people need to know, all this information is hidden from most people and the Greens and Labour should have been shouting it from the rooftops. A lot of soft National supporters really support the environment and they would be shocked to know that is what National are up to.

    • Tracey 3.1

      They have consistently led with that message. How many of their policy and press releases have you seen in mms since Turei resigned?

  4. Janice 4

    Whew, thanks.

  5. tc 5

    Nice to see you doing the oppositions job for them BLIP, top work.

  6. Tracey 6

    By own it she means do to the conversation what they have done to the environment… sell it to industry

  7. Tracey 7

    Awesome BLiP

  8. Doogs 8

    Absolutely bloody amazing BLiP. This is the most serious condemnation of a slack and self centred government since somebody published the long list of John Key’s lies, which I still have. It should be written across the sky for all to see. How do we get this message out there? Danger is that to keep plugging the negative message could backfire a bit. However, people need to know. I wasn’t aware of even half of that stuff. Tremendous research!

  9. CLEANGREEN 9

    Bloody awesome blog – BLIP 1000%

    National Government = A Bloody shocking dirty toxic government.
    During the last nine years national has taken our newly bought environmentally clean Kiwi Rail system and almost demolished it completely, for the benefit of road freight companies, at the same time as they have made Government less effective at controlling their carbon emissions!!!!!

    But then removing the one land transport system that is more carbon neutral and also now has removed any Government oversight is despicable.

    This Government must be assigned to the dustbin next month!!!!!

    “National has removed the programme to make Government Departments ‘carbon neutral’ and also began its first wave of public sector redundancies starting with the Ministry for the Environment which was responsible for the scheme”

  10. Dot 10

    AWESOME Blip
    We are better off with your hardwork and generosity !
    Paula Bennett was not given the job of environment for her scientific knowledge
    or even her environmental aspirations , I suspect it was for her ability to spin .
    Above there is plenty of evidence awaiting a response .

  11. Whispering Kate 11

    This needs to be printed out and one handed to all of the Government members – what they do with it doesn’t matter, but it will make them uneasy when they see how easily this could be circulated around in places like shopping malls, clubs, gyms – anywhere where there will be a proportion of people who will take the time and read it.

    Very good work Blip – thank you for the effort, like other contributors I couldn’t get over how many transgressions this Government has done to the environment. Sickening really that still so many ignorant selfish people vote them into power election after election.

  12. millsy 12

    National is all about lowering standards and reducing environment regulations so profits can be made. They dont give a shit about the environment.

    And the only way that farmers are ever going to give a shit about clean water is if we start taking their farms off them and throwing them in jail.

  13. millsy 13

    Poisoning water supplies are generally regarded as crimes against humanity. Having a few farmers in the dock in the Hague will probably be a good incentive to have the waterways pristine in a couple of years.

  14. Incognito 14

    Has anybody ever attempted to calculate the total carbon footprint of the 3.65 million visitors to NZ in the year ending in June? This includes the air travel as well as travel while here in the country plus whatever one produces by being here.

    Bennett means owning the narrative & spin as well as a few convenient facts. She’s counting on MSM being complacent & complicit as usual; the Greens don’t seem to have many friends in MSM …

  15. Bruce Jefferies 15

    Very depressing reading – Our approach and management of World Heritage sites, National Parks and Conservation Areas used to be the envy of the world. These was even a time when we had an international Ranger training units associated with Tongariro National Park. I was proud to be associated with the former Lands and Survey Department and after the 1987 restructuring the Department of Conservation. Sorry that pride has been ripped away by a government that’s only interest is to serve its greedy, self serving and rapacious mates and funding supporters.

  16. Mrs Brillo 16

    We have all been witnesses to rape — by a government of its own country. We must publicise this material as far as we can.
    Thanks so much to the author for the extent of this research.

  17. JC 17

    Tumeke Blip! Thank You!

    Clearly Ministers Bennett, Smith, and Barry need to be called out!

    A further example is Nationals complete inaction in addressing the issue of Public Conservation Stewardship Lands in NZ.

    About 2.8 million hectares – a third of the DoC estate, and 10% of New Zealand’s total land area – is parked in the stewardship holding pen, where it has the weakest level of legal protection of all conservation land.

    ”The relatively weak legal protection of stewardship land quite naturally signals to the private sector that this part of the conservation estate is ‘open for business’,”

    This, from a 2013 report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright in a 2013 report calling for greater protection of stewardship land.

    Stewardship land is vulnerable to prospective developers particularly through the mechanism of “land swaps”, where conservation areas are traded for private land if a net benefit is perceived,

    Hence the Ruataniwha debacle.. among others..

    https://fmc.org.nz/campaigns/forgotten-lands/

    We’re also now seeing Okuru Enterprises being given approval to build a water pipeline through a Kiwi Sanctuary..

    http://thejackalman.blogspot.co.nz/2017/08/kiwi-petition-ignored-by-national.html

    Won’t the Government think about the kiwis?

  18. JC 18

    And the conclusion that DOC has ‘lost its way’ in performing its duties and discharging its responsibilities, and is following a pro- development agenda.

    And, a Government that doesn’t have the “Guts” to inform voters in the upcoming elections if the current minister intends to abide by the purpose of the Conservation Act and prevent destructive hydro development from proceeding in outstanding wild places like the Waitaha.”

    https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/west-coast/opposition-river-proposal-call-decision-release

    http://www.noted.co.nz/currently/environment/rough-waters-at-waitaha-river-as-environmental-battle-rages-over-hydro-power-scheme/

    https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/a-tale-of-two-currents/

  19. philj 19

    BUT Wait …. There’s more!
    I had a feeling something wasn’t quite right. Thanks for the ammo Blip.
    I’m off to play with the grandkids!

  20. Graham Townsend 20

    Until National’s core supporters realise that every last bit of our economic well-being depends on a healthy environment, this dishonesty will continue.Of course the most urgent challenge of all is climate disruption. Every authoritative assessment I’ve seen predicts a massive hit to the global economy and to world security. We can expect those under 40 to bear the brunt of the current contemptible short-termism by our so-called ‘leaders’

    • One Anonymous Bloke 20.1

      Until National’s core supporters realise that every last bit of our economic well-being depends on a healthy environment, this dishonesty will continue.

      When enough of the National Party’s owners realise that they backed the wrong horse, the followers will follow as usual.

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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 day ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    2 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    2 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    3 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    3 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    3 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    3 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    6 days ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    6 days ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    7 days ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    7 days ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    1 week ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    1 week ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    2 weeks ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • 2018 – Submission to the NZ Government Tax Working Group
    Read our submission here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • Guardian: Poll shows DISASTER for Corbyn and the End of Times
    The Guardian - ever eager to forewarn of doom and disaster on the left - are leading with a new poll from Opinium, which puts the Conservatives 15% clear of Labour.Con 38% +2Lab 23% -1Lib Dem 15% -5Brexit 12% +1Green 4% +2This isn't good news, and it would be very ...
    2 weeks ago
  • How prostitution became the world’s most modern profession
    Being and Being Bought (Spinifex Press, 2013) by Kajsa Ekis Ekman  A synopsis and commentary of Chapters 1-2 by Daphna Whitmore Ekman, a Swedish journalist and critic, brings together a Marxist and feminist analysis of prostitution and surrogacy in this groundbreaking book She opens the discussion with a definition of ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Clever legal fellow on Scottish challenge to Brexit
    I make no claims to having much legal knowledge,  so I defer to those trained in this area.I am very much enjoying this twitter stream from m'learned friend in Edinburgh, deciphering the legal arguments around the Scottish court challenge to Boris Johnson, based on the charmingly obscure principle of Nobile ...
    2 weeks ago
  • An Open Letter From Closed Minds.
    Ivory Folly? The University of Auckland’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon, upheld the right of the radical nationalist group, Action Zealandia to exercise their freedom of speech – not matter how distasteful that speech might be. A wiser community of students and scholars would have nodded their agreement and moved on. ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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