web analytics

National’s Record On The Environment – Abysmal

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, August 19th, 2017 - 24 comments
Categories: Environment, paula bennett - Tags:

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

Click to access 02_United_Nations_Universal_Periodic_Review_170613.pdf

Click to access Henry%20VIII%20clauses.pdf

Henry VIII Clause

Click to access 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.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • New Zealand joins global search for COVID-19 vaccine
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Megan Woods, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation Hon Dr David Clark, Minister of Health Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods,  and Health Minister David Clark today announced a COVID-19 vaccine strategy, ...
    9 hours ago
  • Budget 2020: Five things to know
    Budget 2020 is about rebuilding together, supporting jobs, getting business moving and the books back into the black. It’s an integral part of our COVID-19 economic response, and our plan to grow our economy and get New Zealand moving again. Here’s a quick look at the five top things you ...
    1 day ago
  • Coalition Government approves essential upgrades on Ōhakea Air Base
    The Coalition Government has approved $206 million in essential upgrades at Ōhakea Air Base.  Defence Minister Ron Mark said the money would be spent on improving old infrastructure. He said safety issues would be addressed, as well as upgrades to taxiways, accommodation and fresh, storm and waste water systems. "This ...
    5 days ago
  • Attributable to the Rt Hon Winston Peters
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First “I am not persisting with this case just for myself, but for all people who have had their privacy breached. Privacy of information is a cornerstone of our country’s democracy. Without it our society truly faces a bleak future. We now ...
    7 days ago
  • Forestry Minister Shane Jones moves to protect sawmills
    Forestry Minister Shane Jones has introduced a Bill to Parliament that he says will "force more transparency, integrity and respect" for the domestic wood-processing sector through the registration of log traders and practice standards. The Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Bill had its first reading in ...
    1 week ago
  • Green MP joins international call to cancel developing countries’ debt
    Green MP Golriz Ghahraman is joining over 300 lawmakers from around the world in calling on the big banks and the IMF to forgive the debt of developing countries, in the wake of the COVID crisis. ...
    1 week ago
  • Forestry Minister Shane Jones swipes back at billion trees critics
    Forestry Minister Shane Jones says concerns that carbon foresters are planting pine trees that will never be harvested are the result of "misinformation". "The billion tree strategy is an excellent idea, unfortunately from time to time it's tainted by misinformation spread by the National Party or their grandees, hiding in scattered ...
    1 week ago
  • Budget boost for refugee families a win for compassion
    The Green Party welcomes funding in the budget to reunite more refugees with their families, ensuring they have the best chance at a new life in Aotearoa New Zealand. ...
    1 week ago
  • How Budget 2020 is supporting jobs
    This year’s Budget is about rebuilding New Zealand together in the face of COVID-19. Jobs are central to how we’re going to do that.There’s a lot of targeted investment for employment in this year’s Budget, with announcements on creating new jobs, training people for the jobs we have, and supporting ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters says China didn’t want NZ to go into lockdown
    Speaking to Stuff's Coronavirus NZ podcast, Foreign Minister Winston Peters revealed China tried to dissuade New Zealand from going into lockdown. “Without speaking out of turn, they wanted a discussion as to why we were doing it, because they thought it was an overreaction,” Mr Peters told Stuff’s Coronavirus NZ podcast. He also ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Changes made to Overseas Investment Act to protect New Zealand assets
    The Coalition Government is making changes to the Overseas Investment Act to ensure New Zealand assets don't fall into the hands of foreign ownership in the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Associate Minister of Finance David Parker announced the Act will be amended to bring forward a national interest ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters: Trans-Tasman bubble to help tourism industry make swift recovery
    A quick start to a trans-Tasman bubble could see the tourism industry make a swift recovery, according to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters. "I believe tourism will turn around dramatically faster than people think," Mr Peters told reporters after Thursday's Budget. "Why? Because I think the Tasman bubble is [going ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rt. Hon Winston Peters: Budget Speech
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First   Please check against delivery https://vimeo.com/418303651 Budget 2020: Jobs, Business and Balance   Introduction Acknowledgements to all Cabinet colleagues, and party ministers Tracey Martin, Shane Jones and Ron Mark, Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau and to caucus colleagues. Thank you for your support, your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Jacinda Ardern’s 2020 Budget Speech
    Read Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Budget 2020 Speech. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Budget 2020: Next steps to end family and sexual violence
    The 2020 Budget includes significant support to stabilise New Zealand’s family violence services, whose work has been shown to be so essential throughout the COVID-19 lockdown. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Investment in housing gives more people access to the home they deserve
    The Green Party says huge new investment in public and transitional housing will get thousands more families into the warm, safe homes they deserve.  ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Budget 2020: Huge investment in green nature based jobs jump starts sustainable COVID recovery
    The Green Party says the $1.1 billion environmental investment in this year’s budget to create thousands of green jobs will help jump start a sustainable recovery from the COVID crisis. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Grant Robertson’s 2020 Budget Speech
    Read Minister of Finance Grant Robertson's Budget 2020 Speech. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters tells struggling migrant workers ‘you should probably go home’
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said today the Coalition Government told foreigners at the start of the Covid-19 crisis that if their circumstances had changed dramatically, they should go home. "And 50,000 did," Mr Peters said. Official advice to Cabinet revealed there is potentially 380,000 foreigners and migrant workers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes today’s Alert Level 2 announcement
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First welcomes the decision today to go to Alert Level 2 from midnight Wednesday, says Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. Alert Level 2 will mean a return to work for the vast majority of New Zealand’s businesses. A return ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Nurses to be protected after amendment to First Responders Bill
    Nurses now look set to get more protection from violence at work, under a proposed new law. This after NZ First MP Darroch Ball's "Protection for First Responders Bill", which introduces a six-month minimum sentence for assaults on first responders, will now also cover emergency department healthcare workers. The ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Nurses to get more protection, added to ‘First Responders’ legislation
    Darroch Ball MP, New Zealand First Law and Order Spokesperson An amendment to the ‘Protection of First Responders Bill’ is being tabled which will see emergency department healthcare workers included in the legislation. “During this COVID-19 crisis we have seen reports of violence and specifically increased incidents of spitting towards ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones: Northland port could be economic haven
    Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones is breathing new life into the proposal to move Auckland's port to Whangārei to help in the economic recovery post Covid-19 pandemic. If New Zealand First was returned in the September general election, Minister Jones said a priority would be development of an "economic haven" at Northport, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF grant for Ventnor memorial
    The plan to build a memorial to the SS Ventnor, and those who were lost when it sank off the Hokianga coast in 1902, has been granted $100,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund. Originally planned for a site near Rāwene cemetery, the memorial will now be built at the new Manea ...
    3 weeks ago
  • 75th anniversary of V.E Day
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader Leader of New Zealand First, Rt Hon Winston Peters said: “Today is the 75th anniversary of VE Day – marking the end of World War II in Europe." Millions died in the six years of war, and families were torn apart. 75 years ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Getting the job done
    From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Government has committed to providing calm, clear, and consistent communication, including regular press conference updates from the Prime Minister. While New Zealand is at Alert Level 3, we're making sure that New Zealanders are kept informed and up-to-date with all the latest ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters responds to Simon Bridges’ ‘my sweetheart’ comment
    New Zealand First leader Winston Peters spoke to The Country's Jamie Mackay. A day earlier, National Party leader Simon Bridges was on the radio show and referred to the Deputy Prime Minister as, "my sweetheart Winston". Mr Peters swiftly dismissed the question of whether Bridges had changed his mind about ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Parliament returns to a safe normal
    The special Epidemic Response Committee (ERC) has successfully concluded its role, Leader of the House Chris Hipkins said today. The committee was set up on 25 March by the agreement of Parliament to scrutinise the Government and its actions while keeping people safe during levels 4 and 3 of lockdown. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    43 mins ago
  • Foreign Minister makes four diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced four diplomatic appointments: New Zealand’s Ambassador to Belgium, High Commissioners to Nauru and Niue, and Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. “As the world seeks to manage and then recover from COVID-19, our diplomatic and trade networks are more important than ever,” Mr Peters said. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Mycoplasma bovis eradication reaches two year milestone in good shape
    New Zealand’s world-first plan to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is on track the latest technical data shows, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two years ago the Government, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand and industry partners made a bold decision to go hard and commit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • New payment to support Kiwis through COVID
    Further support for New Zealanders affected by 1-in-100 year global economic shock 12-week payment will support people searching for new work or retraining Work programme on employment insurance to support workers and businesses The Government today announced a new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • PGF reset helps regional economies
    The Provincial Growth Fund will play a vital role in New Zealand’s post-COVID-19 recovery by creating jobs in shorter timeframes through at least $600 million being refocused on projects with more immediate economic benefits, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The funding is comprised of repurposed Provincial Growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents
    Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector to fire back up quicker ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Concern at introduction of national security legislation for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has reacted with concern at the introduction of legislation in China’s National People’s Congress relating to national security in Hong Kong.  “We have a strong interest in seeing confidence maintained in the ‘one country, two systems’ principle under which Hong ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Samoa Language Week theme is perfect for the post-COVID-19 journey
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, says the theme for the 2020 Samoa Language Week is a perfect fit for helping our Pacific communities cope with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, and to prepare now for the journey ahead as New Zealand focuses on recovery plans and rebuilding New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Adult kakī/black stilt numbers soar
    A nearly 40-year programme to protect one of New Zealand’s most critically endangered birds is paying off, with a record number of adult kakī/black stilt recently recorded living in the wild, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. “Thanks to the team effort involved in the Department of Conservation’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Waikato-Tainui settlement story launched on 25th anniversary of Treaty signing
    The story of the Waikato-Tainui Treaty process and its enduring impact on the community is being told with a five-part web story launched today on the 25th anniversary of settlement, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “I am grateful to Waikato-Tainui for allowing us to help capture ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Taita College to benefit from $32 million school redevelopment
    Taita College in the Hutt Valley will be redeveloped to upgrade its ageing classrooms and leaky roofs, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The work is long overdue and will make a lasting difference to the school for generations to come,” Chris Hipkins said. “Too many of our schools are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Redeployment for workers in hard-hit regions
    The Government is allocating $36.72 million to projects in regions hard hit economically by COVID-19 to keep people working, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Projects in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Rotorua and Queenstown will be funded from the Government’s $100 million worker ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • $35m to build financial resilience for New Zealanders
    A $35m boost to financial capability service providers funded by MSD will help New Zealanders manage their money better both day to day and through periods of financial difficulty, announced Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “It’s always been our position to increase support to key groups experiencing or at risk ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Dunedin barrister Melinda Broek has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Rotorua, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Broek has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tai. She commenced her employment in 1996 with Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd in Invercargill specialising in family and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • $206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base
    The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Review of CAA organisational culture released
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the Ministry of Transport’s review of the organisational culture at the Civil Aviation Authority. Phil Twyford says all employees are entitled to a safe work environment. “I commissioned this independent review due to the concerns I had about the culture within the CAA, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Board appointed at Stats NZ
    Ensuring that Stats NZ’s direction and strategy best supports government policy decisions will be a key focus for a new Governance Advisory Board announced today by the Minister for Statistics, James Shaw. The new Governance Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Stats NZ to ensure it is meeting New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Principal Environment Judge
    Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  Judge Kirkpatrick was appointed an Environment Judge in February 2014. From December 2013 to July 2016 he was Chair of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Prior to appointment he ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Digital connectivity boost for urban marae
    A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand to include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt increases assistance to drought-stricken Hawke’s Bay farmers
    The Government will provide $500,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help farmers facing one of the worst droughts in living memory, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Hawke's Bay's five local Government leaders asking me to contribute to the Fund. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Investment in New Zealand’s history
    Budget 2020 provides a major investment in New Zealand’s documentary heritage sector, with a commitment to leasing a new Archives Wellington facility and an increase in funding for Archives and National Library work. “Last year I released plans for a new Archives Wellington building – a purpose-built facility physically connected ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Driving prompt payments to small businesses
    Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. The Ministers of Finance, Small Business, Commerce and Consumer Affairs have written to more than 40 significant enterprises and banking industry representatives to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Rotorua tourist icon to be safeguarded
    Maori Arts and Crafts will continue to underpin the heart of the tourism sector says Minister for Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta.  “That’s why we are making a core investment of $7.6 million to Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, over two years, as part of the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $14.7m for jobs training and education
    The Government is funding more pathways to jobs through training and education programmes in regional New Zealand to support the provinces’ recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson have announced. “New Zealand’s economic recovery will be largely driven by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Is it time to further recognise those who serve in our military?
     Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced the launch of a national conversation that aims to find out whether New Zealanders think there should be a formal agreement between service people, the Government, and the people of New Zealand. “This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Paving the way for a fully qualified early learning workforce
    The Government’s drive to improve the quality of early childhood education (ECE) is taking another step forward with the reintroduction of a higher funding rate for services that employ fully qualified and registered teachers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. “Research shows that high-quality ECE can improve young people’s learning ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Sport Recovery Package announced
    The Sport and Recreation sector will receive a multi-million dollar boost as part of the COVID-19 response funded at Budget 2020.  Grant Robertson says the Sport and Recreation Sector contributes about $5 billion a year to New Zealand’s GDP and employs more than 53,000 people. “Sport plays a significant role ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Major boost in support for caregivers and children
    A major increase in funding and availability of support will improve the incomes and reduce the pressure on 14,000 caregivers looking after more than 22,000 children. Children’s Minister Tracey Martin says that caregivers – all those looking after someone else’s children both in and outside the state care system – ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Great Walks recovery on track for summer
    Vital conservation and visitor infrastructure destroyed by a severe flood event in Fiordland earlier this year is being rebuilt through a $13.7 million Budget 2020 investment, announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.   “This investment will mean iconic Great Walks such as the Routeburn track and the full length of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Māori – Government partnership gives whānau a new housing deal
    The Government is investing  $40 million in a partnership with Māori to get more whānau into warm, dry and secure accommodation, Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.. “We are partnering with Māori and iwi to respond to the growing housing crisis in the wake of COVID-19. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders Safe In The Water
    Keeping New Zealanders safe in the water Our lifeguards and coastguards who keep New Zealanders safe in the water have been given a funding boost thanks to the 2020 Budget, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams has announced. The water safety sector will receive $63 million over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Legal framework for COVID-19 Alert Level referred to select committee
    The COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020, which set a sound legal framework ahead of the move to Alert level 2, has been referred to a parliamentary select committee for review.  Attorney-General David Parker said the review of the operation of the COVID-19 specific law would be reported back to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand condemns shocking attacks on hospital and funeral in Afghanistan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand condemns the targeting of civilians in two terrorist attacks in Afghanistan earlier this week. “The terrorist attacks on a hospital in Kabul and a funeral in Nangarhar province are deeply shocking. The attacks were deliberate and heinous acts of extreme violence targeting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to close tobacco tax loophole
    The Government will close a loophole that allowed some people to import cigarettes and loose leaf tobacco for manufacturing cigarettes and ‘roll your owns’ for sale on the black market without excise tax being paid, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The legislation, which doesn’t affect duty free allowances for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • $62 million package to support families through the Family Court
    The Coalition Government has made a significant $62 million investment from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to start the reform of the Family Court and enable it to respond effectively to the increased backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today Justice Minister Andrew Little introduced the Family Court (Supporting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Tailored help supports new type of job seeker – report
    The Government’s expanded services to support people into jobs will help an emerging cohort of New Zealanders impacted by COVID-19. The impacted group are relatively younger, have a proportionately low benefit history and have comparatively higher incomes than most who seek support, as captured in a report published today from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • A modern approach to night classes
    New funding to boost Government-funded Adult and Community Education (ACE) will give more than 11,000 New Zealanders more opportunities to learn, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This includes a modern approach to rebuilding night classes, which were slashed in the middle of our last economic crisis in 2010,” Chris Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Christchurch Call makes significant progress
    Significant progress has been delivered in the year since the Christchurch Call to Action brought governments and tech companies together in Paris with a single goal to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardent says. On its first anniversary, Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Christchurch Call: One year Anniversary
    Joint statement: the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister of New Zealand and His Excellency Emmanuel Macron President of the French Republic. One year since we launched, in Paris, the Christchurch Call to Action, New Zealand and France stand proud of the progress we have made toward our goal to eliminate terrorist ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Budget 2020: Jobs and opportunities for the primary sector
    $19.3 million to help attract and train recently unemployed New Zealanders and grow the primary sector workforce by 10,000 people. $128 million for wilding pine and wallaby control, providing hundreds of jobs. $45.3m over four years to help horticulture seize opportunities for future growth. $14.9 million to reduce food waste ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago