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9:48 am, August 19th, 2017 - 24 comments
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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.
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
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
Henry VIII Clause
^^ law society UN submission
^^disposal at sea
Ms Adams said that the EPA only had to assess the "completeness" of an application and not its effectiveness.
. . . oh, fuck it – I give up.
Terrific effort. I wonder what the come back will be?
Knowing National – silence will be their response.
Or a dead cat.
Stunning effort BLIP
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.
They have consistently led with that message. How many of their policy and press releases have you seen in mms since Turei resigned?
Nice to see you doing the oppositions job for them BLIP, top work.
By own it she means do to the conversation what they have done to the environment… sell it to industry
National’s raison d’etre is to shift the nation’s wealth to themselves and their rich mates and thus turn the rest of into serfs under their control.
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!
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”
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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..
We’re also now seeing Okuru Enterprises being given approval to build a water pipeline through a Kiwi Sanctuary..
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.”
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!
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’
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.