web analytics

NoRightTurn on the ETS

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, August 2nd, 2011 - 20 comments
Categories: ETS - Tags:

Climate change: The ETS’s first year

The government released its first Report on the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, tracking progress in the ETS, today. Their conclusion is that the scheme is working well, and I’d agree. Forestry emissions – the most direct and immediate way we can control our emissions profile – are down, forest owners having stopped cutting down trees the moment it started costing them money. Energy sector emissions are also down (mostly due to good weather, but in part due to generators prioritising plants which wouldn’t cost them money), and investment has been steered towards renewables and away from dirty generation. At the same time, it also highlights the biggest flaw of National’s modifications to the ETS: the massive pollution subsidy scheme, which sees emitters rewarded for destroying the environment. National’s ETS means subsidies for everyone, from cement-works to capsicum growers. But the biggest beneficiaries are two of our biggest companies: New Zealand Aluminium Smelters and Methanex. Unfortunately, the report doesn’t say how much these companies received, and obfuscates its numbers to make it difficult to work out. But it does highlight the scale of subsidies: NZAS gets 4.36 tons of carbon credits for each ton of Aluminium produced, to offset its already generously low electricity costs. And Methanex gets 0.35 tons of carbon for each ton of Methanol. Despite the low latter figure, the company received 9% of all credits allocated to industry – or about 160,000 tons (and that will double after next year).

But its gets worse. The report also notes that

One company, Methanex New Zealand, also chooses to participate in the ETS on a voluntary basis. It does this because it earns NZUs for production of methanol. The greenhouse gases stored in methanol are assumed to be permanently embedded, and therefore removed from the atmosphere.

That’s a very interesting assumption. Methanol in its native state is highly biodegradeable – which means the carbon contained in it is released to the atmosphere. But it is normally used as a fuel (in which case it is burned and the carbon released to the atmosphere) or a chemical feedstock (which means it gets turned into something else, which is then burned or biodegrades, resulting in the carbon being released to the atmosphere). And what it means is that MethanexNZ is effectively in the carbon laundering business, turning natural gas into carbon credits by pretending that its products are never used.

To point out the obvious, we don’t allow this for wood – the carbon stored in a forest is considered to be emitted immediately when the trees are cut down. So why the hell do we allow it for industrial products?

20 comments on “NoRightTurn on the ETS”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    Good to see the full site name used in the title this time.

  2. Afewknowthetruth 2

    ‘Their conclusion is that the scheme is working well, and I’d agree’.

    What a load of crap.

    ETS is just a hige financial scam, designed to make profits for bansksters whilst doing nothing to address the real source of all our woes -the burning of fossil fuels.

    A growing forest absorbs CO2, A dying forest emits CO2. Overall, forests do nothing to alter the overall carbon balance. Only a continuous planting exercise in which NO trees are cut down would have any impact … and the impact would be quite small unless the global economic system (based on burning fossil fuels) was shut down. . As it is billions of tonnes of previously sequestered carbon (in the form of coal, oil and methane) are converted into CO2 and added to the atmosphere every year -so the CO2 content of the atmosphere rises continuously. 394 ppm and rising at over 2ppm per annum.

    There is no such thing as ‘carbon-offsets’. Nor do ‘carbon credits’ exist in the real world. They are just fabrications, thought up by economists and money-lenders.

    In developed nations something like 90% of the forests that existed 300 years ago have been chopped down. In developing nations the figure is around 50% loss.

    If every forest that was chopped down were replaced ( a mathematical and practical impossibility) all that would do is restore the Earth to how it was 300 years ago. Amd we’d still have most the CO2 that has been released since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the atmosphere and in the oceans.

    That is another import point about this whole ETS scam. It takes no account of the death of the oceans due to acidification.

  3. paul 3

    Look at what the ETS means for Palmerston North.
    http://www.palmerston-north.info
    Ratepayers who may be forced to live under the Turitea wind farm have been deceived by Mighty River Power and PNCC.
    When will we be taxed for breathing out CO2? 4.415 million New Zealanders breath out 1kg per day of plant nourishing CO2 every day. The ETS is just a tax and nothing else. Mercifully the Kyoto treaty will die in 2012 never to be resurrected. The biggest scam in world history.

    • Zorr 3.1

      You are aware that a lot of the info that you link to on your site is unmitigated bullshit, right?

      Would love an open comments section there where I could actually address the issues your truthiness factory faces…

    • Colonial Viper 3.2

      Plant nourishing CO2 hahahhaaaa

      Hey its poisonous to people didn’t you know 😉

      • John D 3.2.1

        CO2 is poisonous to people at levels greater than about 5000 ppm
        Below 180 ppm, life on Earth would cease to exist.

        So at 400ppm we are at the lower end of the range where CO2 is beneficial to life.

  4. lefty 4

    How can anybody possibly say ETS works? We are in deep trouble when a site that thinks it is left supports this scam.

    The great market religion has reached deep into society and all reason has deserted even the supposedly educated.

  5. How can anybody possibly say ETS works? We are in deep trouble when a site that thinks it is left supports this scam.

    It works in the same way as a tax: if you raise the price of something, people consume less of it. That’s not rocket science, and its something accepted by people on the left as well as the right. The problems around the ETS stem from subsidies, loopholes, and allocation, not the core idea of trading permits.

    And that said, an ETS or carbon tax (the two are equivalent in effect) should be just part of the solution, and needs to be backed up by strong regulatory measures to address the areas where it doesn’t work so well (e.g. energy efficiency standards, vehicle emissions standards, a ban on new thermal generation). Sadly, our government are still market purists.

    • lefty 5.1

      All a tax or trading system does is put a price on carbon. This does not deal with the problem of emissions.
      It may have the effect of rationing or reducing but it does not discern between necessary and unnecessary use.
      Those producing emmissions for luxury products for the rich can carry on regardless. They will find a way of making the rest of us pay their bills anyway.
      Meanwhile basic needs can be priced out of existance.
      It would be far more effective to just stop producing shit we don’t need.
      The left does not accept emmissions trading or carbon taxes (unless you count National, Labour and the Greens as left).

      • Idiot/Savant 5.1.1

        I can see how you might think that if you were fundamentally opposed to markets. If, OTOH, you see them as a useful tool for resource allocation if appropriately supervised, and/or the tool we have ATM with high transition costs to move to a different tool (and a problem which needs solving sooner rather than later), then YMMV.

        • burt 5.1.1.1

          I/S

          Why do you engage in debate about your posts on other peoples blogs but none of us can on yours?

          [lprent: Pretty obvious sn’t it?

          Because it is a lot of work keeping a comments section operating so it isn’t too much of a sewer. Given a choice I would prefer to write posts and comments rather than moderate. But we made the decision that we wanted a comments section so it required moderation.

          I would say that I/S preferred writing his good posts rather than keeping fractious commentators relatively civil. When we republish here then the posts get our moderation as well.

          You realize of course that I/S counts as an author? Authors get some protection on the personal outside the content of their post. And your repeated questions like the one above gets close to the limits of my toleration. ]

          • Mac1 5.1.1.1.1

            Burt, you ask that question? Mate, you’re the answer.

          • burt 5.1.1.1.2

            lprent

            I thought it was a reasonable question and as I/S had already commented in this thread I don’t see what your problem is. Your big bully “stop asking him that question” and pussy moaning about me repeatedly asking it make you look like his Mum. Poor poor intolerant lprent gets angry defending somebody who could simply answer a civil question. What a knuckle dragger.

            [lprent: It was not a reasonable question as it had nothing to do with I/S’s post and was directed at him at a personal level. He did not comment on the lack of comments on his site. That was a topic you raised.

            It is part of my role to protect authors from those types of attack – and they are attacks regardless how you try to mask it. And I’m not just a knuckle dragger on that – I am a complete arsehole.

            Anyway, since you obviously didn’t get the point, a one week ban to remind you who makes the judgement on the rules on this site. ]

            • Alex 5.1.1.1.2.1

              Children! Let’s keep on topic, shall we?

              Good points have been made about the ETS but was sad to see the biggest failure by the Nats, cutting the R&D tax credit left out. The R&D credit is an excellent way the government can incentivise production in clean green technology that will have a far greater effect on lower emissions in the long term.

  6. Andrei 6

    The ETS is wacko, off this planet wacko.

    Why do any of you fall for it? All it will do is make you poorer and entrench the power and wealth of the ruling class. which is what its all about.

    Look at the way Al Gore lives FFS – hell he “emits” more so called planet wrecking GHGs in a freakin month than we will in our entire lives and he is laughing at you all the way to the bank.

    You lot can be mugs and happily pay the tithes to this heathen religion and its priests but I resent it big time, Its outright theft.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Another stella post from Andrei.

      Why do any of you fall for it? All it will do is make you poorer and entrench the power and wealth of the ruling class. which is what its all about.

      You really love making up drivel.

      Now tell us again how the “Socialist EU” bombed Yugoslavia to bits.

      You lot can be mugs and happily pay the tithes to this heathen religion and its priests but I resent it big time, Its outright theft.

      Nah its the likes of you who have been profiteering from the Earth and her mineral resources without putting anything back except toxic waste and greenhouse gases.

      Pay your share asshole.

  7. John D 7

    The vast tracts of forest owned by DOC are not accounted for under Kyoto.
    This fact alone makes the whole ETS a complete and total ripoff.

    We should be selling carbon offsets to the world, not paying for them.

    • The vast tracts of forest owned by DOC are not accounted for under Kyoto.
      This fact alone makes the whole ETS a complete and total ripoff.

      You are incorrect. Those forests are counted under Kyoto; its just that they’re in a steady state, and so not absorbing or emitting any carbon. What matters for forests is change: growing new trees, or cutting them down.

  8. emissions trading is useless. We need an emissions reduction scheme. best way to do that: build a low carbon economy based that uses clean energy… in short: we need green jobs.

  9. it is also worth noting the green party and te mana party do not support carbon trading and the ETS. Te Mana wants the ETS repealed and the green party supports a carbon tax policy approach.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Police partnership programme with Fiji launched
    A new partnership programme between the New Zealand Police and Fiji Police will focus on combatting transnational organised crime and enhancing investigative skills, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on the first day of her visit to Fiji. The programme will see: ·       New Zealand Institute of Environmental Science and Research ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Joint statement from Prime Minister Ardern and Prime Minister Bainimarama
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama met today in Suva, and renewed their commitment to continue to strengthen Fiji-New Zealand relations on a foundation of shared values and equal partnership. The Prime Ministers acknowledged the kinship between Fijians and New Zealanders, one that has endured over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • $19.9 million from PGF for Kawerau
    A $19.9 million investment from the Provincial Growth Fund will help develop essential infrastructure for an industrial hub in the Bay of Plenty town of Kawerau, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “The funding will go to three projects to further develop the Putauaki Trust Industrial Hub, an industrial ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • PGF funds Mahia roading package
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $8.3 million on a roading package for Mahia that will lead to greater and wider economic benefits for the region and beyond, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced at an event in Mahia today. The $8.3 million announced consists of: $7 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • 18,400 children lifted out of poverty
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed new reporting showing the Coalition Government is on track to meet its child poverty targets, with 18,400 children lifted out of poverty as a result of the Families Package.   Stats NZ has released the first set of comprehensive child poverty statistics since the Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • 20,000 more Kiwi kids on bikes
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today announced that Bikes in Schools facilities have been rolled out to 20,000 more kiwi kids under this Government. She made the announcement at the opening of a new bike track at Henderson North School in Auckland. “Bikes in Schools facilities give kids ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Benefit settings rise in line with wages as of 1 April
    Benefit settings rise in line with wages as of 1 April   Main benefits will increase by over 3 percent, instead of 1.66 percent, on 1 April with the Government’s decision to annually adjust benefit rates to increases in the average wage. The Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, said ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Foreign and Trade Ministers to lead business delegation to India
    Strengthening New Zealand’s political and business ties with India will be the focus of Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters’ and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker’s visit to India this week. The Ministers are co-leading a high level business delegation to India to support increased people and economic engagement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister champions more Pacific in STEM – Toloa Awards
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio continues to champion for greater Pacific participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers with the announcement of the Toloa Awards, with 8 recipients of the Toloa Community Fund and 13 Toloa Tertiary Scholarships. “The Toloa Programme encourages more Pacific peoples ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Submission period for whitebait consultation extended
    Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has extended the date for people to have their say on proposed changes to improve management of whitebait across New Zealand.   Submissions were due to close on 2 March 2020 but will now remain open until 9am on Monday 16 March 2020.   “I have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New international protection for frequent fliers
    The endangered toroa/Antipodean albatross has new international protection for its 100,000km annual migration, thanks to collaborative efforts led by New Zealand, Australia and Chile.   Today, 130 countries agreed to strictly protect Antipodean albatross at the Conference of Parties on the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government to regulate vaping
      No sales to under-18-year-olds No advertising and sponsorship of vaping products and e-cigarettes No vaping or smokeless tobacco in smokefree areas Regulates vaping product safety comprehensively, - including devices, flavours and ingredients Ensure vaping products are available for those who want to quit smoking   Vaping regulation that balances ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Justice Minister represents New Zealand at Berlin nuclear disarmament summit
    Justice Minister Andrew Little will travel to Berlin tomorrow to represent New Zealand at a high-level summit on nuclear disarmament. This year, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) celebrates 50 years since it entered into force. “New Zealand’s proud record and leadership on nuclear disarmament is unwavering, so it’s important we are present ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister to visit Fiji and Australia
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will visit two of New Zealand’s most important Pacific partners, Fiji and Australia, next week. The visit to Fiji will be the first by a New Zealand Prime Minister in four years and comes during the 50th anniversary of Fijian independence and diplomatic relations between our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Next steps in Criminal Cases Review Commission announced
    Justice Minister Andrew Little and New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball, have today announced the appointment of the Chief Commissioner of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), the location, and the membership of the Establishment Advisory Group. Colin Carruthers QC has been appointed Chief Commissioner of the CCRC for an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Horticultural Ahuwhenua Trophy finalists announced
    Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Agriculture Minister Hon Damien O’Connor co-announced the first horticultural finalists for the Ahuwhenua Trophy celebrating excellence in the Māori agricultural sector.  The three finalists are Ngai Tukairangi Trust from Mt Maunganui, Otama Marere Trust from Tauranga, and Hineora Orchard Te Kaha 15B Ahuwhenua ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New support for students with dyslexia
    A new kete of resources to strengthen support for students with dyslexia will provide extra tools for the new Learning Support Coordinators (LSCs) as they start in schools, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Minister launched the kete in Wellington this morning, at the first of three induction ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Rental reforms progress to select committee stage
    The Government continues to make progress on a fairer and more secure rental market for renters and landlords with the First Reading of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill and its referral to the Social Services and Community Select Committee.  “Now is the opportunity for landlords, tenants and others who want ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Papua New Guinea Prime Minister to visit New Zealand
    Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Hon James Marape will visit New Zealand from 21-25 February, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “New Zealand and Papua New Guinea have a warm and friendly relationship. I look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Marape here and strengthening the relationship between our two countries,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Free school lunches served up to thousands
    Thousands of children have begun receiving a free lunch on every day of the school week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. The Government’s free and healthy school lunch programme is under way for 7,000 students at 31 schools in Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti and Bay of Plenty / Waiariki, extending ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Social Wellbeing Agency replaces Social Investment Agency with new approach
    The Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni today announced a new approach that continues to broaden the Government’s social sector focus from a narrow, investment approach to one centred on people and wellbeing. Minister Sepuloni said redefining the previous approach to social investment by combining science, data and lived experience ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government to strengthen protections for whistleblowers
    The Government is strengthening the Protected Disclosures Act to provide better protection for whistle blowers, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said today. “The Protected Disclosures Act is meant to encourage people to speak up about serious wrongdoing in the workplace and protect them from losing their jobs or being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • PM speech at Parliamentary Chinese New Year celebration 2020
    Nǐn hǎo (Hello in Mandarin). Xīn Nián Kuài Lè (Happy New Year in Mandarin) Néi Hóu (Hello in Cantonese). Sun Nin Fai Lok (Happy New Year in Cantonese) Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Thank you for your invitation to attend this celebration today. I would like to acknowledge ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • IPANZ Annual Address
    Kia ora. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai ki te Whare Pāremata. E ngā mana whenua ki tēnei rohe Taranaki Whānui, Te Upoko o Te Ika, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa – kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi. E ngā mana, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 2020 IPANZ Annual Address
    Kia ora. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai ki te Whare Pāremata. E ngā mana whenua ki tēnei rohe Taranaki Whānui, Te Upoko o Te Ika, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa – kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi. E ngā mana, e ngā ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tougher penalties for gun crime a step closer
    Tougher penalties for gun crime are a step closer with the passage of firearms reform legislation through another stage in Parliament. The Arms Legislation Bill has tonight passed its Second Reading. “The changes have one objective - to prevent firearms falling into the wrong hands,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Arms Legislation Bill: Second Reading
    Introduction Mr Speaker We all know why we are here today. It has been a long journey. The journey did not actually begin on 15 March 2019. It began on 30 June 1997. Almost 23 years ago, Justice Sir Thomas Thorp told us what was wrong with our firearms legislation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New era for vocational education
    The Government’s work to put trades and vocational education back on the agenda took another major step forward today with the passing of the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is a watershed day for trades and vocational education. These law changes formalise ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Bill to Amend the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act
    Speeding up the return of Christchurch regeneration activities to local leadership is behind the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Amendment Bill introduced to Parliament today by Minister Megan Woods. “As we approach nine years since the February 2011 earthquake in Canterbury, and with the transition to local leadership well underway, the time ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Milford Track to partly reopen after storm damage
    Hundreds of New Zealanders and international visitors will be able to get back out into nature with the Milford Track partially reopening next week, after extensive assessments and repairs, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The popular Great Walk has been closed since 3 February after an extreme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government drives low-emissions transport momentum
    Up to 110 new EV chargers nationwide in cities and regions 50 electric vehicles for ride-sharing The Government is helping deliver more infrastructure and options for low emissions transport through new projects, Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods says. Tauranga, Nelson, Levin, New Plymouth and Oamaru are just some ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Kiwis better off under Coalition Government
    New Zealanders are increasingly better off under this Government as wages rise and families have more disposable income, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Stats NZ reported today that average household disposable incomes after housing costs rose 4.9% in 2019. This was the highest rise in four years and came as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Another step towards restoring rights for screen production workers
    All New Zealanders need to have their voices heard at work to ensure we have an inclusive and productive economy. Today we introduce a Bill to do this for workers in the New Zealand screen industry, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “The Screen Industry Workers Bill will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Enhanced Taskforce Green for Southland and South Otago
    The Government has announced further help for the Southland and Otago regions to speed up recovery efforts from the floods.  “I’ve approved Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG), making $500,000 available to help with the clean-up in Fiordland, Southland, and the Clutha district in Otago,” Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni said.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Employers and Industry take the lead to connect students to vocational education
    Following the announcement that more than 340 schools will be funded to run events promoting vocational education, the Government has announced it will fund a further 257 events to be run by employers and industry. “These industry-run events will allow more than 30,000 students to connect with more than 2,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Rental reforms a step closer with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill
    Today the Government is making progress on a fairer and more secure rental market for renters and landlords with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill in Parliament.  “This Bill includes a series of reforms to improve the wellbeing of the 609,700 households that live in rented homes, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Biosecurity Minister announces world first eradication of pea weevil
    A Government programme to wipe out pea weevil has achieved a world first, with Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor today announcing the successful eradication of the noxious pest from Wairarapa. This means the nearly four-year ban on pea plants and pea straw was lifted today. Commercial and home gardeners can again grow ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for Southland flooding
    Southland residents hit by flooding caused by heavy rainfall can now access help finding temporary accommodation with the Government activating the Temporary Accommodation Service, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare announced today. “The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to help ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Bridges: Over-hyped and under-delivered
    “Is that it?” That’s Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s response to Simon Bridges’ much-hyped economic speech today. “Simon Bridges just gave the most over-hyped and under-delivered speech that I can remember during my time in politics,” Grant Robertson said. “It’s not surprising. Simon Bridges literally said on the radio this morning ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Police to trial eye in the sky in Christchurch
    A trial deployment of the Police Eagle helicopter in Christchurch will test whether the aircraft would make a significant difference to crime prevention and community safety. “The Bell 429 helicopter will be based in Christchurch for five weeks, from 17 February to 20 March,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago