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NRT: Some “strategy”

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Some “strategy” -NoRightTurn

Yesterday the government released its National Energy Strategy [PDF]. I harshly criticised the draft version when they were released and leaked for replacing Labour’s goal of shifting us to a sustainable, low-emissions energy-future with a dream of finding oil, and for failing to provide any concrete measures for achieving its goals. The final version is, if anything, worse.

While the government has switched the ordering of the goals, so that it no longer puts finding oil first and the environment last, it has also put a much greater emphasis on its quest for oil, with an extended preface about how important oil is, and the simultaneous release of a report on how much money the government could make out of it. The government is spinning this as pushing for “diversity”, but its nothing of the sort. Because we lack export facilities, any gas discovered will be used domestically – meaning that the push for exploration and exploitation directly undermines the stated goal of 90% renewable electricity generation by 2025. So instead of a strategy for a greener future, we have a strategy for a dirtier one, with millions of dollars in subsidies spent to undermine sustainability.

And then there’s the Energy Efficiency and Conservation part of the document. The previous version [PDF] had been weak, and had not listed specific programs to achieve its goals. The new version is even weaker, having replaced almost all numerical (and thus quantifiable and accountable) goals with vague, fuzzy statements. For example the previous version called for 29 PetaJoules of savings in transport energy, and a 4% improvement in vehicle fleet efficiency. The new one simply says that

The efficiency of light vehicles entering the fleet has further improved from 2010 levels.

And its the same all the way through. The previous version called for 21PJ of energy savings and a 14% improvement in industrial and commercial energy intensity; now the government just wants “an improvement”. A 10% reduction in energy use / staff member in the public sector has been similarly reduced to a desire for improvement. Only one numerical goal has been retained, for energy generation from biomass. That goal has been halved.

This isn’t a “strategy”. Instead, its an abdication of responsibility. The lack of targets is a commitment to doing nothing, to business as usual. While that does produce slight improvements in energy efficiency, the government – and New Zealand – should be demanding more.

39 comments on “NRT: Some “strategy””

  1. Lanthanide 1

    I guess their aim of 90% renewable for electricity generation is really a con-job too.

    They’ll try to achieve it by replacing electricity with gas (eg gas oven instead of electric oven), thereby being able to scale back the amount of non-renewable in the national grid by simply shifting the demand to local gas.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      National is a con-job.

      • Jim Nald 1.1.1

        Strategy? Sounds like it was printed on toilet paper.
        They zapped, errrr, capped the public service. Now it is a more efficient propaganda-making, errr, policy-making machinery. So who woo woo really are the unholy ghost-writers who magicked the words?

        You and I know that regardless of the ‘strategy’, the Nats will just plunder and blunder ahead with what they want to do anyway.

    • aerobubble 1.2

      every so often a story crops up about bacteria will turn wood, algea, biomass into oil.
      I have yet to see any large scale neighborhood environmental action groups condeming
      the new biomass plants being put in their neighborhoods, or being paid to give their
      grass, wood, food scraps ups into their home biomatter reactor. Is the rubbish to
      be collected and taken to a massive biohazard plant on the edge of everytown,
      have councils been given consent yet? No. Its all pipe dreams.

      • grumpy 1.2.1

        Not really, there are some good prototype plants on a few diary farms, the Christchurch city council has one at Bromley and Louis Arnoux had one going at Burnham.

    • grumpy 1.3

      Apart from Auckland, the rest of the country could easily achieve 100%.

  2. Spam 2

    Because we lack export facilities, any gas discovered will be used domestically – meaning that the push for exploration and exploitation directly undermines the stated goal of 90% renewable electricity generation by 2025
    Yes, it will be used domestically (unless there is a find big enough for LNG), but no, it doesn’t necessarily undermine the 90% renewable target. New Zealand has an impending gas supply gap. because Kupe and Pohokura have not offset the decline in Maui

    They’ll try to achieve it by replacing electricity with gas (eg gas oven instead of electric oven), thereby being able to scale back the amount of non-renewable in the national grid by simply shifting the demand to local gas
    What? So people at home will go and replace electric ovens with gas for political reasons? Or are you assuming that the Nats will use Greens tactics and simply ban electric ovens?

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      People seldom make economic decisions with purely political motivations.

      Obviously if you have a perfectly good electric oven you’re not going to go replace it with a gas one.

      But if a developer is building a new subdivision of brand new houses, they might like to go with gas ovens as the default cooking appliance in their plans (especially if a new gas well is discovered, driving the cost of gas down).

      • wtl 2.1.1

        Perhaps gas hot water heating would be a better example?

        • grumpy

          Gas hot water heating??????? What about heat pump technology – readily available.

      • aerobubble 2.1.2

        I disagree. Developers are unlikely to do something unless there is a pay off.
        Just like Key can say 90% target for a government he won’t be leading in a
        decades time, or can justify that oil has yet to be found so a present the
        90% fantasy target is justified.

        One question, with all the infrastructure needed to be built in Chch, to
        these new sprawling housing estates well away from downtown ChCh,
        whose going to pay, and realistically why would we build such
        high carbon surburbs at the end of peak oil? Its just so lazy and stupid.

        But hey we so innovative in NZ and coming up with bollocks to paper
        over any nagging questions.

        • grumpy

          Why the fuck would anyone seriously consider gas in Christchurch. Not only is it a grossly inefficient fuel that needs to be physically shipped from wherever it is sourced from but it really is one of your “carbon” nasties.

          Electricity, on the other hand, is 100% renewable in Christchurch.

      • Spam 2.1.3

        Who is the “they’ll” referring to in your post above? You implied it was the National Government.

        By the way – the majority of the cost of gas is in transmission and retail charges, not the cost of the raw gas.

    • bbfloyd 2.2

      you’ve got to try and make sense when attempting to criticize posts spammy… it’s not sufficient to simply wave a blue flag and talk out of your arse…

      people will replace electric appliances with gas when the economics dictate.. for example, if gas was cheaper(no guarantee with the govt we have now) then on an individual level it makes sense to switch… assuming the cost of the re-tooling for gas isn’t out of reach for all but the wealthy..(govt subsidy anyone?) ….

      or, there could be compulsion brought to bear in forcing new homes to be connected to the gas lines… another thing this govt has shown a willingness to do… force people to behave as they want them to regardless of the impact to the individuals concerned…or the damage to communities…

      either way, it will be cheered on by the poodle pack…

      • Spam 2.2.1

        it’s not sufficient to simply wave a blue flag and talk out of your arse…
        So what have I got wrong?

        I agree – people will change to gas if it makes economic sense for them to do so. Lanthanide implies that the government would push people to change to gas, in a dedicated effort to subvert the 90% renewable target. In your reference to “compulsion” it sounds like you agree to some degree.

        Do you honestly believe that? The only party that I can imagine using such compulsion would be the greens (or any dog wagged by them), and they’d be pushing the other way.

        Who is talking out of their arse?

        • Lanthanide

          Actually I’m not saying that the government is going to push people to change to gas.

          What I’m saying is that there are two ways to achieve a 90% renewable rate: increase the supply from renewables, or decrease the total demand. I think the government’s only hope of achieving 90% on the back of this report is by reducing demand, and since they aren’t providing for any actual efficiency means (as outlined in the post), it’s reasonable to assume they’ll do it through substitution.

      • grumpy 2.2.2

        So what are you saying – let’s get people to use gas so that we have a CO2 producing fuel that we can then get them to use less of????

        Electricity in hydro, geothermal, solar and windpower is 100% renewable and non poluting. The best that can be said about gas is that it used to be cheap!

  3. Ianupnorth 3

    I love the line

    The previous version had been weak

    Sounds like their tobacco legislation, their alcohol legislation, the response to ChCh, etc.

    Anyway, whilst we have mass unemployment we should be spending and developing renewable sources of energy; an example would be ground based heat pumps; these use underground pipes to extract solar heat from the group; more effective and efficient than current heat pumps. Any brave government would make sure strategies like those were in the building code for all new dwellings, but not NACT!

  4. UpandComer 4

    It really is amusing. Carbon emissions were the highest they have ever been, under Labour, and were growing!
    Deforestation was the highest ever, under Labour.
    Labour’s environmental record was appalling, but it’s okay because it’s you guys huh, all the rhetoric in the world, but terrible terrible record.
    It’s also amusing to see the graphs of electricity pricing that shows the steep slopes of rising prices under Labour before a flattening out under partial private ownership.
    Seriously, Act would do a better job on the environment then Labour, no joke. They would be straight up about the environment and not talk weaselly myth and non-reality all the time.
    So what if carbon that is discovered is consumed domestically, it will mean fewer carbon imports, so is still good for the economy and that can help pay for increasing the renewables percentage.
    A few rogue polls out there at the moment huh guys.

    • thejackal 4.1

      I find this argument interesting because it completely ignores reality. National is doing far worse things for the environment than Labour ever did. Why the hell should the negative aspects of the previous Labour government’s policies give an excuse for the current National government to be a failure? It’s childish nonsense.

      You’re clearly uneducated in a RWNJ school of non-thought like Kiwibog UpandComer. Act would get rid of the RMA for starters… how is that good for the environment? We would have most of the country reduced to picking through rubbish to survive while a bunch of elitists whipped, ate caviar and drunk champagne. We would have American nukes up the wazoo.

      National’s dirty fuel dream hasn’t helped the economy at all, it’s simply creating more CO2. Whether foreign or domestic, it is the increased reliance on petroleum and coal etc that is the problem. Once again National has no solution. They are a complete failure for New Zealand.

    • JonL 4.2

      Of course, you have impeccable documentation for your assertions……

  5. tc 5

    ‘This isn’t a “strategy”. Instead, its an abdication of responsibility’ yup what did you expect, addressing the issues of peak oil/ensuring NZ resources are maximised to benefit NZ….yeah right.

    The photo is her laughing at us as she builds up all those backhanders to wealhy energy interests (a good hedge for the whanau ora trough) to ensure a warm glow remains long after they’re gone.

  6. exit lane 6

    Royalties may be just a mirage. The Woodward report released with the “Strategy” confirms domestic production is falling off a cliff and royalties with it. The much hyped frontier royalty figures are 10 years away and with guess piled on guess just assume more oil will be found.
    Meanwhile the ANNUAL cost to NZ of importing ever more expensive oil could rise by 2015 to $10 billion which is equal the cost to Govt of the Christchurch earthquake EVERY year. $19 billion by 2020.

    Even if new oil was discovered tomorrow none will come on stream for at least 5 years more likely 10 years. While we wait for the govt’s massive gamble to pay off — the oil crunch for prices and supply is NOW …

    What part of oil above $100 a barrel for over 6 months and the world economy stalling as a result does the govt not understand? It received advice from officials in 2009 that NZ was more vulnerable to oil shocks than other OECD nations but ignored it.

  7. Afewknowthetruth 7

    The document is utter garbage and is full of oxymorons and neuro-linguistic programmng.

    We are at the point of major dicontinuity in human history due to the peaking of global oil extraction. That will demolish most present economic and financial arrangements by 2015.

    The greatest threat to continued habitation of this planet by humans and other mammalian life forms is abrupt climate change. National’s policy it to promote abrupt climate change via the insane obssession with economic growth.

    Fortunately, fossil fuel depletion will put an and to the economic absurditities National proposes. However, fossil fuel depletion may not be fast enough to prevent abrupt climate change.

    • grumpy 7.1

      Oh? So the end of the world is National’s fault?????

      As if some little tin pot country in the Pacific could cause alll that???

      How about China, India, Russia, US etc? Oh – that’s right – they’ve all got “magic chimneys”.

  8. Jenny 8

    The lunatics have taken over the asylum

  9. Afewknowthetruth 9


    The fact is, everything you write is utter shite.

    Take the nonsense you wrote about gas. Burning gas for heating is close to 100% efficeint, whereas converting gas energy to electrical energy is approximately 65% efficient. And when electricity is distributed there are futher losses in cables and via transformers etc..

    Take heat pumps. These are superfially efficient movers of heat from one place to another, yet when you look at the complex systems required to make, install, and maintain heat pumps and the fact that they break down after a while (in fact quite quickly in some situations) they are not so marvellous after all. Heat pumps are okay for heating air, which has a low specific heat, a few degrees (say from 10oC to 20oC but would be pretty hopeless for heating water, which has a high specific heat, to any kind of temperure that would be of use domestically.

    ‘Electricity in hydro, geothermal, solar and windpower is 100% renewable and non poluting.’

    Utter crap!

    The construction of hydro dams requires the consumption of huge quantities of fossil fuels, and if concrete is used, the massive emsiions involved in the manufacture of cement. There is a huge amount of embedded CO2 in geothrmal and widpower just in the materials required, let alone the transport to site, installation and maintenance. And the sediments that build up behind dams means not only that there are methane emissions but that most dams have a limited life before becoming choked. The carbon footfrint of renewables is substantially lower than other forms of energy conversion, but they are not ‘non-polluting’.

    Then there is the nonsense you wrote about ‘Oh? So the end of the world is National’s fault?????’

    Nobody is talking about he end of the world. What people with braisn are talking about is the collapse of present economic arrangements, for which National has made zero preparation. In fact National is in total denial of reality on practically any issues you care to name except the establishment and mainenance of rorts, which for which they are experts. (not that Labour was much better when in office).

    ‘How about China, India, Russia, US etc? Oh – that’s right – they’ve all got “magic chimneys”.’

    Before you start pointing the finger at other nations I suggest you look at the PER CAPITA emissions of New Zealanders. They are utterly applalling.

    Yesterday it was utter nonsense about ‘no polar bears drowning, no ice caps and no glaciers melting’.

    You really need to grow a brain before coming back to comment on this site.

    On the other hand, if you are happy to continue being ‘the village idiot’ in order to give others the opportunity to present the facts, carry on.

    • TEA 9.1

      Well said “Afewknowthetruth” !

    • Jenny 9.2

      The construction of hydro dams requires the consumption of huge quantities of fossil fuels, and if concrete is used, the massive emissions involved in the manufacture of cement. There is a huge amount of embedded CO2 in geothermal and windpower just in the materials required, let alone the transport to site, installation and maintenance.


      Brain, while this is the case at the moment, these problems are not as insoluble as you make out.

      There are alternatives:


      If you read the link you will see that concrete production, metal smelting, hi tech fabrication, all the things necessary for modern industrial civilisation and human progress are able to be done without massive CO2 emissions.

      I have touched on alternative sustainable technologies before and you have remained silent. Even when I challenged you directly to critique the science, and tear apart my argument if you can.
      Yet you refused. Why? Because it might puncture your wallowing in defeatist negativity? Because it might mean you have to do something yourself?

      Brain, you are correct in your analysis of the gravity of the problem, and of the very real danger that humanity and the planet are facing. Yet you are just as guilty as the deniers in that you also refuse to act against climate change. In your case your negative defeatist outlook is your excuse for doing nothing. Nothing can be done, because it’s all hopeless let’s do nothing.

      There are solutions. Again, and again I read from all sorts of different sources, it is not a technical problem, the thing that is missing is the political will to implement the changes necessary.

      • Colonial Viper 9.2.1

        I have touched on alternative sustainable technologies before and you have remained silent. Even when I challenged you directly to critique the science, and tear apart my argument if you can.
        Yet you refused. Why? Because it might puncture your wallowing in defeatist negativity?

        Best best best case scenario is that you could sustain growth for another century or three. Then it would still be end of line.


        Yet you are just as guilty as the deniers in that you also refuse to act against climate change. In your case your negative defeatist outlook is your excuse for doing nothing. Nothing can be done, because it’s all hopeless let’s do nothing.

        There are solutions. Again, and again I read from all sorts of different sources, it is not a technical problem, the thing that is missing is the political will to implement the changes necessary.

        I used to have a go at AKFTT for this exact same reason. You are right, things could be done, and many of the problems are political and an issue of political will and funding, not technology. Yet that’s exactly the problems will NOT be solved, despite the fact that technical solutions are available to some degree.

        Yet you are just as guilty as the deniers in that you also refuse to act against climate change. In your case your negative defeatist outlook is your excuse for doing nothing.Nothing can be done, because it’s all hopeless let’s do nothing.

        I take Orlov’s line here. What do you mean “do”? Many of the most critical things ‘to be done’ are now completely outside of the control of any single person, single country, single corporation. This is the prisoners dilemma writ large. You cannot tell defrosting artic tundra what to “do” nor can you tell the currents of the Atlantic “what to do”.

        Do you want to spend your time valiantly screaming against the tide not to come in? Maybe beat drums, draw symbols in the sand, build a few levees? Go on, if it will make you feel better.

        There are solutions.

        Not to saving an industrial globalised economy supporting 7B humans there ain’t.

        I’ll tell you what, even with massive implementation efforts around that technology you linked to, to desertec, to other renewables, you will be looking at a stable world population of around 1.5B. Maybe two billion if you did it in a hurry and we really got our shit together.

        Because the loss of fossil fuels in a world almost totally reliant on an industrial farming set up to feed it means that collecting all the heat energy and renewable electricity in the world still means squat in terms of kJ of food produced per square metre.

        And forget about climate change. The killer is energy depletion. Climate change is a problem for 100 years time, if we make it past the next 10-15.

        • Jenny

          Kia ora CV thank you for your response.

          I was trying to get Afewknowthetruth to respond. Though we disagree on whether anything can be done or not, I value Afktt’s contributions, because generally his comments are considered and thoughtful and he is well informed as to the scientific facts of climate change.

          Of your response unfortunately, I cannot say same. Most of your rebuttal to my argument is obviously straight off the top of your head.

          Your comments are so spontaneously spurious, that they manage to be misleading as well.

          I have never been a supporter of the growth economy, as you purport. It is plainly unsustainable. The sea of un-recyclable plastic waste that clogs our landfills and despoils our oceans, the hell for leather, burning up of all our natural resources like there is no tomorrow, (which there won’t be), wasteful destructive, exploitive, all part and parcel of an economy based upon unimpeded “growth”.

          I don’t support the endless growth paradigm expounded by mainstream economists and business leaders and championed by the MSM and most governments for the past 150 years. This irrationality is being brought to a screeching stop by the physical limits set by the carrying capacity of the planet.

          In my opinion the growth economy never really worked as advertised, even in it’s salad days. (1945- 1975)

          Unlike the author you linked to, I and I am sure, a growing number of others don’t “have a difficult time imagining a different trajectory.”

          What I support is a progressive and sustainable technological civilisation.
          I think this is worth fighting for.

          Civilisation that values the protection and development of the human and natural environment, over a ‘civilisation’ which at present deliberately and carelessly degrades both the human and natural environment in pursuit of endless spendthrift “growth”.

          The alternative? (that is if anyone survives the collapse of civilisation based on endless growth).

          After a massive and cataclysmic die back of a large part of humanity, a return to an agrarian past, (even in a world not ravaged by pollution), the average life span was 40, the products of science and industry, like vaccines and social medicine can’t exist, plague and famine again become regular occurances, mass ignorance and superstition fill the place left empty by universal education. A new dark ages descends likely only to be relieved by extinction.

          CV. even though you have misrepresented me, for supporting the “growth” economic model, in the same sentence you admitted that if we adopted some of the measures I suggested even with the growth model we “could” delay the inevitable for up to 300 years.

          Obviously this is just as spurious a comment, as the more negative part of your statement.
          However it is an admission by you, that in your opinion, if we did (as a global community) take some concrete actions against climate change, then at the very least it would buy us some time.

          So why are these things not being done?

          On this question CV you again admit that it is a matter of political will:

          ….. You are right, things could be done, and many of the problems are political and an issue of political will and funding, not technology. Yet that’s exactly [why] the problems will NOT be solved, despite the fact that technical solutions are available to some degree.

          And further:

          What do you mean “do”? Many of the most critical things ‘to be done’ are now completely outside of the control of any single person, single country, single corporation.

          The second paragraph is made up of a question, and a statement. Before I answer your question “What do you mean “do”?; Let me address your statement “Many of the most critical things ‘to be done’ are now completely outside of the control of any single person, single country, single corporation.”

          CV, is this the reasoning behind your argument for doing nothing?

          If it is, it is a fallacious. Of course it is impossible for the whole world to agree to do something, – anything. What it takes is leadership. One country has to be the first to take the lead, this puts the matter on the agenda for all other countries. To a greater or lesser degree, other goverments will either have to measure up to, or reject the leading country’s position. If the science and the facts back the lead country’s example as being the right thing to do, it will be hard to ignore. Some other countries, (probably only a few to begin with) will follow. But as more and more countries follow the lead the question will become unavoidable for even the most intractable polluters.

          When it comes to taking the lead, why not New Zealand?

          I know the boys and girls over at the Farmers Fed and other business forums will scream blue murder. The Feds in particular have argued very strongly and publicly against New Zealand taking a lead on climate change.

          But, New Zealand has been a world leader many times, over universal sufferage, over social welfare, over nuclear proliferation, over apartheid in South Africa.

          CV this leads to your question: “What do you mean “do”?

          Greenpeace New Zealand have called for a ban on all coal exports. Their direct action protest flotilla has blockaded the coal ships to try and stop them leaving our ports.

          But what if their protests were heeded by a mainstream political party in parliament rather than political activists?

          Such a policy target, would be the sort of iconic stance that to gain the world’s and the nation’s attention.

          As ‘The Standard’ authors of this post say:

          The lack of targets is a commitment to doing nothing, to business as usual. While that does produce slight improvements in energy efficiency, the government – and New Zealand – should be demanding more.

          The Standard

          I take it CV that you are a Labour Party supporter

          So forgive me CV, but I have to ask:

          Could it be, you are just scrambling around trying to find reasons for the Labour Party’s soft line on climate change, or indeed since you raised it, peak oil?

          Wasn’t it the last Labour Government that signed away $billions of public money to expand our unsustainable motorway system at the expense of much more sustainable public transport?

          For instance the Clark government approved the unpopular and unloved Waterview motorway tunnel, costing billions, taking 5 years to build, demolishing hundreds of homes and some businesses as well.

          What on earth are we to make of this decision by the governing Labour Party?

          Surely this was a huge white elephant even in 2008?

          As to what calamity will get us first or which is the biggest danger, climate change vs peak oil they are both symptomatic of the same lack of leadership facing up to these issues.

          And they both require the same remedial action.

          Yet our leaders are headed in the opposite direction:

          For instance the pending peak oil emergency is being seen as a potential profitable venture by the (still so far) government functionaries at Solid Idiocy who are planning to turn low grade coal into liquid diesel and gas.

          Obviously this sort of insanity in the face of impending oil depletion will increase the danger of global climate change.

          The two impending cataclysms of Climate Change and Peak Oil are linked by the failure of leadership.

          So what if the Labour Party opposition adopted as a policy banning all fossil fuel exports, including coal, from New Zealand?

          Apart from creating a huge splash in the local media, there would be some other immediate local effects. The National Government’s intention to open Dennistion Plateau for major open cast and underground mining would be put in jeopardy. The National Government’s plan to privatise Solid Energy would have no buyers. Overseas, this would be taken by the Australian Labour leader Julia Guillard under right wing siege over her climate policies as an act of solidarity. Guilard could point to New Zealand Labour as an endorsment of the rightness of her cause.

          On (eventually) becoming government again, and framing the necessary legislation the ripples would be likely to spread even further afield becoming a cause celebre throughout the world.

          Wouldn’t this be better strategy than the current government and opposition policy of just ignoring the problem?

  10. Macro 12

    The sad fact is that neither the Govt nor the leader of the opposition, if the sound bite we were permitted to hear the other day is accurate, understand the problem.
    The world has now a LIMITED Carbon BUDGET – if we go BEYOND that budget we are toast! End of story. There can be no “and ….and ….and… ” solution to this problem – We HAVE to stop burning fossil fuels – and soon.

    • Jenny 12.1

      …..neither the Govt nor the leader of the opposition, if the sound bite we were permitted to hear the other day is accurate, understand the problem.


      Macro, how could the government and the opposition not understand the problem?

      Doesn’t the government have the best scientific advisers in the country?

      If our leaders don’t understand the problem, then what on earth are these experts telling our MPs?

      Alternatively are the MPs of National and Labour just willfully choosing to ignore the government’s scientific advisers?

      Are our leaders intimidated and frightened of the fossil fuel lobby?

      Why do our leaders lack conviction on the questions of climate change? (for or against)

      Is it cowardice?
      Is it denial?
      Is it fear?
      Is it dishonesty?

      • Colonial Viper 12.1.1

        Is it cowardice?
        Is it denial?
        Is it fear?
        Is it dishonesty?

        Simpler. No money to be made in climate change. More money to be made in the status quo.

        Not hard.

        Alternatively are the MPs of National and Labour just willfully choosing to ignore the government’s scientific advisers?

        You seem to have picked up the (mistaken) belief that science and evidence generally back what governments choose to do.

        You should disavow yourself of that position before you are disappointed.

        Further, scientists have no answers to the real questions. Convincing people that their incomes will no longer rise, that people need to tell their children that life will not get shinier and easier, that 30% of people will need to go back to the fields to work, that being a lawyer, doctor or accountant is going to be generally useless.

        Never seen any scientific advisor give any credible advice on those counts.

  11. Jenny 13

    The PERIL theses lists the five terminal crises of late capitalism.

    L is the last letter in the word Peril, and stands for the crisis of Legitimacy.

    From the Automatic Earth website:

    ‘There Has Been a Clear Crisis of Confidence’, says IMF head Christine Lagarde. What confidence is she talking about? Turns out, it’s not your confidence in her. Neither is it your confidence in your elected politicians. While both may be shaken to the core, Ms. Lagarde addresses another form of confidence, the confidence “in the markets”.



    The head of the IMF Christine Lagarde, believes she has a solution to this crisis in confidence. “More Growth”.

    Just wait to read what she thinks we must do…..

    Nothing new from Ms. Lagarde, in other words. What we need is growth! Never mind that with high unemployment in many European countries, as well as the United States, and with housing markets either about to burst (Britain, Holland, Denmark, Sweden) or in just the first steps of doing so (United States, Spain, Ireland), substantial economic growth is but a mirage. It’s not all that far-fetched to say we haven’t seen any real growth for three decades; instead we’ve done nothing but borrow our way into an increase in spending power.

    And the debt we’ve accumulated while we were borrowing has now reached levels that make growth no longer possible. In the US, each additional dollar of debt doesn’t presently have any positive effect on growth anymore. In Greece, government bonds, the favorite debt instrument among politicians, have reached yields that top 70% for 1-year debt and 40% for 2-year paper. Italy needs to roll over €62 billion in debt before the end of September (the most ever in a single month). There are no buyers on the horizon except for the ECB; a scary realization.

    Still, Ms. Lagarde pushes head first and full force for even more debt. In the US, where ..there is probably space at the moment to contain the short-term adjustment .., and in Europe, where ..there has to be fiscal consolidation qualified by growth-intensive measures. In addition, there has to be increased recapitalization of the banks..

    In both cases, this would mean more money to be transferred from the taxpayer to the financial institutions. One might say that the crisis of confidence Lagarde talk about is one in which banks are starting to get worried about the size of their next bail-out. Nothing more, nothing less.


    • Jenny 13.1

      So to sum up: The IMF chief Christine Lagarde thinks that getting tax payers to again bail out the Uber Rich to the tune of billions of dollars will overcome the “crisis of confidence” in the market.

      As the Tui ads say, “Yeah Right”.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    12 hours ago
  • Halfway there (maybe)
    New Zealand is now officially halfway through its first 4-week lockdown period. The good news is that it seems to be working - people staying at home has reduced the potential for the virus to spread, and we've had steadily decreasing numbers of new cases over the last few days ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    13 hours ago
  • A pandemic Peter Principle.
    In 1968 Canadian sociologist Laurence Peter coined the phrase “Peter Principle” as a contribution to the sociology of organisations. It explains that in complex organizations people rise to the level of their own incompetence. That is, they get promoted so long as they meet or exceed the specified criteria for ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    13 hours ago
  • Hard News: Music is coming home
    The practice and business of music has been one of the sectors most gravely impacted by the virus sweeping the world. The emphatic nature of our government's response, necessary as it was, has slammed the industry and the people who work in it.There are New Zealand artists – Nadia Reid, ...
    14 hours ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 14
    . . April 8: Day 14 of living in lock-down… The good news first: the downward trajectory of new cases appears to be a real thing. In the last four days, since Sunday, new infections have been dropping: Sunday: 89 new cases Monday: 67 Tuesday: 54 Today (Wednesday): 50 The ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    16 hours ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 5: Don’t censor yourself
    The anti-fluoride movement wants to restrict your reading to “just four studies.” They actively ignore or attempt to discredit other relevant studies. Image credit: Censorship in media. For earlier articles in this series see: ...
    20 hours ago
  • “Lord, give us Democratic Socialism – but not yet!”
    Not Now, Not Ever, Never! The problem with Labour's leading activists is that there is never a good time for democratic socialism. Never. They are like Saint Augustine who prayed to the Almighty: “Lord, give me chastity and self-control – but not yet.” In the case of Labour "junior officers", however, ...
    21 hours ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #14, 2020
    23 hours ago
  • The Few are on the run, again, it still won’t stop reality catching up…
    We are seeing what has been termed “a greater challenge than the crash of 2008” by a growing number of economists and more rational, sane commentators, because whilst that was a shocking exposure of the levels to which hubris had sunk, right down to the blank cheque given those who ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 day ago
  • Speaker: Locked down in Jersey City
    I am a Kiwi living in Jersey City, New Jersey. Jersey City is the second-largest city in the state and is located directly across the Hudson River from downtown Manhattan. Locals call it New York’s sixth borough. More than 350,000 New Jersey citizens, including myself, commute to New York daily ...
    2 days ago
  • Expanding houses
    It’s  a beautiful autumn afternoon, we need to get out of the house, and so our bubble sets off on a bike ride around our local neighbourhood, Cambridge Park. The bikes come out of the garage, and, being really certain we have a front door key, close the garage door ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 13
    . . April 7: Day 13 of living in lock-down… and unlucky for those who are superstitious. A day when there was a ray of sunshine from an otherwise bleak day of worrying signs. Today, as RNZ reported; Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield reported 54 new confirmed and probable cases ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • A UBI in Spain
    So far, universal basic income policies, which see people given a regular income without any conditions, have been trailed only on a small scale. But now, Spain is introducing one nationwide as a response to the pandemic: Spain is to roll out a universal basic income (UBI) “as soon as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 4: Till et al (2020)
    Paul Connet, head of the anti-fluoride propaganda group, Fluoride Action Network, claims that the IQ of children bottle-fed in fluoridated areas drops by 9 points. But he misrepresented the research. There is no observable effect. For earlier articles in this series see: Part 1: Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only ...
    2 days ago
  • The Role of Government
    The Queen’s coronavirus broadcast, with its overtones of Winston Churchill and Vera Lynn, prompted me to reflect on the tribulations my parents’ generation suffered during the Second World War – and I imagine that those parallels, given her own wartime experience, were very much in the Queen’s mind as she ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 days ago
  • The irreversible emissions of a permafrost ‘tipping point’
    This is a re-post from Carbon Brief by Dr Christina Schädel Across vast swaths of the northern hemisphere’s higher reaches, frozen ground holds billions of tonnes of carbon.  As global temperatures rise, this “permafrost” land is at increasing risk of thawing out, potentially releasing its long-held carbon into the atmosphere. Abrupt permafrost ...
    2 days ago
  • How to complain about MDC’s unreasonable LGOIMA charging regime
    Back in February, the Marlborough District Council increased the mount it charges for LGOIMA requests. I used the LGOIMA to poke into this, and it seems the case for increased charges is unjustified: the supposed increase in request volumes it rests on is an artefact of the Council suddenly deciding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 12
    . . April 6: Day 12 of living in lock-down… Another day of a near-empty Park N Ride carpark; . . And another day of near-empty Wellington streets; . . . Light traffic on the motorway. No apparent increase in volume. Commercial vehicles sighted; a gravel-hauling truck; McAuley’s Transport; a ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • A Lamentable Failure of Imagination.
    Imagination By-Pass: Had the Communications Minister, Kris Faafoi (above) taken a firm stand with Bauer, reminding them of their obligations to both their staff and the wider New Zealand public, then a much more favourable outcome may well have ensued. He should have made it clear to the Bauer board ...
    3 days ago
  • Simon Bridges can’t connect
    We all know that Simon Bridges has, at the best of times, an intermittent relationship with the truth. However you would think that during a pandemic and economic crisis the current opposition leader would pull his head in and start to do the right thing.Obviously leading by example should be ...
    3 days ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 3: Riddell et al (2019)
    Connett promotes Riddell et al (2019) as one of the only four studies one needs to read about fluoridation. But he misunderstands and misrepresents the findings of this study. Image credit: Fluoride Action ...
    3 days ago
  • Could the Atlantic Overturning Circulation ‘shut down’?
    This is a re-post from Carbon Brief by Dr. Richard Wood and Dr. Laura Jackson Generally, we think of climate change as a gradual process: the more greenhouse gases that humans emit, the more the climate will change. But are there any “points of no return” that commit us to irreversible ...
    3 days ago
  • The biggest challenge for a generation ahead – covid-19. Defeat and Recovery
    Last month I wrote my blog on covid-19 pointing out the in our pre Alert Level 4 days that a subject no one had heard here months ago was now dominating the media. An amazing feature of this crisis is how quickly it has swept every other issue aside worldwide. ...
    PunditBy Wyatt Creech
    4 days ago
  • Testing for COVID-19 in NZ to Achieve the Elimination Goal
    Nick Wilson,1 Ayesha Verrall,1,2 Len Cook,3 Alistair Gray,3 Amanda Kvalsvig,1 Michael Baker,1 (1epidemiologists, 2infectious disease physician, 3statisticians) In this blog, we raise ideas for how New Zealand might optimise testing to both identify cases in the community as part of the COVID-19 elimination strategy, and to confirm when the virus ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Should we all be wearing face masks to prevent Covid-19 spread?
    Maybe you’ve seen the graph that says those countries where everyone wears a mask are the ones that have managed to keep Covid-19 under control? The first thing to say about that claim is that those countries also did lots of other things, too – they acted fast, with intense ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #14
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... North Atlantic's capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests Research into ocean’s plankton likely to lead to ...
    4 days ago
  • The Americans are trying to kill us all again
    The Treaty on Open Skies is one of the most effective mechanisms for preventing war curently in force. By letting countries make surveillance flights over each others' territory, it eliminates fears that they are secretly preparing for war. So naturally, the US is planning to withdraw from it: The Trump ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 11
    . . April 5: Day eleven of living in lock-down… My one day of rest for the week, and an opportunity to mow my lawns – which I’d been delaying for about three weeks. (On the plus side, the damp micro-climate in my back yard yielded three lovely fresh mushrooms ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Now we know what the rules are
    As the lockdown has gone on, disquiet about what the rules were and the police's enforcement of them has grown. On Friday, Police admitted that they were abusing routine traffic stops to effectively set up illegal checkpoints, and on Saturday Stuff revealed internal police advice saying that they actually needed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 2: Green et al (2019)
    Paul Connett is putting all his eggs in one basket. He says “you only have to read four studies” to find community after fluoridation harmful. Image credit: Fluoride Action Network newsletter. For part 1 of this series see Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018). Paul Connett, ...
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: Splore Listening Lounge 2020: the road to a “yes” vote
    As far as anyone can say, New Zeaand still has a general election scheduled for September 19 this year. The election will be accompanied by two referenda, one of which will ask voters:Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?The official campaign period for the cannabis referendum begins ...
    4 days ago
  • Obituary for The New Zealand Listener (1939-2020)
    The vast majority of tributes to the Listener hearken back to its glory days, with little reflection on the magazine as it was at its end.I wrote for it, for half the Listener’s life; I have known personally all the editors except the first (mythical) three. From 1978 to 2014 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Universal income – a challenge to capitalism or a crutch?
    As the world economy slides rapidly towards deep recession there are growing calls for a Universal Benefit coming from some leftists and rightists. Now Finance Minister Grant Robertson is saying it is on the table.  This article by a French party Workers Struggle provides analysis of various forms of universal ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018)
    This is the advice from the very top of the anti-fluoride movement – Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Don’t worry about reading  up on all the scientific information “You only have ...
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 10
    . . April 4: Day 10 of living in lock-down… I wake up to a fine Saturday morning which normally would be like an early Christmas. But it’s Day 10 of Level 4 Lock Down. What  will my fellow New Zealanders be doing on a day like this – staying ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Redline reaching out to more writers & readers
    Some time during the night we went over the 850,000 views mark. We might have had our millionth view by the end of this year – certainly by early next year. Most of the people involved in Redline spent years and years producing various small left-wing papers and selling them ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Keir Starmer elected
    Comfortably, in the very first round, with an impressive 56% of the votes.I wonder, did members of the Shadow Cabinet start tweeting their resignations during Starmer's victory speech, or is that only a trick the right pull?It is odd how all the talk of how the next leader "needs to ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: Michael Baker and the Big House
    One of the key voices in this extraordinary time in which we live is that of University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker. Philip Matthews did an an excellent job this weekend of capturing the way he became the man for this moment in a profile for The Press.But one ...
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand Gives up on Trying to Save Daylight
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation today about the decline in daylight New Zealand has been experiencing over the previous few months. She said “As many of you will notice, our attempts to stem the dwindling of the daylight over the last few months have been completely ...
    Can of wormsBy Can of Worms, Opened
    5 days ago
  • A bulletin from Greece
    Redline received this article from the KOE a Marxist party in Greece Our friends in the KOE describe here the mounting crisis in Greece and tensions on the Turkish border. As desperate people flee from their homelands which have been ruined after decades of imperialist wars and interventions the people ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • And God spake all these words, saying
    As the first week of Level Four lockdown unfolded, mounting questions grew as to just what was (and was not) allowed under its “rules”. Partly these were driven by some apparently contradictory messages from different authority figures and explanations carried in the media. Partly they reflected a somewhat sketchy legal basis ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 9
    . . April 3: Day 9 of living in lock-down… Another late-start to my work day. Everything is temporarily upended as clients are shuffled around so we can minimise our “bubble” by reducing the number of people we help. One of my colleagues has been removed from his clients; his ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Death to our lockdown enemies!
    We must root out the traitors among us! ...
    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    7 days ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    7 days ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    7 days ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    1 week ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    1 week ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    1 week ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    1 week ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    1 week ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    1 week ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago

  • Decisions made on urgent turf maintenance
    The Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson has announced that urgent maintenance of turf and care for plants in non-plantation nurseries will soon be able to go ahead under Level 4 restrictions. “The Government has agreed that urgent upkeep and maintenance of biological assets will be able to go ahead ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Acknowledging an extraordinary te reo champion
    E tangi ana a Taranaki iwi, e tangi ana te ao Māori, otirā e tangi ana te motu. Mōu katoa ngā roimata e riringi whānui ana, mōu katoa ngā mihi.   E te kaikōkiri i te reo Māori, e Te Huirangi, takoto mai. Takoto mai me te mōhio ko ngā ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Prime Minister’s remarks halfway through Alert Level 4 lockdown
    Today is day 15 of Alert Level 4 lockdown. And at the halfway mark I have no hesitation in saying, that what New Zealanders have done over the last two weeks is huge. In the face of the greatest threat to human health we have seen in over a century, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Licenses, WoFs and regos extended under lockdown
    All driver licences, WoFs, CoFs, and some vehicle certifications, that expired on or after 1 January 2020 will be valid for up to six months from 10 April 2020, Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced. “People shouldn’t have to worry about getting fined for having an expired document if driving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Inquiry report into EQC released
    The Government has today released the report from the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission chaired by Dame Silvia Cartwright.  Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Grant Robertson says the Government wants to learn from people’s experiences following the Canterbury earthquakes and other recent natural disasters. “Dame Silvia’s report documents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • More time for health workers and elderly to get flu vaccine
    The Government has extended by two weeks till April 27 the amount of time priority groups, such as health workers and those aged over 65, have to get their flu vaccine before it is made available to the wider public. This year’s vaccination campaign is a key component of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Communities step up to help New Zealanders stay connected and fed during lockdown
    Communities stepping up to help New Zealanders stay at home to break the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives have received Government support, said Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. “Delivering groceries for the elderly who can’t shop online, providing data packs for low income families to keep them connected, and being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 120 COVID-19 testing centres now operating
    Across New Zealand 120 sites are taking samples to be tested for COVID-19.   68 community based assessment centres (CBACs) have been established to take samples from people with COVID-19 symptoms. Alongside this, 52 other centres including designated general practices, swabbing centres, and mobile clinics are now testing people for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Covid19: Government moving quickly to roll out learning from home
    The Ministry of Education is working with partners to develop a package of options so that students can learn at home when Term 2 begins on 15 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Supports are also being prepared for households with children under five, to help parents and whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Making learning from home accessible to Māori learners and whānau
    Māori Television to begin educational te reo programmes Ki te Ao Mārama – a new online learning space Thousands of hard copy learning packs ready for distribution Helpdesk and advice service for kōhanga, kura and wharekura Television, the internet and hard copy learning packs are some of the ways whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Planning for the future of tourism
    Tourism New Zealand to lead work reimagining the way tourism operates in post-COVID-19 world. Ministers to review International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy investment plan. The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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