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Open Mike 04/02/2018

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  1. Ed 1

    An excellent article, part of a longer investigation.
    It’s great to see a lot more New Zealanders will learn about how they can help mitigate climate change by adopting a plant based diet or by eating less meat.

    There is a lot in the passage worth reading,
    Here are some highlights.

    “The average Kiwi eats 20kg less meat amid concerns over sustainability of agriculture.
    As environmental concerns grow, so do the number of Kiwis choosing to adopt a meat-free lifestyle. A 2016 ANZ Roy Morgan poll showed one in 10 Kiwis follow a vegetarian diet – a 27 per cent increase in just five years.
    In terms of sustainability, a low-meat diet is leagues ahead of a meat-rich diet.
    There’s no escaping the reality of the environmental impact of agriculture. Collectively dairy, beef and sheep generate more than 97 per cent of all agricultural greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand and almost half of the total green house emissions for the country.
    Since 2002 the number of total dairy cattle has risen. As a result, the emissions created by dairy has doubled since 1990.”

    It is clear from reading the article, that If you are concerned about climate change,you can do something.

    Adopt a plant based diet.


    • A misleading piece of propaganda for vegetarianism, would be a better description.

      Like you, it takes figures for the environmental impact of feeding grain crops to livestock and presents them as though they applied to New Zealand.

      It also presents a graphic, again based on overseas farming practices, claiming meat uses a lot of “scarce” water, ignoring the fact that NZ livestock mostly use water that falls onto the farm as rain. And then captions it “A meat-eaters carbon footprint is much higher than that of a vegetarians,” as though that were what the graphic shows!

      When you look at the article’s meat consumption figures, it’s pretty clear that rising prices and scaremongering about red meat have pushed people towards eating more chicken and pork. Whether there’s also greater enthusiasm for vegetarian diets is open to question, although it wouldn’t be surprising given the amount of propaganda for it out there.

      I’d be more interested to see an article that worked out the food miles involved in a typical NZ vegan’s diet, and some assessment of what it would mean for the New Zealand environment to switch from meat to large-scale production of soy and other shit food crops. People would be able to make more informed choices then.

      • Descendant Of Sssmith 1.1.1

        I eat less meat now cause it’s so expensive.

        The days of a roast every Sunday are long gone. It’s now about once every 3 months. Mince and sausages have generally replaced the regular steak / schnitzel, chops.

        To be fair things like kumara and pumpkin are also very expensive.

        We’re almost back to seasonal eating again where the seasonal veges are always cheaper.

        We’re definitely back to growing some of our own.

        Most people I know eat less meat because of the cost.

        Some of this relates to more money going out in rent. It’s great that landlord’s can use people’s hard earned money to buy their meat though. At least someone can buy it.

        Ain’t got nothing to do with making veganisitic choices.

        • Ed

          For you.
          But, as the article states, for others yes.

          • Descendant Of Sssmith

            Wasn’t disputing that. It’s only gone from 8% to 10% though. Stating it as a 27% increase coming off a low base does make it seem a bit more dramatic and depending on the sample size may well be within the margin of error.

            There’s no way those 2% of new vegans would be causing that volume of decrease.

            I would suspect that it’s much more likely to be cost.

            • Psycho Milt

              It’s only gone from 8% to 10% though.

              D’oh! I missed that one. That’s another hallmark of misleading propaganda – make a small increase sound like a big one by quoting the relative increase rather than the absolute increase.

      • Ed 1.1.2


      • Bill 1.1.3

        And the irrigated water to grow pasture, and the water used to grow imported feed?

        Meanwhile, the water consumption for vegan and vegetarian foodstuffs can also be hidden and enormous.

        So maybe the answer is to be mindful rather than ideologically hell-bent one way or the other.

        To be honest, I don’t quite get why people are hooked on beef and lamb – both increasingly expensive and out of reach for growing numbers of people – (though my understanding is that very large amounts of lamb is rustled…)

        What’s wrong with wild goat, wallaby, rabbit, goose…? It isn’t that people are a bit “snobbish” and look on those meats as “shit food” by any chance?

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          All the hunters I know supply their friends and neighbours with eg: goat, venison etc.

          I have a large chunk of venison in the freezer at the moment, though I won’t be eating it myself 🙂

          • Bill

            Meanwhile supermarkets sell rabbit at $20 – $30 a kilo (bones included). That was a few years ago. Turns out it costs the same to put a rabbit through the compliance regime as it does a cow (or so a meat inspector suggested to me in conversation back then).

            The fact that many poor people are reduced to eating crap (affordable, mechanically recovered “meat” etc) – is a problem that could and should be fixed.

            • One Anonymous Bloke

              Agreed, and it seems to me that the most practical way to do that is via increased wages and benefits. In the absence of any political will for price controls, whether or not price controls would be a sensible solution.

          • Ad

            The courier is already on its way to bring that good thing over to my place.

        • Psycho Milt

          And the irrigated water to grow pasture, and the water used to grow imported feed?

          Those are mainly features of dairy rather than meat production. But yeah, over-intensive dairy farming in inappropriate places has a huge environmental impact, and not just through water usage.

          So maybe the answer is to be mindful rather than ideologically hell-bent one way or the other.

          Absolutely. There aren’t any environmentally-friendly ways of feeding 9 billion people and climbing, plant-based or not.

    • Stunned Mullet 1.2

      MMMMMM crickets.

    • Ad 1.3

      The core message of the article was not about vegetarianism or meat consumption, but about how city liberals have fundamentally lost touch with the physical country and the entire agricultural economy of New Zealand.

      If you really want to put your money where you mouth is, go buy a farm or work on it.

      • Ed 1.3.1

        This is the core message.
        That meat eating is under pressure because of people ‘s concerns about sustainability.
        I quote….

        “’Farmers just aren’t respected’ – that’s the Kiwi message to Europeans who are eating less meat. We kick off a three-week series with an investigation into how environmental sustainability concerns are putting the heat on meat.”

        • Ad

          The quote starts with “Farmers aren’t respected”.

          Not vegetarianism.

          Start there and try to find some understanding.

          The article ends precisely with how farmers are reacting to foreign markets, and indeed how German farmers are respected while ours are not, which is why so many New Zealand farmers are reacting so well.

          • Ed

            ‘an investigation into how environmental sustainability concerns are putting the heat on meat’

            • Psycho Milt

              More accurately, how intensive propaganda campaigns by vegetarians are putting the heat on meat. But I guess it’s true that that’s not what the article was investigating…

              • Ed

                Concern for the environment I’d say.

                News stories like this prompt responsible and caring people to reconsider their lifestyle choices.

                We have a 2020 deadline to avert climate catastrophe: experts.

                HUMANITY must put carbon dioxide emissions on a downward slope by 2020 to have a realistic shot at capping global warming at well under two degrees Celsius, the bedrock goal of the Paris climate accord, experts said Wednesday.

                A world that heats up beyond that threshold will face a crescendo of devastating impacts ranging from deadly heatwaves to mass migration caused by rising seas, the experts warned in a commentary published in the science journal Nature.

                With 1.0 degree Celsius of warming so far, ice sheets that could lift oceans by a dozen metres are melting more quickly, coral reefs are dying from heat stress, and ever more damaging storm surges are hammering coastal communities.


                • Er, yes. That’s relevant to this discussion how, exactly?

                  To avoid the parade of non sequiturs that characterise your attempts at argument, you need a means of identifying how something like the quote in the above comment is relevant to the claim you’re making. In this instance, you need to demonstrate that humans eating shite like soy instead of proper food will put carbon dioxide emissions on a downward slope – otherwise, the comment makes no sense.

                • One Two

                  Are you a fatalist, Ed?

              • Ed

                Or news stories like this

                15,000 scientists give catastrophic warning about the fate of the world in new ‘letter to humanity’

                A new, dire “warning to humanity” about the dangers to all of us has been written by 15,000 scientists from around the world.

                The message updates an original warning sent from the Union of Concerned Scientists that was backed by 1,700 signatures 25 years ago. But the experts say the picture is far, far worse than it was in 1992, and that almost all of the problems identified then have simply been exacerbated.

                Mankind is still facing the existential threat of runaway consumption of limited resources by a rapidly growing population, they warn. And “scientists, media influencers and lay citizens” aren’t doing enough to fight against it, according to the letter.

                If the world doesn’t act soon, there be catastrophic biodiversity loss and untold amounts of human misery, they warn.


              • Ed

                and then they read this……

                Eat less meat to avoid dangerous global warming, scientists say.

                Research led by Oxford Martin School finds widespread adoption of vegetarian diet would cut food-related emissions by 63% and make people healthier too.

                Intensive livestock-rearing is a major cause of greenhouse gases, in part because of the methane produced by the animals and the massive slurry pits that accompany large farms. It also diverts water and grains to animal-rearing, which is less efficient than directing the grains towards direct human consumption.

                and then they act…..

                What are you waiting for?


                • And this one is, yet again, evidence that feeding human-edible crops to livestock is an incredibly wasteful way of farming. Stopping that would reduce food-related emissions a lot, as the study points out, but it doesn’t necessarily involve a vegetarian diet.

                  • Ed

                    15,000 scientists give catastrophic warning about the fate of the world in new ‘letter to humanity’

                    We have a 2020 deadline to avert climate catastrophe: experts.

                    Eat less meat to avoid dangerous global warming, scientists say.

                    Scientists Make Case For Eating Less Meat In 2018.

                    Climate scientists at the University of California at Davis say one option is to help slow climate change by adopting a low-emissions diet.
                    Maya Almaraz, a postdoctoral researcher at the university, says while people may feel helpless when it comes to an issue as large as a warming planet, the data shows that personal decisions really can have a big impact.
                    Almaraz says the single biggest move you can make, in terms of diet to reduce methane and carbon pollution, is by putting less meat on your plate.


                    Spot a pattern?

                    • Ed

                      What do you think needs to happen to save us from more severe effects of climate change, as you do not think changing our diet is relevant?

                    • weka

                      Changing how we grow food. Transitioning from industrial farming to regenerative agriculture and horticulture. Food forestry, polyculture systems, permaculture.

                      Eat seasonally and locally. Stop expecting food to be shipped from the other side of the world or the other end of the country. Support local growers and farmers who are trying to sell outside of the export market. Especially small to medium growers, and people who live on the land.

                      Grow what you can, if you can afford to pay someone else to grow for you. The more food we have growing in our neighbourhoods, the less we will need industrial agriculture.

                      Eat less meat if you eat a lot, eat the whole animal, not just the choice bits. Eat feral meat.

                      Eat less dairy. Eat dairy that comes from sustainable sources.

                      Support human animal husbandry, including free range animals (those farmers are the ones I’m talking about above, generally much closer to sustainability).

                      If you can’t do lots of those things, then agitate and lobby and protest to make those things happen. If you can do those things, then agitate and lobby and protest to make those things happen sooner.

                      Support the protest movement against Fonterra and Big Dairy, but support the farmers that are doing the right things. They’re not going to go away, so we need the people of means to start buying their produce not that of Big Farmer.

                      Stop wasting time and energy trying to convert everyone to being vegan. It’s not going to happen on a large scale, and you are promoting choices that support industrial agriculture. Put your energy into sustainable forms of food production.

                    • OncewasTim []

                      Exactly what’s happening where I am atm mostly. They even seem to know how to process cow shit properly. 40feet below the surface the most pridtine water is pumped. What the place needs tho is a ban on plastic and better disposal/recycling which causes extensive littering in places.

                  • Ed

                    How Does Meat in the Diet Take an Environmental Toll?

                    A lifecycle analysis conducted by EWG that took into account the production and distribution of 20 common agricultural products found that red meat such as beef and lamb is responsible for 10 to 40 times as many greenhouse gas emissions as common vegetables and grains.

                    Our meat consumption habits also cause other environmental problems. A 2009 study found that four-fifths of the deforestation across the Amazon rainforest could be linked to cattle ranching. And the water pollution from factory farms (also called concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs)—whereby pigs and other livestock are contained in tight quarters—can produce as much sewage waste as a small city


                    • Bill


                      How’s about you find ‘an angle’ and explore/debate/argue it, as opposed to throwing out a confetti of links?

                      Comment after comment of “cut/paste/link” really isn’t any different to comment after comment containing video links, and is about as worthwhile from the standpoint of anyone reading a thread – ie, it’s just not really worthwhile at all.

                      It also damages whatever point it is you’re trying to make around things you think of as so important or feel so passionate about when you “soap box” and “megaphone” them in this way.

                    • Ed

                      My angle was this

                      ‘It’s great to see a lot more New Zealanders will learn about how they can help mitigate climate change by adopting a plant based diet or by eating less meat.’

                    • Spot a pattern?

                      I do. Actually, I see two patterns:

                      1. I see a pattern of scientists in countries where feeding human-edible crops to livestock is the norm, conflating that appallingly wasteful agricultural practice with a meat-based diet. That Scientific American article you link to is even illustrated with a photo of cows in a shed eating some kind of grain, as though that were the only way of producing meat that’s possible. “Scientists” should know better.

                      2. I see a pattern of Ed arguing from authority as usual.

                    • Still, thanks for linking to that Scientific American article, because it does lay out clearly the basis for claims that eating meat is more environmentally damaging than eating plants:

                      Livestock are typically fed corn, soybean meal and other grains which have to first be grown using large amounts of fertilizer, fuel, pesticides, water and land.

                      Well, yeah, that’s pretty stupid, right? So, what about farming in New Zealand, in which sheep and beef cattle are typically fed the grass that’s growing in the paddock they live in? Gosh, somehow these American authors haven’t thought about that, America being as much of the world as a person needs to think about.

                      This one’s also characteristic of vegetarian propaganda:

                      A 2009 study found that four-fifths of the deforestation across the Amazon rainforest could be linked to cattle ranching.

                      Those damn cattle! If only everyone ate a vegetarian diet, no land would be being cleared for farming! Right? Amiright? Er, no, wait – I’m wrong. People in Brazil would be cutting down the rainforest for whatever agriculture was currently being practiced, because humans.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    …rainforest…Those damn cattle! …

                    In a modern agricultural economy your argument depends on whether the cattle in question are being farmed for domestic consumption or export profit, just as our dairy farms are all about dried milk solids these days.

                    Not much need to cut down national parks for farming unless we can’t actually feed ourselves, eh.

                    • No, my argument depends on whether there’s something specific about cattle that prompts people in Brazil to cut down rainforests, which there isn’t. What’s actually prompting people to cut down the rainforests is money, and if there were suddenly no money in cattle there’d be money in something else – if Ed had his way, in soy or whatever else vegans eat, for instance.

    • Macro 1.4

      Actually science is now finding that grazing is an important factor in increasing carbon sequestration in soils. An interesting article is here:

      Those who champion soil carbon for climate mitigation frequently look to grasslands, which cover more than a quarter of the world’s land. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, grasslands also hold 20 percent of the world’s soil carbon stock. Much of this land is degraded, as evidenced in the U.S. Great Plains and places like northern Mexico, Africa’s Sahel, and Mongolia.

      Seth Itzkan — founder of Massachusetts-based Planet-TECH Associates, a consulting firm specializing in restoration ecology — advocates Holistic Planned Grazing (HPG), a model developed by Zimbabwean wildlife biologist Allan Savory. In this practice, livestock are managed as a tool for large-scale land restoration, mimicking the herding and grazing patterns of wild ruminants that coevolved with grassland ecosystems. Animals are moved so that no plants are overgrazed, and grazing stimulates biological activity in the soil. Their waste adds fertility, and as they move in a herd their trampling aerates soil, presses in seeds, and pushes down dead plant matter so it can be acted upon by soil microorganisms. All of this generates soil carbon, plant carbon, and water retention. Savory says HPG doesn’t require more land — in fact it generally supports greater animal density — so it can be applied wherever livestock are raised.

      Indeed Carbon sequestration in soil could have a major impact of the reduction of atmospheric CO2.

      An increase of 1 ton of soil carbon pool of degraded cropland soils may increase crop yield by 20 to 40 kilograms per hectare (kg/ha) for wheat, 10 to 20 kg/ha for maize, and 0.5 to 1 kg/ha for cowpeas. As well as enhancing food security, carbon sequestration has the potential to offset fossil fuel emissions by 0.4 to 1.2 gigatons of carbon per year, or 5 to 15% of the global fossil-fuel emissions.

      However one of the major factors in the loss of soil carbon content is tillage. This is because the carbon is sequestrated firstly through photosynthesis then passed through the plants roots to the bacteria and fungi that live around the plants roots. Tillage kills these micro-organisms and the carbon they contain re-enters the atmosphere as methane and CO2.

      conversion from conventional till to no-till farming reduces emission by 30 to 35 kg C/ha per season

    • mauī 1.5

      Thank you Ed, I admire your tenacity on this tricky topic.

      • Ed 1.5.1

        Thank you for your support.
        There is a lot of resistance to this important message.
        Either we adapt or die.

  2. dv 2

    Does the change in lamb consumption from 19kg in 2006 to 0.9kg in 2016 sound right?
    Is the DP wrong? 9kg would sound more reasonable.

    [How’s about you use the reply buttons so you don’t squeeze out other topics others have posted on DV? Have shifted Carloyn nths comment this time, but would rather not have to spend time extracting “meat from the sandwich” as it were] – Bill

    • Ed 2.1

      It does seem dramatic.

      The increase in chicken is a worry.
      No wonder people’s defences against antibiotics is declining.

    • Sanctuary 2.2

      Lamb consumption collapsed around the same time it became ridiculously expensive.

      Lamb is now a luxury item for Xmas, Easter and special occasions.

      It is interesting how in a decade what was once regarded as a staple can become a luxury, and a warning that living in a country with an enormous food surplus is no guarantee of security of food supply if capitalism and market are solely responsible for regulating supply, because if that remains the case you can bet your bottom dollar armed police at the wharves would beat off crowds of starving new Zealanders if Fonterra thought it could get $1 more a kg for it’s butter in Dubai.

      • dv 2.2.1

        But the figure included mutton.
        Price is a factor, but the figure still seems too low. (Especially with Psycho eating so much!!)

      • Naki man 2.2.2

        “Lamb is now a luxury item for Xmas, Easter and special occasions”

        Lamb is often on special in countdown for around $10 a kilo, its cheap compared with beef. Luxury item, you have to be joking.

        • Sanctuary

          Yes, if you know to look in the frozen food rather than the fresh meat section. Quite often it seems frozen lamb is quietly disposed of in this way – and it is usually when I buy the stuff if i need a leg of sheep (although being the owner of a mob of 24-36 ewes and lambs we usually have our own home killed mutton and lamb).

          The cuts of lamb in the fresh meat section – chops, lamb steaks, etc are very expensive.

        • Venezia

          ” Lamb is often on special at Countdown for $10 kg”. Not so where I live. It has been years since that was the case.

          • McFlock

            Had shoulder chops for dinner tonight, coincidentally.
            Pack says $11.99/kg down from $16.99, short dated.
            Countdown online store has them on special for $12.99/kg down from $16.99

            I suspect there might be seasonal gluts, because nature, but I do enjoy it when our tory brethren and sistren talk about the prices of basic grocery items like bread, butter, or meat. They never check before posting, and it just shows how out of touch they really are.

    • Descendant Of Sssmith 2.3

      Personally I would fit those numbers.

      Lamb chops were a weekly regular – I’ve bought them maybe twice in the last twelve months.

      We used to rotate our roasts – beef, lamb, pork, chicken each week. We hardly have them now and it’s whatever is the cheapest – that’s not normally lamb.

      So yeah my lamb consumption drop is massive.

    • dv 2.4

      Sorry thought i did.

  3. Carolyn_Nth 3

    It’s Marama’s announcement day today.


    This is an unmissable whānau-friendly and fun event featuring an incredible line-up of speakers and performers including:

    ● Teanau Tuiono
    ● Aroha Rawson
    ● Jamaine Ross
    ● Ngarimu Blair
    ● Tama Waipara
    ● Jackie Clark
    ● VanCrof
    ● Zechariah Soakai
    ● Aigagalefili Fepulea’i Tapua’i
    ● …and more!

    Kai provided and transport support from Auckland CBD available (please post in the event if you need a lift from the CBD). Interpreters available for speeches. Accessible venue. Face Fatale Facepainting available to decorate kiddies (and grown ups).

    Put it in your diaries now whānau mā!

    Ōtara Pool and Leisure Centre
    Newbury Street, Ōtara

    • Carolyn_Nth 3.1

      Livestream for Marama’s announcement starts at 12.10pm today:


      • The Chairman 3.1.1

        With all this extravaganza, it seems the Greens have forgotten about the fight to improve the plight of beneficiaries.

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          I’m sorry to hear that you are unable to walk and chew gum at the same time, but you really shouldn’t assume that everyone else is equally incapable.

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          Oh look, it’s a major theme in Marama Davidson’s speech. “It seems” your credibility could diminish even further after all.

          • Carolyn_Nth

            Yep. It’s the main part of the platform she is standing on for co-leader.

          • The Chairman

            “Oh look, it’s a major theme in Marama Davidson’s speech.”

            Talking about it in a speech is one thing, but when are we going to actually see some follow-through on that talk?

            Ten moths till next Christmas, still no talk from the Greens on securing a little something extra for beneficiaries to help them over Christmas.

            No pressure being publicly applied on Labour (by the Greens) to bring forward Labour’s campaign promise of lower doctors fees.

            No pressure being publicly applied on Labour (by the Greens) to extend winter energy payments. It’s not only winter that beneficiaries tend to struggle with soaring power bills.

            Can you point me to something substantive the Greens have done (or are currently working on) to improve their (beneficiaries) fiscal plight?

            • weka

              What did you think of Keira O’Regan’s speech?

              What did you think of Marama Davidson’s speech?

              • The Chairman

                “What did you think of Marama Davidson’s speech?”

                See my comment at

                “What did you think of Keira O’Regan’s speech?”

                Haven’t had time to look at that one yet.

                • weka

                  My guess is that you either didn’t listen to it properly (as in all of it), or you listened with blocked ears for only the things you could use to criticise them.

                  It’s patently obvious that you either have no idea how government and parliament and the Greens work (no shame there, lots of people don’t), or you dismiss all that because you are dedicated to the poison pen. There’s no point in saying anything about what the Greens have done on poverty since the last election, because you are already convinced by your own internal dialogue and will just dismiss it.

                  • The Chairman

                    You never guess right when it comes to you guessing about me.

                    What should be patently obvious is I’m not one for lowering the bar. Hence, I’m not one for backslapping the team when they are failing to bring their A-game.

                    Moreover, I point out the flaws and provide alternatives to help improve their game – not because I’m dedicated to the poison pen.

                    Don’t you think they should be working on the things I highlighted above?

                    Here’s another, what work have the Greens done on trying to secure a living wage for those employed on the Governments tree planting scheme? Don’t you think other Green supporters would support them doing this and would want to be informed about them doing this?

                    • Ad

                      Not going to happen.

                      All the Greens can get is something for Conservation and Climate Change.

                    • weka

                      I was guessing about what you did, but the rest is observation. If you don’t want to be perceived as a poison pen, then up your own game.

                  • The Chairman

                    From your observation, what do you perceive to be wrong with highlighting things we think the Greens should be doing but don’t seem to be?

                  • The Chairman

                    Take my comment at and point out what you perceived was wrong with how it was done?

            • Ad

              Beneficiaries aren’t Green portfolios.
              Beneficiaries can get nothing from the Greens in this term.
              Wrong target.

              • The Chairman

                But they promised to continue on the fight, thus supporters (speaking for myself, but am aware of others) expect them too.

              • The Chairman

                “All the Greens can get is something for Conservation and Climate Change.”

                Labour better think twice about that, because the Greens will struggle if that’s all they get and knowing how Labour is also going to disappoint, they are both going to need each other come next election.

                Labour need to give the Greens a little win on lifting the incomes of beneficiaries (whether through a Christmas bonus, core benefit increase or extended and larger energy payment) to help them (thus also themselves) maintain their party support.

                • Ad

                  They really don’t.

                  The Greens are free apparently to campaign all they want on anything so long as the MP themselves is not the responsible Minister. So they can get their own support, and can campaign for the next 2.5 years. From 6% the only way is up.

                  • The Chairman

                    The latest poll has the Greens going downwards since the election.

                    Something which Labour should keep in mind, unless they think they can win the next election alone.

                    Ponder this:

                    The Greens have pretty much summed up what they plan to achieve this term (20 policy goals) and yet they’ve dropped in the poll.

                    And with nothing more up their sleeves coupled with supporter disappointment of swallowing some dead rats along the way, there is a real chance they won’t make the cut (5% threshold) come next election.

                    And while Labour have gone up on this poll, National still out-polls them.

                    So there is no comfortable lead for Labour to start forgetting they need the Greens. And the Greens need to give supporters a little more to keep them in the game.

                    I can’t see NZF making the threshold.

      • Carolyn_Nth 3.1.2

        The event is now live streaming on Facebook, with one of the pre-Marama speakers.

        • Carolyn_Nth

          Marama has just announced she has put herself forward for position of GP co-leader and is speaking to that.

  4. As I’ve said:

    But, as companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon vacuumed up more of people’s private information, European lawmakers upped the ante, intent on setting a new bar for data protection worldwide.

    “We want to set the global standard,” Věra Jourová, the European commissioner for justice, told POLITICO last year. “Privacy is a high priority for us.”

    Most multinational companies from Google to General Electric must comply with the new standards because of their existing activities in Europe. And smaller firms, even those currently with no operations in the EU, face a tough decision to either comply with the region’s stance on privacy or risk potential sanctions if European customers eventually sign up to their services.

    For governments, the choice is often one of necessity. That’s particularly true as the EU now links potential free-trade agreements with demands that other countries adopt the region’s privacy standards through so-called “adequacy decisions.”

    Israel and New Zealand are among a handful of international partners that have struck deals with the EU certifying that their data protection rules are equal to those of Europe. Only under those conditions can data — and billions of euros of trade — flow freely between the parties.

    FTAs aren’t actually needed. Just the setting of standards.

    • Looks like it to me, too. I was at a customer focus group meeting a couple of weeks back, at which the large US company involved spoke explicitly about how the GDPR is forcing them to completely review their approach to privacy and security because they can’t run a two-tier system, one for Europe and one for everyone else. They’ll have to apply the European standard to everybody, which is great news for us but also means yes a “local” standard can have international effect if the locals are a significant enough proportion of the market.

      • Carolyn_Nth 4.1.1

        How do these standards apply to employees? For instance, a photo of some can be classified as “personal data” because it identifies a person.

        So, can an employer demand that an employee upload a photo of themselves to their work contact info on the organisation’s intranet- internal online directory?

        • RedBaronCV

          Right up there along with demanding highly personal information as back up data to activate corporate log ins (cache very attractive to DOS attacks), making staff use external web based providers after providing your name & corporate email address ( surveys & the like) whose terms of trade let the third party keep your information forever, wanting Bio’s to put on public web pages, credit checking all your financial information including the size of your utility and mortgage payments
          – the whole lot needs to be outlawed

        • Psycho Milt

          That’s the funny bit – my public-sector employer doesn’t have any online business dealings with Europeans so doesn’t give a shit about the GDPR. Only the rapacious multi-national corporations we deal with will be operating at this higher standard, while we continue to do whatever NZ’s Privacy Act and the non-enforcement thereof will let us get away with.

          The approach to employees is interesting. We’re supposed to make ourselves and our skills as public as possible via the University’s web site, because the University wants media, researchers, businesspeople etc to find us when they’re looking for expertise to work with. So, my name, photo, job title, work email address and phone number, and applicable expertise is publicly available on our web site. I do get to opt out of including my photo if I want to, and some of my female colleagues did refuse for fairly obvious reasons, and what description of your skills you post is up to you, but you don’t get any choice about having your name, job title and contact details public.

          • Carolyn_Nth

            My public sector employer is asking for the photo to be uploaded by everyone, onto the organisation’s intranet, via a system owned by a German Company – not publicly available, but it can be viewed by all the large number of employees within the organisation.

            And it gets linked with all the emails we send – at least within the organisation – not sure if it also is viewed by emails we send to people outside the organisation.

            • greywarshark

              Wear a wig and have your old owl-sized spectacles on. Look okay just a bit different from usual.

              • Carolyn_Nth

                Yeah. Some people use old photos, which isn’t that representative, but the admins who check it don’t know the difference, I think.

          • Draco T Bastard

            Only the rapacious multi-national corporations we deal with will be operating at this higher standard, while we continue to do whatever NZ’s Privacy Act and the non-enforcement thereof will let us get away with.

            Apparently NZ has already signed an agreement with the EU saying that ours are as good as theirs.

            but you don’t get any choice about having your name, job title and contact details public.

            Seems reasonable as long as those contact details go through the university switch board.

            • McFlock

              The PABX switchboard, not an operator.

              Usually direct dial extensions at my workplace, unless sensitive staffing matters.

              Some even have office room numbers online. It depends on the role.

              Fortunately, I have a satellite office nestled amongst departments that aren’t my own, down a banal corridor, in an office with three people and a phone I never bother answering, 6,000 emails in my inbox so I accidentally miss the annual department photo days and the requests for updated bio information, and a handy back door I can escape out of should anybody actually want to talk to me…

              Because anyone who needs to talk to me knows how to get in touch with me, and them that don’t know me should talk to someone else.

  5. Carolyn_Nth 6

    Something strange recently when accessing TS.

    On my little macbook, when I try to log into TS on Firefox at home, I get a “bad request – can’t find server” notice. Then when I try to get back TS main page (still without having logged in), I still get the bad request notice for a short time.

    But, I can log into TS from Safari on my macbook, and from firefox on my windows laptop at home, I can log into TS successfully.

    • McFlock 6.1

      Different programmes that do broadly the same thing can still do some things quicker than others. Firefox has some features that safari might not, and you can think of it as adding weight to what your machines have to carry (in addition to the weight they already carry simply from their operating system).

      So on your desktop, it’s carrying an operating system, a whole heap of firefox features, and then signing in puts some extra tools and stuff on top – it’s a heavy load, but the desktop can carry it.

      On your macbook, it’s like a kid (macbook) trying to carry the same load as an adult (desktop) – it can handle the operating system, and firefox, but then you stack encryption and sign in protocols on top and the poor wee thing drops the tool for finding a website server in a decent time.

      But because safari is a bit lighter and easier for the kid/macbook to carry, when you put encryption and signup stuff on top of Safari, the kid can still carry the load.

      There might be a server timeout setting you could tweak in preferences somewhere, but go with what works.

      Hopefully this is a useful general illustration of what might be happening, but it’s also probably precisely wrong, depending on the exact circumstance 🙂

  6. Why have are these star gazing people around Papatuanuku whinging about Peter Becks and his team Humanity STAR . Its not like the Humanity Star is going to blind the Beautiful nite Sky the star is not going to be up there for ever . The Humanity Star is in my view a symbol that has a message to all Humans we are one Race the Human race.
    We live in Heaven now so lets speak up now and not let other Idiots turn Papatuanuku into hell which is were we are heading rapidly. Mother Earth is a finely balanced living being as with any living thing to much of one thing IE in this case Carbo in her atmosphere is causing her to heat up . We have had a lot of extreme weather in just one year . Global Warming is the biggest threat to Humanity and everyone is just sitting on there hands letting Trump suppress The words GLOBAL WARMING /CLIMATE CHANGE from the MSM around OUR Papatuanuku .Some people are countering that farcical behavior by Trump who is drunk on his power of President. I say we should tell him to get———and use these words to tell everyone around our world that Global Warning is going to make our Mokos /grandchildren’s future a nightmare for the 99% while the 1% live in location and structures that minimize the catastrophic weather that is already starting NOW . What happens when we get 300 klm winds 50 foot sea level rise. The climate change deniers say Antarctica wont melt because it is that high in mother earths Atmosphere its to cold up there to melt .I say the Ice will melt from the bottom up and If Antarctica melts Tangaroa will rise at least 70 mts we will be like rats on a sinking waka who gets the high ground well the 1% that’s who back to Peter Beck .
    When he launched the Humanity star into our space this action in my view has achieved 2 very Great things one is the message To Human’s we are all humans so start behaving like intelligent Humane Beings the other is he saves cost on another test flight to prove that he can put a object in space now they can launch Satellites into space and start off a billion dollar industry in little old Aoteaora/New Zealand Ka pai Peter and your team . PS all the NAY SAYERS are in reality help the Humanity Star get the message out there I loved fishing off Mahia Coast when I was younger beautiful views Nga mihi nui koutou ka kite ano

    • Fireblade 7.1

      With regard to Peter Beck, Rocketlabs and the Humanity star.

      I’m personally not that exited about Rocketlabs. The company is partly funded by Lockheed Martin, the USA largest defence contractor. They’re also funded by DARPA, a USA government agency involved in military research.
      Rocketlabs is also now a USA registered company.

      Is it possible Rocketlabs is testing this new rocket technology for possible future military applications? So much for the ” Humanity Star”.

    • McFlock 7.2

      Astronomical photos are long exposure, which increases the chance the disco ball will pass through the shot. And it’ll add to the light fuckage of whatever observation it passes through.

      • Andre 7.2.1

        It’s in a very low orbit, so it will only ever be visible close to the horizon, and just after sunset or just before sunrise. Not many serious observations happen then. I’d be surprised if it reflected enough city lights to interfere with proper dark-night observations. Still, it’s a particularly wanky bit of wankery, although not quite in the league of Elon Musk putting one of his cars into orbit.

    • Eco Maori 7.3

      I forgot to post this link for my post P.S everyone has a different view on reality some people are just jealous shonky and bill could have help fund Peter Ka pai


  7. Morrissey 8

    While the “Me Too” divas and Harpo Windy made grand Obama-esque speeches at the Golden Globes the other week, they for some reason completely ignored the plight of this young woman….

    Everything wrong with the reaction to Ahed Tamimi’s prosecution for slapping an Israeli soldier
    Where were the international calls for compassion, the reminders that this was a potentially traumatised child?

    by HIBA KHAN, Tuesday 2 January 2018 16:00 GMT

    Everyone now knows that 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi slapped an Israeli soldier. How many of us know about the events that led up to this? Telling half of a story can be more of an injustice than fabricating the entirety, and in this instance, it most certainly is.

    The viral video of Tamimi attempting to hit Israeli soldiers was reportedly the reason for her subsequent arrest and detention. Now let’s consider the background context to this video: Soldiers had apparently parked themselves on Tamimi’s family’s land shortly after their colleagues shot her 14-year-old cousin in the face with a rubber bullet and fired tear gas at their house, smashing windows. Her family says she was merely expressing legitimate protest at this treatment.

    Living in fear of this sort of treatment remains the reality for 21st century Palestinians, without whose freedom Nelson Mandela observed that all of humanity’s freedom is incomplete. The UN Security Council deems Israeli settlements “a flagrant violation under international law”, and the sad reality for Palestinians is a life deprived of healthcare, an economy, a justice system, living in abject poverty with no food or water security and military violence against them and their children.

    What we see in the widely circulated video of Ahed Tamimi slapping a soldier is the response of a bereaved, oppressed child – a child who is now being condemned and abused across social media. Context is important. A little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing.

    Take a moment to picture a 16-year-old you know being raised in a country where violence and military occupation is the norm, where she is sometimes unable to access food, water and healthcare. Would they not be in pain, and frustrated and angry with the unfairness of the situation? Now picture their home being raided and them witnessing a younger cousin being shot in the head by a soldier. Would they not attempt to remove the soldiers from their front lawn as Tamimi did? Would they not become even more distraught when the soldiers refuse? Would they not, perhaps, lash out?

    When an unarmed child is prosecuted for slapping a larger grown man in army gear equipped with a gun, it’s time to ask questions.

    I saw no #IAmAhed. No uproar from feminist groups or international political recognition as there was for Malala, another child who lived in a country where oppression is often the norm. Instead of Nobel prizes and invitations to meet presidents, Ahed Tamimi remains in Israeli detention, having been labelled “dangerous”.

    Our compassion and humanity for children growing up with the psychological wounds of living in a conflict zone apparently do not stretch so far as to accommodate girls like Ahed. Apparently, the brutality that Palestinians face is too politically complex and messy to render this strong beautiful girl fully human. But it’s more important than ever that, when we look at the pictures of this teenager in handcuffs, we see her for the child she really is. Don’t tell me the courthouse is where she belongs, and don’t tell me that international condemnation rather than understanding and compassion is what she deserves.


    • Ed 8.1

      Great post morrissey.

    • mary_a 8.2

      Concur with your sentiments wholeheartedly @ Morrissey (8).

      Something is definitely not right about international response to the unjust incarceration of Ahed. The only conclusion I can come to is that the world is too uncaring to be concerned about the plight of a 17 year old Palestinian girl, for fear of repercussions from tyrannical Israel and its supporters. If that is the case, then ignoring the situation, is giving Israel more power to continue its atrocities against Palestinians, which in the end, comes down to absolute shame on the rest of the world.


  8. One Anonymous Bloke 9

    I doubt anyone will be surprised by Marama Davidson’s announcement that she’s standing for co-leader. Whoever gets the job will be well qualified. Go the Greens!

    • Carolyn_Nth 9.1

      In her announcement, Davidson is speaking about the struggles of low income people, inequalities, our poor prison system, homelessness, against underemployment, the working poor, etc…for state housing, for providing more opportunities for young people, for fairness and income equality…. etc

      • Incognito 9.1.1

        There are 119 other politicians in Parliament who ‘speak’ to these issues on a predictably regular basis, and particularly around election time, but not all of them are as genuine and authentic as Marama Davidson. I’m sure the DP brigade is trying to find & dig up dirt on her …

        • Carolyn_Nth


          Full text of Marama’s speech today via Scoop


          It is the wellbeing of our living systems and our people that will sustain us.
          For the many, not just for the few.
          Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

          • Ed

            This sentence alone makes me want Marama to win.

            Tinkering and half-measures will not be enough. Now is the time to be bold and brave for those who need us most.

          • The Chairman

            “To deliver on all of those visions and policies that our people and our environment so desperately need, we must return to Parliament in 2020 with much greater numbers”

            Sounds like she telling us not to expect much from them this term. Sad.

            And isn’t she meant to be one of the fighters within the party?

            • Carolyn_Nth

              No. it’s just acknowledging they dropped in the numbers of MPs in the last election.So, part of their aims should be to increase their numbers next election.

              It’s called realism – you sure are nit picking.

              • The Chairman

                To deliver on all of those visions and policies was her wording.

                To further deliver would have been a better choice of words if she was only implying to requiring more support.

                It’s called listening to what’s been said.

                • weka

                  It’s a speech to launch her campaign to be selected as co-leader of the Greens. It’s not a speech to meet the incessant and child-like needs of some dude on the internet who doesn’t understand how things work.

                  • The Chairman

                    “It’s not a speech to meet the incessant and child-like needs of some dude on the internet who doesn’t understand how things work.”

                    The fact you failed to come back with something constructive, opting instead to take a potshot at me, is disappointing and a worry.

                    To me, your response (a potshot) merely reinforces my point, as, evidently, you had no better counter.

                    • weka

                      “The fact you failed to come back with something constructive, opting instead to take a potshot at me, is disappointing and a worry.”

                      No, it’s really not. I write whole posts on this kind of thing. Other people write whole posts in this kind of thing. The Greens write whole posts on this kind of thing. They also have multiple twitter accounts, press releases, and a whole website full of policy.

                      You on the other hand, almost never go and do your homework and find out about the things you are complaining about, and instead sit in the comments section of The Standard and take pot shots at the Greens for not doing what you want to them to do. When people do respond with analysis and evidence, you usually dismiss it.

                      There is no way I am going to respond proactively to any alleged points you raise because your whole point here is to undermine the Greens. It’s a waste of my time, and other peoples imo, to engage with you as if your comments are meaningful. This doesn’t mean you don’t have good ideas, I’m commenting here on *how you choose to present them.

                    • Macro


                  • The Chairman

                    See my comment above (at 3:43 pm). You are way off.

              • Robert Guyton

                The nit-picking Chairman selects snippets to create an atmosphere of insecurity and doubt; modus operandi.

  9. The Chairman 10

    So what’s wrong with the revised TPP that Labour are happy to sign?

    Jane Kelsey eloquently lays it all out:


    Must read.

  10. weka 11

    Momentum‏Verified account @PeoplesMomentum

    Shock horror, Momentum members engage with Labour democracy review to make the party more democratic.


  11. Cinny 12

    After reading yet another story about meth/P addiction I am beginning to wonder just why NZ appears to be making virtually no progress on this insipid drug over the last decade.

    For all the meth busts reported, nothing seems to change or make a dent in the market. Why could that be? Just going to put this out there….. are police paid a decent wage these days? Are some of them supplementing their income by turning a blind eye?

    I really feel something is very off with the big picture, are those in positions of power keeping the meth/P market going, am not talking about gangs, I’m talking about white collars. Something doesn’t sit well with the whole situation.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 12.1

      None of the above: it’s because our level of inequality drives demand.

      • Ed 12.1.1

        Totally agree.

      • Carolyn_Nth 12.1.2

        Not entirely. I’ve looked at a few articles on it this arvo. There’s a world wide glut which is driving down prices.

        There’s a significant number of middle class meth users (Feb 2017 article).

        “There is a rise and it’s right across the board. There are 700,000 people in New Zealand with addiction-related problems.

        “The meth dealer is targeting families with money in Hamilton and that’s no different to anywhere else, ranging in age from 19 to 42.

        Articles say importation is done a lot by gangs and organised crime, while it’s also easy to make it in NZ.

        A few articles are blaming Guangdong province in China as being a major centre exporting world wide. Others blame importation to NZ on stuff coming from various Sth East Asian countries. Don’t know how accurate that is.

        An Aussie article from April 2017, saying they have the same problem:

        The Guangdong province, in mainland China, has been known as being home to China’s “Breaking Bad” for several years and plays a major role in Australia’s growing meth, or ice crisis.

        One hotspot, Lufeng, an industrial city of 1.7 million people in Guangdong, is so notorious for drug manufacturing it has become known as the “city of ice” by many social media users.

        They say it’s easier to slip drugs through customs when there are a lot of legitimate imported products coming from the same countries.

        Meanwhile, the Nat government was blamed for focusing more on imprisoning addicts than prevention. Plus, the under funding of police is being blamed. Some are also complaining the police are spending too much time and resources on targeting cannabis use.

    • JanM 12.2

      I have to agree, Cinny that something is definitely not ok – they seem to have an infinite amount of money/staff to fly around the north spraying marijuana crops which are doing no harm, but are not interested when people ‘dob in’ meth producers. I hear tell of such responses as ‘yes we know about them’ and all of a sudden nothing happens!

      • Cinny 12.2.1

        Am so hearing you Jan, it’s the same around the top of the south.

        I feel someone/something is propping up and continuing to enable the P trade in NZ, gangs are just small fry in the bigger picture and make a palatable scape goat for the public. Am not putting down the police but unfortunately there are rotten people in all facets of society. The gangs aren’t innocent but they are little fish in this picture. The police have been underfunded for so very long, but there’s more to it than that me thinks.

        Precursors for the P appear to come via asia, makes one reflect on rich asian donators for various entities.

        Where is the anti P advertising/messages/help etc? Should have be all over the telly and social media etc, a long time ago.

        Something really stinks about the whole situation, am hoping our new government are brave enough to make a real difference.

        • JanM

          “am hoping our new government are brave enough to make a real difference”. Me too!

        • Eco Maori

          Did you see that link I put up about the spy???????????????????????????????????????? Cinny

  12. Ad 13

    Vegans make death threats against dairy farming couple for celebrating the birthdays of calves:


    Their sales of home made dairy products go through the roof.

    The relationship between the urbane liberals and the agricultural economy won’t be improved with death threats.

    • Robert Guyton 13.1

      None of the threats were quoted or substantiated, nor were the identities of the on-line posters confirmed; were they vegans, or something else?

      • Graeme 13.1.1

        It read like a marketing exercise to me.

        Their sales of home made dairy products go through the roof.”

        But then I’m just a cynical bored retailer…..

  13. The Chairman 14

    Are the Greens publicly supporting the call (see links below) to Pay the full Working for Families package to all low-income families on April 1?

    If so, can anyone point me to it? And if not, why not?



    • In Vino 14.1

      Because we are rather tired of concern trolls masquerading as real lefties, then constantly nagging about how Labour or the Greens aren’t left enough. Just as Weka and Robert Guyton pointed out above.

      • The Chairman 14.1.1

        I’m not masquerading as a lefty.

        The things (living wage, benefit increases, etc) I advocate for are things I genuinely want to see come about.

        If you were a genuine lefty, you’d be advocating for these things too.

  14. Eco Maori 15

    The actor is still present next door she has changed her behaviour instead of parking her car on the lawn close to my house she is parking it on the other side of a tree she is now wearing long baggie track suite pants instead of revealing shorts .At least my neighbors are looking down there noses at her and thanks to thestandard site I have checked this cowardly move played by the sandflys .
    My problem is what about the people that are getting set up by other sandflys they don’t have a site like thestandard to save there asses ECO MAORI feels sorrows for all these people whom will be mostly Brown.
    But let’s all just keep all OUR heads in the sand and pretend that OUR justice systems are all good after shonky has given the sandflys all the power to use and abuse against mostly Brown people. You see people they Don t see US Brown people as there equal in there reality I’m just a Brown savage that deserves to be locked up in a cell for life.We don’t deserves to live in the same Neighborhood as them. ANA TO KAI
    Ka kite ano

  15. Eco Maori 17

    I really enjoy your good sorts Peter that is a good way to keep our kaumatua and the new mokos Ka pai one news
    Ka kite ano

  16. greywarshark 18

    BM is just irritated that he can’t quickly find some point that’s important to the writer that BM can rubbish.

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