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Formation of the 3rd NZ Expeditionary Force has been paused while the government examines the terms of Miami Zoo's surrender.
One brave Kiwi plays an extraordinary role!
Chaos in the American ally forces as they look for a green and brown fruit.
Send them a Kea, punishment.
or a weka 😈
Definitely a weka!
Looks like we need to place some hard limits on the use of plastics, basically we need to get it out of short lifecycle products immediately and only use where its absolutely essential. The recycling process is basically just making the problem to small for us to see…
"The estimate of 75bn particles a cubic metre is for a plant with a filter installed. A majority of the particles were smaller than 10 microns, about the diameter of a human red blood cell, with more than 80% smaller than five microns, Brown said.
We need a levy on every plastic bottle produced or imported into New Zealand to help pay for the clean up, and pollution caused by plastic bottles, Coca Cola are causing and profiting from the problem ???
At this point we just need to get rid of the bottles, cleaning up microplastics is basically impossible due to their size.
Agree with this. When you go on a beach clean-up and find these tiny blobs of plastic everywhere you become aware that the cause needs to be 'quiet words said out loud'. Though also seeing the number of McDonals wrappers along the roadsides adjacent to the same beaches I dread to think what would happen if glass bottles were tossed. Would a monetary return on glass be enough to encourage 'hoons' (again saying the quiet out loud) to refrain from throwing glass out?
While glass is a greater immediate hazard (cuts) – it's much better, long term, for the environment. It just breaks down eventually into the silicon from which it was formed.
Recycled glass and beach nourishment.
200,000 bottles…a minute. And their BS of future by 2030 !?..Be a fkn lot of plastic soup in our Oceans by then. Fark. Shame on them…except, of course, they have none. FYI I have followed this and others for years. And been very active/activated.
They (and a lot of others ) are just….lying, weasel scumbags.
NZ could be like Norway ? (Scandinavia in general has some fantastic ideas : )
IMO : And…of course, Glass (recycled properly) is better
Sure we can recycle better, as Norway does. But have they sorted the micro-particle problem?
They are doing their best to sort the plastic problem. I looked. Maybe you could search for yourself?
Given the colossal amount of plastic shit dominating our lives, it is hard to remain optimistic that our grandchildren will get a clean environment.
One man trying to do something about it is Boyan Slat, whose organisation is tackling the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: https://theoceancleanup.com/boyan-slat/
Hi, As I said, I..have been following and active about this for years..
The sad state of it
I watched this…Fark !
And…NZ's shame… : (
The Kiwis won.
Press statement https://www.zoomiami.org/media-news/posts/kiwi-bird-statement
tweet is a bit silly. Never mind the stress of the video, it's the ongoing stress on the kiwi that was the issue.
I hear the director of Miami Zoo has offered to work out his days trapping stoats in Fiordland as pennance.
nats Luxon and Willis…But its all Labours fault !
Oh really. wtaf ?!
National need to start planning for the 2026 Election I think they have f*cked this one already.
Aye Im cautiously optimistic : ). Just they keep heading that direction. We keep heading for Election win. I really would hate to see NZ under..(literally !) Nact rule…
Good God, have they brought Steven Joyce back into the fold
About time but only the State trial
"Donald Trump will face a criminal trial in New York on March 25, 2024, a judge said on Tuesday."
It seems all Republican primaries occur between March and June 11, 2024 so Trump will be hoping for masses of free publicity from the trial.
There is the high likelihood of other court proceedings too. Indications are that something is afoot in Georgia. With the number of cases he is likely to be involved in it could be said there's a veritable smorgasbord of legal dramas ahead.
Possibly the Federal criminal charges will happen sooner than March.
Since it is the ex- President they must be very sure that the case is winnable. Imagine a not-guilty reaction from MAGA.
The OCR is now 5.5%.
Chlöe Swarbrick once again makes a most salient point:
The last word from the RBG.
Despite CS’s take, for most the RBG’s 0.25% increase and staying with his previous forecast peak OCR 5.5% was a dovish surprise.
Many expected an increase to 0.5 increase to 5.75% and a signal of future moves to a peak of 6.5%.
For mine his mistakes were in not reigning things back a bit in 2021 and then not going with a 0.5% hit in late 2021 when it was clear things had got out of hand.
But I think he got this one right.
CS is correct to note the RBG has few means of realising the objectives required and the OCR is a blunt tool. He has the deposit ratios – something Bollard would have wanted back in 2007. A mortgage surcharge should be added (something Bollard asked for), but it's not that useful for managing imported inflation.
If it was my choice I would reduce inflation on the poor with a rent freeze (I would have placed one on last year for two years to the end of 2024). The subsidy on prescriptions will help some though.
I would see the wealth tax as a means that was tax neutral and stimulus neutral way to provide targeted support to those in need (including leasing houses to supply at income related rents).
I agree. But it is distressing that many others who must surely agree have not bothered to respond after 6 hours.
Maybe Kiwis fully deserve what we get.
What is the difference between $1.5B over 4 years when it is spending and when it is tax cuts?
The former is an inflationary blowout and the latter is, not much, says Christopher Luxon.
Indexing tax thresholds to inflation is a major National Party policy, but it benefits those on higher incomes more than the lowest earners.
The total is now $3B pa.
Talk about a blowout from $10.3B to $11.8B over 4 years hides the more important detail.
And in another demonstration of their ineptness National and ACT claim higher mortgage rate costs will occur because of the increase in OCR to 5.5%.
What are they fact free Fox News?
When in fact the increase to 5.5% had already been factored in by the markets/bank policy. And most banks signalled their mortgages they would be reducing (because the RBG and board said they did not expect to increase the OCR again).
However it appears that at least some banks are indeed hiking mortgage rates after the OCR rise
Variables, as stated
Note that careful word "should".
The evidence is that, right now, mortgage rates are continuing to rise.
While we all hope that they've topped out (or are about to do so) – we don't actually have any evidence that retail mortgage rates are dropping.
A small selection of recent opinion pieces on tax-related matters in Australasia.
'Fairness' is clearly a problematic concept where taxation is concerned. Walker recently offered an analysis of the IRD's "Wealth report – a fruit salad of information".
And Dr Kampmark (RMIT Uni) doesn't think highly of PricewaterhouseCoopers, nor the Australian Taxation Office's treatment of whistleblower Richard Boyle.
"It's our job to be fair", and yet 'fairness' seems to be an increasingly rare and precious 'commodity' – does 'fairness' actually mean anything anymore, in a country that used to pride itself on giving (almost) everyone a fair go?