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Petrol, Zero Carbon, and 15,000 Submissions

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, October 9th, 2018 - 139 comments
Categories: australian politics, climate change, Conservation, energy, Environment, global warming, greens, jacinda ardern, james shaw, sustainability - Tags:

Get ready, according to the AA, for petrol at $3 a liter for Christmas.

Taxes make up about 43% of the cost. Anti tax petitions are circulating.

We also need to get ready for James Shaw’s Zero Carbon bill, with its measured impact on electricity and petrol prices.

Six weeks ago ago I noted how Australian PM Turnbull was rolled due to carbon pricing and offsetting: the politics of climate change decapitating our most important international relationship is a very serious development.

When Turnbull fell, the new Morrison government suggested its sole focus for energy would be “price price price”; emissions reduction with lower household bills. This focus was to be complemented by the government acceptance of recommendations from the ACCC. That included a default safety net for retail prices so customers can easily understand what they are paying and how claims about percentage reductions translate into real dollars.

The most the Australian Federal government can now hope to achieve is to persuade enough voters that Labor’s promise of a much higher percentage of electricity renewables will lead to higher prices and less reliability. Which is as stupid as claiming that electricity from the sun or wind is somehow coming “free”.

Energy is a big complicated issue to fix both in Australia and New Zealand. Those industrial customers like BHP or Fonterra are reliant on gas and coal being available at what they consider reasonable prices (I find it hard to believe their sustainability promises).

Regrettably so far such large consumers have more clout than the tens of thousands of households who in April this year were screaming in the dark from Vector’s insecure network or pensioners shutting down their one bar heater in Otago and Southland through another winter.

Minister Shaw has astutely focused his Zero Carbon bill engagements near-exclusively at the powerful, not at the householder. The same tactic was used to introduce the new fuel taxes.

Summer 2018 is I fear the final window before New Zealand electricity generators start pricing in Shaw’s bill. But it’s also the moment where taxes get questionable when petrol is at $3 a liter when your disposable holiday dollar is stretched hard for the family holiday.

Who decides what’s fair? Certainly not the Electricity Commission who merely seek justification for wholesale prices. And there is no petroleum price regulator so the state can extract what it likes from this near-monopoly product. We have no price protection for energy.

With now no future local petroleum supply we have total vulnerability to international oil prices and to government taxes, for ever.

Between petrol price increases, electricity price increases, and Shaw’s impending carbon emissions bill, is one almighty policy collision.

With 15,000 submissions, the bill will enable households to connect all their energy costs to government intervention. They aren’t yet. But they will.

It’s going to be the big end of town supporting the bill, versus consumers screaming.

The aim is to pass this legislation by mid-2019. Hopefully Shaw and Ardern will land it better than Turnbull did.

Happy winter 2019.

139 comments on “Petrol, Zero Carbon, and 15,000 Submissions”

  1. Dukeofurl 1

    “I noted how Australian PM Turnbull was rolled due to carbon pricing and offsetting:”

    really ? I didnt think you made that case at all. The party polling was in the dumps seemed the likely cause and they were expecting a new face would give a bump before the election – they only had to look over the tasman to see how that works. Oh they had long simmering factional problems as well. So carbon pricing was just a case of seeing what you wanted to see as Turnbull was no different to Morrison regarding the pickle they were in regarding rising electricity prices –

  2. Dennis Frank 2

    The transition is getting trickier. No Right Turn points out that Labour are still operating as part of the problem while trying to create the impression in the public mind that they are part of the solution: “Labour wants to take it out of the petrol companies’ end, by cutting their margins. National meanwhile wants to take it out on us, by cutting fuel taxes (which means less money to pay for roads and crash victims… by focusing on cutting prices, both are effectively saying they want to increase the use of petrol, increase emissions, and increase global temperatures. Or to put it another way: both parties want to destroy the world.”
    http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2018/10/we-should-be-trying-to-raise-petrol.html

    Business as usual. Democracy forces major parties into bullshit. It’s the only way they can be politically successful. Market failure: electric cars are still too expensive for most people. Allow prices to continue to ratchet up, people can’t afford to drive the cars they currently own. Emissions go down, poll support for the govt ebbs.

    Politicians & commentators have to spit the dummy and acknowledge that addiction psychology has the masses in thrall to the system. Honesty is the best policy. The masses have to get weaned off their drug addiction. Appropriate political leadership is to start telling them that. Not keep pretending that their addiction is okay. Eliminate petrolhead culture totally. Make motor-racing illegal unless the vehicles are electric. Politicians must publicly describe motor racing as a culture of juvenile delinquents. No more tolerance of such parasites.

    • Antoine 2.1

      Motor racing is not the enemy, that’s silly. How much of our emissions come from motor racing? Would it be as much as 0.1%? I doubt it.

      Your plan, if followed, would simply make the Government ridiculous.

      A.

      • Dennis Frank 2.1.1

        What you aren’t factoring in is the cultural effect of the behaviour: normalising wasteful use of fossil fuels. The behavioural change required to solve the global problem can only be led by appropriate role models.

        • Antoine 2.1.1.1

          Rather than leading people, your idea would create a backlash.

          A.

          • Dennis Frank 2.1.1.1.1

            Bring it on. Lash the fuckers real good. These scumbags have been getting away with it far too long.

            • Dukeofurl 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Oh playing the Stalinism card are we ?

              Back in the 1950s were you a ‘tankie’ as well.

              • Dennis Frank

                Last person to call me stalinist was Jeanette Fitzsimons, think it was ’94. 😎 Back in the 1950s I was actually a kiddie..

        • Ross 2.1.1.2

          Dennis

          Being wasteful is flying half way round the world unnecessarily. The PM and many MPs do a fair bit of flying. If politicians want public buy-in, they will need to lead by example.

          • Dennis Frank 2.1.1.2.1

            Yes, I agree. What’s more, tourism as an industry is now a target on the same basis. Yet more effing drug addiction. It will have to become government policy to force our tourist industry to become carbon neutral. Given the lack of electric planes, that’ll be fun to watch!

      • Adrian 2.1.2

        Yeah, that banning idea is a result of the publicity around Bathurst and Brendon Hartley at the Japanese GP.
        Nothing tlike ignorance,eh.
        Bathurst Cars are 85% alcohol and the F1 cars use a brew that is light on actual oil and closer to avgas as F1 has always led the research efforts towards safety features and efficiency in ordinary cars.

    • bwaghorn 2.2

      I don’t know that labour really want to lower the companies profit , my impression is that labour where getting thumped about the head by national and it proxies on fuel tax so Ardern has very deftly shifted the blame to the companies . Nice bit of politicking imho.

      • greywarshark 2.2.1

        What can our PM do? These are private companies. Cars and motor travel do need to be restrained, lessened , dropping exchange rate and rising oil prices bring that effect.

        • gsays 2.2.1.1

          (He peeks into the room, looks round and whispers…)
          Nationalise the oil companies, then put into place a plan akin to Bill’s idea from a few months back.

          While we are at it, let the smelter owners know they have 12 months of subsidised power then it’s market rates.

          Without evidence I am sure the oil companies have spread the jaffa tax all round the country, undermining the intention of the levy.

        • bwaghorn 2.2.1.2

          I’m not dissing her it’s the first time I’ve thought she’s got the goods for leadership. And no I don’t think she can do more than try to jaw prices down .

  3. Antoine 3

    We need to be clear whether we _want_ energy prices to go up (to drive conservation and efficiency) or whether it is just an unfortunate side effect.

    If the former then the Govt should communicate that prices are _meant_ to go up, this is by design.

    If the latter then perhaps we could think about alternative cost recovery approaches that don’t end up on the shoulders of the end consumer.

    A.

  4. BM 4

    This government is pretty shakey at the moment $3 dollar gas will destroy it.
    Outright win for National in 2020 coming up.

    As for Ardern blaming the oil companies for high petrol prices, does she actually believe the bull shit she spouts?

    The voter certainly doesn’t.

    • dV 4.1

      AND how will the NATZ then fix the $3 price in 2021?
      Price control?
      Take tax off?
      Control exchange rate
      Nationalise the fuel network?

        • dV 4.1.1.1

          Yep cut the tax
          Tough about roads!

          Why are there up to 30c/L difference between different suppliers?

          • BM 4.1.1.1.1

            Tough about roads? fucks sake they’ve cancelled all the RONS, this government has made it rather clears road are evil.

            Which is why petrol taxes are now going towards projects like the worlds slowest “rapid transport system” and cycleways no one uses.

            Why are there up to 30c/L difference between different suppliers?

            Different business models

            • Dukeofurl 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Not cancelled all the RONs.

              national ran short on its promises ‘over 10 years’ So the Holiday Highway is just started construction last summer and same goes for Transmission Gully

              Transmission Gully will cost the government $14 per car each way based on the fixed $125 mill yearly cost to pay back the PPP.
              I dont theink the motorists can afford more RONS like that as the Holiday highway will be something like as well based on traffic flows.

              The one project national did cancel back in 2012 was the Manawatu Gorge replacement option and instead went for the ‘cheaper’ Gorge rd upgrade. Thats been $200 mill down the drain as that road is permanently closed.

            • cleangreen 4.1.1.1.1.2

              Why don’t we use more rail then????

              The Climate change report said we need to use other forms of transport now like trains?

              This morning we watched PM Jacinda Ardern struggle with the questions asked of her during the AM show as Duncan Garner asked Jacinda “what is the time line has the Government set for changes to our carbon emissions to save our future” and Jacinda you were definitely struggling with an answer.

              Here is a simple method to counter that question.

              The answer was given by the other guest on the AM show after you PM by Bronwyn Hayward is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury Hayward was New Zealand lead author serving on UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

              Professor Bronwyn Haywood said that we need to now to “change the way we move our freight and ourselves around our country”.

              Phil Twyford was also on the news on the AM show this morning 9/10/18 announcing that millions will be put into the upgrading of the Wairarapa rail line service for freight and passenger services for restoring regional rail policy finally.

              So we in HB/Gisborne don’t want RONs BM we require the same level of funding at least to adequately restore our ‘rundown rail services too as Wairarapa got today.

              We are like Auckland and other cities as our cities are regional and far from main centres too so we need passenger rail returned to Gisborne Napier regions as the elders and young can travel safely again by rail !!!

              Get it now?

              Our roads are unsafe with a very high ‘truck freight industrial activity’.

              https://www.msn.com/en-nz/money/news/dollar96m-funding-for-wairarapa-rail/ar-BBO7qo9

        • Clive Macann 4.1.1.2

          Very funny, BM, an extremely Nats biased comment.
          Facts.
          NZ fuel tax is around about 1/2 the cost.
          NZ is the 6th lowest taxed fuel in the OECD.
          Most are around the 2/3rds mark.
          Based on a wages comparison, fuel is cheaper now than in the early ’70’s.
          Also cars are way more fuel efficient that back then.
          Petrol is $2.05 outside my gate in the middle of nowhere.
          ChCh is around the $2.50 mark.
          Considering that the tax is pretty much the same on both,
          it is the fuel supplier grabbing the extra 45c mark up.
          Adhern is right.

    • Tony Veitch [not etc.] 4.2

      Oh, well said BM!

      With the UN climate assessment giving us less than 12 years to ‘save the species’ let’s continue to play party politics until the rising sea levels lap at our doorsteps.

      When will you Right wing fucknuts realise this is serious! THIS IS SERIOUS!

      If rising fuel prices stop people using their cars, good! So long as the government steps in and provides alternative transport – like John Minto’s slogan for the ChCh mayoralty – “Free and Frequent.”

      • BM 4.2.1

        If rising fuel prices stop people using their cars, good! So long as the government steps in and provides alternative transport – like John Minto’s slogan for the ChCh mayoralty – “Free and Frequent.”

        New Zealand is not set up for public transport.

        • mickysavage 4.2.1.1

          Well the left keep advancing it and the right keep destroying it so no.

          • BM 4.2.1.1.1

            New Zealand will never be a public transport orientated type of country, all our cities and towns have been designed around the motor car.

            And rightly so, we’re too spread out and we don’t have the population density to make public transport a financially viable option.
            As well as the fact apart from Wellington people don’t work in one centralized place, people in NZ work all over the place, public transport cannot service this sort of transport pattern.

            If the major reason for public transport is around climate change put the money into electric vehicles, don’t waste time and resources trying to force New Zealanders into an unworkable way of life, work with what we’ve got and what works for us.

            • mickysavage 4.2.1.1.1.1

              That is what the right think.

              It is why the last Government mucked around with the city rail link and refused to build it until they were brought screaming and kicking to the realisation that it was needed and rational.

              The right are the problem. They should step aside and let the left sort the problem out or adopt our proposals in full. This is the only way that New Zealand will have a chance of meeting its carbon change obligations.

              • BM

                Yep, you want everyone living in high-density apartment complexes, where every day you put on your grey onesie and take the state-run train to the state-run factory where you build widgets.

                Oh, the glorious socialist bliss,

                • Draco T Bastard

                  You do understand that what you just described is what now exists right?

                  Apartments have existed for hundreds of years, tend to be popular and are cost effective compared to stand alone housing. That’s why capitalists build them – they make more profit.
                  Go to Maccas and watch all the employees wearing the same uniform. And that applies across many industries.
                  And watch all the sheep driving to work everyday in their highly expensive, highly inefficient cars.

                  Why do the RWNJs always insist that the highly inefficient uniformity that they enforce upon people is better?

                • millsy

                  Dont worry BM, in your world the trains are run by Asian state backed sovereign wealth funds, along with the apartment buildings and factory, and the roads, water, etc.

                • mike

                  who remembers the oil shocks of the early 70s and muldoons car less day if new Zealand doesn’t modernize its infrastructure and diversify its transport options you are leaving the country and economy vulnerable , oil has to be imported in and paid for in us dollars only a fool puts all there eggs in one basket or a nat.

            • Tony Veitch [not etc.] 4.2.1.1.1.2

              You said it all, BM – “a financially viable option.”

              The classic neolib response – financially viable! That fw Brownlee said a business case couldn’t be made for rail transport from Rangiora to Rolleston – the dollars and cents!

              Well, big business is saying, effectively, a business case can’t be made for saving the planet – so . . .

              Run the buses, free and frequent – people will adapt, even in NZ. Hike petrol to $4, or $5 a litre and use the extra to pay for the buses. Make the rich pay for the privilege of driving!

              If we don’t do something radical, we’re fucked – literally.

              • Ed

                Tax car ownership

                • cleangreen

                  Ed,
                  Simple answer is to Increase truck road RUC (Road User Charges) as they are ruining local roads with now, by using overweight 63 tonne trucks and were not supposed to do on primary light road loading diamentions like local roads and rural roads when the HPMV rules of use came out.

                  Now they are driving 63 tonne trucks everywhere unchecked causing such widespread destruction on all our highways like Highway 2 as these roads are so bloody dangerous now because they are full of potholes and uneven surfacing with valleys of water every time it rains our cars loose control when we hit the ‘rainwater rivers’ along our roads and fill all the potholes now.

                  it is so unsustainable now that roads are bankrupting our country with some of the heaviest trucks carried on our roads now.

                  • Ed

                    Yes – and increase significantly.

                  • KJT

                    Just charge them what they actually cost.

                    Every one talks about the cost of rail. What about the cost of not having it.

                    Meanwhile, coastal ships have to pay full price for the infrastructure they use, ports, at a rate that gives owners a profit, including, on their deemed value if sold for housing.

                    Imagine if trucks had to pay for roads on the same basis. Full cost, plus the opportunity cost, of all those roads being unavailable to sell for housing. The screams from the trucking lobby would outdo the oil industries.

                    • cleangreen

                      Yep Ed and KJT

                      Down on 13.2 I have now added the solution and answer to the transport system in NZ with rail being viable in any location now so truck interests can’t say rail is not “viable” as they use it often, so by using “mixed trains” have you heard of them?

                      Here is a link to Mixed trains. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixed_train

                      Here again is the link as to where they are still used and we need to do this ASAP not build more roads for trucks as they (RTF) Ken Shirley refuses to accept trucks should pay their way now for the massive road amage they are causing us to suffer with.

                      IPENZ studied the road cost and claim now Trucks only pay 56% of their cost of “surface costs” of road damage while a car (private user) pays 66% and 8% is paid by local taxpayers also

                      Rail pays 77% of the rail maintenance also in the IPENZ study.

                      So trucks should pay 77% at least now.

                      Fair’s fair.

            • Dukeofurl 4.2.1.1.1.3

              Financially Viable ?

              Transmission Gully project will cost the Land Transport Fund $14 per car each way to repay the PPP when it opens. Its a $125 mill per year fixed charge.

              Thats NOT financially viable , just like most of the other RONS. Holiday Highway might even be closer to $20 per car but that will at least have a nominal toll of $2.50 or so.

            • mauī 4.2.1.1.1.4

              Our cities and towns were designed around the horse and railroad actually. Which is a good thing because we can go back to those as the oil age combusts.

              Electric vehicles still take a tonne of fossil fuel to produce and will probably be increasingly unaffordable to consumers.

              • Carolyn_Nth

                Our cities and towns were designed around the horse and railroad actually.

                Initially, they were designed around waka, sailing and steam ships. That’s why so many are built next to rivers and harbours.

                Horse and railroad enabled the expansion of many towns and cities.

        • Ed 4.2.1.2

          Then set it up.
          Very quickly.

      • Humma 4.2.2

        That is a whole lot of BS. They spout that same nonsense after every summit (which they tend to all fly to I see). Every year its x number of years to save the planet. Didn’t Al Gore spout of about 10 years to go more than 10 years ago? Wasn’t the Arctic supposed to be ice free by now. It has stabilised and since 2007 has not shrunk further.

        • mickysavage 4.2.2.1

          Computer says no.

          In any event cherrypicking one piece of data and claiming that a world wide phenomenon is plain dumb.

          For instance Greenland is having some phenomenal peaks in melting ice …

          http://nsidc.org/greenland-today/

          Antarctica has lost over a thousand gigatonnes of ice in the past ten years …

          https://www.science.org.au/curious/earth-environment/how-antarctic-melt-contributing-global-sea-level

          • alwyn 4.2.2.1.1

            A thousand gigatons in only 10 years.
            The sky is falling.
            That article you have linked to says that there are 25 times 10 to the power of 15 tonnes of ice in the Antarctic Icecap.
            Therefore we have lost, if the article is accurate, about 10 to the power 12 tonnes in the last 10 years. It will all melt, at that rate, in only another 250,000 years.
            The amount lost is only the rounding error.

          • Humma 4.2.2.1.2

            That’s the thing with the gigatonnes rhetoric. a thousand gigatonnes is like nothing when compared to the amount that is there. Sounds big, looks big if compared to swimming pools. But juxtaposed with the Antarctica, its nothing less than a drop in a bucket.

            • Incognito 4.2.2.1.2.1

              But juxtaposed with the Antarctica, its nothing less than a drop in a bucket.

              So, according to the article the Antarctic melt contributes 0.2 to 0.3 mm to the ocean each year.

              I was bored and decided to calculate how much a drop of water would contribute to a typical 22-L bucket.

              The answer: ca. 0.0007 mm.

              In other words, the ice melt is roughly equivalent with 283 to 424 drops in a bucket each year.

              • Antoine

                Stop trying to do the math yourselves and let the actual scientists work out the sea level rises in cm

                A.

                • Incognito

                  I did! I used the figures from the link in the comment @ 4.2.2.1 and it all looked pretty sciency to me but what do I know?

                  Here’s the link again, just for you, so that you can check my numbers; please let me know if I made any mistakes 😉

                  https://www.science.org.au/curious/earth-environment/how-antarctic-melt-contributing-global-sea-level

                  • Antoine

                    Was more talking to alwyn and humma. I’m pretty sceptical of you and your bucket though.

                    A.

                    • Incognito

                      Well, you didn’t make it clear whom you were talking to and you replied to a comment of mine.

                      Your scepticism is based on ignorance; you don’t know my credentials and you haven’t checked my bucket calculations, which any third former should be able to do.

                      You criticise and comment here but add very little of substance IMHO. Just saying.

                    • Antoine

                      At least I don’t carry round a bucket with me

                      A.

                    • Antoine

                      Also, your bucket analogy is incredibly misleading.

                      A.

                    • Incognito

                      Sure, except it was Humma, not me, @ 4.2.2.1.2 who said “[b]ut juxtaposed with the Antarctica, its nothing less than a drop in a bucket.” Please, do keep up and pay attention, especially when you parachute yourself into an online conversation.

                      In what way do you feel misled by the bucket, Antoine?

                    • Antoine

                      (sigh)

                      When someone says that “a thousand gigatonnes compared to Antarctica is like a drop in a bucket”, they mean that the ratio of 1000 GT to the total mass of the Antarctic ice sheet is similar to the ratio of the volume of a drop to the volume of a bucket (i.e. very small in both cases).

                      Your analogy seems designed to suggest that the ratio of 1000 GT to the total mass of the Antarctic ice sheet is similar to the ratio of the volume of 283-424 drops to the volume of a bucket. But this is not the case.

                      In fact, your 283-424 is the number of drops that it would take to fill a bucket to the 0.2-0.3mm line (ignoring meniscus issues) which is a quite different quantity.

                      A.

                    • Incognito

                      Humma used the drop in a bucket as a metaphor to mean that it was insignificantly small.

                      However, in the scientific article linked in Mickysavage’s comment they calculated that the Antarctic ice melt leads to a rise of the level of the oceans of 0.2 to 0.3 mm each year. So, I decided to calculate what the analogous rise is in a 22-L bucket with water – the bucket being the oceans: to raise the level in that bucket you’ll need 283 to 424 drops – the analogous volume of water added to the oceans each year by the ice melt – and the meniscus has got nothing with that rise. It is a perfect analogy with a huge scaling factor.

      • Ed 4.2.3

        Close motorway lanes for buses.
        Make all public transport free.
        Add further tax increases for petrol for cars.

    • Dennis Frank 4.3

      “The Government is fast-tracking a law change that will require petrol companies to open up their books to the country’s competition watchdog. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is prioritising the passing of the Commerce Amendment Bill, which compels petrol companies to give the Commerce Commission the information it needs to understand how the market functions.” https://www.interest.co.nz/business/96231/pm-responds-outcry-over-high-petrol-prices-rushing-through-law-change-requiring

      So the plan seems to be a. ascertain if the oil cartel is operating, and b. figure out how much of their high prices can be deemed unreasonable, then c. legislate to enforce reasonable prices. Kinda like recycling socialism, eh?

      Given that Robertson wants the govt to compete with the cartel in the ongoing extraction of money from consumers battle, will the govt over-rule him by reducing their tax take? Depends how far back into traditional socialism they’re headed.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 4.4

      Yep, govt will be blamed regardless of actual cause.

      In reality National would have been similar although at least they weren’t immediately tacking on new tax like Labour is. Petrol tax is taking candy from a baby – easy to do but lots of screaming involved

    • Cinny 4.5

      BM didn’t judith make a big deal about going after the fuel companies when national was in office.

      What came of that?

      A study and no action.

  5. cleangreen 5

    University of Canterbury’s Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward featured on ‘the Governmental climate change panel’ was this morning on the Duncan Garner AM show today, and she has rightly now admitted that we need to change the way we are moving freight around NZ now.

    Thank You Bronwyn for your voice to wake up the PM Jacinda about this.

    http://cubic.co.nz/rail-saved-new-zealand-1-5-billion-year-study-shows/

    This morning on the AM show the Minister of Transport has announced that a large amount of Government money will be spent on restoring the Wairarapa rail service.

    At CEAC we now call on government to reopen the Gisborne rail service so we can be again be also connected to “the capital connection” passenger service as they promised before the last election please as HB/Gisborne needs the same funding from Government as you have given to Wairarapa rail for all the same reasons.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/101399396/hopes-alive-for-a-better-more-frequent-capital-connection

    Bronwyn Hayward is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury and an international expert on sustainability, climate change and youth politics. Hayward is Director of UC’s Sustainable Citizenship and Civic Imagination: Hei Puāwaitanga research group and leads a study following children and young people growing up in 7 world cities, with CUSP the UK Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity, at Surrey University.

    As a political scientist, Hayward was the only New Zealand lead author serving on UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 1.5 Special Report which considers how to implement the Paris Agreement to hold climate change to well below 2 degees of global warming while strengthening sustainable development and eradicating poverty.

    https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/climate-change-and-no-change-with-bronwyn-hayward/christchurch

    • Ed 5.1

      Rebuild the rail network.
      Make haulage by trucks uneconomical.

      • cleangreen 5.1.1

        Yes Ed.

        Trucks should be forced to pay for the real cost of fixing the roads and dangers caused by the fracturing of the hillsides from the heavy truck vibrations as the road engineers here are saying they are recording unusual cracks in the rock faces now.

        here is our open letter to Jacinda today.. – “Let’s do this”

        9th October 2018.
        TO all rail stakeholders,

        Subject; New Zealand’s challenge to achieve climate resilient development

        This am we watched PM Jacinda Ardern struggle with the questions asked of her during the AM show as Duncan Garner asked Jacinda “what is the time line has the Government set for changes to our carbon emissions to save our future” and Jacinda you were definitely struggling with an answer.

        Here is a simple method to counter that question. The answer was given by the other guest on the AM show after you PM by Bronwyn Hayward is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury Hayward was New Zealand lead author serving on UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

        Professor Bronwyn Haywood said that we need to now to “change the way we move our freight and ourselves around our country”.

        Phil Twyford was also on the news on the AM show this morning 9/10/18

        announcing that millions will be put into the upgrading of the Wairarapa rail line service for freight and passenger services, – so hurray to Phil for this, our committee applauds you for restoring regional rail policy finally.

        So HB/Gisborne requires the same level of funding at least to adequately restore our ‘rundown rail services too, and we need passenger rail returned to Gisborne Napier regions as the elders and young can travel safely again by rail as our roads are unsafe with a very high ‘truck freight industrial activity’.

        https://www.msn.com/en-nz/money/news/dollar96m-funding-for-wairarapa-rail/ar-BBO7qo9

        Quote; “Wairarapa rail tracks are getting a major funding boost and upgrade.”
        This morning Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced a $96 million investment, which includes $50m for track infrastructure and the rest for double-tracking between Trentham and Upper Hutt.
        He said it would help grow the region’s economy and tourism.
        Without the investment, the line would deteriorate and cause delays and disruptions for commuters, Mr Twyford said.
        “Passengers have a right to expect a safe and reliable service, and this investment will ensure the long-term future of this route.”
        Mr Twyford said the investment could have spinoffs into other investments.
        It would give the Greater Wellington Regional Council more confidence to invest in upgrading and improving the line’s rolling stock, he said.
        Work on the Wairarapa rail line was expected to start in April next year.

        https://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/101399396/hopes-alive-for-a-better-more-frequent-capital-connection

        Quote;
        “They would have the versatility to support the regional routes, as well as providing extra capacity on the Wellington services.”
        Transport Minister Phil Twyford said “the Labour-led Government was committed to developing a transport system that embraced all modes of transport. – “This includes looking at increasing investment in public transport.”
        Our Regional request; to NZ Government;
        We in HB/Gisborne also now require the same “freight and passenger services” be restored to Gisborne Napier line, so our freight and passenger services once again can be connected to “the capital connection” and all other export ports for our own “economic and wellbeing health & security” is assured for the future please.

        Jacinda – read/hear our open letter to Jacinda and her government.

  6. esoteric pineapples 6

    I’m glad I don’t have to be a member of the AA anymore. I was only a member in case of a breakdown etc but there is a great deal where if you have your tyres blown up with nitrofill with a garage in my town (cost $50 for a year), you get an emergency break down service with a group of garages throughout New Zealand.

    I’ve always found the AA assumes that because people like me are members, that we support their cars-first policy in regards to transport in New Zealand.

  7. esoteric pineapples 7

    New Zealand has one of the best location in the world for electricity from water turbines – Cook Strait. There is literally one metre in difference between the sea level at one end of the strait and the other, depending on which direction the tide is going in. Tapping into this would probably make us energy self reliant for vehicles

    • Dennis Frank 7.1

      Sounds good in theory but we need to know why the similar design for the one at the Kaipara Heads hasn’t become operational. A decade or so in the pipeline, so the energy company developing it must have run into significant engineering issues. Unless the local Maori opposition has been using the law to stonewall the project.

    • dV 7.2

      There was an investigation a year or so back into the Cook st project.
      Has, did that get anywhere?

      • Antoine 7.2.1

        I can’t see a large scheme being consentable. If it was somehow consentable, I can’t see it being economic (cost-effective).

        We have good quality wind, geothermal, solar and hydro resource. Even if we want to go 100% renewable, we don’t need tidal.

        A.

    • Dukeofurl 7.3

      main issue is the peak tidal flow doesnt occur during peak electricity demand.
      And we have a very large renewable supply as it is and whats needed is demand driven supply for the weaker wind conditions.

  8. David Mac 8

    Electric cars are getting cheaper by the day, the percentage of electric vs petrol second hand cars coming in from Japan is sliding upwards rapidly. We are shopping for secondhand Leafs. Trademe now have a specific category for electric cars.

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/nissan/auction-1794751612.htm?rsqid=07115a026d304f2a88fe1cad156d5f22

    The 2 main deterrents are the cost of battery replacement and range anxiety.

    There are non OEM factories building new battery internals for a fraction of a new factory battery cost. I think it’s just a matter of time until we see specialists popping up that will replace battery internals, with a warranty, in a day for less than $1000.

    If we hire a car for those rare occasions that 95% of us need to travel more than 300kms in a day, we will be better off. A charge is a few dollars, a tankful of petrol ???

    Trade the dinosaur in, get Sparky on finance and come out ahead. Get a warm feeling with the passing of every service station.

    • Humma 8.1

      Actually the uptake of EV’s in NZ is not accelerating and may be dropping off…https://www.transport.govt.nz/resources/vehicle-fleet-statistics/monthly-electric-and-hybrid-light-vehicle-registrations/
      Check real data, not some anecdote.

      • David Mac 8.1.1

        Hi Humma, maybe I’m reading the data you provided wrong.

        Doesn’t it say that in 2017 3600 electric cars were registered and in 2018 so far we’re up over 4000???

        If so, amusing that you suggest I check the real data.

        • Enough is Enough 8.1.1.1

          Compare that uplift to fossil fuel cars

          • David Mac 8.1.1.1.1

            Yes, we are buying more cars overall than ever.

            I think it’s the trend that is important, all revolutions gain momentum slowly, like a snowball rolling down a hill.

            Between 2016 and 2017 electric vehicle registrations doubled, a 100% increase. With the overall vehicle sales figure growth we’re talking a few %.

            It’s a problem compounded by the SUV/4WD ute fashion, big and thirsty bricks beyond our requirements.

      • David Mac 8.1.2

        I am reading it right Humma, looks like a trend to me.

        2013 – 39 registrations
        2014 – 326
        2015 – 505
        2016 – 1517
        2017 – 3691
        Up to the end of Sept in 2018 – 4075

        • Humma 8.1.2.1

          Exactly, if the trend was to continue then at the end of 2018 we would have to have a bout 6,000 or more EV’s. But that’s not going to be the case. Its slowing down and tapering off. Look at the monthly figures the last 4 months.

        • Humma 8.1.2.2

          Lets not forget the elephant in the room. Wholesale power prices are now in the $300’s (normally $75) because the lake levels in the SI are getting rather low. Bring on more EV’s and bring on brown outs and blackouts. We do not have the electricity resource in NZ to support a majority EV fleet.
          https://www2.electricityinfo.co.nz/

          • Antoine 8.1.2.2.1

            > We do not have the electricity resource in NZ to support a majority EV fleet.

            Sure we do, just takes a few years and some money to build the kit.

            A.

          • David Mac 8.1.2.2.2

            Even at those prices: 100kms in a Hummer @ $3 a litre about $135. In a Nissan Leaf $7.

            We have an electricity over supply between midnight and dawn. We need that capacity to fulfill daytime demand.

          • mike 8.1.2.2.3

            battery and recharge time hasn’t been solved yet then theresthe lack is the of charging stations EVS only work as long as there is no mass uptake rail makes more sense than EVs

            • KJT 8.1.2.2.3.1

              As i said before most cars do less than 50k daily at less than 50km/hr. Fits perfectly with off peak charging, and btw, cars more like golf carts than present day petrol cars.

              The majority of people only do greater distances in the weekends.

              Already families like ours have a small shopping basket car for the week, and a bigger one for towing boats and holidays.

        • William 8.1.2.3

          But in your original comment at 8 you said

          “…the percentage of electric vs petrol second hand cars coming in from Japan is sliding upwards rapidly. ”

          Now you’re quoting total figures for both new & used ev’s, and not comparing to petrol vehicles.
          If you look at the bar graph of Monthly EV registrations the used numbers have become quite volatile this year. Also note between 2015 & 2016 the total numbers registered tripled, between 2016 & 2017 the numbers increased by less than times 2.5, if we compare to the end of Sept for last year with this year the result is times 1.7. The numbers of ev’s are increasing but the trend seems to be decreasing.

          My opinion is that ev’s are yet another dead end that will trap us. Most of the world’s electricity comes from fossil fuels. NZ might have high renewable electric generation but that energy is currently used elsewhere. It can’t be used twice so to use ev’s we’ll need to significantly increase our renewable generation or significantly reduce our current use. The latter will be needed anyway.

          Easy individual travel has only been a thing for the last fifty years or so. We’ll survive quite happily getting used to public transport and reducing our expectations about travel ‘rights’.

          • KJT 8.1.2.3.1

            NZ power generation is sized for peak loads.

            Cars charge of peak.

            Not to mention most cars travel less than 50k in a day at less than 50km/hr.

            A pattern well suited to golf carts, rather than trying to emulate petrol driven cars.

            • William 8.1.2.3.1.1

              NZ generating machine and transmission capacity is sized for peak loads, but the stored fuel (primarily water in storage lakes) is sized for total consumption over a year, and in a dry year we can already run close to the bone and sometimes need cuts. Add the energy needs of ev’s charging off peak and we will need much more primary stored capacity.

              Your golf cart suggestion is possible (although 20kmh would be a more realistic maximum speed for them) but will I think require a much greater attitude change than moving to public transport. Bicycles combined with public transport is well proven too. I omitted to stipulate that most public transport should be electric.

              • KJT

                A large proportion of our power is used by Tiwai point. The company we pay 30 million dollar subsidies to. More than enough for a car fleet.

                I have lost the link, but someone in UK had developed the type of electric cars I propose. The business plan was to use them as rentals, a bit like Asian hire bikes. Though I think most people would be better owning a commuter car, and renting a petrol car for long trips.
                Similarly, Delivery trucks for the last few k’s from ports and rail depots do not need to be fast.

                Public transport improvement won’t happen until there is a huge price hike for hydrocarbons.

                • William

                  Tiwai Point uses 570MW which is about 13% of NZ consumption. Sadly most car chargers will be in the North Island and while the DC Link is capable of 1200MW there are times when that is already running at full capacity.
                  (I don’t support the subsidy but according to stuff the $30m was a single payment, not plural http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9016725/Govt-pays-30-million-to-Tiwai-Pt)

                  Maybe you’re thinking of Clive Sinclair’s C5 🙂

                  Public transport improvement is already happening. In the main centres it’s congestion that causes people to prefer it. Auckland use has grown greatly in recent years, Wellington has historically had a high use, but both have potential for much more improvement and growth.

          • David Mac 8.1.2.3.2

            Hi William, options are limited with an Impala but what’s to stop an entrepreneur designing and selling garage mounted wind turbines to charge infrequently used EVs?

            New or used EV’s I don’t think it matters. As a nation we struggle with the price-point. We have one of the oldest fleets in the western world, on average our cars are 14 years old. We have family cars for sale on car-yards here that are considered classics in the UK. Like all new tech, prices will drop.

            I love combustion engines and hope to always have one or two as an increasingly expensive hobby but my Mum getting to Pak n Save and the library? It just makes sense to me if her car could be motivated by an energy source that wasn’t necessarily a finite resource.

            • William 8.1.2.3.2.1

              Not sure where Impalas have suddenly come from but it seems you’re relying on the old “we’ll be saved by a bright inventor” syndrome. And most cars are used more than infrequently so relying on intermittent stand alone turbines is not a goer.

              Having an old vehicle fleet is good because we’re making the stored energy used during the manufacture of vehicles last a long time. They’ll last even longer if we divert to public transport for most journeys. I own four fossil motor vehicles (only one is currently running & that gets 100mpg) but my journeys to the library & the supermarket are done on an old bicycle fitted with a crate for carrying stuff. Organise something similar for your mum. But good public transport for those unable to do that is required.

              • David Mac

                Hippy…

                I’m having a lend William, sorry.

                Impala, 60 bubble top coupe does it for me.

                http://image.superchevy.com/f/119417318+q80+re0+cr1+ar0/1960-chevy-impala-tucson-az-rear-view-six-tailights-driver-side.jpg

                Old fleet good? I take your point but I like my kid being surrounded by airbags and an engine as efficient as today’s best engineers can make it.

                We need a more frequent and encompassing public transport system today but I have reservations about the long-term sense.

                I believe for all NZers to lead a much improved quality life we need to spread out a bit and I think eventually we’ll wake up to ourselves. There are only 4.8 million of us, we can all have a pony and dig for tuatua.

                I met a young American guy in the Far North recently, he works for a US Silicon Valley company and wasn’t on holiday.

                I’m fortunate to be able to live where I think NZ is at her most beautiful, there’s no jobs and few people here. As we start to drop this 9 to 5 at the office BS, we don’t need to walk down the hall to have a meeting with someone, flick on the holgram skype instead. I’m expecting more neighbours over the next 50 years.

                Yes I do believe in our future and that necessity is the mother of invention. I’ll die an optimist.

    • Dennis Frank 8.2

      Heard on the Am Show just now, think it was Marie Dyhrberg reporting her trip to Mongolia, that electric cars have become widely adopted there. Apparently because the govt pays 12k out of the 17k cost, so the buyer only needs 5k.

      Must be a recent govt policy because the initial trend was due to used electric imports from Japan: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/news/industry-news/where-the-priuses-roam-why-the-hybrid-is-conquering-the-land-of-genghis-khan/article30348763/

      Does raise the question of how their govt can afford substantial subsidies and Grant Robertson thinks we can’t afford any!

      • BM 8.2.1

        Mongolia has money coming out the wazoo thanks to a huge mining boom.

        • Dukeofurl 8.2.1.1

          Only because it has such a low GDP that one huge mine can make such a difference.
          For the citizens not so good as these sort of projects rely heavily on foreign contractors and maybe a few jobs driving dump trucks for the locals.

          Not sure what royalties the government gets but likely the bulk of the profits will go to those who provide the billions to build the mine and have the experts to run it.
          https://www.economist.com/briefing/2012/01/21/mine-all-mine
          the Irish pubs, of which there are several, are heaving with foreign miners, investment bankers and young local women with very long legs and very short skirts. French bistros serve steaks the size of tabloid newspapers. ..
          Yep plenty of contractors.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 8.3

      Electric cars may or may not be good right now, although long term they will help.

      But NZ currently favours large, inefficient vehicles (SUV’s and the like).

      https://www.transport.govt.nz/resources/vehicle-fleet-statistics/

      There is a lot of scope for saving fuel just by driving smaller and more efficient conventional cars – which are perfectly adequate for most of our 1-2 passenger trips. Some of the fuel tax (or a new tax on new large, inefficient vehicles) could be used to subsidise the purchase of small, efficient cars?

  9. David Mac 9

    “What goes around, comes around. In 1900, there were only 4,192 automobiles made in the U.S., and 1,681 of them were steam powered, and 1,575 were electric. Gasoline, that was a distant third, with 936 produced. The steam car soon fell away as impractical, and that left the electric car in a very good position, especially as batteries and electric motors improved.”

    https://www.cartalk.com/blogs/jim-motavalli/what-we-can-learn-our-colorful-electric-car-history

  10. Cinny 10

    Planet Earth is more important than fuel prices. If fuel prices make us all think twice about how often we use our cars, then that’s not a bad thing.

    What would be awesome is subsidies for community service card holders to buy electric vehicles.

    • In Vino 10.1

      True, Cinny.
      But.. Even within what you say, I have noticed over the years that when petrol prices rise, they do so very rapidly and in larger steps. If the international prices drop, or our dollar rises, the petrol companies are just sooo much slower to lower their prices to us, and do it in much smaller steps.
      I believe Ardern is right – there is profit-gouging by the companies, and even if we do need to raise prices to discourage use, there is no reason to allow that profit-gouging to continue.
      Better to cut their profits and increase taxes further so that the money gleaned can be sensibly used by Govt, rather than flowing into rich people’s private pockets.
      And somebody needs to point out to silly BM that regardless of what NZ towns were designed for, it is now apparent that the planet we live on was not designed for us to come along and burn all the fossil fuels. Forced weaning is necessary.

  11. David Mac 11

    We’ve got oodles of spare power generating capacity when nobody wants it, midnight to dawn. Charging the car could be cheaper between those hours. Plug the car in when you get home and run the cord through a timer.

    I’d like to see figures on how many car journeys are longer than 200kms in a day. I think it would be less than 1%.

    • cleangreen 11.1

      Hi David,

      Several countries are building large storage battery systems using Tesla battery technologies to use when surplus power generation is not used.

      Australia has been even building one and US Germany Spain and other countries are jumping on board.

      Tha large battery systems are the size of a large rugby field and produce many Kiwiowats of instant on demand power, so this may be the way to have 24hr

      This is just one battery storage system that gets power from a stand alone solar farm. in UK and the battery farm can store 29 Megawatts.

      So we can do this here in every location too.

      https://www.zenobe.co.uk/electricity.

  12. Draco T Bastard 12

    But it’s also the moment where taxes get questionable when petrol is at $3 a liter when your disposable holiday dollar is stretched hard for the family holiday.

    This is based upon the false assumption that everyone can afford to have a car and drive it everyday. Climate change has proven that we can’t.

    With now no future local petroleum supply we have total vulnerability to international oil prices and to government taxes, for ever.

    We’ve never utilised our own oil supplies. Because it’s a light/sweet crude it was always sold offshore while we imported heavy/sour crude from the Middle East. The idea being that because we got a higher price for our oil than what we paid for imported stuff we’d be marginally better off.

    Then we sold our oil wells to the private sector and the only people who were better off was the new owners.

    • David Mac 12.1

      Yeah, the crude extracted from our waters is up there on the scale amongst the many grades. The popular benchmark is around the middle: Brent.

      The primary reason we don’t crack our own is because our one refinery at Marsden Point is not able to process the grade extracted in NZ. If we wanted to refine our own oil we’d need a major refit, it’s not worth the small volume extracted in our waters.

      The reason we sell off exploration rights is because it’s so damned expensive to drill 9 holes to find every viable one. We can’t afford to do it ourselves.

      Due to the North Sea oilfields Norway is the richest per capita country in the world.

      I think we were going about it the right way, as Norway did, increase profitability as risk levels diminish. Start with royalties on the global giants and slide towards the NZ State Oil Co.

      But hey, but a memory now….choice.

      It’s a business model that might transfer to other fields, let the neoliberals be the pioneers, the big risk takers and then slowly ramp up state ownership/returns as risk diminishes. eg: Green biodegradable packaging from our forestry waste, the tons and tons of stuff that comes down the hill and smashes everything in times of extreme rainfall.

      • David Mac 12.1.1

        China et al could not compete against us if we found a viable use for our forestry waste.

        The heavily populated, cheap labour countries are unable to have truckloads of near free Radiata fragments rolling up at a plant.

        Bugger making jeans and TVs, thats a race to the bottom. We need to get smarter and find niches with products that have a global demand and even with $1 a day workers, competitors cannot compete.

        Sacks of milk powder? Bugger that, we should be filling Chinese fridges with dairy products filled with berries grown on a family farm of a few hectares. As the air gets harder to see through in Beijing, great marketing story to tell.

        An Aussie pal of mine is ready to retire. Chinese interests are the most interested in his large nursery operation. Apparently, strawberries grown in Oz attract a premium price over the domestically grown fruit in China….the needle-free variety of strawberry.

        • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.1

          We need to get smarter and find niches with products that have a global demand and even with $1 a day workers, competitors cannot compete.

          No, that’s the race to the bottom. Once a country has dug up all its resources and sold them offshore, as NZ is busily doing, that country ends up poor. And, yes, exporting farming products exports resources. Those plants and animals don’t grow on nothing.

          No resources = poverty.

          Something that capitalists, politicians and economists don’t seem to understand.

          • David Mac 12.1.1.1.1

            Trees and grass aren’t finite resources.

            • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.1.1.1

              What they grow on is. Why else do you think fields need fertiliser? And, yes, what the fertiliser is made out of is also a finite resource.

      • Draco T Bastard 12.1.2

        The primary reason we don’t crack our own is because our one refinery at Marsden Point is not able to process the grade extracted in NZ.

        That’s as it is now. When the refinery was built it could have been made to refine our oil rather than ME sour crude. We sell ours because it gets a better price than what we buy ME sour crude for which is why we sell our oil offshore rather than refining it – as I said. That decision was made back in the late 60 or early 70s. Probably made at least some sense when we still owned the oil rigs extracting the oil.

        We can’t afford to do it ourselves.

        We actually can. It’s actually delusional to think that we can’t. As I say, we already own the resources to do it and have people with the necessary skills.

        Due to the North Sea oilfields Norway is the richest per capita country in the world.

        Last time I looked Norway still owns its oil rigs and gets the full profit from the sale of the oil.

        It’s a business model that might transfer to other fields, let the neoliberals be the pioneers, the big risk takers and then slowly ramp up state ownership/returns as risk diminishes.

        You’ve got that around the wrong way. It was government that took the big risk and once they paid off the neo-liberals moved in and took all the profits after they did nothing. Typical capitalism really.

        • David Mac 12.1.2.1

          No, you’re wrong Draco. Norway clipped the ticket in a minor way in the beginning.

          “In the early days, foreign companies dominated exploration activities, and they were responsible for developing the first oil and gas fields. Norwegian participation gradually increased as Norsk Hydro became involved. Saga Petroleum, a private Norwegian company, was established in 1972. Statoil (now Equinor) was also established in 1972, with the Norwegian state as sole owner. Norway also established the principle that the state was to have a 50 per cent ownership interest in every production licence.”

          https://www.norskpetroleum.no/en/framework/norways-petroleum-history/

          Our state could afford to undertake exploration in their own right if they decided to…if it wasn’t to be outlawed. Most voters would prefer to see the many billions spent elsewhere.

          • Draco T Bastard 12.1.2.1.1

            Our state could afford to undertake exploration in their own right if they decided to…if it wasn’t to be outlawed.

            ???

            Most voters would prefer to see the many billions spent elsewhere.

            Billions?

            I wonder how much it would actually cost the government, using state resources and manufacturing, to build a seismic vessel and a drill ship. Even buying from the private sector would only cost about $1 billion. Could, of course, rent ones already in existence.

            • David Mac 12.1.2.1.1.1

              Outlawed = Drilling for and extracting fossil fuels from NZ waters is slowly being phased out by our Government.

              Only 1 in 9 exploratory drills expose a viable field. I don’t think voters/taxpayers would receive reports like ‘We spent $20 million of your money on this pointless hole in the ocean floor, 20 million on the one before that but we’re really hopeful about the next one’ well.

              Personally I don’t think Governments should be spending big money on gambling. Initially, I feel a healthy royalty on each barrel extracted with a view to ramping up involvement as risks diminish (like Norway did) is a much better plan.

              I guess it’s all a bit of a moot point given the shutting down of the industry in NZ.

  13. Bill 13

    Putting a price on carbon simply doesn’t work in terms of reducing use. All it does is hammer the poor while the better off and business sector absorb any increases.

    We want to come down off carbon fast enough, while embracing a semblance of equity – as signed up to by the NZ Government at Copenhagen, Paris etc?

    Then buy the damned fossil from the oil companies from general taxation (a few billion dollars in the first year), subject it to a hard sinking cap of about 10 – 15% per year, and distribute it out through existing networks for free.

    Easy.

    Do that, and those dairy herds shrink in size damned fast. Do that, and industry switches its heating and energy supply to zero carbon sources damned fast and at no extra cost. Do that, and you and I won’t be in the position of having shoved future generations off the top of a tall building while telling them they’ll be fine as long as they invent an anti-gravity device on the way down (carbon capture and storage tech).

    Or then again, we could choose to continue to fail. (put a price on carbon, introduce a carbon tax, off-set by planting trees and other such useless and dishonest nonsense, increase the carbon budgets we’ll work to – as just done by yesterday’s IPCC report – pretend we’re in possession of tech that doesn’t exist, lie to ourselves, wring our hands, kill our futures)

    • Antoine 13.1

      Which do you think seems more likely

      A.

    • cleangreen 13.2

      Hi Bill

      We need to use rail in a smart way in future to get the best lowest transport emissions system by incorporating the use of “mixed trains” heard of them?

      I caught a mixed train when i left Rhodesia in 1970 and headed for capetown and at the border at Mafeking I got put on a “mixed train” with three carriages on the back of a freight train which made a delightful trip as we stopped at many colourful stops along the way and saw the interior of the country.

      I would highly recommend a mixed train to anyone today as mixed trains are still used in four continents including US today so we should do this as it would take cars and trucks off the roads lowering the carnage and lower the climate change emissions at the same time.

      Here is a link to Mixed trains. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixed_train

  14. David Mac 14

    I was surprised to see a recharge station at Kawakawa the other day, they are popping up all over.

    Open an account with the recharge company, they send you a chipped fob key ring to swipe each time you need to use an away from home recharger and email out a bill each active month.

    80% charge in an hour… the bakery and public toilets are sensational in Kawakawa. Some selective shoulder season airbnbing and holidaying has never been cheaper.

    There is some big money banking on this trend.

    https://charge.net.nz/map/

  15. Ad 15

    For full denial with the kind of authoritative Fuck You one could expect from this new Australian Cabinet – now that they’ve hounded out anyone in caucus willing to even mouth the words “climate change” and “energy transformation”, here’s their government’s response to the latest IPCC report:

    total denial.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/09/australian-government-backs-coal-defiance-ipcc-climate-warning

    The Australian government has rejected the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report’s call to phase out coal power by 2050, claiming renewable energy cannot replace baseload coal power.

    The deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack, said Australia should “absolutely” continue to use and exploit its coal reserves, despite the IPCC’s dire warnings the world has just 12 years to avoid climate change catastrophe.

    He said the government would not change policy “just because somebody might suggest that some sort of report is the way we need to follow and everything that we should do”.

    • Dennis Frank 15.1

      It’ll be interesting to see if their Labour Party responds by declaring themselves part of the solution, or are they still spooked by the negative result last time they tried it.

      Late September polling has Labour 25 seats ahead from a 3.6% swing here: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/newspoll?nk=67b05ff84cbccce9d3d362c1b353c757-1539056778

      Another has Coalition 46%, Labour 54% on a binary split, giving 55 seats to 91 seats (individual party breakdown being 37% to 38% with Greens 11% & One Nation 6.5).
      https://www.pollbludger.net/

      Has ScoMo coming in ahead of Shorten though – implying a charisma deficit for the latter, presumably.

      • Ad 15.1.1

        I have slightly more faith that the Australian state governments will continue to bankroll massive public transport ventures like extending theGold Coast light rail to the airport, increasing the Sydney toll roads until their eyes bleed, building high speed rail from Sydney to Melbourne (while it’s a perennial, it’s getting closer), metro systems for Brisbane, and really large extensions to the Melbourne tram system.

        I’ve just come back from a couple of weeks there engaging with the main city’s operators about all of these plans.

        Watching how the media buy-up happened in the lead up to Turnbull getting rolled, it’s hard to see a Labor Federal government going into an election with a strong climate change policy suite. Those miners sure have deep ad-buy pockets and they sure hurt.

  16. SPC 16

    Sure the government will have to keep the public informed as well as have the corporates explain their pricing.

    Our petrol taxes are not high by world standards and the Auckland levy is not a significant part of the price rise there (and prices are just as high in the south because of transport costs from the refinery).

    There is the world price base and there is there is the local currency price. So it is beyond government control.

    This is though not good for those who have long commutes because of being priced out of housing markets. Then there are those that have multiple jobs they have to drive to.

    So, all in all, the government should probably delay the Auckland levy – if only for the optics and they will have money rolling in from the higher GST (lower dollar rising import prices higher GST off sales) to cover this easily enough. Then go back to it when the petrol prices fall back again.

  17. Timeforacupoftea 17

    Any increases are absorbed by higher wages, higher benefits and higher Superannuation. I don’t think in any year that I know of Superannuation has not had an increase.
    Same as increases in cigarette tax and alcohol tax.
    The best way to increase business production and more jobs etc would be to remove all taxes from fuel.

    Better still remove taxes altogether including income tax, GST etc.

    Just have one tax a consumption tax, you spend, company spend, gov’t spend a low tax of 1 or 2 percent would do.
    Remove cash and have card only for purchase and sale.

  18. millsy 18

    I wouldn’t worry. The US dollar and oil prices will correct, and things will settle.

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    The government gun buyback ends this week. One problem with the buyback is that, thanks to our previously lax gun laws, the police have no idea how many soon-to-be-illegal guns are actually out there. And the gun-nuts are keen to paint it as a failure by claiming that most of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    8 hours ago
  • Why do people criticise emergency services and their decisions following a disaster?
    Why we have seen some criticisms of the emergency response to the decision to delay recovery rather than take immediate action? Why do some people think they can make better decisions that the Police and other authorities? To understand this better, we need to think about how and why we ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    8 hours ago
  • Sleep disorders and fluoride: dredging data to confirm a bias
    Sleep disorders are common and have many causes. But anti-fluoride activists will now be blaming them on community fluoridation. Image credit: Sleep Disorders and Problems There is a pattern to the recent research aimed ...
    10 hours ago
  • Climate Change: Wasting our time again
    For the past two weeks delegates were meeting at the UN climate change talks in Madrid. The meeting finally ended, having achieved... nothing. The IPCC has made it clear that we need to halve emissions by 2030 if we are to avoid making the planet uninhabitable, so countries needed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    11 hours ago
  • From sewing machinist to software programmer
    Amelia Sharman I’m sure you’ve heard some version of this popular prediction – about two-thirds of children entering primary school today will end up working in jobs that don’t exist yet.1 This prediction assumes rapid or accelerating technological change. But looking at historical trends and current data, rates of technological ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    12 hours ago
  • Some fluoride-IQ researchers seem to be taking in each other’s laundry
    Image credit: Publish Peer Reviews. Illustration by David Parkins Scientific peer-review is often touted as a guarantee of the quality of published research. But how good is peer-review? Does it guarantee poor ...
    1 day ago
  • Spread the Word
    If you like any article please help promote it (and the blog). Link to it on facebook and other social media, write about it anywhere or re-blog it. We’re very happy to have other people re-blog our material, all we ask is that you mention the original source and put ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Pronouns etc
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   John Fenaughty is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. In a recent column Fenaughty suggested that school teachers should use students’ “correct names and pronouns (e.g., he, him, they, them, she, her, etc.)” ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • “People’s Faces” by Kate Tempest
    Heard this on Radio NZ this afternoon. Perfectly captures how I'm feeling just now.It's always good to find new music, though it would be nice to be hearing something celebratory. Even "Things Can Only Get Better" would be welcome, if it was accompanied by a thumping Labour victory. ...
    2 days ago
  • A reflection on the British general election
    by Don Franks Like New Zealand, Britain is officially a country of equal opportunity under the rule of law, with increasing hardship for those at the bottom. When there’s an election, and the party most obviously callous towards poor people wins, decent folks are dismayed and bewildered. “What the hell ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Well, crap
    UKanians went to the polls yesterday in early elections aimed at resolving the Brexit impasse. And they certainly have, delivering a huge majority to the Tories, and (barring internal rebellions of the sort which delayed Brexit) giving them the power to do whatever they want. And thanks to the UK's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Austerity meets fresh resistance in Iran
      by Karim Pourhamzavi Mass protests are occurring across Iran, taking place in over 100 cities.  The protests have been sparked by the government’s cutting of fuel subsidies, a measure which caused fuel prices to double overnight. Mass protests are hardly new in Iran, but there is an important difference ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Oh No! It’s a …..
    What other song could we play as the UK's political rule book gets torn up and thrown away?Video courtesy of YouTubeThis post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    3 days ago
  • Election 2019 – The Legendary Liveblog
    Legendary in my own mind, I mean.  All times are NZ, which is an hour10.00am (NZ) There's about an hour to go until the exit poll is released.  At that point, half of the British voting public will devastated, and the other half celebrating wildly.  Unless everyone is simply confused.Turnout seems ...
    4 days ago
  • Some Thoughts On Socialism As Jeremy Corbyn Loses The UK General Election.
    Forlorn Hope: When the call came down to make Corbyn unelectable, the Establishment's journalists and columnists rose to the challenge. Antisemitism was only the most imaginative of the charges levelled against the old democratic-socialist. There were many more and, sadly, they appear to have worked. Boris Johnson may not be much ...
    4 days ago
  • Cartoonist David Low’s Radical Sympathy.
    "Rendezvous" by David Low, September 1939.DUNEDIN IS THE BIRTHPLACE of, for my money, the world’s greatest cartoonist, David Low. At the height of his powers, in 1930s London, Low’s cartoons represented the visual conscience of the civilised world. His most famous cartoon, “Rendezvous”, penned a few weeks into the Second ...
    4 days ago
  • The UK has a choice as to whether it chooses to be manipulated… or not.
    If you want to study propagandist techniques, you are typically told to study Dictatorships. Not unfair, but what’s always been more interesting to me is so-called “democratic” countries and their broader information systems. Why? Because people opt for it, even as they decry “totalitarian regimes!”.. It’s quite an eye ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Today’s secrecy legislation
    Introducing legislation which shits on the public's right to know seems to have become a daily occurrence for this government. Today's example is the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The bill establishes a framework for the establishment of "special purpose vehicles" (SPVs) to hide debt from local government balance sheets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    4 days ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    5 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    5 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    5 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    5 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    5 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    6 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    7 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    7 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    7 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 weeks ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 weeks ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New Zealand will continue to showcase ambitious climate action
    With the global climate change talks closing overnight, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said New Zealand will continue to show the world what meaningful, ambitious and lasting climate action looks like. “Lasting action on climate change demands that we keep working every single day. This is the only ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • More progress in delivering te reo Māori in schools
    600 new te reo advocates are being sought following the success of a programme that supports the Government’s plan to integrate te reo Māori into education, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Registrations for Te Ahu o te Reo Māori 2020 are now open, with courses starting from February ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Maori voice to help shape tertiary education
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced the members of Te Taumata Aronui, a group to work with Government on tertiary education policy from a Māori community and employer perspective. “Te Taumata Aronui is an opportunity for Māori and the Crown to work more closely on changes to the tertiary education ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Courthouse redesign a model for the future
    The Government will invest $100 million on a new courthouse in Tauranga which will be a model for future courthouse design for New Zealand, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. The courthouse will be designed in partnership with iwi, the local community, the judiciary, the legal profession, court staff and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government enables early access to 5G spectrum
    The Government has given the go ahead to enable further development of 5G networks by making appropriate spectrum available. The Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister, Kris Faafoi, has confirmed Cabinet approval for the allocation of short-term rights to an unused portion of 3.5 GHz spectrum. 3.5GHz is the first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Record export highs picked for primary sector
    Sustained high growth in primary industry exports looks set to continue over the next two years with strong prices predicted for farmers, fishers, growers and rural communities. Minister of Agriculture and Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor today released the latest Situation and Outlook report for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
    Auckland’s growing screen sector is the catalyst for a new partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Auckland’s economic development agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The launch today at FilmFX in Henderson, is to celebrate the partnership which looks to capitalise on the social and economic development opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
    A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm on Monday 16 December in honour of the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. “Wherever you are in New Zealand, or around the world, this is a moment we can stand alongside those who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
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