Plundering of water

Written By: - Date published: 6:34 am, July 5th, 2017 - 71 comments
Categories: disaster, Environment, sustainability, water - Tags: ,

NZ Pure Blue wants to build ‘the largest water bottling plant in the southern hemisphere’ in Putaruru

The same water bottling company that tried to suck Canterbury Plains dry before SumOfUs members stopped it now wants to build ‘the largest production bottling plant in the southern hemisphere’ in Waikato.

This monstrosity will drain Putaruru’s Blue Spring in the Waihou River of a staggering 6.9 million litres a day—more than a billion litres more per year than the Ashburton deal we came together and squashed.

Every drop of this pure, artesian water will be exported for at least 15 years if NZ Pure Blue has its way. Our most precious resource bottled, processed and shipped overseas all in the name of corporate profit.

There’s. No. Way. Tell the Waikato Regional Council to protect Putaruru’s precious Blue Spring.

We don’t even know how much NZ Pure Blue will pay for some of the purest water in the world—but we do know it won’t be anything close to what it’s worth. There aren’t even royalty laws like there are for oil and gas—even gravel—even though water is our most precious and valuable resource.

What we do know is that we can stop it. When NZ Pure Blue tried to drain the drought-prone Canterbury Plains for corporate profit, tens of thousands of NZ SumOfUs members stood up and said no. And we killed it. Now NZ Pure Blue thinks it can just move house and try again. We stopped it in Ashburton, we can stop it in South Waikato too.

Join us and tell the Waikato Regional Council to reject NZ Pure Blue’s application to suck the Waihou River dry.

More information

New Zealand anger as pristine lakes tapped for bottled water market

The Guardian. 27 March 2017.

NZ Pure Blue wants to send millions of litres of Waikato water offshore

NZ Herald. 27 June 2017.

Sign the petition (39,362 signatures so far)

TO: Waikato Regional Council

Reject NZ Pure Blue’s application to suck Putaruru’s Blue Spring dry!

71 comments on “Plundering of water ”

  1. tc 1

    Winnie was front page Waikato times this week about water, farming, land dev etc having a pop at WDC.

    Someone should put the old grandstander on the spot over this to make him take a position pre election.

  2. RedLogix 2

    Bottled water is an environmental crime anyway.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/30/tackling-the-plastic-bottle-crisis-and-our-wider-disregard-for-nature

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change

    Get that. One million fucking bottles a minute! Staggering folly. Never ever buy water in a plastic bottle.

    Oh and some years back we walked into these springs; a pleasant 90 min walk on open farmland and river banks. The springs really are an deep vivid colour and rather special.

    • Rae 2.1

      I think that side of all of this is the one that really needs working on to wake people up, I 100% agree with you

  3. Pete 3

    We can imagine it now, in the height of summer the Russian Billionaire trucking in 50,000 litres a day to water his Helena Bay lawn.

  4. ianmac 4

    Every little or big protest hopefully has cumulative effect. (Can cold water be a hot potato?)

  5. Wayne 5

    The various campaigns against bottling water are just ridiculous. New Zealand, compared to just about every country in the world, has a vast amount of water.

    The amount of water used for bottled water, relative to the supply, is trivial. Using figures like millions of litres just illustrates how much water there is. For instance a typical swimming pool has millions of litres, but compared to a river, it is nothing.

    “Plunder” might have emotional appeal but it is completely over the top, a modern moral panic with almost no basis in fact. The fact that Moana Maniapoto is on the case illustrates everything that is wrong with the campaign.It is frankly ridiculous to suggest that all bottled water be banned, a typical virtue signalling left response. It is the equivalent of Hollywood stars coming out for Hilliary, which probably helped ensure her electoral loss.

    The Europeans (Evian, Perrier, San Pellegrino, Vittel, etc) have been bottling huge quantities of water for decades without any moral panic.

    I have no problem with an appropriate levy, but in reality it could only be 1 to 5 cents per litre. I imagine for the bottler the sale price of litre is around 50c, quite possibly less. At present all of that price is the bottle, overheads, costs of bottling etc. In any event a water charging system can not have too many differential charges for different uses. For instance a 5 c litre charge for irrigation would probably be thousands of dollars a day for a typical diary farm. Mind you for many on the hard left that is exactly what they want, the end of the dairy industry.

    • Ah yes, Wayne, “the amount of water used for bottled water, relative to the supply, is trivial”. Quite right, but that’s not the real issue, though it’ll suit you to frame “ridiculous” campaigns against selling water through that narrow aspect.
      Are you completely unaware of why those campaigners are hot under the collar around this issue? I suspect you know full well, yet have chosen to try to set the scene for discussion, excluding the real focus of public anger, for your own ends.
      The water-for-sale issue reeks of the same thinking and behaviour that brought us the “swamp kauri” outrage; people sense they are being lied-to, mislead and shafted by “clever-dicks” with money and the support of the National Government. Calling them “ridiculous” is arrogant.

      • JamieB 5.1.1

        ” why those campaigners are hot under the collar around this issue?”

        Because they enjoy a perpetual state of complaining and campaigning? Once this dies down they’ll quickly move onto the next thing to remain hot under their collars.

        • left_forward 5.1.1.1

          You look to be a long way from understanding the motives of people who campaign to improve environment and society.

        • Robert Guyton 5.1.1.2

          JamieB – you had a go at explaining the behaviour and motivations of those people who are opposing the water-for-sale issue, but missed the mark by a country mile. Have you no experience at all of standing up for something important? Are you a stranger to the meaning of the word “heartfelt”? Are you Mike Hoskings? Do you at least believe yourself to be cloned from his rib?

      • Ian 5.1.2

        This is more like the clever dicks with limited resources getting upset because they didn’t think of it. The public anger is a media beat up fired by politicians on the left,like yourself Robert.
        Wayne talks a lot of sense.

    • “Mind you for many on the hard left that is exactly what they want, the end of the dairy industry.”

      Mind you for many on the hard right what they want is an exponential increase of the dairy herd in every possible part of the country, until the whole place stinks of cow shit and money.
      Just thought I’d post the balancing statement to your snarky claim.

    • Panic gnat 101

      Moana is a stronger person than you’ll ever be – you exude weakness like sweat from your pores – hey wayne maybe we can sell THAT shit.

    • Andre 5.4

      A while back I was arguing here in support of the bottled water industry, provided it was taken from places where the effect was negligible (with the feedback I’m sure you can imagine).

      But I strongly oppose this particular proposal. Because the Te Waihou springs really is an environmental treasure, so it deserves extra protection. However, the resource is already heavily drawn on.

      As I understand, the total springs flow is 42 million litres per day. 5.3 million litres per day is already allocated. If another 6.9 million per day gets drawn, that’s nearly a third of the flow gone. That’s way way way too much load on a treasure like that. At any price.

      • marty mars 5.4.1

        The problem with your argument is who decides if it is negligible – government and local bodies cannot be trusted to get it right as the post here and recent efforts at Te Waikoropupu shows. Tangata whenua are the best bet for sanity on this issue.

    • tc 5.5

      Yes dear. Try harder wayne your argument is as transparent as the natural resource you want to give away.

      You guys arent satisfied with just ruining our waterways are you.

    • McFlock 5.6

      “virtue signalling”?
      Wayne, I frequently disagree with you, but I thought you were better than spouting 4chan space-fillers.

    • left_forward 5.7

      Kia ora Wayne,

      What is wrong with the idea of ending the dairy industry? – all that cruelty, death, environmental damage, and unsaturated fats. We have viable, alternative plant based milks which allow us to avoid all of that.

      This is a simple switch to sustainable and healthy farming – surely I didn’t need to be a ‘hard’ lefty to think about that!

    • Then Wayne perhaps you can tell me why water metres are being placed all over Aotearoa . One reason privatization of water. The corporate s will have taken over the “special” springs as a health source separate to the large corporate that will take over our water.
      Tories will deny it but just watch this space. I bet the first to Privatize
      will be Waipa District Council ,once again just watch this space.

    • Sacha 5.9

      As a proportion of *potable* water, not all of our polluted waterways.

    • Keepcalmcarryon 5.10

      Fuck off wayne, get your corrupt greedy national party mitts off what belongs to us all. You don’t have my permission to sell off my country.

    • Rae 5.11

      Am I to assume that the percentage of water you speak of is a percentage of the pure water, the kind that is sought by these bottlers and not a percentage of all fresh water in the country. Better be.
      And even a far right winger must be able to understand even the tiniest little bit that we have got to stop this business of single use plastic bottles, not just here, but everywhere

  6. Only the desperate, the depraved and dispicable want to bottle water and then sell it for profit.

    NO! Let’s stop these scum, let’s show them the truth about water and the truth about their sick creepy agenda to sell evrything. They’d sell you too if they could get away with it – don’t think that they wouldn’t.

    • In Vino 6.1

      Good one Marty. But these people call themselves ‘entrepreneurs’ (a French word) as if it were something good. They need to be called what they are: Profit-Gougers.

      • Red 6.1.1

        This topic really brings out the LWNJ, water bottlers are obviously meeting a need or would not be around, the water they take is not an issue on any criteria barring the rent a mob flavour Of the month,as favoured topics like alk house prices are no longer rising, peak oil has not happened, the dairy price crash was not the end of nz fsrming sector , peak Todd Barclay has past but a rest assured s new peak crisis is always around the corner for these wombats

  7. ianmac 7

    For one million litres, 1 cent per litre is $10,000 isn’t it?
    If that money went back into the local environment wouldn’t that be a big win!

    • It is a barbed hook imo. Can only get bigger, take more they will NEVER reduce it later only increase. Therefore that is another reason to oppose.

      Lotto putting money into fighting problem gambling – doesn’t add up to me. Bottle water capitalists putting money into protecting waterways? It is just so that they can make more money and frankly I’m not supporting that.

    • Red 7.2

      About 6k net once flushed though government departments

  8. Ad 8

    So if we added food colouring and alcohol, and put it in a glass bottle, we would be OK with it?

    • weka 8.1

      I’d be more ok with glass for sure. But there’s still the problem of the carbon miles. I’m good with not exporting alcohol too.

      • Ad 8.1.1

        So that means no export from New Zealand that involves a water-based fluid.
        Unless you start making some sensible policy distinctions other than banning water, the people who work in the following work areas will be quickly unemployed:

        – Wine industry
        – Beer industry
        – Juice industry
        – Milk industry
        – Sports drink industry
        – Honey industry
        – Meat industry
        – Fruit industry

        Which I am sure would be so fun to just ban everything that moves.
        Very satisfying.

        You need better policy distinctions.

        • weka 8.1.1.1

          Banning new bottled water is an easy one, why not start there? No job losses, protects the environment, puts a line in the sand around treating water as a common good rather than a commodity.

          And irrigation of course.

          These are not difficult things to do expect that there are still a lot of greedy people around, and another lot of people who think that the only way to make a living is via extractive industry. There are a whole bunch of other people with actual ideas on how to create meaningful employment that doesn’t trash the environment, we even have a political party based on that. Why not look at their work?

          The whole environment vs jobs thing is so 90s. We’re well past that now.

          And yes, ultimately exports need to account for carbon emissions or we need to do things differently. That too isn’t that hard to imagine without resorting to banning everything this week.

        • Robert Guyton 8.1.1.2

          Drink reductio ad absurdum – bottled taste sensation!

          • weka 8.1.1.2.1

            eau de reductio ad absurdum. Wouldn’t fit easily on the bottle though.

            • In Vino 8.1.1.2.1.1

              ‘Appellation Controllée + repeat of name should go on the label too.
              A big ask, sadly.

    • McFlock 8.2

      Well, here’s the thing:

      Unlike a few people here, I’m not opposed to water exports as such.

      I am opposed to exporting water from over-exploited canterbury.
      I am opposed to incrementally damaging some of our most beautiful places by taking water from them at source.
      I’m opposed to the idea that water running into the sea is wasted – it’s an integral part of some of our most valuable ecosystems.
      I’m opposed to the idea that our tourism industry and environmental record should be sold piecemeal. We can be “100% pure” or be responsible for millions of plastic water bottles being thrown away daily, not both.

      But there’s also a value-added issue that you raise: exporting water is like exporting kauri logs or wood chips. Exporting wine is like exporting fabricated furniture. Even if we could take a quarter of the daily inflow of these springs without harming them, the environment, or our reputation, why the hell would we lock ourselves in for fifteen years of lowest possible product?

      • Andre 8.2.1

        Thing is, people are willing to pay bizarrely irrational high prices for the water before any real value gets added to it. It’s like someone being willing to pay a lot more for a raw log than they are for all the furniture that could be made from it. Bottled water retails at very roughly the same price as milk, but to produce a litre of milk in Canterbury requires around 250 litres of aquifer water (which has a couple hundred times the retail price of that litre of milk), which gets run through a cow to get loaded up with nitrates and coliforms then dumped back on the ground to pollute rivers and aquifers.

        Normally I’ve got a moral problem with taking financial advantage of the mentally deficient, but I’m happy to make an exception for selling water. Because for all the problems it creates, it’s still a much higher value and less environmentally damaging use of it than giving it away to big ag (which is what happens now). Provided a royalty gets paid.

        • garibaldi 8.2.1.1

          Water is the new oil and we are fools to give it away in long term contracts.
          Wars are going to be fought over water.
          Our water is a fantastic resource and our “leaders” are short sighted dumbarses for not highly prizing it, let alone not even pricing it.
          Where are the opposition parties on this? It’s a huge opportunity to crucify this govt. Come on Greens, make a noise !

          • Halfcrown 8.2.1.1.1

            “Water is the new oil ”

            You are right garibaldi, I remember when we had the first oil crises way back in 76/77 a certain National party man who I had one hell of a lot of time for said to me, ” future crises will be over water, not oil”. At the time I thought he’s lost his marbles, but he was right. I understand and I am really not sure, that the Syrian refugee crises was started by a severe drought caused by global warming. Also, big money is gearing up to control “own” the water as much as possible throughout the world.

        • marty mars 8.2.1.2

          You’re taking advantage of the desperate – wait a bit for a few to die then put the price up – nice big profit for you then yay

          • Andre 8.2.1.2.1

            Nobody who pays premium dollar for a small quantity of water shipped from somewhere remote like New Zealand is desperate. Because there will always be perfectly good locally produced water available at a lower price. Unless you meant desperately stupid and it somehow got truncated.

            • marty mars 8.2.1.2.1.1

              Yeah you’re not desperate therefore no one is. Water wars have started already – this is a problem for us all. Unless you sell water or guns then its profit city.

              • Andre

                Are you suggesting the tiny volumes of water in the premium bottled drinking water segment are somehow relevant to the widespread water shortages that cause agriculture failures and famine in places like Syria or the Horn of Africa?

                • Water wars have started.

                  Wars around the scarcity of water.

                  Whilst bottled water from here is tiny in volume that does not make it irrelevant, it makes it relevant and is ANOTHER reason to forego profits for some corporations over the common wealth of water to all citizens.

                  • Andre

                    On a worldwide scale, bottled water isn’t even visible as a hair-thin line on the chart of water use.

                    In 2017, worldwide bottled water was around 390 million cubic metres. In 2010, total anthropogenic water withdrawals from from rivers aquifers etc was around 4000 billion cubic metres, 10 000 times more than bottled water use. Even just evaporation from reservoirs was around 400 billion cubic metres, 1000 times more than bottled water use.

                    Bottled water is utterly irrelevant to the problems causing water wars, because it’s such a tiny tiny portion of water use.

                    http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/water_use/index.stm

                    https://www.statista.com/statistics/387255/global-bottled-water-consumption/

                    • The numbers aren’t the point for me but I suspect you already know that.

                    • In Vino

                      But bottled water is an unnecessary bourgeois pox upon the face modern consumerism. And the plastic bottle waste is an environmental crime.

                    • Andre

                      “bottled water is an unnecessary bourgeois pox upon the face modern consumerism”

                      I totally agree, with the caveat that there are still some developed world places (think Flint) and a lot of the Third World that doesn’t have safe high quality water. In Wisconsin the tap water was so vile I used bottled water for drinking and cooking. But in general, as far as I’m concerned, buyers of the stuff are morons with too much money. But if we’re in a position to satisfy those bizarre desires without harming our own commons, we may as well let that cash flow our way

                      If we want to enjoy the nice things about modern life, including using this utterly fantastic interwebby thingy to argue with strangers, we need to earn our way in the world so they keep sending us nice stuff in return. In the broad spectrum of unnecessary bourgeois poxy things we modern humans do, bottled water is lowish on the harm scale, especially compared to a lot of the other things we do to earn our way.

        • McFlock 8.2.1.3

          Or we could use the purity of the water as a wedge for high-end spirits.

          Intensive dairying is shit, yes. This is not a reason to sell our cleanest water, it is a reason to either lower the intensity of dary farming or make them clean up their act.

      • Ad 8.2.2

        So if the water was drawn from Putaruru, and put into glass bottles, your opposition would evaporate.

        The post is about water taken from Putaruru.

        The really high premium Antipodes water, among others, is exported in glass.

        • Johan 8.2.2.1

          Coming up with logical statements doesn’t seem to be your strength Ad.

        • McFlock 8.2.2.2

          Is Putaruru not beautiful?
          Does the water not flow into the sea?

          • Andre 8.2.2.2.1

            Putaruru is not beautiful. Trust me on this. It doesn’t even have the tacky pseudo-charm of Tirau. It has a food court that’s not bad, all things considered, but that’s the sum of positive things I can say about it.

            Te Waihou springs, on the other hand, is an outstandingly beautiful little patch of Aotearoa. Worthy of all the protection we can give it. Sadly, it loses its extraordinary attractiveness just a few short kilometres from the source as it flows through farmland. It probably loses its water quality at about the same place.

            • McFlock 8.2.2.2.1.1

              Well, there’s the solution then.

              Don’t bottle it, make the farmers clean their shit up up.

  9. Ad 9

    The owners of NZBlue are New Zealanders:
    Mr John Paynter and Mr Royden Hartnett.

    http://www.coys.co.nz/company/?no=5745878-NZ+PURE+BLUE+LIMITED

  10. Glenn 10

    Fiji is doing well with the bottled water industry there apparently because they have a government who is prepared to enforce an acceptable return for it’s resources.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiji_Water
    “In November 2010, Fiji deported Fiji Water director of external affairs, David Roth, for “interfering in Fiji’s domestic affairs,” leading to the resignation of interim defence and immigration minister, Ratu Epeli Ganilau. Shortly afterwards, an increase in the tax from one-third of a Fiji cent per liter to 15 cents per liter for producers over 15 million liters/month which at that point in time applied only to Fiji Water, led the company to shut down its Fiji Island offices on November 29, 2010. This raise was to raise Fiji Water’s tax contribution on to the Fiji Government on the F$150 million (AUD 82 million) they exported each year from F$500,000 to F$22.6 million. The next step for the brand was thought to be a move to New Zealand. However, after threats from the government to give the well to another company,[ Fiji Water announced its intent to resume operations and accept the new tax levy.

    In December 2010, Fiji Water’s Fiji plant had 400 employees.[23] Fiji Water has also established a foundation to provide water filters to rural Fiji communities, many of which lack access to clean water”

    Even then the percentage Fiji is getting is not huge…but huge in comparison to NZ.
    NZ is being run by carpetbaggers.

    • Ad 10.1

      +100 good comparison

    • Andre 10.2

      There’s a lot of values and principles worthy of debate in that charge to Fiji’s water bottlers.

      15 cents per litre is an enormous charge on unprocessed water. Watercare in Auckland charges 0.15 cents per litre to supply treated water, and another 0.3 cents or so to take away 80% of it away again. 15 cents per litre would immediately stop all irrigation and almost all industrial use of water, and domestic would cut way way back to not much more than drinking and cooking, with showers once every couple of weeks.

      On the other hand, if the water supply isn’t absolutely premium quality from a natural source, its value as bottled water is bugger-all. Keeping the natural water quality high absolutely depends on looking after the commons. So since the water’s commercial value derives from keeping the commons in good condition, surely it’s fair to expect the bottlers to pay a hefty charge that at least partly goes back to maintaining the commons.

  11. RedLogix 11

    The core problem with bottled water is the entirely shitty business model. It utterly depends on the failure in many countries to provide public drinking water supplies that people trust.

    The typical Grade A municipal water supply in NZ is every bit as safe as anything that comes in a bottle. At a tiny, tiny fraction of the cost.

    The problem is huge nations, especially in Asia, don’t have water they trust. A lack of trust in public institutions is deeply endemic and a now wealthy middle class is growing an unprecedented demand for water they think they is safe.

    Three problems:

    1. The potential global demand in unknown and could easily exceed our ability to supply, No-one really understands where this industry could go to.

    2. The sheer volume of waste plastic is even more alarming. Put simply we need global agreements in place that require end-to-end life cycle management and of ALL manufactured products. The Europeans have made useful progress regionally, now it needs rolling out globally.

    The big cost in bottled water is distribution; if the same chain had to handle the waste bottle … the business model might look a lot less attractive.

    3. The big hot spud; no-one wants to touch the question of pricing water, because guess who will put their hands up and say they own it all? Not this close to an election.

    • Andre 11.1

      That doesn’t explain the popularity of bottled water in places with very high quality public water supplies, like most of New Zealand or, say, New York.

      Dunno about Asia, but most places I paid attention to the bottled water in Africa, there would be an expensive non-local choice, and a local product a lot cheaper. The empty bottles also seemed to be a valuable commodity.

      • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1

        That doesn’t explain the popularity of bottled water in places with very high quality public water supplies, like most of New Zealand or, say, New York.

        That’s advertising that persuades people that bottled water is better for them. This is, of course, a lie and so the advertising is nothing more than psychopathic manipulation of the populace.

  12. greywarshark 12

    The core problem with taking water from its area is that the world is going to be short of water and it is a resource that we also need. The gummint central and local who want to do this are dinosaurs who should be gently killed and then stuffed and mounted so they can be kept for posterity in a museum.

    Plus all the other dills who think that water grows on trees. Trees can’t even grow without water. There seems to be a circular argument here. Better stop exporting and have a fistfight about it instead of letting the pickpockets and asset strippers sell off our goodies while we don’t understand they are priceless.

  13. Well Wayne if you believe we have water to spare perhaps you will explain why water metres are being installed throughout the country.
    No doubt to privatize the water system .Blue spring will be sold as “special water’ but will still be part of a privatized water system.
    Tories will of course deny this but just watch this space and I bet one off the first to privatize their water will be the Wiapa District Council .
    Just watch this space.

  14. Ad 14

    If NZFirst gets in for 2017 – which it will either way- we are going to start needing a “national interest test” for stuff being exported: is it critical for our security?

    President Trump is planning to make a decision on whether to declare steel critical to national security under the rarely-used trade rule Section 232. The suggestion to even launch a Section 232 investigation was dismissed out of hand under President Bill Clinton because – in the words of Robert Lawrence a member of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors – “it didn’t pass the laugh test”. Only 3 per cent of the steel produced in the United States went for defence purposes.

    That would also make it eligible for protection from imports.

    Worth applying that kind of logic to water if we are expecting a government to start really regulating this kind of export, and gives a sense of the scale of the decision both to the government and to the economy.

  15. Rae 15

    If water is to be extracted, bottled and exported then it should be done as an NZ venture, no foreign companies, no private interests. Reason for this, is that sometime down the track, the consent may have to change (reduce) or be stopped altogether. We should not allow these resources to be tied up for decades when the possibility that we may need that water for ourselves at some time in the future, exists.
    But then there is the matter of those single use plastic bottles, seriously the whole world, the whole human race has to accept we cannot keep doing this.

    • Ad 15.1

      If you seriously want to nationalize all water, then you better get ready to spend the next decade in the Waitangi Tribunal, Appeals Court, and Supreme Court.

      • Rae 15.1.1

        No reason to fear that. One thing is for certain it should not fall into the ownership or control of foreigners and that is precisely what is happening with these consents.Much rather Maori had that if anyone is to have it, frankly.

  16. Philj 16

    Simply brilliant Wayne,
    Despoil their water supply and then sell them clean bottled water! Genius.

  17. Incognito 17

    This monstrosity will drain Putaruru’s Blue Spring in the Waihou River of a staggering 6.9 million litres a day.

    Hmmm, that must be getting close to or even exceed the total daily water consumption of the whole New Zealand population, not counting the tourists, of course.

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    15 hours ago
  • 2500-3000 more healthcare staff expected to be fired, as Shane Reti blames Labour for a budget defic...

    Long ReadKey Summary: Although National increased the health budget by $1.4 billion in May, they used an old funding model to project health system costs, and never bothered to update their pre-election numbers. They were told during the Health Select Committees earlier in the year their budget amount was deficient, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    17 hours ago
  • Might Kamala Harris be about to get a 'stardust' moment like Jacinda Ardern?

    As a momentous, historic weekend in US politics unfolded, analysts and commentators grasped for precedents and comparisons to help explain the significance and power of the choice Joe Biden had made. The 46th president had swept the Democratic party’s primaries but just over 100 days from the election had chosen ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    22 hours ago
  • Solutions Interview: Steven Hail on MMT & ecological economics

    TL;DR: I’m casting around for new ideas and ways of thinking about Aotearoa’s political economy to find a few solutions to our cascading and self-reinforcing housing, poverty and climate crises.Associate Professor runs an online masters degree in the economics of sustainability at Torrens University in Australia and is organising ...
    The KakaBy Steven Hail
    1 day ago
  • Reported back

    The Finance and Expenditure Committee has reported back on National's Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill. The bill sets up water for privatisation, and was introduced under urgency, then rammed through select committee with no time even for local councils to make a proper submission. Naturally, national's select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Vandrad the Viking, Christopher Coombes, and Literary Archaeology

    Some years ago, I bought a book at Dunedin’s Regent Booksale for $1.50. As one does. Vandrad the Viking (1898), by J. Storer Clouston, is an obscure book these days – I cannot find a proper online review – but soon it was sitting on my shelf, gathering dust alongside ...
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 day ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

    This is a free articleCoverageThis morning, US President Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the Presidential race. And that is genuinely newsworthy. Thanks for your service, President Biden, and all the best to you and yours.However, the media in New Zealand, particularly the 1News nightly bulletin, has been breathlessly covering ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    2 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    5 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    5 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    5 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    5 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    1 week ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    1 week ago

  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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