Shame on you

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, November 26th, 2009 - 77 comments
Categories: class war, climate change, maori party, national/act government - Tags: , ,

Never in the history of New Zealand politics has so much taxpayers’ money been hurled into the chasm with such contempt for the poor citizens who will pay billions out of their own dwindling pockets forever while rich polluters wreck the earth with impunity and bask in the profits.

Never in the history of NZ has the importance of our, and the world’s, environment, been casually dismissed with such astonishing alacrity, corporate selfishness and pure f*cking bullsh*t.

Never has the critical advice of the very experts who should guide such economically crucial environmental matters Treasury and the Commissioner for the Environent been suppressed so desperately due to political inconvenience.

Never has the world consensus about the crisis of climate change had its face spat in so ferociously by New Zealand.

Never before has New Zealand laid waste to its rich environmental, tourist and economic reputation with such casual and uninformed recklessness.

Never EVER –  has a minority party betrayed its base like the Maori party has betrayed its voters.

And, of course,  never have so many blatant and provable lies been told by one government in pursuit of such a despicably transparent plot that that was supported by so few and understood by even fewer.

Shame on you National. You will be remembered forever as the government that betrayed your country’s people and hijacked its reputation.

Shame on you John Key. Your legacy has been ruined, after just one year. You will be remembered forever as the Manchurian Candidate of New Zealand politics, the ventriloquist’s dummy whom every one of your puppetmasters had their hand up inside.

 And shame on you Maori Party. You don’t care about your own people. They have enough trouble making ends meet, and you’ve made it harder for all of them (except the lucky, connected few who don’t need the money, but will cream it anyway). Pita and Tariana. You’ve condemned YOUR people to a worse future for the sake of the ‘integrity’ of keeping a ‘promise’ to a bunch of creeps who have exploited and betrayed you since the word go.  Which is like claiming ‘integrity’ because of your newfound loyalty to a scheming, golddigging mistress while your deserving wife weeps in anguish, forgotten and destitute.

National and Maori Party: Your party names will always be associated with the bill that will be your abortive legacy and will hurt this country and the entire world. You will be haunted by this.

 Shame on you.

77 comments on “Shame on you ”

  1. gingercrush 1

    What gutless person wrote this tripe and couldn’t even give us his fake name to go by.

    [lprent: Why would you need it? Just debate the points in the post if you disagree.
    To divert into wanting names is irrelevant and really just shows the paucity of your own opinions. ]

    • Daveo 1.1

      ‘gingercrush’

      • gingercrush 1.1.1

        Yes ok fine. Name: Conrad Lake. Age: 26. Lives in Christchurch.

        My whole point was that this post doesn’t even have a fake name one can attribute it to.

        • snoozer 1.1.1.1

          who gives a toss, gc?

          Look to me like you’re afraid to actually challenge the points made in the post.

          Great post, mysterious stranger!

        • felix 1.1.1.2

          No-one cares about your name, ginge.

          We go by the quality of your argument. And it appears you don’t have one today.

    • Bright Red 1.2

      you’re a pathetic little monkey aren’t you gingercrush.

      you don’t have the brains or the balls to engage in the substance, perhaps there just is no argument to counter what the guest poster writes, so you attack the person.

      Yeah, and I know I am attacking you personally… but what else is there? No substance, no thought, no analysis, just an angry little tool of the capitalist elite.

    • Nick Jolliffe 1.3

      Ginger, I dont know who wrote this (and dont particularly care). What I can say using my own name is that the author is 100% correct. National and the Maori party are a disgrace.

      PS dont bother answering without your real name.

      [lprent: If I see another one of these ‘real name’ conversations, I’ll just start banning left, right, green or centre. It is a stupid tactic that I’m tired of. If people choose to use real names, it is against my advice, and done at their own risk. However it is not a topic of discussion. Argue on the opinions.

      On this site there is exactly one persons name that is required to be visible, that is mine, to register the domain. ]

    • Draco T Bastard 1.4

      The name doesn’t make a difference to the truth and the truth is that National have been lying to us, have passed legislation that will do us harm and have shown themselves to be completely incompetent. All of which our PM is “relaxed” about.

  2. bobo 2

    Hillary Clinton maybe? but yeah the gist of it is true, Nact might be going up on a bonfire if they carry on with slapshit, poorly thought out government once these policies start to bite the general public. Anyone mentioned foreshore lately or is that policy replacement on hold for another year until Nact don’t need the Maori party anymore and discard them faster than a used condom.. that’s if the Maori party hold together that long.

  3. Boris Clarkov 3

    Never in the history of New Zealand politics has so much taxpayers’ money been hurled into the chasm with such contempt

    Surely you’re talking about the last nine years of exorbitant taxation that was entirely flushed down the welfare toilet in order to support the lifestyle choices of the Labour-voting beneficarycriminals.

    Never has the world consensus about the crisis of climate change

    Consensus? Based on scientific data that was intentionally artificial and results which were intentionally obfuscated.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/21/science/earth/21climate.html

    Never EVER – has a minority party betrayed its base like the Maori party has betrayed its voters.

    5th Labour government, that betrayed it’s support base in the tax paying workers of New Zealand, overtaxed them to their knees and flushed the tax take entirely down the welfare toilet, taking the entire country from prosperity into poverty.

    Smoke some more weed hippie, us tax-payers aren’t paying a tithe to the climate-change cult.

    • Daveo 3.1

      Mate – read the post, dude said “minority party”

      • snoozer 3.1.1

        ha! i was going to do a point by point response to Boris but then I thought it would be both more fun and more meaningful to pull my own fingernails.

        • Pascal's bookie 3.1.1.1

          us tax-payers aren’t paying a tithe to the climate-change cult.

          Also, and too, stupid mofo might want to read what the National Party just did.

    • prosaic 3.2

      A trumped-up story about leaked emails (which do nothing in themselves towards refuting the claim that climate change is largely a consequence of human activity) does not alter the scientific consensus.

    • Craig Glen Eden 3.3

      Who let Boris out? Hes a thinker aye!

      Hey Boris have you heard the term white collar criminal? Thought not.

  4. snoozer 4

    i haven’t even seen the right present anything from these emails that is damning. In fact, I haven’t seen any quotes from the emails at all.

    All puff, no substance.

    • Andrei 4.1

      You haven’t read them? And you dismiss them out of hand – that’s very closed minded of you.

      What do you think about scientists pressurizing scientific journals not to publish particular papers?

      What do you think about tit for tat peer reviews of science?

      What do you think about deleting scientific data?

      Its all in there my friend and more in their very own words. And these people custodians of the Global Temperature record as well as IPCC lead authors

      Tsk tsk

      • lprent 4.1.1

        Andrei – to date I haven’t seen anyone come up with anything more than mildly embarrassing about those e-mails. Mainly comments about the authors opinions on other people.

        What I have seen is a lot of misinformed accusations by scientific morons like you. Most of those appear to be related to a completely false view on how science operates. I’d explain, but you really need to get yourself some basic science education first. Otherwise it will just whistle in through one ear and out of the other, which is what usually happens when people explain things to you.

        • Andrei 4.1.1.1

          I see

          Do you think science works best with frank and open discourse, free exchange of data and ideas, with scientists allowing all and sundry to examine their methodologies and test their conclusions independently?

          Or does it work better with a closed clique keeping their data and methodology secret, excluding those with whom they don’t agree and preventing those with whom they don’t agree getting their work published?

          • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1.1

            There’s a difference between free and frank discussion and personal emails.

            • Andrei 4.1.1.1.1.1

              There is also a difference between open discussion of science and the necessity to use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain what should have been accessible to all in the first place.

              And there is certainly a huge problem with deleting scientific data to prevent it being released under the Freedom of Information Act.

            • quenchino 4.1.1.1.1.2

              Who cares . Publish all your own private emails going back a decade or so…and I’ll promise you that I’ll find something to misrepresent.

        • Herodotus 4.1.1.2

          If we exclude the average person from such discussions then who can comment on Fin matters, Education or any other subject?
          Sometimes we get to review our outlook from a question from the “unclean” that makes us re-evaluate our position.
          Should Phil Goff beable to talk about monetary policy, John Key on Foreign policy as neither have the formal education to enable them to do so?
          What happens if climate change is not held not to be caused by CO2. Would that result in science being discredited to such an extent that we do not believe in any science?

          • Andrei 4.1.1.2.1

            If we exclude the average person from such discussions then who can comment on Fin matters, Education or any other subject?
            Sometimes we get to review our outlook from a question from the “unclean’ that makes us re-evaluate our position.

            Exactly and that goes to the very heart of this scandal – the unclean is defined to be anybody who disagrees with the inner circle regardless of qualifications.

            I am reminded of the Catholic church forcing Galileo to recant by all of this – These IPCC clowns did just that and their word was gospel, those working in the field toed the party line or else.

            And its all there in black and white for the world to see now.

            What happens if climate change is not held not to be caused by CO2. Would that result in science being discredited to such an extent that we do not believe in any science?

            Do you mean what happens if it is shown that CO2 is not harming the environment – something I believe.

            Well there will be a huge scandal and many will have eggs on their faces but the Scientific method will actually be validated as show that cheats eventually get exposed – its happened before probably not as high profile as this but it has.

            But this doesn’t invalidate the hypothesis per se, it makes it look somewhat shaky because a great deal of the proof relys on these gentlemen’s work.

            What worries me is that because so many of the rich and powerful have a stake in this that there may be a concerted attempt to make it all go away.

            • Galeandra 4.1.1.2.1.1

              Why not go and look at the reponse of the institution itself as a result of the furore?
              https://www.uea.ac.uk/mac/comm/media/press/2009/nov/homepagenews/CRUupdate

              Believe what you like but accept that the majority anticipate a disaster which is already making. It’s deemed to be past time for action, and I’d be unsurprised if some countries don’t begin to take unilateral actions akin to declaring a State of Emergency in the near future.
              If you want to continue dancing on the heads of pins, try it on an ice floe or in the midst of one of the multitudinous drought zones. Don’t expect to be allowed to obstruct constructive discussion or debate about finding solutions. Quit nit picking.

            • Herodotus 4.1.1.2.1.2

              “that the majority anticipate a disaster which is already making”. Just like Y2K when all the experts were warning of the end of the world as we know it. There are quite a few computer geeks who made a fortune on the event that never happened.
              The Uk wants to go vege. Our 2 greatest earners Tourism will stop, and no one will want our meat/milk. Both will be dirty industries, so what is the alternative then?
              ps So for the Worlds benefit we h the developed world HAVE to cut our emmissions. But the developing world can increase theirs. As we do not want to inpinge on their ability have the gains of a developed country.

  5. Daveosaurus 5

    I’m not surprised that the intertubes are too young to remember when Bruce Beetham hopped into bed with Muldoon after the 1981 election, but surely at least someone remembers when Peters hopped into bed with Bolger in 1996?

    Those people who still think the Maori Party made a wise choice would be well advised to reflect upon the outcome of those two previous arrangements: Social Credit lost two thirds of their 1981 voters in 1984; and Peters First lost all but one of their parliamentary seats in 1999.

  6. prosaic 6

    Well I did see some quotes from the emails (sorry, can’t remember where) and they did absolutely nothing to threaten the consensus on climate change. What I haven’t seen is any analysis–or even a bad argument–purporting to show that these emails have any implications for any climate change arguments, whether for or against anthropogenic climate change. You are right, no substance.

  7. Dear Guest Poster,
    Your palpable indignation is spot on.
    Your eloquent fury is timely.
    This is the wrong government for this crucial and critical moment in time.
    This is so so wrong. And now Copenhagen.

  8. “Never in the history of New Zealand politics has so much taxpayers’ money been hurled into the chasm with such contempt for the poor citizens who will pay billions out of their own dwindling pockets”

    Ah yes, you must be talking about KiwiRail!

    word captcha = “explain” 😀

    • Bored 8.1

      You need to be awarded a brass handled shovel for that comment. The cost of the rail will be minute compared to the cost you and I as citizens and taxpayers will cough up as a result of this legislation. Enjoy the feeling of your filthy lucre slipping off to those you support, from your pocket to theirs. A little hint, they wont thank you for it either, just demand more which you in your myopia will gladly render.

      • What on earth makes you think I support the National Party, its legislation, or those who benefit from it? I’m dead agin it all.

        My only point was one of being amused by a labour party blog being outraged by government waste.

        Word Capture, gets even better! = “labels” 😀

        • snoozer 8.1.1.1

          which labour party blog?

          You might be libertarianz but the reality is it’s your side in power.

          • Quoth the Raven 8.1.1.1.1

            snoozer – You do talk some rubbish. You don’t know what party he supports. What you said is like saying to a green party or alliance supporter unhappy when Labour is in power “well the reality is it’s your side in power”.

        • Bored 8.1.1.2

          You assume Im Labour…hmmmm!!!!!! My award to you of the shovel is entirely based around rail versus ETS. Its a no brainer, you and I will get ripped big time by these clowns.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.3

          The only government waste as far as Kiwirail is concerned was its sale.

  9. outofbed 9

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0911/S00407.htm
    so Goff does an mini Orewa
    is that wise ?

    • snoozer 9.1

      outofbed. there are legitimate criticisms there and I don’t see any inflamatory language.

      Should Labour not be allowed to criticise things that are wrong if some Maori are benefiting from it?

  10. Anne 10

    Good speech but I wish Goff had left Hone Harawira out of it. He said his Harawira piece a week or two ago. Could he not have left it at that?

    • gingercrush 10.1

      And your opinion of Brash’s speech was?

      And don’t try and pretend Goff was doing anything else other than dogwhistling. There are numerous ways to attack National’s ETS and the deal set up with the Maori Party without coming out with the nonsense Goff did.

      • Galeandra 10.1.1

        Dog whistling? That’s nonsense. He’s quite explicit and makes valid criticisms as well as offering policy alternatives. I find his statements reasonable and worth discussion. You can disagree with them without imputing deviousness or manipulation to him, thoufgh that’s the soft line taken by some of the faces on the news channels today.

    • George D 10.2

      Don’t worry Anne, it’s only wrong when the National Party or ACT do it.

      Captcha: splitting

  11. Ron 11

    I think Goff was expressing the disappointment and anger that many of us feel at the Maori Party betraying New Zealanders. They are now clearly a brown Tory party and therefore fair game. Their agenda MUST be called into question if they are to continue to sleep with the enemy.

    Goff’s speech was completely different from the Orewa speech. Brash’s was a clear call to arms to NZ racist voters. In Goff’s speech he’s asking legitimate questions about the Tories’ (and that now includes the MP) agenda.

  12. Dreamcatcher 12

    Well Guest post (wise soul), are you a member of the ‘intergalactic federation’ by any chance?
    Because I’m sure we have met before.

    I too have a severe problem with the ungrateful human race. We ‘ask’ for respectable leaders and we get ‘empty hearts’ instead.
    But really do the people care- not really, as life is too short to actually ‘care’ about anyone- except yourself.

    Missing the whole point really.

    But as my heart widens I may be able to work some magic, for quite a few of us (and even an odd ghost), bring back a sense of ‘worthiness’ to the pointless pitiful that make up ‘many’.

    True ‘change’ comes from the heart!

  13. Anne 13

    Bang on Ron.
    Goff is “expressing the disappointment and anger many people (including me) feel about the Maori Party.” The suggestion that Goff is doing a Brash is crap! My only criticism was his re-iteration of the Harawira expletives which, in my view, is not the central issue. It is the appalling betrayal of the Maori Party against so many of their own people.

    Thank-you to Guest poster for saying what needed to be said – and doing it in so pungent a way.

  14. Dreamcatcher 14

    Pungent?

    An interesting terminology but not good enough.

    It is ROMANTIC and like a ‘moment’ in the clearing!

    That is the proper term.

    Crystal vision (is the only way) not side stepping the whole ‘point’.

  15. Anne 15

    pungent – sharp-pointed; (of reproof,satire etc) biting, caustic; mentally stimulating, piquant. Is that enough Dreamcatcher? Now go and check your medication. Something’s wrong.

    • Seroquel 15.1

      It has a dual meaning though doesn’t it?
      So you could possibly get away with using this ‘word’ in context, but with an afflicting meaning, to be cheeky?

  16. Nick C 16

    Make no mistake- this is a mini Orewa. Goff is playing to exactly the same sentiments which Brash played to in 2004. And his line is exactly the same as Don Brash’s: That government policy is unfairly favouring Maori.

    • Aklnut 16.1

      Nick that’s bullshit, Brashs speech was just racist crap chasing the redneck vote.

      “Let’s be clear. This deal will not benefit Maori as a whole.”

      “the average taxpayer, Maori and Pakeha, will be paying this bill and it will be huge.They and the rest of us know this will cost our children dearly.”

      “This shabby deal, agreed to in secret …….. was about buying Maori Party support for National’s shambles of an ETS.”

      Doesn’t sound anything like Brashs speech!

  17. Santi 17

    I despise socialism, hate the Labour Party and all it represents, but I do agree with your opinion that Key and the coward National and Maori parties have broken all records for lack of principles and political decency. They deserve to be voted out in 2011.

    NZ is fucked.

  18. Nicky Chapman 18

    People are feeling confused and powerless, just as they’ve started acknowledging climate change is real. We need to change that fast, now.

    I and some friends have a nationwide formal petition going to Parliament on the 7-8 December: ‘Kiwis for 350’.

    The petition urges Govt to set a meaningful target (350 ppm CO2e) – it’s about setting the direction and the principles (using science, working in partnership), not the actual methods which will be many, varied and highly creative!

    I think people are already tired of divisive and punitive approaches – and many do seem to get the point of this petition.

    It’s not about NZ being suicidally self-sacrificing, but it is about playing our part as hard and well as we can.

    In the last two weeks, we have about 1,000 signed petitions from Dunedin alone, and as it’s on websites and blogs, hope for many more. Go to http://www.350.org.nz or http://www.caritas.org.nz. Print it out, sign it, share it around, and get back to address on petition by 2 December.

    Nicky Chapman
    Organiser
    ‘Kiwis for 350’ petition

  19. rave 19

    We shouldnt be surprised. There is a global crisis. Bosses are losing their profits. They are forcing us to pay for them. The Government is a naked servant of finance capital. Key is their stooge. Some of us are awake, many more will wake up. We need a bikers revolt only 1000 times bigger.
    Santi NZ is not fucked, its’s capitalism thats fucked. We don’t want to go down with the shit.
    We need socialism that liberates us from all this shit. The socialism of the past didnt succeed because it was always surrounded isolated and undermined by capitalism and turned into Stalinist dictatorships.
    Now capitalism is burying us all with its global economic crisis and climate catastrophe. Its time to dig ourselves out of the hole.
    We have to do it collectively and democratically so that we take control of production and produce only what we need. What else is that but socialism?
    Rosa Luxemburg once said it came down to socialism or barbarism. That’s the alternative. I know what I want.

    • vto 19.1

      As often rave, you make some small senses

      • swingers club 19.1.1

        Yeah rave- where’s your specialty, besides all the small stuff, what can you offer (that differs)?

        • rave 19.1.1.1

          An argument for a start. What’s your offer?

          • swingers club 19.1.1.1.1

            Well the biker’s revolt won’t do anything, leather jackets and beards won’t make a difference politically. .
            We can’t get rid of tags can we? capitalism, socialism blah blah fucking blah, all will live on- everyone always wants to make money (big business lives), socialism (whatever that means) it doesn’t make a difference it will always exist.
            Dictatorships exist as a ‘common government’ anyway.
            Politics- is just human nature taxing human rights .a blatant paradox.
            Instead of clumping tags, a person’s ‘individuality’ should be ‘praised’ higher.
            But the government don’t want that (as then we know our ‘worth’), that is why we are lumped in ‘groups, lifestyles, tags, religions’.
            Revolutions don’t work, but individual ‘awareness’ works. Knowing who you are.
            We won’t need a ‘tag’ when we are literally ‘free’, will we?
            But that is probably a pipe dream- too ideal for human nature to comprehend.
            But I do like the idea of freedom, instead of a gun to my head, don’t you?
            As freedom, works best, to ensure better compatibilities within human relations.

        • vto 19.1.1.2

          yeah, what’s your offer?

          swinger

  20. tsmithfield 20

    Obviously Goff wants Labour to be in perpetual opposition.

    Offending a potential coalition partner, and the constituents it represents is only confirming to them that Labour can’t be trusted, and National was the best bet out of a bad bunch.

    • quenchino 20.1

      Last.Cab.Off.Rank.

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 20.2

      Why would anyone want to be in a coalition with a party who have just sold your children’s future down the drain?

      Did you read the Maori Party report to the Select Committee on the ETS? It was pretty strong stuff condemning the folly of not capping the costs of CO2. Obviously however that was negotiable.

      Time to draw a line in the sand.

      Time to stop using the planet as a political hostage.

      • Aklnut 20.2.1

        You left out they sold their Mana, you know – the one they were supposed to be enhancing.

        Geez this bloody capcha is so appropriate, how does it keep doing that lol

        Captcha – desires

    • Ron 20.3

      I say again. The Maori Party are now obviously Tory party and therefore NOT a potential coalition party for Labour. In my opinion Goff should say to them – “you made the bed….”

  21. tsmithfield 21

    It is quite possible that the Greens might not make the 5% threshold next time. If that happens, the Maori Party might be the only cab on the rank for Labour.

    Advice to Goff: Don’t burn your bridges.

    • quenchino 21.1

      Nah if the election doesn’t swing left enough so that the Greens miss 5%, then Labour will be fracked too. Besides the MP with Turia in it will never go with Labour anyway.. so its one of those arguments that takes you nowhere.

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 21.2

      If the Greens don’t win 5%, National will probably be able to govern alone. Interesting to see how they might interpret the Foreshore and Seabed Act under that circumstance.

      Advice to Goff: stick to your principles. No sleazy deals with the Maori Party

    • Ron 21.3

      Advice to Goff – stick by at least some of your principles and burn away.

  22. outofbed 22

    It is quite possible that the Greens might not make the 5% threshold next time

    Dream on

  23. outofbed 23

    Those whacky Greens eh
    Wanted a carbon Tax all those years ago Now practically everyone realizes that is the way to go even Act and Fed farmers
    The Greens have been banging on about our polluted rivers for years
    and today we have news that here we have some of the most polluted rivers in the world
    The Greens came up with the home insulation scheme, Labour fought against it
    and then claimed it, Nick smith dissed and now mentions it at every opportunity

    Perhaps we should listen to them more often

  24. ParkDrive 24

    I’m going to say look, I really don’t understand the actual benefit of the ETS. Irrespective of whether Labours appalling piece of legislation was rendered further worse by the Maori Party and National, the focus should be on just what is the benefit?

    All I’ve heard is a lot of we must reduce carbon emissions.

    Now, how do you calculate that? You can’t. One volcanic eruption (which Ruapehu is due for within the next 12 months) is the equivalent of well over a million cars carbon emissions over the course of a month.

    The truth is there is no way of actually being able to calculate carbon, and what is an optimal level. All we have are guestimates. Nothing concrete, simply as no records were ever kept of carbon levels pre 1980. Barely a generation!

    Over the last 30 years, human activity has rapidly felled forests, and as an apologetic afterthought forests have been replanted at a greater rate than ever before – whether it’s native bush or conifers or macrocarpa pines.
    Plantlife thrives on carbon dioxide. The less carbon there is in the air, the fewer plants that survive.

    Earth is a living breathing organism (The Gaia Hypothesis) It is a fallacy to even begin to think that while everything else on the planet is alive, the earth isn’t? Here’s a tip: Just because it doesn’t have a soul, doesn’t mean it’s not living.
    Gaia knows what is needed. The volcanic eruptions of the last few years, the change in weather patterns, it’s a simple act of re balancing

    The planets poles are shifting. Where the great Scott and forgotten Amundsen planted their flags on the south and north poles respectively, it’s interesting to note that the polar opposite have moved considerably. The north pole for example moved across Hudson Bay for years and is now in the Atlantic ocean.

    The Emissions Trading Scheme is a fraud on both houses. The entire world has been suckered into it, and no doubt, as always, someone stands to gain a great deal of money from windfarms and carbon neutral generators.

    I am nota denier of climate change. I see the evidence all too well. All I’m saying is that it is happening, and nothing that mankind can do will ever stop the process, nor will it slow it down. As a snowball turns into an avalanche, so has the changing of Gaia has begun.

    What is good to see is that we are slowly waking up and realising that the consumerist society we live in is no good. Why have we not banned Plasma Screen TVs yet if we’re serious? Those power suckers use three times as much as LCD. Why don’t we invest in LED TV’s? They use half as much as LCD.
    We’re a TV Nation. We are now. Have you seen how fat people are getting?

    Let’s show we’re deadly serious. Let’s cut our electricity usage. Ban all LCDs and Plasma TVs for sale. Only allow in LEDs. As soon as something better than LED comes along, ban LEDs.
    Ban single glazed windows, ban indoor gas heaters as they pump out carbon monoxide something chronic along with making the house damper than before.
    Introduce compulsory insulation in all rental properties. Floor, Roof and new builds must have wall insulation.

    Only then will we actually be doing something concrete and worthwhile. Yes it will seem very daddy knows best, but it’s nothing that governments haven’t been doing for the last hundred years.
    Ban them all, then offer subsidies for people to replace them if they wish to. Give them cash incentive to return the TV, the gas heater, include windows in the home insulation subsidy, renters will love their landlord making their houses warm, and lets not forget they now compromise the biggest voting block in the country (and the poorest due to power gouging – $1000 each p/a geesus!)

    • George D 24.1

      Why have we not banned Plasma Screen TVs yet if we’re serious? Those power suckers use three times as much as LCD. Why don’t we invest in LED TV’s? They use half as much as LCD.
      We’re a TV Nation. We are now. Have you seen how fat people are getting?

      Let’s show we’re deadly serious. Let’s cut our electricity usage. Ban all LCDs and Plasma TVs for sale. Only allow in LEDs. As soon as something better than LED comes along, ban LEDs.

      I ask myself the same question. We couldn’t even change the lightbulbs, or fit efficient showerheads.

      People will look back on this generation with anger and wonder.

  25. grumpy 25

    Interesting article by Tahu potiki in The Press this morning – unfortunately not yet on their website.

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  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 hours ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 hours ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    8 hours ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    14 hours ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    20 hours ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    21 hours ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    1 day ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    1 day ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    3 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    3 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    4 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    5 days ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    6 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    6 days ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    6 days ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    6 days ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    7 days ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago
  • SIS “evidence” isn’t, again
    Back in 2016, then-Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne cancelled a New Zealand woman's passport, claiming she was a terrorist. The basis for his decision was a secret briefing by the SIS, which claimed that if she was allowed to travel, the woman would "engage with individuals who encourage acts of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • As Low As You Go
    Taking you as low as you goAs low as you goA sense of Déjà vu this morning. How many times have I begun a newsletter, “just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower…” Only for the groundhog to reappear, more pissed off than the day before.Another day with headlines ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Wednesday June 5
    TL;DR: The public health costs of human-caused air pollution in Aotearoa-NZ is estimated at $38.8 billion a year because it kills 3,300 people each year, which is almost ten times more than the death toll on roads from accidents. Yet the Ministry for the Environment has just one staff member ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 1
    This is the first of a two-part guest post by Grant A, a long time reader and commenter with a keen interest in all things urban, especially cycling and public transport. He’s been thinking about how to fix Broadway. Stay tuned for Act 2! Readers might remember the pre-Christmas traffic snarl-ups in ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Road trance
    Sometimes technology is your friend and sometimes it can’t be bothered with you. Once you’re away from home and your dependable wifi, well, there’s no telling what will happen. I’ve been going in and out of high-speed and low-speed no-speed Internet pockets all over England and France and look, I’m ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • You Can't Undo Fake News
    Hi,I’ve been thinking a lot about Corey Harris, the 44-year old man who went viral after Zooming into his court appearance while driving. The headlines generated were basically all the same: “Man With Suspended Driver's License Dials Into Court Hearing While Driving”. The headlines said it all, and most people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – CO2 is the main driver of climate change
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • Acting Prime Minister David Seymour.
    When it came to David Seymour, Jacinda got one thing right, and another wrong. What is the sacrilege, I hear you ask? In what world in relation to David Seymour was our Jacinda ever wrong?Subscribe nowAs you no doubt remember, and personally I think there should be some sort of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • More democratic abuse from National
    "Abuse of democracy" seems to be the emerging theme of this government, with bills rammed through under urgency or given pathetically short select committee submission times seemingly designed to limit and undermine public engagement. And today we have another case, with the public given just nine days to submit on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the curse of being politically moderate about everything
    Nigel Farage’s initial reason for not standing in the British election – because he wanted to be a Trump adviser – never looked very convincing. His perfectly timed “change of mind” though, has won him extensive media coverage, and he’s now plunging into the election campaign as the rival candidate ...
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Tuesday, June 4
    Placards at a 2018 rally for better funding for new cancer drugs. National’s pre-election promise to do so may have won it votes, but the attempt to quietly drop the plan has now ignited a firestorm of protest. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The Government is now being engulfed in a firestorm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Budget 2024 Highlights
    Last week the government delivered their first budget and while there’s been plenty of other discussion about the main aspects of it, I was particularly interested to look at what it meant for transport. Before getting into too much detail, the chart below shows at a high level where transport ...
    1 week ago
  • Jeff Masters and Bob Henson give us the low-down on the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Samantha Harrington (Background photo credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project / CC BY 2.0 DEED) To kick off hurricane season, Yale Climate Connections editors Sara Peach and Sam Harrington sat down with meteorologists and Eye on the Storm writers Jeff Masters and Bob ...
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 3
    TL;DR: The Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, which consumes over 15% of the motu’s renewable electricity, has struck a deal to stay open for another 20 years. This will delay Aotearoa-NZ’s transition to carbon zero and make it more expensive and unfair for the 100,000 households who currently can’t afford their ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • maBaguette
    Today we rolled through troglodyte caves and ate a fresh roast chook by the river, the mighty Loire River, the still quite angry-looking Loire River. The Loire is not itself because it has been raining here for the last seven months without a break, the locals have been telling us, ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Empty Promises.
    Fighting out of the blue corner, wearing a pale pink jacket, a half hearted smile, and a lot of flack from the left and the right, it’s your Finance Minister - Nicola Willis.Her challenger will probe the Minister for answers. Armed with boyish charm and tricky questions, the last remaining ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #22
    A listing of 33 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, May 26, 2024 thru Sat, June 1, 2024. Story of the week Sometimes one story is not enough. Our ongoing 2023-2024 experiences with lethal heatwaves, early wildfires and a threatening Atlantic hurricane season ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Treaty Principles Bill: Smokescreen for sweeping change?
    Much has been said about how the coalition government’s Treaty Principles Bill distorts te Tiriti o Waitangi. However, it could also serve as a Trojan horse, installing an extreme libertarian agenda. We don’t know the intent driving the proposed Bill; however, many serious effects may ensue. Far from simply clarifying the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago

  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
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