Sugar rush

Written By: - Date published: 6:37 am, February 13th, 2009 - 24 comments
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John Key and Tracey Watkins have both (completely by coincidence) said we must avoid responding to the recession with a ‘sugar rush’ of spending. They’re just making excuses for National’s hopelessly inadequate policies for dealing with the recession but they are right about the need to avoid a sugar rush we don’t want to just spend a bunch of money to get a buzz now only to crash when it wears off. Instead, we need to spend on projects that will have a long-term benefit to the economy once the stimulation from the spending on them has worn off. Unfortunately, a sugar rush is exactly what we’re getting from National/ACT.

Look at what National has announced moving forward a few road and school projects, a temporary reduction in provisional tax. Ultimately, (as Vernon Small acknowledged in the Dom yesterday) there’s nearly no new money, it’s just money that was budgeted anyway being spent a little earlier. It’s just like having your dessert for afternoon tea you get the sugar a little sooner but the body you have the next day is the same either way.

We need more spending and we need to be using it to rebuild our economy. We need an ambitious, long term plan for growth and sustainability. Right now, all we’re getting is some candy.

24 comments on “Sugar rush”

  1. I kind of agree with you on this Steve, but must ask where will this money come from?
    Not much point re litigating the past, but a lot of our money has been spent in the last decade. It is a real pity the cupboard was left bare when we most need it.

  2. BLiP 2

    Goober John Key and his Party’s announcements are a cynical attempt to maintain headlines, to be appear to be setting the agenda, and actually doing something. The drip-feeding of the so called measures to manage the recesssion amounts to little more than existing programmes being tinkered with and then re-announced to a gaggle of waiting media. I believe this particular PR dark art is generally referred to as “feeding the chooks”.

  3. Bevanj 3

    From what I’ve heard and read of late there’s never been an example of a government to successfully pull off a big spend up to get a country out of recession.

    I’m keen to hear of examples if anyone has any.

    Less spending particularly rash spending certainly won’t mortgage our (and kids) future any more than it is.

  4. vto 4

    yeah, lets just carry on borrowing. its worked well so far.

  5. vidiot 5

    Yeah let’s rush out and spend all the money that we had saved for a rainy day, oh FFS there is none !

    Perhaps culling the Cullen fund and using that money to do a mass kick start of the economy is what we need, only down side is that fund is worth about 60% of what we have put in to it, and getting worse every day.

  6. vto 6

    Sheesh, dont want to sound like some mindless personal attack SP but this post lacks any depth or reasoning, and is a repeat of several recent ones.

    You say “We need more spending …”. Perhaps you could explain why and how it would fix the depression.

    You also say “We need more spending and we need to be using it to rebuild our economy. We need an ambitious, long term plan for growth and sustainability. Right now, all we’re getting is some candy”. ha ha – you’ve stolen that line from the nats over the last 9 years.

  7. SeaJay 7

    Re: Goober John Key – Elections over, could we leave the name calling to the dogs over at kiwiblog perhaps? Whoops. Now the economy stupids, or the stupids economy ( that lovely Bill English is looking a bit haggard ) HuffingtonPost have a writer suggesting new recipients of unemployment benefits be able to use that income to subsidise a wage from a new job. That’s something.

  8. @ work 8

    “barnsleybill

    I kind of agree with you on this Steve, but must ask where will this money come from?
    Not much point re litigating the past, but a lot of our money has been spent in the last decade. It is a real pity the cupboard was left bare when we most need”

    Bill, I’ve got next to no money in my current account, but thats ok, I’ve spent the last month paying off my secondary account, so that ones back to 0 also, should anything need more money than I’ve budgetted for (say a recession) I can borrow back the money I’ve spent the last month paying off.

    Cullen could not have paid back as much of the debt as he did, while keeping up surplus’, simple as that, and with tax cuts he couldn’t have done either.

  9. vto. I’ve talked about the detail of why we need to spend more and on what in previous posts.

  10. ak 10

    @work: … and with tax cuts he couldn’t have done either.

    Yes, @, rather amusing to see the “winners” still clinging to the ridiculous notion that Culls was somehow simultaneously a cold-hearted grinch hoarding our precious hard-earned tax dollars – and spending like a drunken sailor at the same time (especially when even their wee John Doh! admits that Labour left us in relatively good shape).

    Poor boys. Barnacle and his flailing ilk are slowly dawning to the fact that the mythical invisible hand that they have been whacking off to and trying to force down out throats for years has finally shown its true colours: it now has its icy grip on all our cojones and sipping a few Labour Lites will do little to ease the pain.

    Luckily, the yanks and ockers stuck to a full-strength brew: going by his performance to date, the MilKey Bar Kid will eventually crave their affection too – and tag along with the inevitable return to economic sanity.

    The writing’s on the wall Bill, and your Devil Woman’s left the building: get your head out of the bowl.

  11. senzafine 11

    Why would we want to go down the path of Massive government spendups in the form of bailouts and infrastructure spends When 1929-1939 has proven that such strategies do not work to beat recession, in fact they do the reverse – strengthen the recession to a depression.

    Hoover believed he had an ambitious plan for long term growth. So did Roosevelt. All they actually achieved was putting their countries and citizens through immense and unnecessary pain.

  12. senzafine. That’s certianly not a mainstream view of the Great Depression. Not only did the New Deal create employment, it created an infrastructure that the US is still benefiting from now – the Hoover Dam being the most visible example.

  13. vidiot 13

    And do you seriously think that a project the size of the Hoover Dam in NZ will do us any good ? The last time it was tried (Clyde) was a complete over-spend, and needless to say I doubt the greens would like you damming up any valleys these days either.

    If you want to think big (oh shit that’s Robs thoughts), think nuclear, think Kaipara Harbour and then also think of moving parliament from Wellington to somewhere much safer (like South of Whangarei). Imagine how many jobs that would create.

  14. BB,

    Actually you’ve got that totally wrong. A lot of our money was used to pay back debt to the international banking cartel and should have been spend on our infra structure and our country’s and it’s inhabitants well being.

    The labour government made an issue out of prioritising the repayment of international debts in order to liberate this country from the scourge of compound interest payments and made an effort to pay back our international debt asap.

    If you want to know how money was created by the privately owned international banking cartel with it’s two centres in the City of London and the Federal Reserve of New York you should watch “Money as Debt“.

    And if you want to learn of the history of our privately owned international banking system you should watch the “Money Masters“.

    Incidentally John Key was a one of only four upon invitation only advisors of the Federal Reserve from November 1999 until 2001. One of the most important moments in the existence of the privately owned Federal Reserve of New York. In November 1999 the Glass Steagall act was repealed. This was the final bit of regulative legislation gone. It was the banksters wet dream come true. The total deregulation of banking. Derivatives and speculation here we come!

    This is what caused the great Depression and it will collapse our entire global economy again.

    And this is what John Key had to say about it at the APEC meeting:

    So now the party is over and the taxpayers of the world are left to underwrite in one form or another the liabilities and obligations of banks and, by extension, their hedge-fund clientele.

    That means that he thinks that we should pay for the disaster he and his banking scum mates have created.

    The banking elite has bee creating money out of thin air and since the 70s we have only had fiat money without any relation to for example gold. We’ve been had and John Key knows all about how we’ve been had.

    What will happen next? We will borrow from the international Money Masters instead of issuing our own currency and we will end up living in this country as it’s being owned by the same scum and if it’s up to John Key and his bankster mates we, our children and our children’s children will slave away to pay the Money Masters back their loans they created out of thin air instead of spending our hard earned money on ourselves and this country.

    All they are doing now is collapsing the economy to the point where everybody is so poor and so scared that we will accept anything and if we don’t? The the police has it’s instructions and the prisons NActional will be building with private money will be waiting and DNA collected from every sucker who think that they are entitled to free speech and demonstration will make sure that everybody will be to scared to actually stand up for themselves.

  15. Felix 15

    The Nats are talking up the amount of their spending, the opposition are claiming responsibility for large amounts of it, and others are questioning whether spending up is effective anyway.

    It’s ironic that suddenly the govt is claiming superiority for chucking more money around that the previous one – the reverse of their position for the past 9 years.

    Not that I’m surprised or bothered, but I am concerned that the focus is all on the quantity and not the quality of the spending.

    Any govt spending can create / save jobs, stimulate circulation etc in the short term. That’s important, but a big spend-up is also an opportunity to invest in long term productivity. The Kopu bridge is a good example of a project which will create work and stimulate the local economy but not provide any significant long term economic benefits.

    This doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing, just that there are probably better ways to spend the money.

    Investing in energy generation is an example of the opposite – the same short term benefits from the construction process but resulting in real national assets which can save us untold dollars as we navigate the energy issues we face along with the rest of the world.

    Let’s keep thinking beyond getting through the next couple of years, eh?

  16. northpaw 16

    Ah… at last.. the cheerful Eve with a latest rendition which would improve by omission her 4-letter S-word (tho on second thoughts slag might make an appropriate substitute if only to bolster the barons of industrialization forerunner)..

    to the blog – ‘sugar rush’ had me think well, where’s the harm.. ah yes, diabetics.. Can we suppose that both JK and TW had food and fat on their minds..?

  17. Magnus 17

    BevanJ,
    I don’t have the time, nor the inclination, to deliver a history lesson, but an example of a Government spending big to relieve severe economic hardship can be found no further away than our own shores.
    From 1935, the First Labour Government spent enormous sums of money on numerous social programs, infrastructure projects, schools, hospitals, healthcare and the like. This after decades of a conservative government being tighter than a fishes arsehole with the public purse which only exacerbated the effects of the Great Depression. Which leads me to another point. In lean times, history has proven that the effect of governments (the overwhelming majority of which were conservative) cutting back spending in economic downturns has been nothing short of catostrophic. Research the government of Joseph ward for an example.
    So far as lifting this country out of economic difficulty goes, history has not been kind to the right. They’ve created economic crises, been elected on the back of them, and even made them worse, but not once have they lifted this country out of one.
    I hope for the sake of everyone that they manage to turn this piss poor record around.

  18. gingercrush 18

    What is so fundamentally great about Obama’s stimulus plan and Britain’s? Sure its a whole lot of money but what it is actually being spent on?

  19. Ah Northpaw,

    Do you understand what I’m trying to tell you? Or are you even interested? Did you watch the video’s in order to educate yourself? Nah, I didn’t think so, why educate yourself if you can stay stupid and narrow minded all on your lonesome.

    A small group of very rich people are creating “money” out of thin air to loan to suckers like you and they charge you a fortune in interest. If you did that you’d be in jail.
    What’s more at this moment they are buying real world assets with their funny money. If you or I did that we’d be in jail.

    Who made them God and entitled them to print money out of thin air?

    Nah, lets harp on calling scum, scum instead of asking ourselves why it is that we are paying through the nose for money we could print ourselves through our representatives and with very strict save guards.

    How about paying no tax and keeping our hard earned money were it belongs; in this country for the people who earned it with their hard slog.

    That should appeal to your right wing mindset (Still in the old obsolete left/right paradigm yawn). Here’s what Ron Paul has to say about it.

    Ron Paul is a Conservative Republican presidential candidate but the chance you have heard of him through our corporately owned MSM.

    And this is a video called Fiat Empire about fiat (Out of nowhere funny) money and why the federal Reserve of NY violates the American Constitution.

    Gingercrush,

    It’s a whole lot of money borrowed from the Federal Reserve by the US Government to be given back to the banks who own the Federal Reserve in the first place and we get to pay a bucket full of interest on top of paying back the money they created out of thin air. It’s called a Scam.
    To fully understand the Scam please watch the two video’s I gave links to.
    Give it a shot. What’s the worst that can happen?

    In the best case you learn something and in the worst case you can have a good laugh about how ridiculous the video’s are.

  20. northpaw 20

    Travellerev,

    Dearie me, I sure don’t think I deserved Do you understand what I’m trying to tell you? Or are you even interested? Did you watch the video’s in order to educate yourself? Nah, I didn’t think so, why educate yourself if you can stay stupid and narrow minded all on your lonesome.

    Could this be the same Eve as prior posts had suggested a welcome change and earned a note for me from jozinny..? If it is, then the above would seem the result of connotation collapse..

    Not to harp, for I am as intent as yourself in knowing what gives, but for me the solution is more important. Slag, for instance, is the waste of a hot process. Unlike scum which floats and floats and floats and generally remains buoyant(present) for always. Slag, a solid impurity, is either taken off or sinks or is consumed by the hot mix upon which it, too, floats.

    More apt. I’d say. Though earlier I had left such thinking to your better judgement.
    Right now, this looks like tis not me that needs help.. or release from whatever tension has built up..

  21. northpaw 21

    What is so fundamentally great about Obama’s stimulus plan and Britain’s? Sure its a whole lot of money but what it is actually being spent on?

    To state the obvious this “whole lot of money” is available to those willing and able take it for what it can do primarily for Americans.

    What it is not for — and sufficient expertise combined with electors’ strength has prevailed upon the Senate — is fake scams and schemes (eg, the republican senator for Utah) to have up to $50bn of the Stimpack taken up with long term construction costs of nuke facilities when that money is for affordable renewable energy projects. [ A point the msm has missed to date.. ]

    A point I include here to suggest that when you have budgetary abusers like this to put up with.. why would you seek attract more from forward announcements..?

  22. Bevanj 22

    Thanks Magnus I’ll get to reading.

  23. Northpaw,

    I haven’t got a clue what you’re on about but it sounds very mysterious and I’m sure it means a lot to you.

    In one of my previous post I stated that in the banking world scum floats to the top and NP, JK floated all they way to the scummiest part of the international banksters world. The city of London, Wall street and the Federal reserve of New York.

    Try watching the Money Masters and Money as Debt for an explanation of this statement. I haven’t got the time to waste.

  24. Do I have to spell it out to You?
    More government spending ultimately has to mean higher taxes or more borrowing which also means higher taxes to pay off the debt. Or they can crank up the reserve bank printing press and create more money leading to runnaway inflation Zimbabwe style.
    We already pay nearly half our income in various taxes and levies. How much more do you suck out of us? How many more private businesses do you want to go under or go overseas?
    Can you not see how job losses and a deeper recession would result from perpetuating excessive government spending?
    When the government spends our money, we spend less on goods and services then what happens to the workers who are providing the goods and services we can no longer afford? Government spending only creates jobs at the expense of jobs in the private sector. Watch out for the unintended consequences for goodness sake!

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  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago

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