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Sustainable living resources

Written By: - Date published: 7:47 am, December 21st, 2009 - 30 comments
Categories: activism, climate change, Environment - Tags: ,

I’m trying not to get too depressed about the lack of an outcome at Copenhagen. As one analyst put it – “Leaders came to Copenhagen to rewrite history and left having made a few notes in the margin”. Not good enough. However, with or without a formal agreement, it was always going to come down to each one of us, and the decisions that we make about our lives. So this post is about listing some of the resources in NZ that relate to sustainable living.

This Ministry for the Environment website is a good place to start. It has sections on: Rubbish, Water, Energy, Building, Transport, Gardening and Shopping, with featured information and several case studies of each. It also provides an overview 25 easy steps towards sustainability.

Statistics New Zealand provides a wealth of information relating to our progress towards sustainability in many categories, and an overview snapshot of the current state of play.

The Sustainable Living Education Trust has a useful site, especially a section on actions you can take under several headings. They also have regional information and contacts here. From the home page: “Our independent practical information and short courses show how you can trim 10% off your carbon emissions, save money and create a healthier lifestyle. If you’re ready to reduce your footprint, this information is designed for you. Sustainable Living has seven years experience running relevant evening classes and single-topic workshop sessions across New Zealand, backed by independent research, local councils, educators and environmental NGOs. Start making a difference for future generations now.”

Some of the same information, and further resources, are available from the Sustainable Living Programme site, which also has links to further resources in many categories.

Many Councils have their own resource pages, including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Just google “sustainable your-place-name” and it will probably be the top hit.

Transition towns are a neat idea: Transition Towns initiatives are part of a vibrant, international grassroots movement that brings people together to explore how we as communities – can respond to the environmental, economic and social challenges arising from climate change, resource depletion and an economy based on growth. We don’t look for anyone to blame or anyone to save us, but believe our communities have within themselves the innovation and ingenuity to create positive solutions to the converging crises of our time. These are small scale, truly local grassroots groups, there’s probably one near you. Our local group is great, friendly and full of advice, always ready to help amateur gardeners. Check out the transition handbook and the list of useful links.

The Sustainable Business Network is a forum for businesses that are interested in sustainable development practice. Their site lists tools, case studies, and a (very business / product oriented) Guide to more sustainable living (PDF). BusinessCare is a similar business oriented resource.

Other miscellaneous resources: Whitcoulls books on sustainable living, Enviroschools, information on rural recycling, aiming for Zero Waste, Trees for survival, hazardous materials disposal, Waste Exchange, EcoMatters, and The Good Blog. If you know of other useful sites or resources, especially if they provide good practical advice, please list them in the comments.

The next step is up to us. Merry Christmas.

[On a personal note, that’s probably it from me until February. I intend to spend as much as possible of the next month in places where the most complicated piece of electronics is the piezo-electric igniter on my gas cooker. Take care all…]

30 comments on “Sustainable living resources”

  1. Good post.

    With the failure of Copenhagen us ordinary mortals are going to have to take more and more responsibility for changing our lifestyles to improve sustainability.

    I wonder if Timmy, tsmithfield, gitmo et al will have any criticism of this post?

  2. Stop poking yr stick @ the trolls in their cave.
    You’ll regret the emissions.

  3. Doug 3

    [link-whore]

    [lprent: If you want to link-whore – don’t do it here or write something relevant yourself about the link. Adding you to auto-moderation. ]

    • barry 3.1

      Connolly has invested a great deal of time in making sure that the Wikipedia articles match the scientific consensus. Many deniers are unhappy that he has removed some of their pet theories, but the moderation has also removed a lot of more extreme warming diatribes as well.

      In the absence of the moderation Wikipedia would be completely useless, as the content would vary wildly throughout the day, every day.

      As to the Medieval warm period, the content now reflects the scientific consensus. There are proxies that show warming in various places around the world around 1000 years ago. Some might indicate that some places were warmer than today. However no proxy tells the full story, and the paleoclimatogists have assembled a large number and attempted to distil an average. That is what is reflected in the IPCC reports and on Wikipedia.

      You can argue about the reliability of any particular proxy, and the process of assembling the averages etc, but the proxies and prcoesses that produced the graphs that were removed are not very reliable and representative either.

  4. …how you can trim 10% off your carbon emissions…

    Surely people who’ve been berating the govt for not forcing us to reduce our emissions by 40%+ would be ashamed of themselves for aiming at no more than a quarter of what they’ve been demanding from the govt? Why berate the world’s govts for “failure” and at the same time invite people to hold dismal, complete failure as an aspirational target?

    • The proposal is an immediate 10% reduction by individuals. The 40% reduction should be the country’s aim by 2020. National did promise 40% by 2040 but I do not have the slightest idea how the country is going to get there.

      Like a few other promises (not raising the age of qualification for super, reaching pay parity with Aussie by 2025) this is one that you can make and not be held accountable at the next election for.

    • felix 4.2

      Surely people who\’ve been berating the govt for not forcing us to reduce our emissions by 40%+ would be ashamed of themselves for aiming at no more than a quarter of what they\’ve been demanding from the govt?

      I’d be ashamed if I owned a dairy farm and I was only going for ten percent. Or an aluminium smelter.

      But I don’t.

    • Yeah, it’s those other guys fucking it up for everybody. We, who merely buy the dairy products and stuff with aluminium in it, don’t need to do much at all…

      The 40% reduction should be the country’s aim by 2020.

      Last time I looked, the country was us, the people who live in it. If the people who live in it don’t reduce emissions by at least 40%, there isn’t some entity called “the country” or “the govt” that’s going to magically do it for us.

      • Bill 4.3.1

        The reason we buy stuff with Al in it is because the market ( ie production and distribution system) is completely tied up by vested interests.

        Why do you think we run ‘everything’ on oil? Is it just because we, as consumers keep buying the stuff and products made from it, or is it because the market ( through various contrived and default mechanisms) favours the vested interests of the oil industry over others?

        How long do you think a person would survive if they wiped oil out of their life tomorrow? It takes a society….greater than sum total of parts blah…to bring such changes about.

  5. Doug 5

    [lprent: link-whoring. This is the third time that link has been placed on this site. Copy-n-paste doesn’t count as your content. Adding you to spam. ]

    • singularian 5.1

      Doug – Lynn doesn’t want to see that stuff. It conflicts with his world view. Lynn is soooo smart that he doesn’t need any new information, he has all the info he needs to be cosy in his cave.

      Fingers in ears – all together now –

      Lalalala I can’t hear you – you’re just spam – Lalalala

      [lprent: We don’t permit link-whoring here – especially across posts for the same link. The first comment with its link is up. I’ve deleted the other two with the same link that he was attempting to plaster on the site.]

  6. Gosman 6

    I always find it interesting that many of the suggestions for lowering our individual impact on climate change involve organic food.

    Whether or not organic food is a better option nutritionally or even from an environmental pollution point if biew is a different matter entirely from if it will lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

    There is a strong body of evidence that suggest it is at least as harmful as modern conventional farming methods. It xcertainly requires a larger land area to produce the same amount of food and also produces more methane due to decomposing plant material that is an essential part of the organic process.

  7. Andrei 7

    You still haven’t got it have you.

    None of this is about “climate change” which is a bogus scare anyway.

    Its about wealth transfer from you the peasantry into the hands of a global elite.

    For example the most efficient steel plant in the UK Corus in Redcar is closing down with the loss of 1700 jobs.

    Why? The owners can sell the carbon credits thus released on the EU market and manufacture the same amount of steel in a new plant they have built in india, which under the looney tunes Kyoto protocol is some counted as an emissions reducing exercise which produces Carbon credits to sell.

    And surprise surprise who is heavily involved int the companies doing this

    Why non other than the head of the IPCC himself Dr Rajendra Pachauri.

    Why bdo think John Key has gone along with this? He doesn’t believe that your doom and gloom forecasts.

    No he has done it because he and his mates can line their own pockets at you expense

    Wake up you are being conned!

    • Bill 7.1

      Do you think people don’t understand the transfer of wealth that lies at the heart of the ETS? The ETS is a scam; a fraud; a piece of useless and dangerous market nonsense.

      But climate change is not a scam or a fraud and has nothing to do with the market.

      And let’s even say that all the science is strangely wrong….as the cartoon linked to yesterday asks, what can possibly be wrong with making the world a better and healthier place?

      • Andrei 7.1.1

        what can possibly be wrong with making the world a better and healthier place?

        Nothing – its what all people of good will want to achieve.

        Its the best way of going about it that is in question.

        But the world is full of people who have their own agendas and either don’t care or manage convince themselves that what they are doing is worthwhile for everybody – when its not.

        From where I sit environmentalism and climate science have been hijacked – by the left to advance big government and by the greedies to line their own pockets.

        And I think that is a crying shame

        • quenchino 7.1.1.1

          Yeah right. Last year the major economies printed money almost to the tune of 30% of global GDP to bail out the shareholders of a bunch of failed banks. Didn’t hear a peep from you objecting to that.

          By contrast we could transition to a low-carbon sustainable economy for a tiny fraction of that cost. As you have just said, it’s something we could all aspire to ….and yet you object strenuously. Baffling really.

          • Andrei 7.1.1.1.1

            Actually did object to the bailout of the banks thing – I think it was wrong.

            I do not believe “a low-carbon sustainable economy” as you put it to be either desirable nor necessary.

            My opinion, borne out by my observations of the Copenhagen circus, is that transitioning to such a model will see the average joe, such as you and myself, reduced to serfdom while the elites who impose such a model on us will continue to feed at the trough and indulge themselves in ever extravagant and opulent lifestyles at our expense.

            And as my original links show this is already happening as in 1700 English workers Christmas present this year being no job to go to in the New Year. They lose, Dr Rajendra Pachauri and his mates get richer and not a single molecule of CO2 less will be emitted.

            • quenchino 7.1.1.1.1.1

              such as you and myself, reduced to serfdom while the elites who impose such a model on us will continue to feed at the trough and indulge themselves in ever extravagant and opulent lifestyles at our expense.

              You are already. In this world, right now, the top 1% of the elites control more wealth than the bottom 90% of us. We are serfs, our masters greedily indulge themselves in oplulence and gross extravagence on the back of the suffering of billions.

              This world you fear…. you’re soaking in it.

              Actually did object to the bailout of the banks thing I think it was wrong.

              Oh great.. so where was the endless stream of posts from you about it? Compared to your constant flailing output on AGW? Any sense of perspective here? Methinks you protest too little, too late.

              • Pascal's bookie

                “so where was the endless stream of posts from you about it? ”

                He was too busy looking for Obama’s birth certificate at the time.

              • Andrei

                He was too busy looking for Obama’s birth certificate at the time.

                Does this comment have any point? Or is my original argument so compelling that you have to invoke a silly conspiracy theory and align me with it (falsely) to divert attention.

                How about introducing a little intellectual rigor into this debate – as it is introducing this type of argument just suggests you have already lost it.

        • jaymam 7.1.1.2

          “environmentalism and climate science have been hijacked”
          They sure have. But why? I’m not sure of the reason.

          By whom? The hijacking seems to have started with these:
          Phil Jones, Michael Mann, Gavin Schmidt, James Hansen, Susan Solomon, Kevin Trenberth, Ben Santer, and Tom Karl, to name a few.

        • Bill 7.1.1.3

          So are you saying that advocates of the market…or market players… are out to line their own pockets and that’s a bad thing?

          And are you also saying that centralised government is a bad thing?

          So neither market institutions nor government institutions offer a satisfactory path for our future. Is this because of flaws intrinsic to market and government organisational structures rather than the managerial style applied to these structures? ie putting different people in charge will not really make much difference to how the market and government effect society and it’s peoples?

          If this is close to what you’re saying, then where is it that we disagree?

          Maybe you agree with the climate science but decry perceived political interference with the science….or maybe you believe that the climate science is in and of itself the political interference?

          Regardless, what kind of organisation do you think we should try to bring into being to benefit us moving forward? What human traits do you think such an organisation should foster….obviously not greed for wealth or power by your comments on government and markets…..so which aspects of human nature should be encouraged and which aspects discouraged?

  8. gitmo 8

    Great post r0b this is a far more constructive way for people to make a difference than screeching about governments and expecting they’ll ever do anything apart from line their own pockets.

  9. Bill 9

    Had an admittedly rather quick flick through the links.

    It all amounts to a bloody nonsense.

    You and I cannot buy our way around climate breakdown. And all the domestic recycling in the world will make bugger all difference.

    The problem lies in the fact that crap is produced, distributed and discarded. It includes the demands that the production and distribution systems puts on people, forcing a particular way of living on people and instilling pro market values in people…pro market values that too often run counter to human well being.

    Nowhere in any of the links is the basic assumption that capitalism is good questioned in any way shape or form. Instead we get the oxymoronic ‘sustainable development’ mantra and the ‘be a good and conscientious consumer’ and everything will be alright clap trap.

    If people buy into that stuff, then those people will become as much a part of the problem as any industrial lobbyist….and maybe even more of a problem than any climate change denier given the potential influence of their wrong headed but cozy cotton candy message.

    • gitmo 9.1

      Bill no one wants to live in your 1950s USSR collective and the continual wailing about capitalism is pretty meaningless when virtually all societies on Earth are a mix of ideologies.

      • Bill 9.1.1

        Gitmo.

        I’ve never been an advocate of organising society along USSR socialist lines.

        Anyway. Are you saying that our organisational structures ( with regards production, both end product and method of production) have got nothing to do with climate changes?

        Are you saying that market values exist in glorious isolation from and have no effect upon personal value systems? That our value systems don’t have an aggregate effect on the rest of our environment?

        Are you saying anything designed to engage, explore and debate….or just seeking to throw cheap and inaccurate shots?

        If the former, then good.

    • felix 9.2

      The problem lies in the fact that crap is produced, distributed and discarded.

      Bingo.

      The concept of “waste” simply doesn’t exist in an ecosystem. People need to realise that there is nothing inherently natural about making things to throw away.

      Until they do, all the carbon trading and paper shuffling in the world won’t do squat.

      • Gosman 9.2.1

        “The concept of “waste’ simply doesn’t exist in an ecosystem.”

        I think you will find it does at an individual level. For example some Animal’s can be very destructive when it comes to their immediate environments. Elephants spring to mind on this point. They will occassionally destroy large plants just to get at the most juicy and succulant parts of them.

        How nature deals with this destructive and wasteful individual species behaviour is an entirely different issue though.

        • felix 9.2.1.1

          If it’s “dealt with” then it’s not “wasted”. It’s just used for something else.

          Compare this to disposing of plastic. The ecosystem has no way to “deal with” it, at least not in the sort of time frames relevant to us.

        • Bill 9.2.1.2

          Okay. It’s not as though nature is benign. And it’s not malignant, nor intelligent or stupid.

          And elephants trash out swathes of bush on their large cyclical migrations which allows for regeneration. When we limit elephants to the boundaries of National Parks, the parks get trashed ’cause the human input to the equation (limiting the range of he elephants) upsets a balance that had evolved.

          But I cannot think of any non-human generated waste in an ecosystem ie any detritus that isn’t utilised in some fashion or other. And then there are plastics and dioxins and plutonium and a whole heap of fucked up shit that nothing alive seems capable of utilising….oh, except for us who briefly, cunningly, unintelligently, unnaturally and unnecessarily utilise in our endeavours to create profit.

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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    6 days ago
  • Are we doomed if we don’t manage to curb emissions by 2030?
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Is humanity doomed? If in 2030 we have not reduced ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • Interfering with the watchdog
    Britain's spy agencies are supposedly overseen by various watchdogs, including the investigatory powers tribunal. But it turns out that MI6 at least has contempt for those watchdogs, and attempted to interfere with the operations of the tribunal by concealing evidence from its judges: MI6 has been accused of “inappropriate interference” ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • What planet is the WHO on?
    Daphna Whitmore So far this year over 7.4 million people have died from preventable communicable diseases. There were 4.3 million children who died under the age of five. Nearly one million people have died of HIV/AIDS in the past six months. A similar number of people have died from malaria ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Tiny asteroid whizzing past Earth today
    Four weeks ago I wrote about the last time a sizable asteroid hit our planet – the ‘Tunguska Event’ of 1908, when an object about 50 metres across exploded above the Siberian taiga – but smaller cosmic rocks shoot close by Earth fairly frequently. In the past 42 hours ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • No extradition to tyrannies
    Last month, China imposed a new "national security law" on Hong Kong. The law imposes a penalty of life imprisonment for secession, subversion, and "colluding with foreign forces" - which basicly means peacefully advocating for democracy or independence. It has been used to crush peaceful protests and interpreted by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Killing The Nats With, Of All Things, Kindness.
    Powerful Connection: Neoliberalism is the antithesis of everything that has traditionally been associated with the feminine aspects of human nature. Kindness and compassion, nurturance and inclusiveness: such qualities have no place in the neoliberal order. When Jacinda proclaimed her determination to practice the “politics of kindness”, she was, wittingly or ...
    1 week ago
  • A tight timeline
    The bad news: Jacinda Ardern still wants to bill exiled kiwis for returning home. The good news: it would require a law change, which the Greens won't back, so she'll need to go grovelling to National. The other good news: she's running out of time to do it. This ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Questions for the Media to ask – if they have a spare moment or two
    . . For the mainstream media, today (22 July) was even a better day than yesterday. More Sex. More Politics. More Sex AND Politics. Yesterday, the msm dealt with Andrew Falloon. The obscure backbench MP had been found to have sent pornographic images to at least four women. The woman’s ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Colin James: Does history tell us anything about the 2020 election?
    If you want to understand what is happening in this year’s election campaign, it’s worth looking to the past for guidance. Colin James delves into recent contests and finds some interesting parallels.   July 28 is 53 days before the 2020 election. Just 53 days before the 2017 election ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Wildfires off to slow start in much of the West, but trouble expected starting in mid-July
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters Wildfires burned much less acreage in the U.S. than average during the first half of the year, but with hot and dry conditions expected over much of the nation in the coming months, fire activity is likely to ramp up. ...
    1 week ago
  • A necessary challenge
    Today a full bench of the High Court is hearing Andrew Borrowdale's challenge to the legality of the COVID-19 lockdown. That lockdown ended two months ago, so the point seems moot - but it was never about ending it. Instead, as Andrew Geddis points out, its about a key principle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Filling the policy void
    So far, this has been a relatively policy-free election campaign. The government has been trying to keep a low profile, on the basis that anything they say will only piss someone off, so better to say as little as possible. When its not knifing its leader, National has promised roads, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • This is dangerous for our democracy
    I hardly ever comment on polls, because horse-race politics is superficial and boring and most changes are statistically meaningless and so unworthy of attention (let alone the excitement they provoke amongst mathematically illiterate political journalists desperate to fill airtime). But we've now had two polls in a row showing Labour ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reported back
    The Finance and Expenditure Committee has reported back on its inquiry into the operation of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020. As you'd expect, they find that the law was "necessary and appropriate", but would like to see a permanent replacement providing for health emergency powers as the Health ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #30
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... John Cook in the News... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... Major new climate study rules out less severe global warming scenarios An analysis finds the most ...
    1 week ago
  • The Change in the Political Debate
    It hasn’t taken long for the advent of Judith Collins as National party leader to change the tone of the political debate. After several days of headlines and airwaves dominated by reports of a National MP sending pornographic images to young women, the National leader had had enough of that ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Green and Act get on the Kombucha
    Don Franks An already fired up general election looks like getting even edgier. When final votes have been counted, a rather unlikely coalition government now seems possible As National and Labour implode with sexual proclivities while New Zealand First fling their last toys from the cot, others show more maturity. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #30
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, July 19 through Sat, July 25, 2020 Editor's Choice The Climate Expert Who Delivered News No One Wanted to Hear From 2009: How a scientist known as the “father of global ...
    1 week ago
  • Socio-Economic Responses from COVID and Beyond…
    There’s ultimately two key narratives overall that are seeking to take front row in order to reshape the world as a whole going forward from the COVID pandemic. The first is a very desperate attempt to reimpose “a return” to what is perceived as “the old normal”, quite impossible. ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Searching for Misha: the life and tragedies of the world’s most famous polar bear
    Henry Anderson-Elliott, University of Cambridge On the morning of August 31 2017, I didn’t meet a remarkable polar bear. It was my third week of fieldwork-based out of Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, studying the conservation of the bears on the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. Having spent a few days transcribing interviews in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Radiation: July 25 Views: Punk, People and Stars
    SUNDAY JULY 26Country Calendar (TVNZ 1, 7.00pm). Tonight, kiwifruit growing in the King Country. Crazy!Normal People (TVNZ 1, 10.30pm). Holy cow, if you thought it was slow on a binge-watch, imagine what it's like in weekly doses. Nevertheless, it's like Richard Linklater's Boyhood – you don't really see the scope of ...
    1 week ago
  • Life in Level 1: The Doom of National
    . . “The Martians had no resistance to the bacteria in our atmosphere to which we have long since become immune. Once they had breathed our air, germs, which no longer affect us, began to kill them. The end came swiftly. All over the world, their machines began to stop ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • This is how you deal with criminal fishers
    In October 2018, Sealord's fishing boat Ocean Dawn repeatedly bottom-trawled in a Benthic Protection Area on the Chatham Rise. It was a crime which devastated a pristine marine environment. And today, they've been properly punished for it: Sealord has today been ordered to forfeit a $24 million fishing vessel for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • I’ve been talking to conspiracy theorists for 20 years – here are my six rules of engagement
    Jovan Byford, The Open University With prospects of a COVID-19 vaccine looking up, attention is also turning to the problem of anti-vax ideas. According to a recent survey, one in six Britons would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. Although vaccine hesitancy is a complex problem with ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Coronavirus lockdown reduced seismic activity around the world – new study
    Paula Koelemeijer, Royal Holloway and Stephen Hicks, Imperial College London Seismic activity doesn’t just come from earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides. Everyday human activity also gives rise to vibrations that travel through the ground as seismic waves, something we call “anthropogenic noise”. When pandemic lockdown measures brought daily life to a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • A victory for women
    Last night, the Equal Pay Amendment Act 2020 was passed unanimously by Parliament. The Act updates the 1972 Equal Pay Act to create a bargaining framework for equal pay claims and hopefully avoid the need to take them to court. It doesn't go far enough - there's no pay transparency ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Doing the right thing
    The New Zealand government has done the right thing and granted journalist Behrouz Boochani refugee status: Eight months after arriving in New Zealand, acclaimed author Behrouz Boochani has been granted refugee status. The Kurdish-Iranian writer joins a small group of successful applicants – with almost two thirds of asylum ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Is The Left Not Opposing The West’s New Cold War With China?
    Carve-Up: 120 years after the Eight-Power Intervention of 1900 the racist assumptions of the Western powers vis-à-vis China have hardly changed at all. They still arrogate to themselves the right to dispose of the future of the Chinese people as they see fit. There remains the same racist assumption that ...
    2 weeks ago
  • To charge or not to charge, that is the question
    Both Labour and National are talking about requiring people arriving in New Zealand to pay $3,000 of the cost of the mandatory managed isolation/quarantine period. The policy has been criticised as “shameful”. There are petitions against it. I have some concerns about the politics behind the proposal, but I’m neither ...
    PunditBy Simon Connell
    2 weeks ago
  • CovidCard carrying Kiwis?
    Dave Heatley New Zealand’s COVID Tracer app is “on track to achieve nothing”, according to Sam Morgan. The numbers support him: only one in six of those eligible to download and register the app has done so, and each app user has scanned just 2.5 QR codes since the app ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealander’s rally for human rights in the Philippines
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity and Migrante Aotearoa are jointly holding a rally to speak up for human rights in the Philippines. The human rights situation in the Philippines has deteriorated significantly since President Duterte came to power in 2016. As many as 27,000 people have been killed in police operations during ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Mañana Politics
    Just where in the economic spectrum does the current National Party stand? In government, a political party is so busy it rarely has time to have a political ideology (neoliberals and communists excepted). Most policy is driven by necessity, instinct (which, I suppose, is a kind of ideology) ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • In 2020, As In 1984, Young And Old May Vote Together.
    Together, Not Apart: In political terms, 2020 represents the exact reverse of 1984. Then, the tide was running with the challengers. Now, it is running with the incumbents. If Labour and the Greens can plausibly guarantee to keep us working and keep us safe, then traditional demographic voting patterns will ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Media Link: “A View from Afar” podcast series launch.
    Hosted by Selwyn Manning and EveningReport.nz, ” A View from Afar” is a podcast series dedicated to exploring current affairs, international relations, political events and military-security issues from somewhat uncommon angles. In this first episode we continue the coverage of the Portland protests first offered on these pages. The conversation ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for five Member's Bills was held today and the following bills were drawn: Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill (No 2) (Shane Reti) Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill (Louisa Wall) Lawyers and Conveyancers (Employed Lawyers Providing Free Legal Services) Amendment Bill ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Govt connecting kiwis to affordable, healthy food
    Funding for innovative projects to connect Kiwis with affordable, safe and wholesome food, reduce food waste, and help our food producers recover from COVID-19 has been announced today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “COVID-19 has seen an increasing number of families facing unprecedented financial pressure. Foodbanks and community food service ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    54 mins ago
  • Getting infrastructure for housing underway
    Eight shovel-ready projects within Kāinga Ora large-scale developments, and the Unitec residential development in Auckland have been given the go-ahead, Minister for Housing Dr Megan Woods announced today. Megan Woods says these significant infrastructure upgrades will ensure that the provision of homes in Auckland can continue apace. “The funding announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Napier walk and cycleway to improve safety
    The Government is funding a new separated walking and cycleway path along Napier’s Chambers and Ellison streets to provide safer access for local students and residents across Marine Parade and State Highway 51, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Police Minister Stuart Nash announced today. Funding of $2.7 million has been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • PGF creates more than 10k jobs, success stories across NZ
    More than 13,000 people have been employed so far thanks to the Coalition Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has today announced. The number of jobs created by Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investments has outstripped the 10,000 jobs target that the Government and Provincial Development Unit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Inaugural seafood awards honour sustainability
    Scientists and innovative fishing operators from Stewart Island and Fiordland to Nelson, Marlborough and Wellington have been honoured in the first ever Seafood Sustainability Awards. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has congratulated the winners of the inaugural Seafood Sustainability Awards held at Parliament. “The awards night honours six winners, from a wide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Climate resilience packages for regions
    The Government is providing an investment totalling more than $100 million for regions to protect against and mitigate the effects of climate change, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones have announced. Six regions will receive funding from the $3 billion allocated to infrastructure projects from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Southern Waikato shovel ready projects get the green light
    Three major local projects at Te Kuiti and Otorohanga have been given the money to get moving after the impact of Covid 19, says the Minister of Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  The projects range from a Sports Centre for Te Kuiti, a redevelopment of the Otorohanga  Kiwi House and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • New Zealand extends Middle East and Africa peace support deployments
    The Coalition Government has extended three New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa by two years, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today.  “These deployments promote peace in the Middle East and Africa by protecting civilians and countering the spread of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt progress on climate change essential, risk assessment shows
    The release of the National Climate Change Risk Assessment shows that the progress this Government has made to solve the climate crisis is essential to creating cleaner and safer communities across New Zealand. “Because of this report, we can see clearer than ever that the action our Government is taking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • $10m sport recovery fund open for applications
    The second round of the Community Resilience Fund is now open for applications for sport and recreation organisations experiencing financial hardship between 1 July and 30 September 2020. “The fund opens today for five weeks – closing on September 6. The amount awarded will be decided on a case-by-case basis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rakitū Island declared latest predator free island
    Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today declared Rakitū Island, off the coast of Aotea/Great Barrier Island, predator free. “I’m delighted to announce that with rats now gone, Rakitū is officially predator free. This is a major milestone because Rakitū is the last DOC administered island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding to restore significant Māori sites in the Far North
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $8.75 million to restore significant historic sites at Ōhaeawai in the Far North, upgrade marae and fund fencing and riparian planting. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcements following a service at the historic St Michael’s Anglican Church at Ōhaeawai today.  Just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Big boost for Chatham Islands’ economy
    The Chatham Islands will receive close to $40 million for projects that will improve its infrastructure, add to its attraction as a visitor destination, and create jobs through a planned aquaculture venture, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the islands, first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More initiatives to reduce energy hardship
    The Government is delivering more initiatives to reduce energy hardship and to give small electricity consumers a voice, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods said today. “In addition to the initiatives we have already delivered to support New Zealand families, we are responding to the Electricity Price Review with further ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Turning the tide for hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin
    Government, iwi, NGOs and rehabilitation groups are working together to turn around the fortunes of the nationally endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin following a series of terrible breeding seasons.  The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage helped launch the Five Year Action Plan at the annual Yellow-Eyed Penguin symposium in Dunedin today. “I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Taskforce ready to tackle tourism challenges
    The membership of the Tourism Futures Taskforce has now been confirmed, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced at an event at Whakarewarewa in Rotorua today. “The main purpose of the independent Tourism Futures Taskforce is to lead the thinking on the future of tourism in New Zealand,” Kelvin Davis said. Joining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Investing in the tourism sector’s recovery
    More than $300 million in funding has been approved to protect strategic tourism businesses, drive domestic tourism through regional events and lift digital capability in the tourism industry, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. A $400 million Tourism Recovery Package was announced at Budget 2020, and with today’s announcements is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Permits to be required for exporting hard-to-recycle plastic waste
    From 2021 permits will be required for New Zealanders wanting to export hard-to-recycle plastic waste. The Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage, today announced the requirements as part of New Zealand’s commitments to the Basel Convention, an international agreement of more than 180 countries which was amended in May ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Growth in new building consents shows demand is still high
    The building and construction sector is still showing strong growth, with the number of new dwellings consented up more than 8 per cent compared to last year, reflecting a welcome confidence in the Government’s COVID-19 response package, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “While it is still too ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection
    Government investment of $23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection will allow local communities to address long-standing flood risks and provide jobs, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced in Rotorua today. These projects are being funded by the Infrastructure Reference Group’s (IRG) shovel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Rotorua benefits from over $62 million boost
    Investment for projects that will create hundreds of jobs in Rotorua were announced today by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. These projects will provide opportunities for economic development in a region that has been hard hit by COVID-19,” Winston Peters said. Fletcher ...
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    4 days ago
  • Increased counselling support for all students
    For the first time, primary schools will have access to funding for counsellors for their students, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. “A major investment of $75.8 million will provide greater access to guidance counsellors to help primary and secondary school students deal with mental health and wellbeing issues,” ...
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    4 days ago
  • Report of the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham released
    Defence Minister Ron Mark today welcomed the release of the Report of the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham and related matters, and the Government response.  “I thank the Inquiry for their thorough and detailed report, on a highly complex issue. I accept the recommendations of the report, and fully support ...
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    4 days ago
  • 1BT funds create jobs and lasting benefits
    Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced $6 million of One Billion Trees funding for seven regional initiatives to create jobs and provide long-lasting environmental and economic benefits. The projects range from improving one of the poorest-quality water catchments in Otago to restoring 52km of waterways around Hokianga Harbour. Six of the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Kawerau projects to receive $5.5 million from Provincial Growth Fund
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters today announced $5.5 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for two Kawerau projects and says this is a significant boost for the people of Kawerau. “These projects will bring much-needed investment and will create up to 60 jobs for locals,” Mr Peters ...
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    4 days ago
  • $5 million for Kaingaroa Village Redevelopment
    Kaingaroa Village in the Bay of Plenty is to get $5 million to help fund a comprehensive upgrade of its infrastructure, facilities and housing, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. Mr Tabuteau travelled to the remote village to make the announcement, telling Kaingaroa residents how the funding ...
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    4 days ago
  • $18 Million Funding Boost for Bay of Plenty Business Park
    The Rangiuru Business Park project near Te Puke is getting $18 million from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “This is all about unlocking the potential of this region. When it’s finished, the Rangiuru Business Park will be the Bay of Plenty’s ...
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    4 days ago
  • Town revitalisation and aquaculture investments create jobs in Ōpōtiki
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has today announced that a $26 million investment in Ōpōtiki will see important public amenities upgraded and further progress made on new aquaculture opportunities. “The people of Ōpōtiki have been waiting decades for real investment in key infrastructure, and support for the incredible aquaculture opportunities ...
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    4 days ago
  • Minister congratulates the Cook Islands community for its 9th year of Language Weeks
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio wishes to congratulate the Cook Islands community throughout Aotearoa for the 9th year of Te ‘Epetoma o Te Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani, the Cook Islands Language Week.  “This is a proud milestone that reflects on the huge effort made by the Cook ...
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    4 days ago
  • Construction underway on longest section of Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path
    Aucklanders in the Eastern Suburbs will soon have more ways to get around, with Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter kicking off construction on Section 2 of Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai, the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path today. The Glen Innes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 350,000 More Measles Vaccines for Massive Immunisation Campaign
    The Government is stepping up the fight against measles and protecting hundreds of thousands more young adults by investing up to $40 million for a year-long measles-catch-up campaign and $23 million to fully fund and develop the National Immunisation Solution, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced at Mangere ...
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    4 days ago
  • Operation Burnham report released
    Attorney-General David Parker has today released the findings of the Government inquiry held into Operation Burnham and related events. The operation took place on 21-22 August 2010 in Tirgiran Valley, Afghanistan, and was carried out by NZSAS troops and other nations’ forces operating as part of the International Security Assistance ...
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    4 days ago
  • Locally-led solutions at centre of new community resilience fund
    From tomorrow, community groups around New Zealand can apply to a $36 million fund established to encourage locally-led solutions as communities rebuild and recover from COVID-19, announced Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams. “The Community Capability and Resilience Fund (CCRF) builds ...
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    4 days ago
  • Securing healthy futures for all Māori
    The Government has committed to improving Māori health and wellbeing over the next five years. The Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) today released Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025 which sets the pathway towards achieving healthy futures for all Māori. “As kaitiaki of the system, the Ministry of Health ...
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    4 days ago
  • Porirua Development delivers more new public housing
    The first of nearly 70 new state homes have been opened in Cannons Creek, Porirua by the Associate Minister of Housing, Kris Faafoi, as part of an increase in public housing being delivered through the Porirua Development.  “Completion of the first 10 of 53 new two and five bedroom homes ...
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    4 days ago
  • New standards for existing marine farms provide consistency
    New environmental standards will make the re-consenting of existing marine farms more consistent across the country.  The new regulations for the National Environmental Standards for Marine Aquaculture (NES-MA) will come into effect on 1 December, Environment Minister David Parker and Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash said.   “The NES-MA removes complexities and ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government signs Accord reinvigorating commitment to Far North iwi
    Today marks a milestone as the Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta co-sign an Addendum – with the Iwi Chairs of Te Rarawa, Ngāi Takoto and Te Aupōuri – to the Te Hiku o Te Ika Iwi-Crown Social Development and Wellbeing Accord (the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Veterans Support Amendment Bill No 2 passes third reading
    The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill (No 2) passed its third reading today and will become law, announced Minister for Veterans Ron Mark.  This amends the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 in response to recommendations from the 2018 review of the operation of the Act by Professor Ron Paterson.  “Veterans have been ...
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    5 days ago
  • Racing Safety Development Fund open for applications
    Minister for Racing Winston Peters says race courses can improve safety with this year’s first round of funding from the Racing Safety Development Fund. The Racing Safety Development Fund makes available $990,000 for distribution over two funding rounds for the 2020/21 financial year. “The racing industry is integral to the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Boost to agri-education with reopening of Taratahi
    The Government’s commitment to increase primary sector jobs and opportunities has been further boosted today with the re-opening of the Taratahi Agriculture Centre, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The Wairarapa-based training centre is reopening its doors after two years to deliver industry taster and familiarisation courses, to help workers displaced ...
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    5 days ago