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On the trailing edge: Brownlee on Rena

Written By: - Date published: 1:41 pm, September 28th, 2012 - 11 comments

I was reading an article looking at the aftermath of the Rena shipwreck in the Herald. In it I read some ridiculous statements by Gerry Brownlee that seemed (like so much from him) to come from the early part of the last century. It appears that he (and his minons in the M0T) haven’t quite caught up on rapid progress of the digital age in nautical circles. Hasn’t he heard about AIS? Or computers?

Polls good for Left

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, November 3rd, 2011 - 80 comments

There’s a TVNZ poll out tonight and a Herald poll tomorrow morning but, ahead of them, here’s some other new polls results that point to trouble for the Nats. 27% of young people want to leave New Zealand. 82% of people oppose farm sales to foreign buyers. 24% of people will change their vote over the Rena.

The Rena disaster and response: a study in neoliberalism’s failures

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, October 26th, 2011 - 24 comments

KJT looks at how the neoliberal fly-by-night attitude set the grounds for the Rena disaster and the inadequate response.

That sinking feeling

Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, October 21st, 2011 - 16 comments

More protests in Tauranga. Simon Bridges blames “out of towners”.

Mishandled Rena costing Nats votes

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, October 21st, 2011 - 51 comments

A recent poll confirms that the expected loss of Nat votes over the Rena disaster is a real effect.

DPF – deliberately missing the point

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, October 20th, 2011 - 101 comments

DPF is stirring the sewer again with ridiculous smears about a Labour candidate. Does he resort to mud-flinging due to a lack of National policy that stacks up?

3News lynch mob

Written By: - Date published: 4:41 pm, October 19th, 2011 - 42 comments

Did Hone Harawira call for Steven Joyce to be hanged?  Ahh – no.  Someone at 3News needs to switch to decaf.

Update: 3News – who are very responsive with this sort of problem – have tidied up their reporting of this issue.  Bravo.

JK: The last thing I need is a ship on a reef

Written By: - Date published: 3:09 pm, October 19th, 2011 - 22 comments

It’s all about John Key – the Rena spilling oil everywhere is so inconvenient for him. Never mind the environmental damage…

The Front Fell Off

Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, October 19th, 2011 - 7 comments

Clarke and Dawe on maritime disasters, all good build up to our own home-grown version…

Nats’ Rena spin all at sea

Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, October 19th, 2011 - 40 comments

The Nats are clearly at panic stations. They’re trying to minimise the Rena disaster by comparing the number of dead animals to those killed by other means. As one emailer put it: “it’s like saying the Christchurch earthquake was no big deal because more people die of cancer”.  Meanwhile, Key visits oiled birds and says they’re the price of economic ‘progress’.

What could have been done differently

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, October 17th, 2011 - 70 comments

“Show me how you’d do anything different” says John Key. Let me count the ways. Increase the liability limit and get specialist vessels beforehand as was recommended. Get salvors and the Awanuia there quicker than 4 days. Take assistance offered. Organise the locals immediately. Put a hold on deepsea drilling. Replace Joyce.

micky savage: Is it Phil Goff’s time?

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, October 16th, 2011 - 88 comments

Two weeks ago I thought that Goff and Labour did not have a chance in this election.  National’s lead in the polls seemed too big, the country still seemed to be in love with John Key and Goff just was not getting the media cut through necessary to change hearts and minds. Then something happened.  The wheels started to fall off National’s well honed machine.

The Rena timeline: capacity and execution

Written By: - Date published: 12:35 pm, October 15th, 2011 - 82 comments

The Herald has produced an extremely useful and detailed timeline of the Rena disaster. It raises several questions that you can divide into two categories: first, did the government have the plans and equipment it needed to deal with a spill and, second, was its response carried out effectively? The Nats know the lack of good answers hurts them.

Pure politics

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, October 15th, 2011 - 42 comments

3News reports that: Key dismisses Goff’s oil drilling moratorium as ‘pure politics’.  He’s right.  But not in the way he thinks.

My images of Rena

Written By: - Date published: 1:15 pm, October 14th, 2011 - 20 comments

From my facebook. Some opportunistic bugger is trying to offload their boat. TomScott in Weellington does his cogent best as does the Herald cartoonist. Then there is my favorite (despite its grammar error).

In praise of volunteers

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, October 14th, 2011 - 14 comments

Thanks also to the volunteers who are turning up in their hundreds for the Rena cleanup effort. We’re lucky to live in a country with such a generous and active volunteer tradition.

All at sea

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 pm, October 13th, 2011 - 60 comments

* Tupperwaka: $200K per day
* Specialist environmental response vessel: Dunno, didn’t bother buying it.
* Leaving scene of shipwreck/oil disaster to open fake boat made from oil products: valueless

Just me or is he developing a severe list? Could be in danger of breaking up.

Caption Contest

Written By: - Date published: 3:02 pm, October 13th, 2011 - 15 comments

Can we risk a real spill?

Written By: - Date published: 11:29 am, October 13th, 2011 - 30 comments

The Rena disaster has put the spotlight on the environmental risks of National’s deepsea oil drilling plans. Yes, they’re not the same thing. In fact, an oil spill from a drilling platform or one of the ships serving it is more likely than from a freighter plowing into a well-known reef.* And there’s a hell of a lot more oil involved.

Key’s Katrina

Written By: - Date published: 7:16 am, October 13th, 2011 - 213 comments

One of the turning points of Bush’s presidency was the failed non-response to Hurricane Katrina.  It’s starting to look now very much as if the wreck of the Rena is John Key’s Katrina moment.

Nats drag feet on Rena response

Written By: - Date published: 12:50 pm, October 12th, 2011 - 184 comments

In a depressingly familiar pattern, National is more interested in avoiding responsibility than fixing the Rena disaster. They left it to Maritime NZ. Who left it to the shipping company. Now, the oil’s coming ashore. The promised soldiers didn’t show up yesterday. All the Nats can do is criticise locals for acting on their own.

Bad week for Key

Written By: - Date published: 6:37 am, October 12th, 2011 - 55 comments

3News has him caught out lying, The Standard has his office caught lying, and his government’s failed to act on the worst environmental disaster New Zealand has had.

Not to mention the crisis at first five-eighth.

Laissez-faire disaster management

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, October 9th, 2011 - 60 comments

National’s handling of the Rena oil spill is fitting into the same depressing pattern as Pike River and Christchurch – hands off, leave it to the private sector, ministers trotting out excuses rather than leading. We’re even getting the mandatory Key photo-op today, doubtless accompanied by a hollow promise.

Containership Rena

Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, October 8th, 2011 - 71 comments

The stranding of the Containership Rena on Wednesday morning, occurred in clear fine weather which has persisted for 3 days now. This clear weather is due to deteriorate starting today with a change in wind direction around midday. It is expected that by the middle of the week it will be too late. That before the next calm period the ship will be broken on the reef. What should have been done?

Our own oil spill

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, October 8th, 2011 - 15 comments

If we can’t deal with a small oil leak from a grounded ship, what are we doing planning deepsea drilling on a grand scale?

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