Would you buy shares in…

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, August 18th, 2012 - 42 comments
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Mighty River, when its water use rights are in doubt?

Meridian, when its deal with its largest customer is in question?

Solid Energy, when it is reviewing all its operations due to the high dollar?

Genesis, when Meridian could flood the market with cheap power if its deal with Rio Tinto falls through, and a future government is likely to sharply increase the cost of its emissions from Huntly?

Air New Zealand, an industry in long-term decline?

It’s not just the Government’s asset sales programme that is a dud, so is its dirty deal with pokie merchants.

Would you buy shares in SkyCity with the Government unable to stop strong new anti-gambling laws and with its dirty pokies for convention centre deal stalled?

42 comments on “Would you buy shares in…”

  1. Chris 1

    So the government is right to sell them off while they can still get a decent price? All of a sudden I’m sold on assett sales.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      Nope. It’s the worst time to sell them as it will decrease the money we get for them and we will be worse off after especially as the private shareholders push for higher profits which will cut into maintenance. End result is tat we’ll get higher prices and then the bill to rebuild the whole lot – just like we did with Telecom.

      • Not that it’s even smart to sell them at usual prices either- they’d need to be valued much higher before it made economic sense for the government, and by that time privateers- oh, excuse me, private investors, would no longer be interested.

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 1.2

      Don’t know about NZ, but here in Victoria power demand from the grid is going down not up.

      New solar inverters are getting cheaper and cheaper to purchase and energy efficiency has become mandatory due to increasing prices.

      The privatised power companies are responding to decreasing demand by increasing network charges since they realise increasing tariffs only force people to become more energy self sufficient- which they definitely don’t want.

      Only an idiot would buy shares in a private power company under those circumstances.

    • Fisiani 1.3

      Yes yes and yes again. So too will many of the anonymous posters here,

  2. WANT TO HELP STOP THE PRIVATISATION OF MIGHTY RIVER POWER?

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    IT’S PEOPLE POWER TIME! PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO AND HELP IT GO VIRAL!!!

    http://www.facebook.com/SwitchOffMercuryEnergy

    Two simple ways you can help stop asset sales!

    ‘Keep Our Assets’ is a campaign to get support for a petition that calls for a citizens initiated referendum into asset sales. Already more than 200,000 kiwis have signed!

    The ‘Switch off Mercury Energy’ campaign aims to help stop asset sales by making Mighty River Power, the first publicly owned asset up for sale by the Government, an unattractive investment.

    A 3rd way you can help is to SHARE THIS!

    How will switching off from Mercury Energy help fight against the Asset Sales?
    Mercury Energy is 100% owned by Mighty River Power. Their value and share price is based on the prospect of future profits. A decrease in customers will seriously impact upon potential profits. Any threat to profits makes it a risky investment. Investors won’t want to buy if there is a chance their shares will fall, as happened with Facebook shares recently.
    Ask yourself, would you invest in a company that is losing customers?
    Most importantly, if there is not enough interest in the share offer the Government probably won’t sell Mighty River Power. It will also raise questions about its ability to sell-off other assets.

    What’s involved in switching power companies?

    Switching power companies is very easy. It is free to switch and can be done over the phone or online in less than 5 minutes. All you need to do is contact your chosen company, give them your details and they will do the rest.

    Most companies will offer cheaper prices than Mercury Energy, so you’re likely to save money just by switching! The electricity will still be the same; the only difference will be that your Power Bill will come from a different company. Switching to a different power company will not affect your AECT dividend.

    When Mercury Energy is privatised it will be legally obliged to meet the interests of its shareholders and most likely will raise electricity prices. Mercury Energy is already one of the more expensive electricity companies. Can you afford higher power bills?
    You can save your household money by switching to one of the publicly owned retailers listed below. You should avoid Contact Energy or TrustPower as they are already privatised.

    Genesis Energy: http://www.genesisenergy.co.nz ph 0800 300400
    Meridian Energy: http://www.meridianenergy.co.nz ph 0800 496496
    Powershop: http://www.powershop.co.nz ph 0800 100060
    Energy Online: http://www.energyonline.co.nz ph 0800 086400

    Can a ‘PEOPLE POWER ’ campaign like this work?

    Yes! For example, in 2008 Contact Energy increased power prices 12% and doubled Directors fees. After public outrage they lost over 40,000 customers within six months and their profit was cut in half!
    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption /anti-privatisation campaigner’

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

    • Indiana 2.1

      Glad to see you are fully supporting capitalism and encouraging competition and customers to seek out cheaper suppliers, who have lower labour costs than those that charge higher prices.

      • Who says power company prices have any significant relationship to labour costs? It’s more about how high they think they can get away with setting their prices in relation to the actual cost of electricity.

  3. bill lowe 3

    Why would anyone in their right minds want Government running businesses for. At least with 49% public ownership we will get some decent public scrutiny over business decisions. Look at how well, comparitively to other large airlines, Air NZ is doing. Get the Govt way the hell out of business.

    • IrishBill 3.1

      I don’t understand your point. The government owns nearly 80% of Air New Zealand.

    • Pascal's bookie 3.2

      take a look at wall st, or facebook’s share price.

      Yyayz for teh free merkitz

    • Draco T Bastard 3.3

      At least with 49% public ownership we will get some decent public scrutiny over business decisions.

      Actually, we’ll get less as it’s unlikely that the privatised company will be open to OIA requests.

      Look at how well, comparitively to other large airlines, Air NZ is doing.

      Yep, doing so much better since the government bought it back.

      Get the Govt way the hell out of business.

      Best option is to get the greedy profiteers (You know, the ones that just crashed the global financial system through fraud and other underhanded means) away from critical business and the best way to do that is government ownership of natural monopolies (power, telecommunications, ports, etc) and ubiquitous services (numerous banking services).

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 3.4

      That is, until the taxpayer has the bail them out of bankruptcy- then its ok.

    • Dylan 3.5

      This article might change your mind.

      The evidence is that getting business in to do Govt work wastes a lot of money.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/17/philip-hammond-light-privatisation-government

    • millsy 3.6

      William, you have no idea about modern day western mixed economies.

    • The government doesn’t run any businesses, they run themselves. The government does, however, own several state owned enterprises- for now. >:(

  4. chris73 4

    Power company shares absolutely, in fact am counting the days until I can. Airlines absolutely not. I tend to follow Warren Buffets advice on shares.

  5. Monty 5

    Power company shares are a solid and logical investment. I will be buying five x $2000 lots for myself, wife and three children. And I will be buying in the other floats as they come along. A solid long term investment in quality NZ assets. I still hold my contact energy shares purchased some years ago. These shares together with Kiwisaver, and other investments will help provide the diversification that is sensible, strategic and long term.

    I love the scare tactics the left indulge in. Hopefully it means those of us who do invest will make even more money and the share issue will not be quite so competitive allowing me to buy even more. And make even more money.

    How many leftists will be investing the these share issues through KiwiSaver. oh I love the irony !

    • millsy 5.1

      Do you own rental properties in Christchurch then?

      How would it feel having all those people freeze and black out after black out so you can get higher and higher dividends?

    • Dv 5.2

      Hey Monty.
      I have contact too. They have returned about 4% per year. Less than bank rates.

      That was before tax.
      Dont you think you should wait on wait on the prospectus?

  6. Should the next Labour nationalize the power companies ?/ I believe we should but I would enjoy the debate.

    • millsy 6.1

      They should. But they wont. Hopefully they will try and keep the remaining assets we have and build them up again.

  7. Hamnida 7

    Anyone who buys the shares should be charged with treason.

    • chris73 7.1

      Congratulations, that would have to be one the most dumb-ass comments I’ve ever read on this blog (and thats saying something)

      • lprent 7.1.1

        I thought that as well whilst scanning. However it was expressed as opinion, made a point, conforms to our legal code, he has no history of inflammatory trolling, and passed through moderation. I did however downgrade my respect of the opinions of commentator a notch – which is largely what political blogs run on…

        • Hamnida 7.1.1.1

          Correction from me – Anyone who steals the shares I already own should be charged with theft.

          Time for binding referendums I think.

          I’ll save the treason for the neolibs who allow the asset sales.

          • Herodotus 7.1.1.1.1

            I hope that you have sufficient gaols to house all those kiwi saver contributors perhaps even the MP’s pension fund may also purchase a few. Remember receiving “stolen property” or profiting from a criminal action are also crimes. 🙂

  8. xtasy 8

    Honestly, this is an “obsolete” post. I already own the shares, so do many others, what are you on about? Do never even think along the lines of the cheaters and robbers trying to tell you that you do not own the property that is yours! How perverted to ask people to buy back that will be stolen off them.

    • chris73 8.1

      You already own some shares? How much did you pay for them? Can you use them as collateral? How many dividends do you get off them? Whats the price you could sell them for?

      You’re a brainwashed muppet.

      • millsy 8.1.1

        It seems you despise the concept of collective, community and public ownership.

        Which is a pity, as this nation was built on it.

        • chris73 8.1.1.1

          Ok so “we” own it, well how does that work then?

          Do the people who paid taxes while it was being built own it? What about immigrants to this country who came along after it was built, do they have any rights to ownership?

          Do the people born after it was built have any ownership of the assets? After all they didn’t/haven’t contributed any money to the building but now expect to have “ownership”

          How about, just as an idea, the govt keep a majority share of the asset and allow kiwis to buy shares in the asset so they can truly own the asset…think that would work?

          • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.1.1

            Ok so “we” own it, well how does that work then?

            It was built by the community for the benefit of the community using community resources thus the community ‘owns’ it.

            How about, just as an idea, the govt keep a majority share of the asset and allow kiwis to buy shares in the asset so they can truly own the asset…think that would work?

            Nope, that won’t work. It will, as the figures show, make most of us worse off while enriching a few.

      • DJL 8.1.2

        The dividend is the differance we pay for power now and after the power co’s are sold.

    • Steve Wrathall 8.2

      “How perverted to ask people to buy back that will be stolen off (sic) them”
      But it won’t cost you anything. Using the logic of the anti-asset salers, if you pay your money to the government, then you still “own” that money. See? You haven’t lost anything, and can skip off down the street gaily whistling the red flag.

  9. stever 9

    Here’s a challenge that appeared in one of the comments in The Guardian article

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/aug/18/rail-fare-hike-george-osborne-mps-revolt1

    “And, out of interest, does anyone know of any research into privatization that shows it to be generally effective at improving a service, increasing efficiency and leaving its lowest level workers with a living wage? All I read currently is that the investors get richer, the management can pay itself what it likes, the customers pay more and more for worse service and the lowest level workers are told they need to find a second job just to survive because they are a valueless kind of replaceable resource.”

    No one there seems to have been able to produce such evidence—can we do better? Can anyone find evidence that privitization works in the terms above?

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      Nope, all I’ve seen is that the privatised company makes bigger profits. As profit is a dead weight loss that means that the community is worse off after privatisation.

  10. tc 10

    Shonkey and the hollowmen are loving this, more for them to gobble up.

    The system was more efficient, and in real terms, cost consumers less in the old NZED days, we need to go back to that and eliminate the gravy train of regulation, legal and audit costs and put profits either into the network or government not private investors hands.

    The free market is a red herring argument in a country of 4+ million people when it comes to essential utilities which includes telco. You just can’t get the scale and we generate enough power now it just needs better distribution by closing Tiwai point which we subsidise anyway a some more wind power to support baseload in the north island.

  11. Are YOU a Mercury Energy customer?

    Are YOU opposed to the proposed privatisation of Mighty River Power – the first of the State Owned electricity assets up for sale under the Mixed Ownership Model Act 2012?

    You’ve marched down Queen Street and signed the referendum against asset sales?

    Want to now take the action which CAN’T be ignored?

    SWITCH OFF MERCURY ENERGY! (100% owned by Mighty River Power)

    SWITCH TO GENESIS / MEREDIAN/ POWERSHOP or ENERGY ONLINE!

    (Work out which of these suppliers works best for you – http://www.powerswitch)

    If Mercury Energy offer you a ‘sweetener’ / ‘incentive’ / (BRIBE) to stay with them – give those details to the supplier to whom you are considering switching, and ask what THEY can do for you if you switch to them.

    USE THE MARKET AGAINST THE MARKET MODEL! 🙂

    IT’S PEOPLE POWER TIME!!

    (If you have already switched from Mercury Energy – you can still help – because you are bound to know friends, family, workmates who ARE still Mercury Energy customers?

    YOU are the centre of a little Universe and YOU can do a HUGE amount to help us reach our 100,000 Mercury Energy customer target!

    Want to find out more?
    Check out SWITCH OFF MERCURY ENERGY on facebook.

    We are finalising draft SWITCH OFF MERCURY ENERGY leaflets (intend to get 50,000 printed)
    and posters.

    We will be seeking financial assistance for printing costs (approx. $3000 – which will be 300 people giving $10 each).

    A dedicated bank account is being set up, and office-holders / ADMIN will be elected at our upcoming meeting to ensure our organisational framework is ‘open, transparent and democratically accountable’.

    SWITCH OFF MERCURY ENERGY meetings are being held each Wednesday night
    7.30 – 9.30pm at the Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn Auckland.

    If YOU support this campaign and want to get actively involved – you are very welcome!

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    UPDATE! WANTED! 100,000 customers to SWITCH OFF MERCURY ENERGY! Went on Radio Live last night and gave a campaign a HUGE plug. Host agreed it was a good idea.

    This morning – whipped up a quick ‘graffiti’ banner – black on yellow:

    “WANTED! 100,000 folk to
    SWITCH OFF MERCURY ENERGY!
    STOP the SALE of Mighty River Power!
    It’s PEOPLE POWER time!”

    Took banner to Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market this morning (Sunday 19 August 2012) and displayed it nearby.

    VERY positive response to our BOLD campaign call!

    Discussed issue with a number of the public and stall holders, and encouraged folks to SWITCH OFF MERCURY ENERGY, tell their families, friends, workmates to SWITCH OFF MERCURY ENERGY – and to come to meetings.

    Got offers from stall holders to have SWITCH OFF MERCURY ENERGY leaflets at their stalls and to take to other markets.

    (Trust me – this campaign is going to build like an anti-privatisation tsunami – once we get out leaflets and posters out to the public!)

    Caught up with Green MP Denise Roche in passing at at the market – and she confirmed that in Wellington – they’d already heard about our campaign!

    WOOHOO!

    Remember!

    To get 100,000 customers to SWITCH OFF MERCURY ENERGY is ABSOLUTELY DOABLE!

    Mercury Energy has 400,000 customers – 70% being in the Auckland region – so getting 100,000 customers out of 300,000 Auckland customers to SWITCH – is a BOLD but achievable target!

    By the time all those people, groups and organisations who have signed the referendum against asset sales, and marched down the street against asset sales get fully behind this campaign to SWITCH OFF MERCURY ENERGY! we can STOP this National/ACT Government’s asset sale agenda! IN IT’S TRACKS!

    Come on folks!

    Help to SHARE this information!

    Cheers!

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

  12. burt 12

    Air New Zealand, an industry in long-term decline?

    Funny, I was saying that in 2009 – but nobody wanted to listen back then.

    Have you forgotten that it was propped up without a specific mandate as we were all required to buy shares in it.

    Are you suggesting that public ownership is a way to save non viable long term businesses from being …. long tern non viable business by extracting tax payers money to prop them up?

  13. Lanthanide 13

    If aviation is an industry in long-term decline, then you should be buying shares in solid energy due to the same underlying reason.

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    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
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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 ...
    7 days 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
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Experts warn Harold the Giraffe “well past” typical giraffe life expectancy, may not have long
    Dum-de-doo. Children across New Zealand have known him for generations as the lovable giraffe who tells them to exercise, hydrate and not to shove lit cigarettes up their nostrils. But a world renowned giraffe expert says we shouldn’t be getting attached to Life Education’s Harold the Giraffe, as he is ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: 22 BLOGGERS WITH ADVICE FOR RESEARCHERS AND EVALUATORS, ILLUSTRATED I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bye, bye to the collusion lie
    Sums it up, really. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Opinion: Treat your car by buying extra petrol to snack on while you aren’t driving
    By Mike Hosking. Yesterday morning, I waltzed into work, and as I walked past the drones aggressively typing out news on the computers I’ve repeatedly asked to be moved further away from, I caught a glimpse of the words “climate change”, and noticed that suspiciously they weren’t in condescending quotation ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago

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