Yesterday both the National Government and Green Party opposed the ...
Is the tide turning in the battle against introduced predators? ...
In our last blog we looked at whether the claims ...
Bill English has taken on local councils, blaming them for ...
Yesterday both the National Government and Green Party opposed the suggestion to place a toll on Auckland’s roads, but for completely different reasons. The Government opposes it because they see it as a new tax. The Greens because they would rather see the Government’s existing investment in roads moved to buses and trains. The international […]
Today UNICEF released its report on child wellbeing. They found that during the global financial crisis New Zealand’s level of child poverty didn’t budge. Child poverty rose in most countries, thanks to the financial crisis, and fell in a few. This mediocre result for New Zealand has prompted calls for more action in this area. […]
Is the tide turning in the battle against introduced predators? Over the weekend we heard that tieke (saddleback) are nesting outside the fenced sanctuary of Zealandia. This is a landmark moment for conservation in New Zealand, but also reinforces the point that nobody wants to talk about – it is time to manage wandering cats. […]
Fonterra’s 2014 Annual Report makes for impressive reading when it comes to water quality. Dairy farmers are voluntarily making huge progress fencing and planting waterways, and ensuring that when stock have to cross rivers, they do so on a bridge. In coming weeks we will be shining a spotlight on the impact of poos and […]
In our last blog we looked at whether the claims of ‘rock star’ economist Thomas Piketty held any water or not. Short answer is that some did, some didn’t. In this blog we turn to what we should do about his insights. The purpose of taxes, benefits and the government provision of services is (at […]
‘Rock star economist’ or ‘inequality messiah’ French economist Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty First Century has outsold every other book on the planet this year. The book is so popular because it floats the idea that money makes money, so the wealthy will forever become better and better off than the rest. The […]
What does National’s resounding election win mean for our rivers? As we found in our review of the Government’s water quality framework, we have serious reasons to doubt their commitment to ‘maintain or improve our waterways’. Our concerns are growing given the recent comments of lobby groups Federated Farmers and Dairy NZ, and news of […]
Steve Attwood posted this letter to the SPCA on Facebook the other day. Steve is a great guy and takes some brilliant wildlife photos. We have republished Steve’s letter to the SPCA with his permission. Dear SPCA, I write to you as a long-time supporter. For many years I have donated to your annual appeal, […]
By Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons Once again the SPCA has shown it has no empathy with conservation in NZ – they just don’t get it. We already know about the environmental vandalism caused by their trap neuter return policy. Now the Chief Executive Ric Odom has come out against the use of 1080 to […]
With the election out of the way, our focus is going back on our waterways. In coming months we are going to drill down into some of the issues that are facing our fresh water. First out of the blocks we are going to get down and dirty, and talk about some of the crap […]