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Many rivers to cross to fix dairy industry

In yesterday’s article we pointed out how farmers have been converting land to dairy, generating massive private profits tax-free, but leaving the damage to our rivers, lakes and groundwater to be picked up by the public. The Government has been asleep at the wheel on this – only proper resource pricing and an income-neutral tax […]

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Dairy doing dirty on our environment

Our rivers are stuffed, and getting worse. The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report on water quality released late last year fingered the steady expansion of dairying as the culprit. The Commissioner covered the environmental issues in her report, but not the economic ones. In our view this scandal is New Zealand’s version of the […]

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Gareth Morgan asked to help SPCA

Gareth Morgan has laid down a challenge to the SPCA over his call to keep cats off private property. The high-profile philanthropist told ONE News he will give the SPCA money if the struggling charity changes tack. For the first time, the SPCA’s neutering caravan will visit fewer than eight of its 47 centres nationwide […]

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Gareth Morgan watching, trapping local cats

Gareth Morgan is keeping a close eye on Wellington’s cats. The high profile philanthropist first courted controversy over his anti-cat stance last year, and has now stepped it up a notch by monitoring and trapping local moggies. He has set up six infrared cameras around around the city, watching and building up a database of […]

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12 Fake Foods of Christmas no.12: Hamming it Up

And our 12th fake food of Christmas is… processed meat. That’s right: the Christmas ham, bacon, sausages, salami, you name it. We know what you are saying. BUT THEY ARE CHEAP AND TASTE SO GOOD! Processed and preserved meats are certainly a cheap, convenient and tasty option. However as we have seen time and time again, […]

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12 Fake Foods of Christmas no.10:Humble Pie

The pie is a Kiwi icon. We have an annual pie awards – the Bakels Supreme Pie Awards which attracts around 4,000 entries per year. According to legend they were originally a pioneer’s version of the Cornish pastie – the pastry was effectively used by workers as an edible lunch box to transport the stew […]

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12 Fake Foods of Christmas no.9: Milky Goodness

Ethically Milo should declare that it also boosts sugar intake by 70% compared to milk. Don’t count on it. We have already looked long and hard at the problems posed by the mass production of milk. In summary, our milk is nothing like that which comes out of a cow. It is getting watered down with […]

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Film Industry Benefits: Smoke and Mirrors?

The Government has just increased the film industry rebate to 25% to secure production of the Avatar films for New Zealand. Is this good economic management or politicians thinking big and being star struck by Hollywood spin? The Government’s own advice suggests the latter. According to Treasury the current scheme (a rebate of 15%) was […]

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