The first months of 2016 have seen a deluge of environmental proposals from the Government, some good some bad. But the Resource Management Act (RMA) is the granddaddy of all environmental legislation. In 2013 National and ACT tried to kill it off for good and failed to get the approval of the Maori Party and […]
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The video collection TalkTreaty.org.nz had humble origins. After reading everything we could about the Treaty of Waitangi, Gareth and I wanted to test our ideas by asking people many, very personal, questions – what do they identify with, have they experienced discrimination, how do they navigate cultural differences day to day, do they feel comfortable […]
On Tuesday we spoke out against Andrew Little’s politicking over Pharmac’s decision to not fund (at the moment) one of the new generation of cancer drugs called Keytruda. To his credit the Greens health spokesperson Kevin Hague was the voice of reason – speaking out in support of the independence of Pharmac. However Labour deputy […]
Any progressive is on the horns of a dilemma in this upcoming referendum. In one corner, we have the current flag, a despoiled British naval ensign, and a symbol of a bygone imperialist era. In the other corner, we have the contender, a beach towel at best, poorly designed and a hodge-podge of old and […]
During the recent TPP furore, Labour made much of the threat to Pharmac from American drug multinationals. And now, just weeks after signing the TPP, the greatest threat to our independent drug buyer comes from Labour itself. Today a petition is being presented to Parliament over the drug Keytruda, and Andrew Little is calling for […]
Over the weekend David Seymour released a flagship ACT environmental policy – to sell Landcorp in order to build predator free sanctuaries. His ultimate aim is to ‘bring back the birdsong’ – restore the dawn chorus to what Cook intended. The ACT party may drag their feet when it comes to action on climate change […]
The New Zealand Initiative have released the first of their three reports on poverty in New Zealand. This first report is focussed on discussing measures of poverty but also touches on factors contributing to poverty as well as some interesting information about the evolution of poverty alleviation in New Zealand. The report contains some good […]
Congratulations to all those who contributed to the Awaroa crowdfunding campaign – you got your wish. I have no intention to question how people spend their money, but I do think that the price paid was too high – both from a conservation and purely financial perspective. I will certainly find better value for my […]
Over the weekend Paula Bennett gave her first speech as climate change Minister. How did she rate? A couple of her statements were very promising, but much of it was a continuation of the ‘do nothing and make excuses’ approach pushed by her predecessor Tim Groser. Leadership Bennett’s predecessor Tim Groser was a diplomat – […]
In yesterday’s blog we looked at all that was good in the Government’s latest fresh water proposals. Today we look at the shortcomings, which can generally be summarised as ‘too little, too late’. Most of these problems were glaringly obvious when their last policy was released in 2014, and it shouldn’t have taken so long […]