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Government Wimps Out on Climate Change Target

The Government has committed New Zealand to a climate change target for 2030. Once you look behind the headline numbers, the target is grossly underwhelming, which calls into question whether the Government is really serious about the existing target of reducing net emissions by 2050 to 50% of the 1990 gross emission baseline[1]. Or have […]

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Geopolitics of the TPP

As we New Zealanders wring our hands, concerned over the loss of sovereignty that the TPP (Trans Pacific Trade and Investment Partnership) might imply for us, we should at least spare a thought for the bigger game of which that agreement is only part. If we appreciate that, it might at least give us a […]

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Our Health Minister: sponsored by Coca Cola

The Government is currently looking at options for reducing child obesity. Over the weekend the Health Minister Jonathan Coleman again ruled out using taxes and regulation, claiming that a sugar tax in particular “wouldn’t work”. This is despite a major study from Mexico released two weeks ago, which shows exactly the opposite. Tax and regulation […]

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More cows = more pollution – Parliamentary Commissioner for Environment – Whiteboard Friday

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has released two reports on water quality; the first is her review of the Government’s policy, and the second updates their previous work on land use change in New Zealand. The first report chimes with the findings of our own review from last year, particularly that Government needs to […]

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Why Having the Right Flag is Important

Our motorcycle ride around the Carolinas and the rest of America’s Bible Belt continues during interesting times. This week in America there has been a furore over the racist-inspired murder of members of bible class in the South Carolina city of Charleston. Amongst the belongings of the alleged murderer, 21 year old Dylann Roof, were […]

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