That sinking feeling: the Edgecumbe review and our climate change blinkers

An independent report led by Sir Michael Cullen into the failure of Edgecumbe’s stopbank has reported that Edgecumbe residents were not sufficiently warned of flood risks and no evacuation plans were in place. The media is fixated on blame, and given the impact on the lives of local residents, it seems an obvious question to… Read More That sinking feeling: the Edgecumbe review and our climate change blinkers

Fear and loathing in Morrinsville: the corporates hiding behind our farmers

Six hundred farmers and supporters protested in Morrinsville today against Labour and the Greens’ proposed water and pollution charges. Initially it was claimed that it was an apolitical rally, but the organisers put paid to that. Furthermore they claimed it was an opportunity to rebut accusations they felt had been leveled against them. I assume… Read More Fear and loathing in Morrinsville: the corporates hiding behind our farmers

Bill English fiddles whilst the world burns: our Prime Climate Change Denier

There will be one moment of mismanagement by Bill English this election that will be studied and debated in the future. That moment is neither Todd Barclay’s alleged workplace bullying nor the leaks of Winston Peters’ superannuation over-payment. That moment was captured in his Radio New Zealand interview on 28 August 2017; when he was… Read More Bill English fiddles whilst the world burns: our Prime Climate Change Denier

Leviticus, earthquakes and Brian Tamaki’s lust for punishment

Always looking for a helpful angle to keep you interested in a story, the New Zealand Herald decided that mere suffering and pain wouldn’t suffice to keep you interested in the Kaikōura earthquake, so decided a dose of outrage was needed and decided to report on the strange, strange world of Bishop Brian Tamaki and… Read More Leviticus, earthquakes and Brian Tamaki’s lust for punishment

A developer’s wet dream: even with concessions, the RMA reforms are an environmental disaster

In an example of life imitating art, the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill has been resuscitated like every big screen Marvel character you thought had died (except Quicksilver. No great loss). This bill to amend the Resource Management Act has been a source of some embarrassment to the Government as it asphyxiated in the Select Committee.… Read More A developer’s wet dream: even with concessions, the RMA reforms are an environmental disaster

The right issue, the wrong voice: the Kermadecs and Te Ohu Kaimoana

The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary is a proposed marine sanctuary that will cover 620,000 square kilometres; for comparison, that is 35 times larger than the combined area of Aotearoa New Zealand’s existing 44 marine reserves and would mean 15 percent of our ocean environment is fully protected. The Kermadecs are about 1,000 kilometres from Aotearoa New… Read More The right issue, the wrong voice: the Kermadecs and Te Ohu Kaimoana

Our first, & not our last, climate change refugee at NZ’s barricade

In July of this year, the Supreme Court denied the application of Ioana Teitiota from Kiribati to be granted asylum in Aotearoa New Zealand as a climate change refugee. In its ruling, the Supreme Court said he could not be granted asylum as he was not in danger of harm because Kiribati were taking steps… Read More Our first, & not our last, climate change refugee at NZ’s barricade