As the NZ government is considering signing up to the TPPA next year it might be worth looking at the effects of trade deals already in place. Although the Australian Closer Economic Relationship (CER) agreement pre-dates the 10 year old China FTA has wrought the greatest recent change. We are advised by both major political […]
Who could be who in the new cabinet?
Everyone is so preoccupied with the diversions of government formation that there’s little talk of the outcome and who might be in the new roles. The lack of informed speculation about the policy accommodations of both options is bizarre and the sight of a media crew waiting in the parliamentary complex lobbies to report on […]
PollyAnna politics? The positive possibilities of the Red, Green and Black
Update 28/2/17 to include policy synergy on Trade Agreements and Employment relations. Printable version of PollyAnna politics All bets are off for the formation of a new government. But everyone seems to want a say. Me too! The Sunday Star Times reiteration at the weekend of National’s “Moral Auhority” (sic) that had been […]
Who owns our water?
Reposted from by Urban Earthtalk with permission. Author Charmaine Pountney. When I saw this heading in huge capitals on a one-page article in the NZ Herald… SHOULD ONE RACE CONTROL NEW ZEALAND’S FRESH WATER? my first thought was “could this be an article about how Pakeha colonists have taken over the country’s natural water sources […]
Anti-TPPA tour around NZ : Filling out the picture
When Auckland Law Professor Jane Kelsey and Director and Lori Wallach, Founder of Global Trade Watch, a division of Public Citizen toured NZ this week they conveyed a series of messages that have not had much coverage by the mainstream media. Just for starters had any NZ commentator put two and two together to discover […]
Naomi Klein on not looking.
Larger PDF version of How we look away from climate change diagram Here is a model of what Klein identifies as the reasons we use for not looking at climate change in her recent book “This changes everything”
On not reporting on greenhouse gas emissions
The government has made a decision not to report on New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions as part of the package of statistical environmental reporting for the period starting 2015. The new reporting regime was announced today by the Chief Executives of Stats NZ and the Ministry for the Environment respectively, having been vetted by the […]
Ecology vs Primary Industry instead of Ecology AND Primary Industry
Dr Cynthia Roberts, Ecologist Writes: Lincoln University is proposing to cut the number of ecology staff by at least four. One of the arguments supporting the cuts and reorganization of courses is for Lincoln University to better position itself to focus on primary industry needs. When I decided as a mature-aged student to return […]