Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mole News


Give Iwi access to CYF database - Curtis
Sir Toby Curtis is calling on iwi to stand up and take responsibility to stop child abuse in our communities. This follows the sentencing of those responsible for his death of three-year-old boy Moko Rangitoheriri in Taupō last year.

Curtis says he is outraged that child abuse is still prevalent in NZ.

“Iwi need to be more vocal when saying child abuse will not be tolerated.”

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: EU Climate Plans Stall As Brexit Talks Take Over








British Solar Industry In Total Free Fall After Subsidy Cuts

In this newsletter:

1) EU Climate Plans Stall As Brexit Talks Take Over
Climate Home, 27 June 2016
 
2) British Solar Industry In Total Free Fall After Subsidy Cuts
The Daily Caller, 27 June 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Richard Epstein: Trade and Immigration After Brexit


No matter what happens next, last week’s stunning “LEAVE” vote on Brexit has permanently disrupted the status quo ante.

Both the Conservative and Labour parties are facing major leadership changes; conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned, and Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn has been besieged by his shadow cabinet for his tepid support of the REMAIN option. Stock markets worldwide continue to tumble and the British pound has taken a beating.

GWPF Newsletter: Brexit Victory Boosts Climate Sceptics








Brexit, Climate Alarmism And The GWPF Myth


In this newsletter:

1) Brexit Victory Boosts Climate Sceptics 
Toronto Sun, 27 June 2016

2) Brexit, Climate Alarmism And The GWPF Myth
Financial Post, 25 June 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: Brexit – so what? Now what?



The Europhile elite has been defeated. Great Britain shows Europe the way to the future and to liberation. It is now time for a fresh start, relying on our own efforts and sovereignty.- Geert Wilders, Dutch Freedom Party, 25 June

You could have knocked me over with a feather when I switched on the BBC the other day and heard that the UK had decided to leave the EU.

Bruce Moon: False Claims About Water


Two Victoria University academics are reported as claiming that three bottom lines - outlined in a Cabinet paper on water in May 2016 - breaches the Treaty of Waitangi. The three options are: “nobody owns freshwater”; “no national settlement favouring iwi/hapu over other uses”; and “Allocation determined catchment by catchment based on resource availability, efficiency of use, good industry practice and a positive contribution to regional economic development”.

Their claims are blatantly false.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Frank Newman: New rules for landlords


From 1 July, amendments to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act will come into effect.  The changes cover a number of areas but here's the fine print regarding smoke alarms and insulation.

Smoke alarms
  • From 1 July landlords will need to have working smoke alarms installed in all their residential rentals.

GWPF Newsletter: Britain Declares Independence








Brexit Has Significant Implications For Energy & Climate Policies


In this newsletter:

1) Peiser: Brexit Has Significant Implications For Energy And Climate Policies
The Daily Caller, 24 June 2016
 
2) UN Boss: Brexit Means Rewriting Of Paris Climate Agreement
EurActiv.com, 22 June 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: The Return Of The Global Warming Pause?








New Climate Science Survey Reveals Uncertainties

In this newsletter:

1) The Return Of The Global Warming Pause?
Roy Spencer, 22 June 2016
 
2) Global Sea Surface Temperature Responses to the 1997/98 and 2015/16 El Niño Events
Watts Up With That, 23 June 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Matt Ridley: A bright global future for Britain


I was just too young to vote in the 1975 referendum. I would have voted “Yes” to the European Community and I think I would have been right to do so. It had contributed to European peace by blurring French and German economic sovereignty. It was a free trade area in a world of high tariff barriers, albeit within a protectionist wall that excluded other countries and continents. It helped to halt Britain’s disastrous obsession with central planning.

Two decades later, the European project stopped being about economic growth (to this day it still has no trade deals with America, China, Japan, Brazil, India, Canada, Australia and Indonesia) and embarked on the drive for monetary and political union, embodied in the treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam and Lisbon.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: Resilient U.S. Shale Producers Defeat OPEC








The Energy Absurdity Of The Paris Climate Agreement

In this newsletter:

1) Resilient U.S. Shale Producers Defeat OPEC 
Reuters, 20 June 2016
 
2) The New Swing Producer: Shale Bounces Back
The Economist, 18 June 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Lindsay Mitchell: Free-for-all benefit system is untenable


Barrister Catriona MacLennan recently recommended improvements to the social welfare system via the current rewrite of our social security legislation. She wants to “…ensure all New Zealanders in hardship receive the help they need.”  The original intent of social security was to alleviate unforeseen hardship. Not self-imposed hardship. One in five babies  born onto welfare every year is not unforeseen hardship.

She wants “…the reduction of poverty [to be] the aim of social welfare, rather than the current focus on reducing the number of beneficiaries.”

Matt Ridley: Why Europe cannot grow digital giants

The EU is falling behind and it's not bad luck, it's bad policy

Last week I visited an island and stood among a crowd of puffins. If I turned my head I could see the lighthouse. If I looked up, the arctic terns were above my head. Yet I never left a gallery in Gateshead. How come? I was wearing a virtual-reality mask.

I have tried this “Oculus” technology once before, when visiting Facebook in California (which owns Oculus) and it is truly extraordinary to have an all-round, up-and-down view of the world depending on how you turn your head. All it involves is a special (Samsung) smartphone jammed into a pair of goggles.

GWPF Newsletter: La Nina Is Coming And Temps Are Dropping Fast








U.S. Court Orders University Of Arizona To Release Climategate E-mails

In this newsletter:

1) La Nina Is Coming And Temps Are Dropping Fast
Vencore Weather, 15 June 2016
 
2) U.S. Court Orders University Of Arizona To Release Climategate E-mails
Energy & Environment Legal Institute, 16 June 2016

Mike Butler: Scientist says P-risk over-hyped


The P-contamination test does not point to a health risk and property owners are spending megabucks on unnecessary testing and remediation, a toxicologist confirmed this week. The advice from toxicologist Nick Kim is that testing for P, a street name for methamphetamine, does not necessarily show any health risk. (1)

Dr Kim is a senior lecturer in environmental chemistry at Massey University.

Two years ago, a request under the Official Information Act showed no recorded illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths resulting from methamphetamine contamination or fires from P labs. (See http://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.co.nz/2014/05/mike-butler-p-lab-risk-vastly.html)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Richard Epstein: Illinois On The Fiscal Brink



Illinois—a state that has long embraced progressive fiscal policies—has moved one step closer to the financial abyss. 

Last week, Moody’s Investors Service issued the jarring announcement that it was downgrading Illinois’s general obligations bonds to Baa2 from Baa1, which is just two levels above junk bond status. The next day, Standard & Poor’s followed suit by lowering its rating to BBB+, or three levels above junk bond status. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: Science On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown








Rodney Leach, Baron Leach of Fairford (1934 – 2016)

In this newsletter:

1) Science On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown
Financial Post, 14 June 2016
 
2) NOAA: 75% Chance Of La Nina By September, Cooler Temps Coming
Environment Examiner, 13 June 2016

Brian Gaynor: Rural co-ops lack market savvy at board table


Fonterra and others won’t become great by focusing on farmers.

A number of recent developments highlight concerns about the corporate governance of rural-based companies. These concerns have led to the requisitioning of special shareholder meetings at Silver Fern Farms (SFF) and Fonterra Co-operative while Murray Goulburn Co-operative shareholders in Australia are also threatening to call an extraordinary meeting.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: How A ‘Liberal’ Bias Is Killing Science








Marine Scientist Censured By James Cook University For Questioning Misleading Claims

In this newsletter:

1) How A ‘Liberal’ Bias Is Killing Science
The Week, 10 June 2016
 
2) Marine Scientist Censured By James Cook University For Questioning Misleading Claims
The Australian, 11 June 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Frank Newman: Interest rates and lending restrictions


Last week the Reserve Bank left the Overnight Cash Rate (OCR) unchanged at 2.25%. The Monetary Policy statement that accompanied the announcement has some interesting commentary about what is ahead for property investors and homeowners.

When discussing the state of the property market and the future it said, "Low mortgage rates, high net immigration, and the shortage of housing in Auckland have contributed to high house price inflation.