Friday, September 30, 2016

NZCPR Newsletter - Electoral Apartheid by Decree

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This week we examine the controversy over “electoral apartheid” clauses in Treaty settlement bills, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Mike Butler explains why legislating for race-based local government appointments will drive voters away from National, and our poll asks whether you believe the Government should be over-riding the wishes of local communities by creating race-based positions on local councils through Treaty settlements.

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Lindsay Mitchell: UBI for kids

Here's a group advocating a universal basic income for all children of $40 a week.
Lowell Manning, President of Basic Income New Zealand (BINZ) is calling for a Universal Basic Income for Children. “I like to call it a Kids’ Basic Income” he says. Mr Manning said that a Universal Basic Income for Children would work much better than tax cuts, substantially reducing child poverty in New Zealand and boosting the economy where it is needed.

GWPF Newsletter: Blackouts Down Under

In this newsletter:

1) Blackouts Down Under: South Australia Pays The Price For Heavy Reliance On Renewable Energy

2) Australian Prime Minister Blasts ‘Unrealistic’ Renewable Targets

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: Record Arctic Sea Ice Growth In September

History Keeps Proving Prophets Of Eco-Apocalypse Wrong

In this newsletter:

1) Record Arctic Sea Ice Growth In September
Not A Lot Of People Know That, 25 September 2016
2) A Ten-Year Hiatus In Arctic Ice Decline?
GWPF Observatory, 22 September 2016

Matt Ridley: Invasion of the alien species

In July, the New Zealand government announced its intention to eradicate all rats, stoats and possums from the entire country by 2050 to save native birds such as the kiwi. It’s an ambitious plan, perhaps impossible to pull off with the methods available today, but it’s a stark reminder that invasive alien species today constitute perhaps the greatest extinction threat to animal populations world-wide.

Birdlife International, a charity that works to save endangered birds, reckons that of the 140 bird species confirmed to have gone extinct since 1500, invasive alien species were a factor in the demise of at least 71—an impact greater than hunting, logging, agriculture, fire or climate change.

Monday, September 26, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: After Paris: China Stokes Global Coal Growth

India Becomes Centre Of The World’s Oil And Coal Demand Growth

In this newsletter:

1) After Paris: China Stokes Global Coal Growth
China Dialogue, 23 September 2016
2) India Becomes Centre Of The World’s Oil And Coal Demand Growth
Bloomberg, 26 September 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Stephen Franks: Sir Geoffrey’s draft constitution

I have yet to read Andrew Butler’s and Sir Geoffrey Palmer’s book.

From what I have seen of their draft constitution there are admirable elements, some badly needed, such as the proposed protection of property rights. Section 104 is well drafted, as one might expect from the intelligence and experience of those authors.

I expect the book to make a strong case for the benefits of a good constitution. I could even prefer for New Zealand to have such safeguards, despite the risks that it would increase the power and arrogance of our lawyer class.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: Paris Climate Deal Signed, China Starts Raising Coal Production

India Plans Coal Mining Project In Africa

In this newsletter:

1) Paris Climate Deal Signed, China Starts Raising Coal Production
Reuters, 23 September 2016
2) India Plans Coal Mining Project In Africa
InfraCircle, 22 September 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

Karl du Fresne: Being sincerely motivated doesn't make it right

The International Film Festival has done the rounds of the provinces for another year. Normally I would seize the chance to binge on movies of the type that don’t usually make it to the town where I live, but this year I managed to see only one: a New Zealand documentary called The 5th Eye.

You’ll be familiar with the subject matter. The three central characters sabotaged a satellite dish at the Waihopai electronic spy facility in 2008.

Mike Butler: Race appointees ammo for Winston

The Taranaki Iwi Claims Settlement Bill, that legislates for six race-based appointees on the Taranaki Regional Council, provided new ammunition for New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters this week.

This is the second time Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson has written into law the requirement for tribal appointees on a local body, with the first being the regional planning committee on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council set up in 2012.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: China Funds And Builds Europe’s New Coal Plants

EU's Green Obsession Opens The Door For Chinese Investment

In this newsletter:

1) China Funds And Builds Europe’s New Coal Plants
Reuters, 20 September 2016
2) Bosnia Green-Lights China Deal For New Coal Power Plant
SeeNews. 20 September 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bryan Leyland: Things you know that ain't so - trams, trains and buses

"Things you know that ain't so - trams, trains and buses are the only solution to Auckland’s congestion problem”.

All the mayoral candidates, the Council and its planners are wedded to the idea that Auckland’s congestion can only be solved by crowding people within the existing city boundaries and increasing congestion to force people to travel by trains, trams, and buses. The cost will be enormous and increased congestion is certain.

GWPF Newsletter: EU Fails To Agree On Ratification Of Paris Climate Deal

Will Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Plant Make Enough Money?

In this newsletter:

1) EU Fails To Agree On Ratification Of Paris Climate Deal
Global Warming Policy Forum, 17 September 2016
2) Will Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Plant Make Enough Money?
Global Warming Policy Forum, 19 September 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Mike Butler: Palmer's Aotearoa constitution

For years former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer has been deploring the “unbridled power” that New Zealand’s constitutional setup affords, but he was perhaps among the worst offenders during his time as Justice Minister in the way he pushed his personal Treaty of Waitangi solutions while circumventing public opinion.

Along with fellow lawyer Andrew Butler (no relation to this writer), Palmer is about to release A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand, a book that argues why New Zealand needs a written constitution and what a first draft of that constitution entails.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mike Butler: Kermadecs, tribes, fishing rights

A dispute between those in charge of tribal fishing interests and the government over the proposed marine sanctuary around the Kermadecs is déjà vu all over again for those who remember the overblown claims of 30 years ago for Maori to share in the growing commercial fishing industry.

A year ago, Prime Minister John Key announced on a trip to New York that 620,000 square kilometres of sea around the Kermadec Islands, which is 1000 kilometres from New Zealand, would be closed forever to fishing and ocean-floor mining.

Friday, September 16, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: Nicolas Sarkozy Turns Climate Sceptic In Battle For Élysée

La Nina Is Dividing World Weather Forecasters

In this newsletter:

1) Nicolas Sarkozy Turns Climate Sceptic In Battle For Élysée
The Local, 15 September 2016

2) Andrew Bolt: Floods Sink Climate Change Hysteria
Herald Sun, 14 September 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Daniel Mitchell from Cato: Employment Protection Legislation Is Bad News for Workers

Frederic Bastiat, the great French economist (yes, such creatures used to exist) from the 1800s, famously observed that a good economist always considers both the “seen” and “unseen” consequences of any action.
A sloppy economist looks at the recipients of government programs and declares that the economy will be stimulated by this additional money that is easily seen, whereas a good economist recognizes that the government can’t redistribute money without doing unseen damage by first taxing or borrowing it from the private sector.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Brian Gaynor: KiwiSaver investment issues blown out of scale

Recent media reports could give the impression that KiwiSaver has major problems, particularly fee gouging and illegal investment strategies.

KiwiSaver should be subject to media scrutiny but most of the recent commentary has been sensationalist and misguided.

Guy Benson from the US: GOP Confidence Rises on Holding House, Tight Battle for Senate

Let's begin on the southern end of Capitol Hill, where Republicans say they're increasingly upbeat about their prospects for retaining a majority in the House of Representatives this fall. Retaking the House was always going to be a heavy lift for Nancy Pelosi's crew, as consecutive midterm election waves swept the GOP to its largest majority in decades. 

Democrats would need to net 30 seats in November to wrest the gavel away from Paul Ryan, an outcome some speculated might be attainable if Donald Trump suffers a blowout loss at the top of the ticket.

GWPF Newsletter: Paris Deal? What Paris Deal?

Germany Scraps Coal Exit, Removes Concrete Targets In Weakened Climate Plan

In this newsletter:

1) Germany Scraps Coal Exit, Removes Concrete Targets In Weakened Climate Plan
Climate Energy Wire, 8 September 2016
2) EU Divisions Deepen Over Delay Of Paris Ratification
Euractive, 7 September 2016

Mike Butler: Tuhoe, co-governance, colonial purge

A visitor centre near Lake Waikaremoana, designed by the luminary Maori architect John Scott as a connection with the spirit of Urewera, is being demolished as part of a “colonial purge”, according to a report in the Hawke’s Bay Today newspaper.(1)

Havelock North architect Pierre du Toit said that the decision to demolish “was backed by Tuhoe in a bid to rid the Urewera National Park of colonial influence”.

Mike Butler: Forestry trust assets shrink

Crown Forestry Rental Trust funds are diminishing as more forestry land is given to claimant groups is the unsurprising 2016 message of the trust to its appointors -- the New Zealand Maori Council, the Federation of Maori Authorities and the Minister of Finance, Bill English.

The trust was set up under the Crown Forest Assets Act 1989 as a self-funding organisation that is midway between the Crown and Maori to hold Crown forestry land that may be subject to treaty claims and collect rentals paid to the Crown for forests grown on Crown land.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Lindsay Mitchell: Child poverty exaggerations exposed by official source

Below is a random selection of reports regarding child poverty in New Zealand. They represent only a small fraction of similar claims:

As many as 28 per cent of New Zealand children – about 305,000 – currently live in poverty.
When a child grows up in poverty they miss out on things most New Zealanders take for granted. They are living in cold, damp, over-crowded houses, they do not have warm or rain-proof clothing, their shoes are worn, and many days they go hungry. It can mean doing badly at school, not getting a good job, having poor health and falling into a life of crime.
Unicef, New Zealand

Friday, September 9, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: Brexit Britain May Delay Climate Plan

EU Ratification Of Paris Agreement Depends On New Coal Power Plants

In this newsletter:

1) Brexit Britain May Delay David Cameron’s Climate Plan
Bloomberg, 6 September 2016
2) Britain On Track To Fail Meeting CO2 Targets As Minister Announces Likely Delay
Business Green, 7 September 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Richard Epstein from the US: Growth - the blue state model has failed

The defining economic truth of the last decade has been the want of sustained growth. Progressives and classical liberals agree that economic growth is a good thing, but they differ profoundly in how to best to achieve it. 

The only way to spur growth is to undo the structural barriers to gains from trade by pruning the law books of taxes and regulations that block these transactions in the futile effort to achieve redistribution. The combination of lower administrative costs, greater legal certainty, and improved private returns fueled American growth in earlier times, and will revive it today.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Matt Ridley: An ice-free Arctic Ocean has happened before

The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is approaching its annual nadir. By early September each year about two thirds of the ice cap has melted, then the sea begins to freeze again. This year looks unlikely to set a record for melting, with more than four million square kilometres of ice remaining, less than the average in the 1980s and 1990s, but more than in the record low years of 2007 and 2012. (The amount of sea ice around Antarctica has been increasing in recent years, contrary to predictions.)

This will disappoint some. An expedition led by David Hempleman-Adams to circumnavigate the North Pole through the Northeast and Northwest passages, intending to demonstrate “that the Arctic sea ice coverage shrinks back so far now in the summer months that sea that was permanently locked up now can allow passage through”, was recently held up for weeks north of Siberia by, um, ice. They have only just reached halfway.

GWPF Newsletter: Paris Agreement - What Exactly Have China and U.S. Ratified?

EU Divided Over When And How To Ratify Paris Climate Deal

In this newsletter:

1) U.S., China Agree On implementing Non-Binding Paris Agreement
The Wall Street Journal, 3 September 2016
2) EU Divided Over When And How To Ratify Paris Climate Deal
Financial Times, 2 September 2016

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: Let’s all ‘apologise’ to one another for the alleged wrongs of our forebears

Australians of this generation should not be required to accept guilt and blame for past actions and policies. – John Howard, 1997

Any reader of these columns of Spanish ancestry is hereby informed that I expect a public apology to be appended via the ‘Comments’ facility below for the 80 Years War. Just to joggle your memory, your lot invaded my country (Netherlands) in the 16th century and made life hell for my lot until we booted you out in the 17th century.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Lindsay Perigo: "Magnificent Pandemonium" - Linz vs Muslims and Their Enablers

This is the speech I delivered almost in its entirety in my capacity as special commentator, along with Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy, at Monday night's semi-final in the intra-university Next Generation Debates series at Auckland University. I say "almost in its entirety" because a gaggle of Muslims became very vocal near the end of my speech and demanded, successfully, I be stopped at once for having gone over my allocated time. The point at which I was shut down is noted in the text below.
What a member of Young New Zealand First called "magnificent pandemonium" followed, with epithets flying back and forth, Dame Susan waiving her right of rebuttal and storming off from the table we were both sharing.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Mole News

Memorandum of Understanding between RNZ and Māori Network
An historic partnership agreement was signed today between RNZ and Te Whakaruruhau O Ngā Reo Irirangi Māori, the network of Māori radio stations.

The Memorandum of Understanding will see both organisations working together for the benefit of the different audiences they serve.