Saturday, December 15, 2018

Mole News

Ngāti Tūwharetoa passes third reading
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Andrew Little, today welcomed Te Ariki Tā Tumu Te Heuheu and members of Ngāti Tūwharetoa to Parliament to witness the Third Reading of their Treaty Settlement legislation, the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Claims Settlement Bill.

The Settlement provides Crown Apology redress, including an agreed historical account and Crown acknowledgments of its historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

NZCPR Weekly: Climate Saga

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we raise concerns about the impact of global warming propaganda and the dangerous consequences of the truth being suppressed, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Professor Michael Kelly shares his experience of being censored and warns New Zealand against emulating the disastrous climate policies implemented in the UK, and our poll asks whether you think the UN climate models are accurate.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Alarmists U-Turn

Scientists Confirm Great Barrier Reef Is Recovering From Bleaching

In this newsletter:

1) Alarmists U-Turn: Scientists Confirm Great Barrier Reef Is Recovering From Bleaching
Huffington Post, 10 December 2018 
2) Greenland Ice Sheet Sixth Highest On Record
Polar Portal Season Report 2018

Kelvin Duncan: The UN Compact on Migration

The UN Compact on Migration hasn’t raised the amount of discussion it warrants and this is a major concern as it contains some quite unacceptable requirements to which we must simply not agree. Admittedly, there it contains some good ideas, including sharing information between nations, although I believe all decent countries already do this.

A number of countries have already refused to sign, but they have been labelled as right-wing by the Compact's proponents, which is quite unfair in my opinion.

Why am I concerned that we must not sign it? Haven’t we have been assured by Mr Winston Peters that the previous National Government started the process (not true, they did not determine the content of the Compact as implied by Peters during Question Time in the House), and that there is nothing to see here, so move on and trust us.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: UN Climate Summit Fails To Adopt IPCC Report

After Paris: Greens Are Turning Away From A Carbon Tax

In this newsletter:

1) UN Climate Summit Fails To Adopt IPCC Report
BBC News, 8 December 2018
2) UN Climate Talks Stall As Battle Over IPCC Report Looms
Associated Press, 9 December 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018

Tim Ball and Tom Harris: Extreme Wildfires Caused By Extreme Stupidity, not Global Warming

In the push for strong action at this year's United Nations climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, a common refrain is that rising carbon dioxide levels (CO2) will supposedly result in global warming that will increase the incidence of disastrous wildfires.

“The longer we wait, the more our communities will suffer under bigger wildfires...,” wrote Lou Leonard of the World Wildlife Fund on December 4.

This is totally wrong, but then World Wildlife Fund got their recent claims of animal populations wrong as well.

Rising temperatures and increasing CO2 both act to increase soil moisture and so reduce the potential of fires. When temperatures rise, evaporation increases, causing more precipitation which increases soil moisture and so lessens fire risk. As CO2 rises, stomata, the pores in plant’s leaves, are open for shorter lengths of time. Plants therefore lose less water to the air and so more of it stays in the soil, again reducing fire potential.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Frank Newman: No new taxes, but lots of tax increases

"No extra new taxes until after the 2020 election." That was the promise made in September 2017 by the then newly appointed leader of the opposition.

This week the Labour led government introduced an omnibus Bill to Parliament that when passed into legislation will, among other things, collect GST on low value imported goods and will ring-fence tax losses on rental property.

The GST change will apply to imported goods valued under $1,000. The target is online shoppers who to date have not paid GST on their overseas purchases. They will now find those purchases cost 15% more as from 1 October next year.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Melanie Phillips: Britain's Brexit Meltdown

It is now clear that the staunch and sturdy British people, those true heirs to Britain’s ancient culture of determined independence and robust common-sense, are lions led by devious and feeble donkeys.
Mrs May’s faux-Brexit deal is so bad it has united against it both Brexiteer and Remainer MPs. The likely revolt is so large that the Prime Minister is being urged to postpone next week’s Commons “meaningful” vote for fear that the scale of the defeat may bring the government down.

GWPF Newsletter: Panic Grips Élysée Palace As Carbon Tax Revolt Grows

‘French Carbon Tax Anger Shape Of Things To Come Globally As Costs Bite’

In this newsletter:

1) Panic Grips Élysée Palace As Carbon Tax Revolt Grows
The Times, 6 December 2018
2) Carbon Tax Revolt Escalates As French Police Union Joins Yellow Vests
Sud-Quest, 6 December 2018 

David Unsworth: French Citizens Want Cheaper Energy, not Global Warming Elitism

French President Emmanuel Macron pursues his global warming agenda at his own political peril.

Diesel moves France. Whereas in the United States diesel is increasingly a rarity used mainly to fuel heavy trucks, drivers in France and much of Europe have diesel cars. In past generations, diesel was believed to be more environmentally friendly. Today, it turns out that is not the case. Diesel is actually far worse for the environment than traditional gasoline.

Friday, December 7, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: French Carbon Tax Revolt Scores Historic Victory

French Government Announces U-Turn Of Carbon Tax

In this newsletter:

1) Carbon Tax Revolt Scores Historic Victory As French Govt Suspends Tax Hike
EurActiv, 4 December 2018 

2) Macron And Philippe Suspend Carbon Tax Hike 
Le Figaro, 4 December 2018

Thursday, December 6, 2018

NZCPR Weekly: Maori Privilege

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we we look into the growth of Maori Privilege and urge readers who haven’t already done so to send in a submission on the Bill to entrench the Maori seats, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Dr Michael Gousmett explains why taxpayer subsidies to billion dollar iwi corporations is so misguided, and our poll asks whether you believe Maori corporations should receive preferential tax treatment.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Troy Bowker: Capital gains tax 'valuation day' will cost Kiwi businesses billions of dollars

If the Government manages to push through the recommendations of the Tax Working Group (TWG), the 450,000 or so small business owners in this country will be hit with massive compliance costs.

Small business, meaning all sole traders and including businesses with up to 20 employees, are the back bone of the New Zealand economy.

Their contribution to our economy is enormous. Together small businesses employ roughly 30 per cent of our entire work force and contribute roughly $65 billion to New Zealand's annual gross domestic product.

GWPF Newsletter: Macron’s Carbon Tax Collides With France’s Forgotten

'Yellow Vests' Call For Moratorium On Carbon Tax Hike

In this newsletter:

1) Yellow Vests Call For Moratorium On Macron’s Carbon Tax Rise
France24, 3 December 2018
2) Riots In Paris: French Unions Call On Macron To Halt Carbon Tax Hike
AFP, 1 December 2018 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Clive Bibby: Elitism of another kind

I grew up on a farm just outside the small Central Hawkes Bay town of Waipawa.
My forebears had owned sizeable tracts of farming land that had been hacked out of the bush and scrub under the Ruahine Ranges.
I am very proud to be a descendant of such pioneering folk who understood what it means to build a business from nothing and see it grow into something that makes a reasonable contribution to the local economy. They also built the first trading general store in CHB. The building still stands.

It is perhaps ironic that much of the farm land in question was in the near vicinity of the catchment area for the now defunct Ruataniwha Fresh Water Dam proposal.

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: Of missionaries past and present

One of Arthur Conan Doyle’s more memorable minor characters was an Andaman Islander named Tonga in ‘The Sign of the Four’, whose countenance he described in the following unflattering terms:

Never have I seen features so deeply marked with all bestiality and cruelty. His small eyes glowed and burned with a sombre light, and his thick lips were writhed back from his teeth ….

It’s definitely not 21st-century protocol, and yet I can’t help thinking that the impression left on the mind of the helicopter pilot who was being shot at by Andaman men with bows and arrows was not dissimilar, especially when he considered his fate should his craft be downed.

Monday, December 3, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Global Temperature Drops By 0.4°C In Three Years

Blackouts, Deaths And Civil Unrest: Warning Over Scotland’s Rush To Go Green

In this newsletter:

1) Global Temperature Drops By 0.4°C In Three Years
The GWPF Observatory, 30 November 2018
2) Blackouts, Deaths And Civil Unrest: Warning Over Scotland’s Rush To Go Green
Sandra Dick, The Herald Scotland, 29 November 2018

Saturday, December 1, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: The Paris Discord: Not In My Wallet

Australia On The Brink Of New Coal Boom

In this newsletter:

1) G20 Nations Reportedly Set To Kowtow To Trump On Climate Change
Clean Technica, 27 November 2018
2) Swimming In Cheap Energy: U.S. Crude Oil And Natural Gas Proved Reserves Set New Records
U.S. Energy Information Administration, 29 November 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

Brian Gaynor: Aussies are banking on bumper profits in NZ

The four major Australian-owned banks are huge money-making machines.

They completely dominate the New Zealand commercial sector in terms of profitability and have a huge impact on the domestic economy, particularly residential property.

The four banks — ANZ Bank New Zealand, ASB Bank, Bank of New Zealand and Westpac New Zealand — reported combined statutory profits after tax of $5128 million for the latest year, a 9.2 per cent increase over the same period in 2016/17 (see table).

GWPF Newsletter: UN Climate Conference To Promote Coal

Brazil Cancels 2019 UN Climate Summit

In this newsletter:

1) UN Climate Conference To Promote Coal
AFP, 28 November 2018
2) Brazil Just Cancelled The Green Blob’s Annual Jamboree
Climate Home News, 28 November 2018

Karl du Fresne: Pike River - a lot of ifs, buts and maybes

This might seem an insensitive question, but it needs to be asked. Exactly what will be achieved by going back into the Pike River mine?

The justification for the $36 million re-entry operation is often vaguely expressed and seems to vary depending on who’s doing the talking.

Anna Osborne, who lost her husband in the Pike River disaster, wants the 29 miners’ remains recovered. Bernie Monk, whose son was killed, talks about wanting “justice and accountability”.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

NZCPR Weekly: Legitimising Illegal Migration

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we outline the United Nation’s radical plan to legitimise illegal migration and we call on the Government to walk away from this global compact, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Judith Bergman shares her critical analysis of the deal, and our poll asks whether you think New Zealand should sign the United Nation’s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

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GWPF Newsletter: American Fracking Is Changing The World

The Shale Revolution Is Toppling The Green Agenda

In this newsletter:

1) American Fracking Is Changing The World
Walter Russell Mead, The Wall Street Journal, 27 November 2018
2) How The Shale Revolution Is Toppling The Green Agenda
Nick Butler, Financial Times, 26 November 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: The Coldest Thanksgiving In Over A Century

Met Office Hotheads Predict Incredible Hothouse

In this newsletter:

1) The Coldest Thanksgiving In Over A Century
Newsweek, 22 November 2018
2) Record Cold Hits North America As Solar Activity Reaches Near 200-Year Low
P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, 24 November 2018

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Melanie Phillips: Brexiteers! Start Promoting No-Deal. Fast

Bob Edlin: Yes, dear taxpayer – you will pay to help people make up their minds about home ownership

The Minister of Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, last week announced 24 community-led housing repair projects will receive funding  from the Māori Housing Network (which gets it from taxpayers) totalling $5.8 million.

In the same press release, she and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi announced a new programme called Sorted Kāinga Ora.  It involves a series of “workshops to help whānau decide whether they are ready for home ownership”.
Someone – it seems – has decided whanau are unable to work out if they are ready to own a house without the help of bureaucrats from Jacinda’s Nanny State. 

Richard Prince: Rewriting History

It is said that we learn from history but that is predicated by what sort of history we are taught. New Zealand history has become of major importance as with  many Waitangi Tribunal findings being based on histories.

The Waitangi Tribunal's role as a truth-recovery mechanism has been questioned by historians critical of the Tribunal's interpretations of the past. Eminent NZ historian Bill Oliver criticized the Tribunal's conclusions as creating a “retrospective utopia”.

Frank Newman: More RMA reforms and letting fees

The Resource Management Act (RMA) is being amended - yet again! Hardly a year goes by without the Act being changed. One would normally expect changes to improve legislation. Sadly, that's not the case with the RMA.

The Act was fundamentally flawed when it was first introduced, and remains so today. Although it was conceived with aspiration and good intent, the +20 or so amendments to the Act have been a series of backward steps that have given absolute discretion to regiments of we-know-best planners. The effect has been a transfer of property rights from landowners to council staff that has paralysed progress and seriously inflated land and building costs.

Irish Households Face €3,000 Tax Bill On Fuel And Energy To Cover Climate Costs

How The BBC Quietly Obliterates And Rewrites Science News

In this newsletter:

1) Irish Households Face €3,000 Tax Bill On Fuel And Energy To Cover Climate Costs
The Irish Independent, 21 November 2018
2) Ireland’s CO2 Emissions Could Be ‘95% Off Target’, Says Minister
The Irish Times, 22 November 2018

Thursday, November 22, 2018

NZCPR Weekly: Plastic Bags - a matter of perception not science

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we question the Prime Minister’s proposed ban on plastic shopping bags, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Nicholas Kerr explains why such token bans do more harm than good, and our poll asks whether you think the best approach to reducing plastic bag use in New Zealand is a continuation of the voluntary scheme that’s presently in place, the PM’s ban, or new taxes, levies, or a deposit and refund collection scheme.

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Subsidy Cut Deals Blow To UK Wind Farms

Carbon Tax Needs To Increase 15-Fold For Ireland To Meet Climate Targets

In this newsletter:

1) Subsidy Cut Deals Blow To UK Wind Farms
Emily Gosden, The Times, 21 November 2018 
2) You Did Say Your Costs Had Been “Slashed” Didn’t You?
Andrew Montford, GWPF, 21 November 2018

Mole News

Significant Health Research Council grant for Waikato researcher
The Health Research Council has awarded Dr Rawiri Keenan 2019 Career Development Awards.

Dr Keenan is looking at cultural competency and equity in primary care and has the Foxley Fellowship worth $224,727.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: French Anti-Carbon-Tax Revolt Escalates As Lorry Drivers Join Protests

Macron’s Climate Waterloo

In this newsletter:

1) French Anti-Carbon-Tax Revolt Escalates As Lorry Drivers Join Protests
The Times, 19 November 2018 
2) France’s Climate Change Policies Trigger Street Protests
The Washington Post, 17 November 2019

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bruce Moon: The Rangiaowhia Incident

There must be few events in New Zealand’s history which have been the subject of more brazen lying than the occupation of Rangiaowhia by government troops on 21st February 1864.[1]  

In particular the gross falsehood of the burning of a church full of women and children has been repeated time and again, and recently, for example:

- by Tommy Wilson in the “Bay of Plenty Times”, 12/8/09
- in  Eraka’s Blog in Tainui News, 7/5/14
- by JOC Phillips on air, 2/4/16
- by Susan Devoy in the “Bay of Plenty Times”. 4/1/17
- by Vincent O’Malley in “The Listener”, 25/2/17
- by members of Ngati Apakura in “Waikato Times”, 9/12/17
- by deceived children of Otorohanga College

Monday, November 19, 2018

Power-Hungry Asia Drives New Coal Demand

Anti-Carbon-Tax Revolt Threatens To Paralyse France

In this newsletter:

1) Power-Hungry Asia Drives New Coal Demand
Forbes, 15 November 2018
2) Anti-Carbon-Tax Revolt Threatens To Paralyse France
GWPF & Irish Times, 16 November 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Melanie Phillips: The Predictable Brexit Crisis Has Now Arrived

Mrs May has now presented to Cabinet the Brexit deal she has negotiated with the EU. As feared, it is a proposal that would leave the UK not only remaining bound to the EU but at a far greater disadvantage than under its current terms of membership. It is therefore totally unacceptable.

There were reported ructions in Cabinet. It is bound by collective responsibility, but that doesn’t mean individual Cabinet ministers have accepted the deal.

Since its faults are overwhelmingly obvious to Remainers as well as Brexiteers, it is extremely doubtful that it will get through Parliament.

Clive Bibby: Dealing with Climate Change on our own terms

In spite of efforts to discredit my recommendations for dealing with Climate Change in my home region of the East Coast, North Island, l plough on undeterred.

The reason l do so is because l believe the best interests of the residents of this community are not being served by a continuation of the current " head in the sand " attitude towards a threat we all agree is real.

No amount of accusations that my refusal to accept the IPCC theory of who is to blame for this phenomenon should reduce the need to examine the credibility of my proposals.

Karl du Fresne: When TV drama is used to promote messages of diversity and inclusivity

In the opening episode of Bodyguard, a BBC drama series screening on Netflix, an off-duty police terrorism specialist (a man) confronts a female suicide bomber on a crowded train.

It’s convincingly tense, but there’s not a lot to distinguish it from other post-9/11 plotlines – that is, except for one thing.

The commander of a police anti-terrorism squad that boards the train is a cool and efficient black woman. Nothing remarkable about that, in itself. But then we see a police sniper waiting to get a clean shot at the suicide bomber, and the sniper is a woman too.

Bryce Edwards: The Media’s fraught role in the Jami-Lee Ross scandal

The media has played a central role in this year’s huge scandal involving MP Jami-Lee Ross. Journalists, broadcasters, and political commentators have reported on the scandal – including choosing to withhold some information – and interpreted it all. Inevitably questions have been asked about how well the media have performed, and the decisions they have made.

I raised some of these issues in my column yesterday, Lifting the bedsheets on MPs' private lives. Further questions include how much the media have influenced the scandal themselves, in terms of what they’ve decided to report and not report, and the role some in the media have played in their interactions with the political players.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Bob Edlin: Weeds need pulling in the Far North, if Donna wants to do something about climate change

While Shane Jones was filling Point of Order’s email in-tray with a flurry of handout announcements, the grandly titled Māori Climate Commissioner was bleating about  Māori and their land being inadequately treated in the formulation of climate change policy. 

Māori Climate Commissioner” is a title which rings with Wellington and officialdom. 

Actually it is the creation of a private carbon trading operation called the Māori Carbon Foundation, an organisation  which says it offers

… carbon planting solutions to all landowners, and we are particularly excited about the economic and social benefits that are offered to Māori landowners from participating in the MCF planting programme.

NZPR Weekly: Housing Affordability – Lottery or Reform

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we examine KiwiBuild and outline why it will not solve New Zealand’s housing affordability ‘crisis’, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Frank Newman explains why Labour’s housing changes are making the situation worse, and our poll asks whether you think KiwiBuild is a good policy.

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Shale Shocked Crude’s Collapse Sends Shockwaves Across Global Markets

U.S. Shale Revolution & Free-Market Economics Dominate Oil Prices

In this newsletter:

1) Shale Shocked: Crude’s Collapse Sends Shockwaves Across Global Markets
Bloomberg, 14 November 2018

2) U.S. Shale Revolution & Free-Market Economics Dominate Oil Prices
Olivier Jakob, Financial Times, 14 November 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: 'Too Many Polar Bears' 'Numbers Exceed Co-Existence Threshold'

It Has Come To This: Academic Samizdat

In this newsletter:

1) ‘Too Many Polar Bears:’ Govt Draft Plan Says Polar Bear Numbers ‘Exceed Co-Existence Threshold’
Bob Weber, The Canadian Press, 12 November 2018
2) Back To The Dark Ages: Pseudonyms To Protect Scientists Of Controversial Research Papers
Martin Rosenbaum, BBC News, 12 November 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Matt Ridley: How to stifle innovation

My biggest beef with the European Union has always been the way it stifles consumer-friendly innovation in the interests of incumbent businesses and organisations. Today’s victory for Sir James Dyson at the European General Court lays bare an especially shocking example.

Dyson’s case, which has taken five years in the courts, reveals just how corrupt and crony-capitalist the European Union has become. It is no surprise that Sir James was and is a big supporter of Britain leaving the EU. Essentially, the rules have been bent to allow German manufacturers to deceive customers about the performance of their vacuum cleaners, in a manner uncannily similar to – but even worse than — the way mostly German car manufacturers deceived customers about the emissions from diesel vehicles.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Global Fertility Rates Cut In Half Since 1950

Collapse Of UK Renewable Energy Investment Continues

In this newsletter:

1) Global Fertility Rates Cut In Half Since 1950
Michael Nedelman, CNN, 9 November 2018
2) 'Remarkable' Decline In Fertility Rates
BBC News, 9 November 2018