Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Heather du Plessis-Allan: This won't magic up houses


Today’s move by the Finance Minister and the Reserve Bank on housing is an admission that the changes they made back in March to ‘fix’ the housing market are not working .

Tony Alexander’s survey out today shows two thirds of agents report that buyer FOMO is back, three out of five agents say prices are rising, and fewer agents say investors are selling

The Government won’t admit publicly that the changes have failed, but if they had any confidence that their punishment of investors back in March was going to materially change things, they wouldn’t have needed to add more tools today.

Barry Soper: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's policeman father carried out Dawn Raids as junior officer

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's father, Ross Ardern, was one of the police officers who carried out the Dawn Raids on Pacific Island families in the 1970s - something the Prime Minister said he was uncomfortable with.

Newstalk ZB's Barry Soper reported Ross Ardern's part in the raids as a young police officer, saying the Prime Minister had told him her father was a junior police officer who had to follow orders but had not believed it should be part of the job.

It follows the Prime Minister's sincere apology at the weekend on behalf of the Government to the Pacific community – and that community's emotional acceptance of the long-awaited apology - for the discriminatory raids targeting Pacific Islanders in the mid 1970s.

Breaking Views Update: Week of 1.08.21

Tuesday August 3, 2021 

Ructions at West Coast Conservation Board over iwi role in Punakaiki DOC centre

Tensions erupted at the West Coast Conservation Board in a clash between Ngāi Tahu representatives and board member Neil Silverwood over the new visitor centre planned for Punakaiki.

Silverwood stormed out of Friday’s board meeting in Hokitika, accusing manawhenua of a “huge conflict of interest” between their role as board members and their future ownership of the $26 million visitor centre.

Monday, August 2, 2021

GWPF Newsletter: Science magazine blows the whistle on climate model failure


Global temperature for June signals a slightly colder year

In this newsletter:

1) Science magazine blows the whistle on climate model failure
Graham Lloyd, The Australian, 30 July 2021

2) Global temperature for June signals a slightly colder year
Clive Best, 27 July 2021

Graham Adams: Kris Faafoi is too busy to discuss proposals for hate-speech laws

The Minister of Justice appears to have gone into hiding. Graham Adams provides an update on how the public debate on hate speech regulation is going, especially in terms of whether political opinion should or shouldn’t receive an exemption from new laws - first published 16 July.

It fell to RNZ to break the news to the nation late last week that the Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, had “gone to ground”. Despite making repeated requests to interview him about proposals to expand hate-speech laws, the public broadcaster has been told the minister in charge of managing their introduction is too busy — even during a three-week parliamentary recess — to discuss them.

With her Minister of Justice having gone AWOL ever since a disastrous television interview on the topic a month ago, the Prime Minister’s call for a national debate has lurched from a shambles into farce. The government allowed only six weeks for public submissions and now — with less than two weeks to go until the August 6 deadline — the cat has apparently got Faafoi’s tongue in an iron grip.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Clive Bibby: Another time - another place

Some would say that my wife and l have entered the twilight zone of our lives - at 75 and 77 respectively, the mind is definitely willing but the body is in constant need of repair just to keep us mobile. Our personal maintenance bill is growing faster than our ability to pay for it.

However, a view on whether one accepts that interpretation of our future prospects as fair and reasonable will depend on expectations for the time we have left on this mortal coil.

The kiwi way has always been that the onus for determining what happens next is less dependant on the goodwill of others and more to do with our own ability to make it happen. Although that is how it should be in principle, the following narrative shows how difficult it can be to achieve in a modern society.

Reynold Macpherson: Rotorua's Representation Review Biased Towards Co-Governance


New Zealand’s central government ended local referenda on 1 March 2021[1]  that had retarded the introduction of Māori wards. Rotorua Lakes Council (Council) decided on 21 May 2021 to introduce a Māori ward to elect a member or members to Council. 

Council also decided to establish a Representation Review. It specifically authorised consultations with mana whenua and wider stakeholders with a view to reinforcing co-governance:

4.     That Council agree to carry out a wider review of Council’s governance framework, including the purpose, membership and powers of Council’s committees and community boards, and a discussion with Te Arawa and the broader community about the possibilities of strengthening co-governance. [2]

Karl du Fresne: Another dismal setback for intellectual freedom

Attacks on free speech – even freedom of thought, since that’s what the enemies of free speech ultimately want to control – are coming so fast, and from so many directions, that it’s hard to keep up with them.

The latest involves seven University of Auckland professors who have effectively been blacklisted for writing a letter to The Listener politely but firmly challenging the notion that matauranga Maori – which can be defined as the traditional body of Maori knowledge – should be accorded the status of science, as proposed by an NCEA working group preparing a new school curriculum.

In the febrile ideological climate of 2021 the professors’ stance counts as heresy, and it brought the full, vindictive fury of the woke academic left down on their heads. Already the pressure has proved too much for Prof Douglas Elliffe, who has stood aside as acting dean of science. In an email to his colleagues, Elliffe said he was concerned that his involvement in the controversy would cause “division” within the science faculty. That doesn’t say much for the intellectual open-mindedness of his colleagues, but there you go.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

NZCPR Weekly: He Puapua in Action - Labour's Three Waters Reform

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

In this week’s NZCPR newsletter we outline more details of the Government’s Three Waters proposal for tribal control of council water services and expose their plan to rush it through before the public becomes aware of what’s really going on; our NZCPR Guest Commentator the Mayor of the Westland District Council Bruce Smith updates us on his decision to hold a binding referendum so his community can decide whether the council should opt in or out of the Three Waters scheme; and our poll asks whether you support the Government’s intention to force Councils to cut short community consultation over their Three Waters proposal.

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Breaking Views Update: Week of 24.07.21

Saturday July 31, 2021 

Te Tiriti O Waitangi And Māori Equity Front And Centre In New Te Pūkenga Report

Boosted outcomes for Māori and te whakatinanatanga o Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi in practice) are key outcomes of Te Pae Tawhiti Insights Report released today.

Friday, July 30, 2021

GWPF Newsletter: Net Zero by 2050 is dead in the water. So what's plan B?


COP26 in trouble as India asks rich nations to reduce per capita emission by 2030

In this newsletter:

1) Fraser Myers: Net Zero by 2050 is dead in the water. So what's plan B?
The Daily Telegraph, 27 July 2021
2) COP26 in trouble as India asks rich nations to reduce per capita emission by 2030
Times of India, 26 July 2021

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Bruce Moon: Tall Tales vs True History

On 9 July 2021, stuff newspaper the “Waikato Times” comes up with a headline: “Rangiriri Pā trenches where Māori fought British invasion of Waikato to be restored”.

And spokesman Brad Totorewa chips in with “We’re still in grievance mode. But we know sharing our narratives of the invasion of our people will transform and enhance the thinking of all New Zealanders.”

Now since the Waikato had been sovereign British territory for more than twenty years by all due processes of law, that is a bit curious, is it not? No country “invades” its own territory, but if, as in this case, it is under the control of a rebel faction, then the legitimate government has every right to take action to recover it. And this is what Governor Grey did, his patience exhausted by the continued defiance of all his attempts to resolve the issues, so well described by John Robinson in “The Kingite Rebellion”.[i]

Clive Bibby: Free speech and false allegations

Andrea Vance appears to be the latest in a long list of woke journalists who masquerade as bearers of the truth on climate change.

And the method used by almost all of these false prophets to justify their criticism of those with differing views is to accuse their opponents of being in “denial” of reality.

It is as if the accusation would have the effect of leaving the word scarred on the forehead of anyone brave enough to voice an opinion contrary to the party line - a bit like pointing the Christian cross at Count Dracula’s sweaty brow or branding the Jews with serial numbers during the Holocaust.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Kate Hawkesby: Odds are... Delta could make its way to NZ


My kids and my husband think I’ve gone mad; it wouldn’t be the first time.

But I can't help this sense of foreboding at the moment, that we just won't and can't escape Delta coming here.

I’m not scaremongering; I’m not saying this to cause alarm. I’m just incredulous as to how we’ve escaped it thus far.

Because we are virtually the only country to do so.

Yes our geography and isolation helps, yes sheer good luck helps, we avoided potential catastrophe with the Wellington traveller didn’t we? That could’ve been a lot worse. But I can't help thinking logic would dictate that’s it’s only a matter of time.

GWPF Newsletter: Boris Johnson’s Net Zero goal in disarray as Rishi Sunak baulks at the £1.4trillion cost


Everything you have been told about Atlantic hurricanes and global warming is wrong, new study reveals

In this newsletter:

1) Boris Johnson’s Net Zero goal in disarray as Rishi Sunak baulks at the £1.4trillion cost
Mail on Sunday, 25 July 2021

2) Offshore power ‘will fail without subsidies’
The Times, 26 July 2021

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Barry Brill: The Real Green Glossary - FAQ

The innovative manipulation and misuse of the English language is the proudest achievement of that new breed of media entertainers – ‘climate change journalists’.

Attuned to a post-modern society where truth is in the eye of the beholder, reportage of climate science is dominated by fudge and misdirection. Even the Green Prince has become so confused that he is to publish his own Glossary. The UK Telegraph reports:

“The Prince of Wales will on Thursday launch a "green glossary" for farmers after warning that environmental jargon is so obscure that it can harm efforts to combat climate change. 

He said it was vital that everyone "speaks the same language”… 

Kate Hawkesby: The Govt's 'Kindness Programme' shouldn't extend to ISIS terrorists


So, in what should be a surprise to absolutely no one, we are taking back an alleged ISIS terror suspect and her children. Why?

Because we snoozed, and we lost.

ScoMo snookered us. Australia was first out of the blocks in revoking this woman’s citizenship – she had both Australian and NZ citizenship, but she hadn’t lived here since she was 6.

When she was captured on the Syrian border and detained by Turkey for deportation, Australia promptly revoked her citizenship so she couldn’t go back there.

They did this on the basis of her travelling to Syria on an Australian passport in 2014 to join ISIS.

GWPF Newsletter: US and EU outmaneuvered as G20 ministers fail to agree on climate goals


Global coal use soaring, expected to set new record in 2022

In this newsletter:

1) US and EU outmaneuvered as G20 ministers fail to agree on climate targets
Reuters, 23 July 2021

2) EU climate plan in disarray as France opposes proposal for new carbon market
Bloomberg, 21 July 2021

Monday, July 26, 2021

Roger Childs: New Zealand’s Growing Apartheid

Partnership is well established; we are emphatically two people divided by race.
- Dr John Robinson

The original apartheid

The policy of apartheid (an Afrikaans word meaning “apartness” or “separation”) became official in South Africa with the election of the Nationalist Party to power in 1948. However policies in the country, based along racial lines, dated back to the early 20th century. The successive governments of the Union of South Africa passed many laws giving preference to the white minority – under 20% of the population – and discriminating against other groupings – Blacks, Asians and Coloureds. However from 1948 onwards apartheid was fine-tuned to base life in South Africa on the principles of “separate development”.

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: The ‘Incitement of Hatred and Discrimination’ law change proposal - Humpty Dumpty let loose

‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”

- Lewis Carroll in ‘Through the Looking Glass’

The Government’s proposals regarding the changes to the law governing incitement and discrimination are so loaded I decided to not complete the ‘consultation’ form.

GWPF Newsletter: Record coral cover of Great Barrier Reef shames climate alarmists


Recovery of Great Barrier Reef exposes false claims by China and its green allies

In this newsletter:

1) Peter Ridd: Record coral cover of Great Barrier Reef shames climate alarmists
The Australian, 23 July 2021
2) Recovery of Great Barrier Reef exposes false claims by China and climate alarmists
The Australian, 18 July 2021

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Tony Sayers: Be Careful Where You Stick Your Moko

I have just read about the Maori outrage over the usage of a cartoon figure decorated with a moko (tattoo) for advertising a Covid-19 vaccination programme, that was commissioned by a Te Tiriti Joint Governance Group, comprised of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board and Te Rūnanga Hauora Māori o te Moana a Toi. {1], [5].
The depiction of a virus decorated with tā moko has offended a considerable number of Maori.
Labour List MP, Tamati Coffey has dubbed this illustration as being racist [2].

In New Zealand, (Oops, Aotearoa), the bulk of accusations made in the news media about incidents of racism appear to be of Maori accusing Pakehas of racism. To date, where there have been incidents of racism by Maori towards pakeha, they just do not receive any publicity, consequently the public become conditioned to the idea that only Pakeha can be racist.

Lindsay Perigo: Comrade Ardern's "Social Cohesion" = Coerced Conformity!

Judith Collins has joined the Free Speech Union.

Oddly, she doesn't mention the fact in her Collins Comments of July 2, but she does say this:
The National Party believes that freedom of speech is a fundamental right. We will fight any attempts Jacinda Ardern’s Government makes to criminalise speech beyond the threshold of ‘inciting violence’, which is already provided for in New Zealand law.

While the National Party condemns vile speech that is intended to insult, it is a big leap from condemning it to criminalising it.

The Prime Minister needs to be clear about the intent of this law reform. At the moment it seems only approved opinions about some subjects will be allowed and questioning those opinions will be a criminal offence.

The government has not said who will decide what opinions are acceptable. The Minister of Justice is not clear on what “hatred” is and there is no clear threshold for punishment stated.

I invite every New Zealander to have their say on these changes on this government website, please click

Saturday, July 24, 2021

NZCPR Weekly: Troubled Waters Ahead

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

In this week’s NZCPR newsletter we pay tribute to last week’s nation-wide protests and we highlight the dangers of Jacinda Ardern’s Three Waters plan for the unprecedented transfer of billions of dollars of ratepayer-funded assets to central government with control of fresh water given to Maori tribal interests; our NZCPR Guest Commentator Bruce Smith, the Mayor of the Westland District Council, shares his concerns about the Three Waters proposal; and our poll asks whether you believe local councils should hold a binding referendum of residents and ratepayers before deciding whether to opt in or out of the Government’s Three Waters proposal.

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Breaking Views Update: Week of 18.07.21

Saturday July 24, 2021 

Datacom seals partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Datacom Group and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu have signed a strategic partnership to deliver a series of tech projects and a new pathway for Māori youth in the tech sector.

The agreement, which was inked yesterday, will see the South Island iwi and New Zealand’s largest home-grown technology provider working together to embrace new channels for training and development, Datacom Group CEO Greg Davidson said.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Bob Jones: Colonialism Nonsense

Try and imagine the carry-on in Britain if its government announced special privileges for the original Anglo-Saxon and Celt citizens.

Nearly 40% of today’s Brits are of non-traditional ethnicity. Take those of Indian ethnicity. They have the highest educational standards of all Britain’s diverse ethnicities. They also have the highest incomes and are the least likely to be in prison. The current cabinet is dominated by Indian ethnics, many of four generations back and most pundits are picking the current, (Indian ethnic) Chancellor as Boris’s successor.

But here in New Zealand the government’s posture, if in charge in Britain, would be that you citizens of Indian ethnicity, must step back and allow special privileges to the poor suffering original Anglo-Saxon and Celt inhabitants.

That is a parallel of what is happening here in New Zealand with maoridom.

Graham Adams: Ardern’s nightmarish weekend

Criticism of the government funding gangs and the media followed hard on the heels of nationwide protests by farmers

It should have been a weekend of media adulation to further burnish the Prime Minister’s international reputation as a consensus-builder. Late on Friday night, Jacinda Ardern hosted a virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting attended by the world’s most powerful politicians — including Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin (and Xi Jinping via a recorded message).

But news of that illustrious event was completely overshadowed by a massive protest by farmers and tradies earlier that day that took in more than 55 towns and cities the length of New Zealand. Organised by lobby group Groundswell NZ, the Howl of a Protest against the government’s environmental regulations — including the “ute tax” — saw convoys of tractors, trucks and utes rumble through main streets from Kaitaia to Invercargill.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Clive Bibby: The Irreverence of the Common Man

The joke below, told in his own inimitable style by the former Aussie PM Bob Hawke is a welcome diversion to the current woke mantra permeating our society that is doing its best to strangle every utterance that reflects the true feelings of the common man.

I have included it with my accompanying piece as much as anything in the hope that it will stimulate a revolt against the tyranny of a government operating without a mandate - silently eliminating our rights as law abiding citizens to share what is left of a way of life built on the Anzac spirit, established and fine tuned by past generations of decent, hard working Kiwis.

Effi Lincoln: Gout and the Treaty-driven misrepresentation of health equity statistics.

“Research is political, and we must ask the question “who will benefit from the research?” [Irahapeti Ramsden.  Cultural Safety and Nursing Education in Aotearoa and Te Waipounamu – 2002]

Yes. We must ask…

So what is gout?

Gout is a painful and debilitating condition.

It runs in my family.  Doctors frequently treated it poorly.

I recall an elderly relative turning his gnarled, tophaceous hands in bemused horror at what they had become; another, stricken with gout, wincing silently as she chopped the onions.


Their experience is a microcosm of the suffering many New Zealanders endure with gout.

It is an important condition that deserves wide recognition and continued efforts to manage using best practice.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Rodney Hide: Covid Reporting - Bought and Paid For

Professor Michael Baker’s recent Stuff comments appeared desperate and certainly revealing.

First, the desperate. He labelled the UK’s possible move from Covid-19 restrictions to freedom a “barbaric experiment”.

Let that sink in.

Returning to normal is a "barbaric experiment". But not locking people up, making them wear masks, not letting them hug nana, subjecting them to alert systems, track and trace, closing businesses, schools and playgrounds, etcetera. The restrictions themselves are not experimental or barbaric. But letting people go about their business is.

Professor Baker seemingly has no awareness of how messed up that sounds.

The UK Professor Lockdowns have gone further declaring more freedom “criminal”. There’s no science in any of this. There is no outline of the costs and consequences of alternative courses of action. There is only fear-inducing political hyperbole.

Ross Meurant: Time To Arm All Police 24/7

As a former AOS members I had some exposure to armed bandits.

Later in my police career when as a front-line commissioned officer, I was armed 24/7 with a .38 Smith & Wesson, on two occasions I confronted bandits armed with sawn off shotguns.

In the first instance, the bandit discharged his weapon from the shade of a tree some 20 meters from where I and 2 constables were alighting from a patrol car.  He missed? Later he was charged with attempted murder of me.

The second occasion happened as I was driving along Hight Street, Auckland CBD when a bank robber bandit stumble in front of my patrol car, dropping $20,000 in notes in the process.

Bob Edlin: How Ngai Tahu will be flush with governance powers under water reforms – but not in all parts of the South Island

Journalists hastened to work out what’s up for grabs in various bits of the country after the PM announced a $2.5 billion package for New Zealand’s 67 councils, if they opted in to the government’s water reforms.

This (we were reminded) follows $761m being given to councils for water infrastructure upgrades in July last year.

The media didn’t devote too much energy to examining how and/or why the boundary lines will be fixed when the responsibility for drinking water, wastewater, and storm water infrastructure is shifted from councils to four regional entities or the governance implications of having Three Waters boundaries aligned with tribal boundaries.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Bryce Edwards: The Democratic and equity deficits in the Three Waters reforms

The Government has begun a $3.5m advertising campaign to convince New Zealanders of the need for radical reform of our drinking, storm and wastewater. A consensus appears to be building on the need for change, but there are arguments against the Government’s “Three Waters” reforms. Have they come up with the right answer, or will the reforms make matters worse?

Equity problems in the Government proposals
There is an equity issue at the heart of the criticisms of the Three Waters proposal. This is because the reforms would effectively strip local government of their drinking, storm and wastewater roles and assets, transferring these to four regional mega-entities. The 67 local councils currently have very different levels of assets and debts that they are being asked to hand over.

GWPF Newsletter: EU climate plan dead on arrival as Hungary announces it will veto it


European Union rocked by wall of opposition over Net Zero costs

In this newsletter:

1) EU climate plan dead on arrival as Hungary announces it will veto it
Bloomberg, 15 July 2021

2) European Union rocked by wall of opposition over Net Zero costs
Global Warming Policy Forum, 16 July 2021

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Karl du Fresne: Funding our own indoctrination

A couple of weeks ago I was confronted by an unusually puerile full-page advertisement in the local paper. I say “unusually” because it goes without saying that a lot of advertising, on TV especially, could most charitably be described as less than cerebral. But this took infantilism in advertising to a new low.

The text was written as if intended for pre-schoolers. But rather than try to convey the tone of this nonsensical doggerel with a mere excerpt, I’ll reproduce it in its entirety:


What a stink as place that would be.
Trout would be grumpy.
Boating no fun.
And dirty ducks a sad sight to see.

Mean as manus wouldn’t be mean.
Showers a complete waste of time.
Bathrooms would be just rooms.
Togs just undies.
And our awa, all filthy with slime.

That’s why we’ve got a plan,
‘cos we’re water’s biggest fan.
So let’s make it better than fine.

NZ Police Officer: Government Funding of Mongrel Mob is Wrong

Hi all - I just want to put a local Hawkes Bay perspective on the Kahukura Drug Rehab funding for a program based in Waipawa with strong connections to Sonny SMITH who is National President of Notorious Mongrel Mob.

Before I go further I would like to say that I am normally in favour of any initiative that will support those fighting meth addiction and anything that would help take meth out of our communities. This includes support for the non traditional service providers because it is a case of ‘not one size fits all’.

Having said that here are my reasons why I don’t support this initiative in Waipawa.

Breaking Views Update: Week of 11.07.21

Saturday July 17, 2021 

Three waters reform funding: Bay of Plenty leaders want assurances Māori at the table
Bay of Plenty leaders have cautiously welcomed a $2.5 billion Government package for Three Waters reform, but some want assurances Māori are included in decision-making.

One mana whenua representative says "the devil is in the detail".

Friday, July 16, 2021

NZCPR Weekly: Unity or Division?

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

In this week’s NZCPR newsletter we reflect on the division within New Zealand that was caused by Apartheid in South Africa and we expose the false assumptions being used to justify dividing our country by race; our NZCPR Guest Commentator Ross Meurant shares his experience as a Commander of the 1981 Red Squad Springbok team protection unit and warns that by elevating Maori culture, the Government is introducing Apartheid into New Zealand; and our poll asks whether you believe the Ardern Government is taking New Zealand down the path of unity or division?

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Mike Hosking: I hope the Govt is listening to the farmers

I hope today is a very big day for provincial and rural New Zealand. ‘Groundswell’ is what they are calling it.

The protest is up and down the streets of this fine country by tractor and ute.

Basically, it's designed to send a message to Wellington that the rural dweller has had enough, and you can't simply ride rough shod over a significant proportion of the country without some blow back.

The Ute Tax has been the final straw, but it's been over three years coming. The Labour Party, sadly, is not a rural party and it shows.

GWPF Newsletter: ‘Civil war’ breaks out between ministers over cost of Net Zero


Boris Johnson warned not to hit struggling Brits with expensive plans to go green

In this newsletter:

1) ‘Civil war’ breaks out between ministers over cost of Net Zero
iNews, 12 July 2021  

2) Boris Johnson warned not to hit struggling Brits with expensive plans to go green 
The Sun, 8 July 2021

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

GWPF Newsletter - Not Zero: Inside the Tory Party Split on Decarbonisation


UK’s giant battery ‘farms’ spark fears of explosions even worse than the Beirut port blast

In this newsletter:

1) Not Zero: Inside the Tory Party Split on Decarbonisation
Politics Homes, 7 July 2021
2) Charles Moore: People are starting to confront the painful choices that Net Zero involves
The Daily Telegraph, 10 July 2021

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Professor Michael Kelly: Open Letter to PM on Climate Commission

12 July 2021

The Prime Minister, New Zealand.

Dear Prime Minister

The Climate Change Commission’s Advice Needs an Engineering Review

I am writing this letter with the support of a group of experienced engineers who have all brought multi-million-dollar projects to successful conclusions. I have determined that the advice of the Climate Change Commission requires that three key engineering projects must be completed well before 2050:

1. Electrifying ground transportation.;
2. Electrifying industrial, commercial and residential heat.
3. Constructing a major increase (~75%) in the capacity of our electricity generation, 
transmission and distribution systems to provide the power needed for projects 1 and 2.

Bob Edlin: Local government leaders can show Waititi how to dispose of democracy and adopt a Treaty-based system of representation

Maori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi was preaching to a powerful army of converts among local government leaders when he said New Zealand should forget about this democracy thing and adopt a Treaty-based system of government.

If he was accurately reported, Waititi expressed his belief that some citizens – by virtue of their race – should be more equal than others.

Can you guess which ones?

Monday, July 12, 2021

GWPF Newsletter: Building Back Blacker


U.S. coal output rising most since 1990 as global demand surges

In this newsletter:

1) Coal output in U.S. rising most since 1990 as global demand surges
Bloomberg, 8 July 2021
2) Europe's Net Zero push stokes fears of a public backlash
Reuters, 9 July 2021