You’d be forgiven for not noticing that the Government published a new draft energy strategy this week. It’s basically the same as the old energy strategy, which they published in 2011, but with one new target around industrial process emissions intensity. In short, it’s a missed opportunity that shows a lack of bold vision and […]
The Green Party has campaigned for several years for mandatory palm oil labeling to give consumers choice. Most consumers do not want to support a palm oil industry that is destroying tropical rainforests and contributing to dangerous climate change emissions.
This week’s reported comments by Fonterra chair John Wilson that dairy “volumes were only going to keep increasing” are troubling. Mr Wilson was supporting a potential renegotiation of the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Under the FTA dairy products such as whole milk powder attract higher tariffs when volume thresholds are reached, often early in […]
This week, Fonterra’s application to expand its milk-drying factory and burn more coal at Studholme, in South Canterbury, is being put to the test. The local council is considering the application and hearing from people who’ve asked to make submissions. It might come as a surprise to many people that Fonterra is one of New […]
Papers released under the Official Information Act show State-owned mining company Solid Energy plans to open some new coal mines. Is this the way forward for energy in New Zealand? Is this how Solid Energy plans to dig itself out of the pit it is in – spend more money developing coal mines? The company […]
On Labour Day the holiday traffic on State Highway 2 got a free education from our roadside rally against the Fonterra coal mine at Mangatawhiri. This event was organised by “Auckland Coal Action” so I drove over from Thames with Jeanette Fitzsimons and other locals to support the effort. There were some fantastic banners visible […]
On Monday I attended the powhiri and opening morning of the hearing for the proposed Mangatawhiri Coal Mine at the Mangatangi Marae. The hearing is between Glencoal (subsidiary of Fonterra) and the tangata whenua, local residents, Auckland Coal Action, Coal Action Network, the Green Party and others. Fonterra want to open cast mine 700,000 tonnes of […]
It may beggar belief, but perhaps it was inevitable. The NZ Government does not have the time to tackle climate change. It’s focused on milk damage-control. And it can only do one thing at a time. Last week, the PM’s chief scientific adviser released a report on climate change – its impact on human activity […]
I love voting. Well, I’m a politician – I would. But I particularly love voting for the annual Unpackit Awards.
Fonterra has just announced that it is renewing organic milk supply contracts in Manawatu, Taranaki, and Wairarapa for two years and three years for Waikato and Bay of Plenty farmers, but dropping Northland contracts as they come up for renewal. Manawatu, Taranaki and Wairarapa farmers had been told in 2011 that their contracts were not […]