John Key

NZ hikes terrorism threat to “low”, ignores Pentagon warning of “immediate” threat from climate change

by cindy October 20, 2014

So, the threat of a terrorist attack on New Zealand is upon us has risen from “very low” to “low” — second to lowest in a ranking that has six levels. Cabinet is now urgently reviewing our security laws to make sure we’re equipped to deal with this horrific new threat. The media has dedicated […]

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TDB Today: Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)

by Gareth September 24, 2014

Take the time to listen to Emma Thompson’s stirring address to the climate marchers in London last weekend, and then head on over to The Daily Blog where in my post this week I examine the likely consequences of the re-election of a National-led government, and ruminate on the need to get ideology and politics […]

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Things you can do about global warming now we have a new do-nothing government (same as the old one)

by Gareth September 22, 2014

Australia’s brilliant First Dog On The Moon on climate action (courtesy of The Tree), deemed by me to be relevant in the aftermath of an election that has delivered New Zealand another three years of National-led government, and therefore little prospect of serious action on climate matters. I’ll have a slightly less amusing reaction to […]

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We Play Dirty at the Climate Talks Too: New Zealand’s Dirty Politics of Climate

by Gareth September 1, 2014

This guest post is by David Tong, an Auckland based community lawyer working on his Master’s in Law on the UN climate talks. He chairs the P3 Foundation and co-chairs the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association, and last year tracked New Zealand’s climate negotiators as an Adopt a Negotiator Fellow. Nicky Hager’s Dirty […]

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TDB Today: Bought and paid for – the dirty politics of climate denial

by Gareth August 27, 2014

It was always going to be difficult to avoid writing more about the impact of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics and what it tells us about the way the present government and its supporters have behaved, so in my post at The Daily Blog this week — Bought and paid for – the dirty politics of […]

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Whale meat again – Slater’s climate pseudoskeptic siren songs

by Gareth May 6, 2014

New Zealand’s highest traffic blog is Cameron Slater’s Whale Oil Beef Hooked (try saying it in an Irish accent) — an aggressive right-wing sensationalist blog not noted for its delicate approach to current affairs. Unsurprisingly, Slater is an outspoken climate pseudoskeptic, with a long history of posts rubbishing climate science and the reality of climate […]

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Lip service: it’s all climate action ever gets from Key & Co

by Gareth April 16, 2014

As expected, the New Zealand government’s response to the IPCC’s Working Group 3 report on mitigating climate change pays lip service to the science, while maintaining that NZ is doing all that can be expected. Climate change minister Tim Groser’s press release said that the IPCC report’s call for intentional cooperation meant that NZ is […]

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TDB today: up a blind alley (without a paddle)

by Gareth March 12, 2014

In this week’s post at The Daily Blog — Up a blind alley (without a paddle) — I ruminate further on the message to be gleaned from last week’s flooding in Christchurch, and how ignoring the shape of things to come makes for bad government and worse politics: What happened in Christchurch was not a […]

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NZ government climate policy: look, a squirrel!

by Gareth December 16, 2013

Two major new government reports on New Zealand’s emissions projections and the expected impacts of four degrees of warming on NZ agriculture were released without fanfare last Friday — the timing clearly designed to minimise media fallout from reports that highlight the paucity and ineffectiveness of current climate policy settings. Climate change minister Tim Groser […]

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Our “fair share” of future disaster

by Bryan Walker September 7, 2013

The New Zealand Government has taken refuge from the challenge of climate change by recasting it as a matter of political positioning. This is nowhere more clearly seen than in the frequently reiterated claim that we are doing our “fair share” in the international effort to reduce emissions. It’s a brash claim in any case, […]

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