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Government Risks Billions

The multi-billion-dollar fair trade deals (FTA) with the UK, and the EU, both heralded for their strong environmental commitments, are now jeopardised by government policies intent on sacrificing our natural heritage for short-term gain. The FTAs contain the strongest environmental pledges New Zealand has ever negotiated, including commitments to take steps to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, promote sustainable agriculture and address climate change. They have clear mandatory obligations that the Parties must comply with. For a government prioritizing economic growth, jeopardizing trade...

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A busy tool and machinery sale and an unclaimed World War 11 box

The Whitianga MENZSHED’s  raised over $2000 toward their new shed last Sunday, 18 February at their Tool and Machinery Garage Sale. It was busy and profitable and the space of their existing shed was a clear message to the community of just how much more space the MenZshed needs. It is estimated that the new shed will cost around $300k. The current shed is 70 square metres the new shed will be 360 square metres. “We need to raise a third of the cost ourselves before we can approach Lotto and other groups for funding,” said Glenn Schache, President of Whitianga MENZSHED. The group has raised...

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We are all equal

If we are equal, then any person who is aNZ citizen can stand for Council seats, ( or parliament). So why should Maori be given special rights over the rest? That is apartheid which I thought NZ was against. Our leaders do not have a god-given right to decide for us because of accident of birth. Kings and chiefs are an anachronism. We have a democracy now. The TCDC and WRC have both avoided public consultation when implementing race-based Councillors. Since when were’Maori Issues’ different to New Zealanders’ issues when it comes to what we spend our rates and taxpayers’ contributions. If we...

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Elite Pakeha

I strongly recommend Mr Church spend more time broadening his knowledge of Te Ao Māori, Te Tiriti, colonisation and his role as tangata Tiriti. To comment on things you only have one world view on is disingenuous and disinformation. I question if your willingness to only participate in the colonial view point is revealing your belief that pakeha and pakeha ways are elite. If you took the opportunity to participate in both sides, you’d have chuckled at Kingii Tūheitia’s comments and not been triggered. You’d understand the nuance of Willie Jackson’s comment vs Julian Batchelor’s and you’d have...

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Nationhood – The Magic of Democracy

In New Zealand, we have no slave mentality or lawful placement of slaves, therefore we are all free thinkers and obedient to the law of the land and to our God. For all. All are equal. The dilution of democracy by the denial of peoples’ choice by removal of referendum is the most corrosive process to democracy that exists. The Labour Party of New Zealand passed a law that removed the referendum opportunity and permitted a secular appointment of non-elected persons to govern the populace, to be elite amongst us all. The recent TCDC election to apply Maori Wards, was a surprise and yet Catherine...

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TIC – Tongue In Cheek ailment

Dear Trevor I sincerely hope you are convalescing sufficiently from your recent and most difficult operation, when you had your tongue removed from your cheek. You obviously severely suffered mentally as you went thru the portal, as your column is actually making sense, which is most unlike your previous pontifications. I congratulate you on this most difficult journey and wish you well as you progress to a full and total recovery. All the best for the future.

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Don’t gloss over ICE vehicles

EVs offer cheaper costs on long trips because you start the trip with around 400 km of range from home charging at cheap overnight electricity rates. A sensible driver on a 655 km journey would stop for at least a couple of half-hour breaks anyway which double as charging stops. Peter glosses over how 95% of EV charging is done at home overnight very cheaply, saving the owner $1000’s a year. Eight years is the time the batteries are guaranteed, not their total life.  Many EV batteries are recording 500,000 kms with minimal battery degradation. The reuse of older tech Nissan Leaf batteries...

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BEFORE AND AFTER TREES

The visits will improve once the regrowth begins and we can see a little already. We have been living there for three and a half years. Things were very bushy. We noticed one of the trees wasn’t looking so well. A lot of pieces were dried out and dying. We were not 100 per cent sure what kind of tree it was, but we knew it was sick. We called Andrew Noakes who does a monthly column in The Informer – “For the love of trees.”  He came, looked very carefully examining the tree and noticed the one next to it was on the same trajectory as its sick neighbour. The outcome is, he has cut out all...

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