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SO MUCH THINKING ON EVS

I came close to buying one last year, but my research and consultation with friends who had bought one, suggested I wait. Below is a report from Consumer reports. It had a bearing on what vehicle I drive for now despite the hysteria on EV’S Updated on: December 8, 2023 / 5:38 PM EST / MoneyWatch     By Aimee Picchi Electric vehicles have nearly 80% more problems and are generally less reliable than cars propelled by conventional internal combustion engines, according to a new report from Consumer Reports. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) have an even worse scorecard, with an average...

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The Economy Rules (or does it?)

His science-backed evidence revealed that species numbers are dwindling, some classed as “vulnerable”, plus the scientific consensus on the presence of certain neural pathways indicating that fish feel a form of stress and very likely, a form of pain. (Why else do they fight?) The blatant hypocrisy on the front page of this week’s edition, where the Kubota Billfish Classic Tournament receives a hearty welcome—– – above the bold headline, “Protecting What We Have” (about moving sand on an ephemeral sand spit) is surely not lost on readers. Or is it?

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MAKING THAT SUBMISSION COUNT BECAUSE WHAT YOU BELIEVE COUNTS

Sometimes a submission form is provided or groups opposing a proposal often do a template form for members to fill out. Otherwise you can write or type up your own to be emailed or posted to the proposers (eg TCDC) by a deadline. The current deadline for TCDC is Monday, 8 April. (No one’s going to check your spelling or mark it!) The important points to include: 1. Start with a heading giving the reference number or description of the proposal (eg Long Term Plan 2024 -Rates or Storm water). 2. Give your name and contact details. State whether you are submitting in support or opposition...

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LONG TERM PLAN – every $ counts

Council asking for input on the long-term plan neatly sidesteps the issue of culture and optics. With almost 75% of TCDC voting centre right at the last election, those tea leaves shouldn’t be lost on elected officers and council team leaders irrespective of officers’ personal leanings. Every cent saved helps hundreds of households. Having a culture where asking the right questions is crucial – e.g. “What problem are we trying to solve?”, “How material is the problem to peoples’ lives”, ”What are the consequences of doing nothing?”. This approach would have saved money on beach signs, bollards...

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Grand promises crumble

National had a reasonable but unspectacular position on tackling pollution and the climate crisis but is now showing its true colours. Their pre-election environmental stance was as solid as a house of cards in Cyclone Gabrielle when Seymour and Jones got a say. Remember those grand promises of cleaning up freshwater, boosting biodiversity, and delivering for the climate? Yeah, forget those. Instead, we get a laundry list of policy reversals that read like a handbook on how to dismantle environmental progress. Forget freshwater protection or keeping mining out of Coromandel’s native forests...

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Fast track Law an outrage

Massive open cast mines and tailings dams containing millions of tons of toxic sludge will now be possible on conservation land north of the Kopu Hikuai where previously they were off limits to mining, – all at the whim of self-loving egotistical Minister Shane Jones. Three decades of community action with overwhelming public support gained special protection from mining for the northern Coromandel.  This protection was created under a National Government in 1998 and has been the law ever since.  Now this essential protection for our forests and coastal areas is being trashed by this extremist...

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DISGUSTING

He clearly has a strong prejudice towards Māori and a lack of knowledge of Te Tiriti, Colonisation and recent research on how best to move forwards. Trevor is only here because of Te Tiriti. I’d suggest he drops his ill conceived beliefs and do some proper research before sharing his opinion so he can stop making a fool of himself.

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