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SPARE A THOUGHT FOR OUR GOOD FRIEND MILT

The Greens have always been treated with disdain by the Labour Party and forced to eat crumbs while being denied seats at the Cabinet table by NZ First whose leader has vowed never ever to break bread with them.  

And so it continues with the announcement by Labour that in order to expedite the consent progress they are amending the RMA to remove the right of individuals to object to applications … a tenet the Greens have long held too as written in stone.

So one again the Greens have been f****d over right royally just as they were with the Waka jumping legislation.   Clearly they are viewed by Cabinet as irrelevant and, equally clearly, like the quintessential ‘battered wife’ they come crawling back in the full and certain knowledge that another thumping awaits them just around the corner.   

Understandable because they have painted themselves into a corner all of their own making.

But you do have to feel a tad sorry for Milt …. almost.

Written by The Veteran

May 4, 2020 at 10:06 pm

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THE PLAN

Business has been calling out for the Government to make clear its plan for the economy post the lock-down.

Today we were treated to a glimpse of that … the announcement by the Greens Julie Anne Genter, Associate Minister of Transport, that arterial routes in Auckland would be narrowed in order to accommodate wider footpaths and cycle-ways to be funded per courtesy of the government (NZTA).     A bold plan indeed (sarc).

Well done the Greens.   Keep it up guys and you’ll be pushing 2% come the election.

Written by The Veteran

April 12, 2020 at 8:14 am

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LABOUR CUTTING FREE

There is a very good post over at Bowalley Road here regarding the intention of the government to introduce legislation providing for restrictions on the freedom of speech prior to the election.    Chris Trotter sees that as a sure fire election loser.   The political ‘right’ will have a field day.

More interesting perhaps is that, in doing so, the government has clearly told Winston to shove it.    The legislation will be an anathema to the rapidly dwindling NZ First constituency.    Clearly Labour has taken notice of the cloud hanging over NZ First and faced them down.   Winston blinked … ‘they’ can’t go feral.   Turkeys don’t vote for an early Xmas.

Twill be interesting to see if the Greens, having been previously humiliated by Winston First on the policy front, now grow a set of gonads and push back too.    There’s only so much of the ‘battered wife’ syndrome that any self respecting Party can ensure.

Happy daze.

Written by The Veteran

February 24, 2020 at 9:52 pm

Thanks Jacinda. Next Step is the Kaimai Expressway

Well that’s what I’m going to call it. It will be the next logical step to connect to the Waikato Expressway which will be finished in 2021 with the completion of the Hamilton section.

Kaimai Expressway – Cambridge, Piarere, Te Poi, Kaimai, Tauranga

Incidentally, another section of that network, the Huntly Bypass, will finally open on February 16, which is going to be a big deal for those who have trekked through the crimped, dangerous Huntly section of SH1 over the decades.

SH1 through Huntly                             Bypass through Taupiri Mountain

An awful lot of crosses and flowers mark that path and I know of nobody who has not had at least one bad fright over the years. Strangely the most dangerous part was a set of straights just North of Huntly along the Waikato River, a section not bypassed until the mid-2000’s with the Ohinewai expressway – which then sat stranded for over a decade with two-lane connections at each end. Such is our decision-making.

And here is yet another example of that. The intersection of SH1 with SH29 at Piarere, which is a shocker. I’ve been driving that route since the early 1980’s and the intersection has not changed in all that time. But the traffic load certainly has.

Piarere intersection SH1-SH29, North Island

Last summer I happened to be driving north on SH1 when I reached this intersection and saw a 2-3km long trafffic jam on SH29 coming from Tauranga/Mt Manganui, all waiting to to turn right onto SH1.

There are rumours it may be replaced with a roundabout, which will improve things, but only to the extent that desperate SH29 drivers will be tempted to gun the engine and hope for the best. It’s a bandaid.

All this came to mind yesterday with the announcement that the Labour-led government is going to put $6 billion into roading, notably including a number of projects it inherited from the previous National-led government and placed on hold in 2017.

It was inevitable really. NZ MMP government at its “best”, wobbling from side-to-side before coming back to the sensible middle.

In this case, roads.

Let’s Retcon the crap out of this.

They can carry everything from foot-traffic and ox-carts (SHTF scenario) to autonomous electric cars and trucks. Vastly more flexible than those things with concrete cross-ties and steel rails.

People in Europe are still riding on roads the Romans built, or at least the remnants of them, covered in modern materials

The only waste being time; in this case two years of virtue signalling.

There’s also some caveats.

First, this is election year, which always means lolly scrambles. But following the election we could be looking at a Green-Labour government (I always put the Green’s first because they’re the ones who will lead Labour with ideas). Such a government could simply reverse this decision and decide to spend the money on some grand Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga rail-link upgrade. The Greens have seen what Winston does with real power and they will have learned.

Second is that pressure had been growing on the government from the likes of Fulton Hogan and other road-builders with regard to future work. With nothing more in front of them than completing the twelve major projects started under National and with progress varying between 30% to 90% on each of those, such companies were already getting close to capping and then reducing their people and equipment, which could hobble future government plans. I had thought that might be the intention. This announcement will likely retain the capabilities, but the real question is what will be done with them.

Which brings up the third point: this government has shown that it’s big on announcements and small on delivery: $6 billion is not actually that much money in the context of new highway construction. For example Local Government alone is expected to spend some $90 billion on infrastructure in the next ten years. This money could easily evaporate away into thousands of piddling “upgrades” of roading – like the notorious chain-link fencing placed on the Long Swamp section of SH1 years ago even as dual-carriageway roading was built North and South of it.

But assuming that at least some of the RONS projects are reinstated and then actually started this announcement will be a good thing, although it will enrage the Greens.

During a varsity Old Boys reunion a year ago I had an interesting chat with a Waikato-based roading engineer about two projects in particular.

The first was the awful section at the Northern end of the Desert Road: why had nothing been done about it over the decades? His answer was that it’s to do with government land on one side and Iwi land on the other. It’s just never been possible to reach agreement on the land swaps that straightening SH1 would require in the area for bridges, fillings and cuttings. Perhaps it’s simply that not enough focus has been placed on it, as I find it hard to believe that some compromise could not have been reached between the parties, but here we are.

The second was around my idea of a Kaimai expressway. He told me that there were plans to extend the Waikato Expressway to Piarere and then along SH29 to Tauranga / Mt Manganui. They’d even begun land purchases and/or notifications in the hills above Lake Karapiro. All mothballed by Genter and company the moment they got into government in 2017.

Mind you, as he said, plans once written are never trashed. They’re sitting in cupboards, filing cabinets and back-up HDD’s just waiting for a future government that will have no choice but to deal with the swelling commercial and private traffic in the SH1/SH29 region. For all the yammering about this generations nuclear-free moment the Kaimai expressway is going to happen. Just not until the 2030’s probably.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 30, 2020 at 6:33 pm

Continental Drift and Its Victims

A few days ago, my fellow blogger, The Veteran, drew attention to protests on the West Coast against the Labour-Green-NZ First government in this piece: YOU DIDN’T SEE THIS ON TV:

The rally heard speakers from all sectors of West Coast industries; mining, farming, tourism, forestry, plus lines company Westpower and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae.    They railed against the freshwater action plan, the ban on new mining on conservation land, the Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill, the rejection of windblown timber legislation, the canning of the proposed hydro dam on the Waitaha river all of which were seen as doing ‘irrevocable harm’ to the West Coast economy.

Ye Olde Classic Lefty, Chris Trotter, has now joined the fray in yet another of his almost endless paens to a lost world in The Message From Messenger Park:

It’s precisely this widening gulf between those with actual experience of things like guns, chainsaws and drilling machines, and those who regulate their use, that accounts for the angry crowd at Greymouth’s Messenger Park. In the rarefied atmosphere where decisions to shut down whole industries are made, hands-on experience is not only rare – it’s despised. What do workers know about anything?

For a start, they know that human-beings have been changing nature for millions of years. From the moment some brave ancestor pulled a burning branch from the edge of a blazing forest, our species ceased to be just another mammal. From chipping flint to smelting steel, humanity’s relentless drive to innovate and alter has granted it, in the solemn language of Genesis: “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

You don’t truly understand this truth until, using your own strength and skill, and the strength and skill of your workmates, you collectively transform your world. And that sort of truth: the knowledge you gain down in a mine or felling a tree: you won’t find in a book anywhere.

Good solid Working Class stuff! Salt of the Earth. The sort of thing laughed at regularly by university graduates for decades now, whether they were Lefties in the Humanities Departments or Righties in Commerce and Management Studies.

But what really cracked me up was the following comment from one “Sanctuary“, familiar to most readers here for his always-angry rants on blogs like The Standard and Kiwiblog about the failures of the Left and the evils of the Right.

Wah wah wah, cry me a river. I am heartily sick and tired of the whining exceptionalism of coasters and farmers. Plenty of people work hard for sweet f**k all, try being an all night cleaner in Tamaki’s industrial sprawl.

The world is changing. Coasters seem to think they have a right to do what they want because, reasons. Nobody forces them to live in that rainy and dreary place. Yes, their way of life is out of date. So stop whinging that the rest of us have some sort of obligation to support a dying way of life, like some sort of giant outdoor paean to the 20th century and accept it.

I had a bit of deja vu as I read that, for it could have come from the pen of any Rogergnome in the 1980’s that one cares to name as they wrote about the dead and dying world of the Polish Shipyard that was the NZ government-economy.

So much for all the criticism heaped on the “Labour Party Traitors” and the Right for crushing and destroying the outdated world of Sanctuary and his friends.

Turns out that his only real objection was being the target. It’s rather like his Leninist forebears in 1900’s Russia whining about the cruelties of the Okhrana, the Czar’s secret police – only to set up a vastly more evil secret police, the Cheka, as soon as they got hold of the levers of power.

Similarly, now that the boot is on Sanctuary’s leafy suburban foot it’s time for that boot to stamp on the faces of the Coasters – forever.

It also reminded me of a present-day argument presented in this article written in March 2016:

The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. Forget all your cheap theatrical Bruce Springsteen crap. Forget your sanctimony about struggling Rust Belt factory towns and your conspiracy theories about the wily Orientals stealing our jobs. Forget your goddamned gypsum, and, if he has a problem with that, forget Ed Burke, too.

The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn’t analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means that they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul.

That’s hardline Rightie, Kevin Williamson, writing in the classic Right-Wing magazine, National Review.

It could be Sanctuary writing about the West Coast of NZ.

Incidently the title of that NR article is The Father-Führer, where Williamson raged against the populism of Trump as he appealed to save these American places that can’t be saved.

Perhaps like the 1980’s we are about to see a new “Rightish” realignment within the Labour Party between the likes of the Sanctuary’s and the Williamson’s, as we’ve seen between elements of the “new” Democrats and WTO Republicans in the US.

By the same token, in the USA we’ve seen a “Leftish” realignment with Working Class Democrats voting for the GOP – well, specifically for Trump in 2016, much to Williamson’s disgust. Or the “strange” realignment that seems to be taking place in Britain since at least the Brexit referendum, where a polling trend shows the Working Class increasingly supporting the Tories.

The continental plates of Western democracies appear to be cracking and shifting. In the case of the West Coast I doubt that voting National will change anything for the Coasters, given that National are equally in thrall to the urban voters who know little of the provincial-rural world and care even less.

Still, Sanctuary’s words, coming as they do from a hard-core Labour Party man, should be sent to every West Coaster along with the message:

This Is What You’re Voting For.

ONE FOR MILT

Milt … a point of information.     I have been looking at the Green Party Constitution.     I note that clause 8.8(e) requires that there should be a strong emphasis on gender balance in the selection of delegates to attend the Party Annual Conference.     I had in the back of my mind that this also applied to the ranking of the Green Party List but clearly as the 2017 election returned only two male MPs (out of 8) that has gone by the board.

Are you in a position to confirm that gender balance no longer applies in determining List ranking and, if so, how does that square with clause 8.8(e)?

Looking at the 2017 Green Party List and were that to be repeated in 2020 it is entirely possible that James Shaw could end up being the only male Green Party MP. 

Written by The Veteran

November 21, 2019 at 2:10 am

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YOU KNOW WHAT REALLY GETS ME GOING ABOUT THE GREENS

Its their holier than thou attitude regarding climate change.   Woe betide anyone who does not accept lock, stock and barrel their narrative.   They are immediately labelled a climate change denier and their opinion ridiculed.

The Greens remind me of fundamentalist bible bashers … repent from your evil ways or you’re going to eternal hell and damnation in a handcart.     Well, sumpin for nuffin … they don’t own the truth and their way is not necessarily the best way forward.    And all this from a Party whose environmentalist credentials are tarnished by their refusal to support the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary proposal and their mute opposition to the decision to remove video cameras from our commercial fishing fleet as a means of monitoring the catch … technical reasons of course and nothing to do with campaign donations to NZ First by the fishing industry.

Yep, the Greens can be purchased for the chance to sit at the cabinet table.   Just don’t come the high a mighty and all prissy with me because fundamentally you’re zealots and zealots and good government are mutually exclusive.   

Written by The Veteran

September 2, 2019 at 2:59 am

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Will NZ Political History Repeat Itself

As I look at the developing and hardening of factions within the Green Caucus I cannot help but wonder if we are going to have a repeat of the first MMP Government where one of the current governing parties hemorrhages internally, namely the Green Party – not unlike NZFirst in 1996-1999. Lets look at the similarities.

With NZFirst it was the Maori members, self titled, `The Tight Five’ of Tau Henare, Tuku Morgan, Tuariki Delamere, Rana Waitai and Tu Wyllie who broke away from their party and led eventually to Jenny Shipley disbanding the coalition.

Now we have a group of Green Party members led by Co-Leader Marama Davidson, and including activists Chloe Swarbrick, Golriz Gahraman and Jan Logie. They have been present at the protest at Ihumatao despite being part of the Government and that can only lead to tensions with their Coalition Support partners Labour and NZFirst. In my view these Green Party MP’s are abusing their positions as part of the current government.

Add to the above the fact that there is increasing speculation around the traps and in media that Co-Leader James Shaw is coming under pressure from within the party to give up his more centrist stance and move further to the left. It would appear that Shaw.s intimation that the Green Party would be receptive to some Genetic Modification of seeds etc has not gone down well within the wider party. He may well suffer the consequences to the detriment of the governing coalition.

Written by pdm1946

August 6, 2019 at 2:35 am

A GREEN PARTY ACTIVIST SPEAKING THE TRUTH

My very good friend Lord Egbut Nobacon commented in another thread about the near upset win by the Democrat candidate in the Ohio 12th District Special Congressional election where the Republican candidate is ahead by less than 2,000 votes in what was a deep red Republican seat and with absentee votes still to be counted.

But flying below the radar in all of this is that Joe Manchik, the Green Party candidate who received 1,127 votes and earned himself official ‘spoiler’ status, claims to be descended from aliens.   His facebook page records that his ancestors originally came from from a planet orbiting a star in the Pleiades star cluster located in the constellation of Taurus.

One Green Party activist telling what we all suspected … now from which planet cometh the NZL branch of the family?

Written by The Veteran

August 8, 2018 at 10:29 pm

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ECO-TERRORISTS SHOWING THEIR HAND

Aotearoa Water Action (AWA) handed over a 115,000 strong petition to ECAN yesterday calling on them to revoke three consents allowing for foreign companies (with ‘Chinky’ sounding names) to bottle water and export it overseas.

Is one allowed to wonder whether the fact that these are foreign owned companies stirred AWA to such righteous indignation.

AWA’s press release refers to 24 million litres being taken from the ground aquifer each and every day.    What it didn’t say was that New Zealand’s total bottled water exports are in the order of 11 million litres per year … less than half of one days draw down.

And we won’t even talk about the jobs created by the industry and the goods and services utilised in the process.

Some will see this as the ugly face of xenophobia.   Others will see it as the public face of Eco-terrorist Nazis.   

Written by The Veteran

April 27, 2018 at 10:13 pm