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Politics & Gambling

Wednesday, 20 April 2022, 11:45 am | Andy Loader

While it may be said that politics and gambling are a crazy mix in fact there are many similarities between the two undertakings. Both undertakings primarily are about understanding; assessing and controlling risk with the main difference between the ... More >>

Capital Value Rating A Local Government Election Issue?

Friday, 4 March 2022, 2:14 pm | Andy Loader

Local body rates increase every year, often not only much faster than inflation but a significant contributor to it! A recent article published by Stuff shows a 60% rise in rates for the Christchurch City Council since 2014. Every wannabe ... More >>

ETS & Carbon Sequestration

Thursday, 10 February 2022, 6:57 am | Andy Loader

Forests have always played a critical part of our environment as carbon sinks, consuming about a quarter of the carbon dioxide pollution produced worldwide.   But increased wildfire risks have the potential to change forests from carbon sinks to ... More >>

Compulsory Te Reo Māori In Schools

Sunday, 6 February 2022, 6:27 pm | Andy Loader

Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon is today calling for compulsory te reo Māori classes to be introduced in schools within five years. A fluent te reo speaker himself says he wrote to the education Minister Chris Hopkins and other political party leaders ... More >>

Government Spending Priorities

Friday, 21 January 2022, 5:13 pm | Andy Loader

The Government has set aside $150 million for an Auckland harbour crossing for cyclists. In October, the Government scrapped a proposed $785m cycling and walking bridge in Auckland, just three months after unveiling it. After a huge public outcry the Government ... More >>

Lessons To Be Learnt

Wednesday, 19 January 2022, 1:56 pm | Andy Loader

RNZ today reported that Supermarkets are already stockpiling and industries are crisis planning for Omicron to break into the community "any day now". They reported that “Countdown Supermarkets are already taking note of their sibling-stores ... More >>

Three Waters Analysis

Friday, 5 November 2021, 2:16 pm | Andy Loader

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta last week said that the Government would legislate in early December to create four new water entities that would take on the water assets currently owned by councils. So we have a government which has an ... More >>

Missing In Action

Sunday, 31 October 2021, 5:54 pm | Andy Loader

Missing in Action In the past week we have seen Sir Russell Coutts accusing the Government of Dictatorship and we have seen headlines in the Wairarapa Times-Age of: “A deceitful lying pack of bastards” in relation to the Three Waters Reform. ... More >>

Three Waters

Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 4:59 pm | Andy Loader

Government pushes ahead with Three Waters reform, will take water services from councils. This was the headline reported by the Stuff website on 27th October 2021. The report said that the Government has decided to push ahead with Three Waters reforms ... More >>

Converting Waste To Electricity

Saturday, 23 October 2021, 7:31 am | Andy Loader

The Auckland region produces approximately one and a half million tonnes of waste per year that mostly goes into landfills. Collection and disposal of that waste stream is one of the largest services that the Auckland City Council provides to its ratepayers. ... More >>

Three Waters Reality Check

Monday, 27 September 2021, 11:13 am | Andy Loader

Nanaia Mahuta• 2ndMinister for Foreign Affairs, Local Government and Associate Māori Development18h • Edited • 18 hours ago The Three Waters Reform Programme will make a significant difference to the way in which asset management and waters ... More >>

Spinning the Covid Response

Friday, 27 August 2021, 8:46 am | Andy Loader

As of the 17th August we have been back in lockdown at level 4 in response to the arrival on our shores of the Delta Variant of Covid 19. With monotonous regularity we see our Prime Minister appearing on TV to give out the good news and then give ... More >>

Three Waters: Theft By Government

Tuesday, 27 July 2021, 2:48 pm | Andy Loader

In July 2020, the Government launched the Three Waters Reform Programme – a three-year programme to reform local government three waters service delivery arrangements. This reform programme builds on the progress made through the Three Waters Review ... More >>

Profiting From Crime

Tuesday, 27 July 2021, 2:45 pm | Andy Loader

Police officers are upset by the Government's funding of a gang-led methamphetamine programme and the NZ Police Association has totally rejected the proposed $2.75m funding for gang-led meth programme. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defended the $2.75 ... More >>

Reality Setting In

Friday, 16 July 2021, 9:20 am | Andy Loader

On Monday 5th July, we saw the results of the latest Roy Morgan poll of New Zealand political opinion. It was published under the headline “Is the Covid-19 honeymoon over for PM Jacinda Ardern”. The poll showed that support for Labour had slumped ... More >>

Water Quality & Indigenous Biodiversity V’s Koi Carp

Friday, 2 July 2021, 9:34 am | Andy Loader

The Primary Land Users Group (PLUG) have been advocating over the last six years for a program to be established to control/eradicate Koi Carp. Koi Carp are shown on the Department of Conservation (DOC) website, designated as an unwanted organism ... More >>

Skypath (cycle And Walking Bridge) vs Reality

Sunday, 27 June 2021, 5:14 pm | Andy Loader

The Herald on the 26th June 2021 reported Babies with burning temperatures forced to wait on hospital floor. “Newborns with burning temperatures and mums who'd just given birth were forced to wait on the floor at Middlemore Hospital for hours as ... More >>

Clean Car Standard

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 5:30 am | Andy Loader

The announcement from government: “If we don't move forward with policies like the Clean Car Standard and the Clean Car Discount, New Zealand will become a dumping ground for the world's dirtiest vehicles. “At the moment we have one of the dirtiest ... More >>

Government Work Load & Policy Implementation

Friday, 11 June 2021, 9:24 am | Andy Loader

When we think about government and its reason for being, we mainly think about development and maintenance of law & order and development and maintenance of infrastructure. So how does this all happen? Government makes decisions based on the will of the ... More >>

Paying The Bills

Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 9:34 am | Andy Loader

Whether we like it or not and whether we agree with it or not, it is an incontrovertible fact; Agriculture in NZ pays the majority of our bills!!! Yet we have now got to the stage with this current government where they value a cycle way over the Auckland ... More >>