Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mole News

Council and iwi move towards working relationship
TURANGA iwi and Gisborne District Council are one step closer to seeing what a co-governance relationship could look like after holding a local leadership board symposium yesterday.

It is a move towards iwi and GDC working together on the sustainable management of natural and physical resources, in a post-Treaty of Waitangi settlement environment.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: We Were Wrong, Climate Scientists Concede

How The IPCC And Climate Alarmists Hid The Good New About Global Warming

In this newsletter:

1) We Were Wrong, Climate Scientists Concede
Ben Webster, The Times, 19 September 2017 
2) David Whitehouse: Climate Change Will Take Longer, Say Scientists
GWPF Observatory, 19 September 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Daniel Mitchell: The Real Victims of Class-Warfare Taxation

Remember John Kerry, the former Secretary of State and Massachusetts Senator, the guy who routinely advocated higher taxes but then made sure to protect his own wealth? Not only did he protect much of his fortune in so-called tax havens, he even went through the trouble of domiciling his yacht outside of his home state to minimize his tax burden.

I did not object to Kerry’s tax avoidance, but I was irked by his hypocrisy. If taxes are supposed to be so wonderful, should not he have led by example?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Brian Arrandale: Beware Labour and the Greens

If Labour do take this election with a clear mandate, then we can truly give them the dubious accolade that they are instituting their agricultural policy of eliminating the only world dairy Industry which can economically produce dairy products without the aid of subsidies.  

But emotive and exaggerated environmental concerns over ride economics and a greatly reduced export income. Although according to the Labour/Green electioneering this country will be a cleaner greener place with rivers sparkling.  (They forgot to mention the huge urban pollution from towns and cities)! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pat Palmer: The bureaucratic beat-up on home fires and wood burners

In 2007 the Health and Air Pollution in New Zealand report (HAPiNZ) from the Ministry for the Environment estimated that fine particles (PM10) in the air in New Zealand caused 1,170 premature deaths each year. 

This estimate was based on an epidemiological study from Europe and assumed that PM10 from all sources - blast furnaces, diesel trucks, petrochemical industries, or from your toaster - are all equally toxic. Most PM10 in the New Zealand air has been fairly reliably measured as coming from home fires.

Lindsay Mitchell: Jacinda Ardern will increase poverty because she doesn't understand the drivers

Last year I wrote a paper which explored the link between child poverty and family structure. 

The strongest correlation with child poverty is single parent families on welfare. Additionally, children born into de facto relationships - which had a much higher likelihood of dissolving than marriages - were much more likely to become poor.

In a Sunday Star Times column Jacinda Ardern attacked my research:

This week I opened the paper to find some astonishing "news" - a lack of marriage is to blame for child poverty.

Garth McVicar: Labour weakness on bail law a dangerous back-flip

The Sensible Sentencing Trust is deeply concerned at statements made by Labour Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis on Three's The Nation programme today that they may 'review' the Bail Amendment Act 2013.

The changes to bail brought in by the Bail Amendment Act 2013 simply 'reset' the bail law to a standard the public expect - and that should have already been in place.  For many years, the New Zealand public had repeatedly expressed their outrage and deep concern at the extent of crime committed by offenders on bail.  The fact the remand population has increased so significantly reflects just how lax the law used to be.  We now have a new normal, and that is a good thing.

NZCPR Weekly: Election 2017 - Style versus Substance

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This week, in our final Election 2017 update, we look into the ‘hot’ election topic of tax and investigate some of the promises that have been made by Labour, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Anthony Willy explains why the Labour Party’s plan to disclose the details of tax policies after the election is so dishonest, and this week’s poll asks whether you agree with Labour that New Zealand needs more taxes? 

All of our NZCPR Election 2017 updates can be viewed on our homepage.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Australian PM Face Rebellion Over Green Energy Policy

Tony Abbott To Outline Energy Policy At Annual GWPF Lecture

In this newsletter:

1) Malcolm Turnbull Faces Power Play From Tony Abbott Over Green Energy Policy
Dennis Atkins, The Courier-Mail, 13 September 2017 
2) Tony Abbott To Outline Energy Policy At Annual GWPF Lecture
The West Australian, 13 September 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Australian Govt Walks Away From Green Energy Target

World Building New Coal Plants Faster Than It Shuts Them

In this newsletter:

1) Back to Black: Australian Govt Walks Away From Green Energy Targets
Financial Review, 13 September 2017

2) Tony Abbott Fuels Push From Backbench Against Clean Energy Target

The Australian, 12 September 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hugh Barr: Tribal groups threatening the public’s foreshore and seabed

National’s Marine and Coastal Area Act (2011) controversially gave Maori tribal groups the ability to privatise New Zealand’s foreshore and seabed out to 22.2 Km (12 nautical miles) from shore, if they could prove that they had exclusively used  and occupied an area of the coast and territorial sea from 1840 to the present day.

Until the 2011 Act, New Zealand’s foreshore and seabed had been in public ownership since 1840, when the colony adopted British law, under which the territorial sea is declared a public common, to which the public generally has access.

Anthony Willy and Anthony De Reeper: A Capital Gains Tax Yes or No

First published 9 September  2014 
Taxation is at the heart of the establishment and maintenance of civil society.  The difficulty is in knowing how much to extract from the wealth producing members of society.

Nothing much has changed since the seventeenth century when Jean-Baptiste Colbert the Controller General of Finances to Louis XIV’S remarked that “the art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing.” 

GWPF Newsletter: A $150 Billion Misfire - How Forecasters Got Irma Damage So Wrong

Did Climate Change Cause Hurricane Irma To Fizzle?

In this newsletter:

1) A $150 Billion Misfire: How Forecasters Got Irma Damage So Wrong
Bloomberg, 12 September 2017 
2) History Shows There Was Nothing Unusual About Hurricane Irma
Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That, 12 September 2017 

Frank Newman: Labour's Tax Plan - clarified!

Jacinda Ardern has clarified Labour's tax policy: 
"Now let me be absolutely clear about this so there is no doubt. 
"Our tax plan is the plan we had before we had the most recent plan. 
"It's fair that everyone pays their fair share unless we believe it's not fair, in which case we will be fair and reasonable.  
"This is not a reversal or back down - it's my Captain's call.  
"People are telling us they want this clarity, and we are listening to their call. 
"It has nothing to do with our slide in the polls."

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Beyond Hurricane Hype: A Reality Check

Hurricane Irma Comes 7th In List Of Landfalling U.S. Hurricanes

In this newsletter:

1) Hurricane Irma Comes 7th In List Of Landfalling U.S. Hurricanes
Watts Up With That, 10 September 2017 
2) How Did Irma Get So Strong? Hint: Not Global Warming
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 10 September 2017 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Matt Ridley: Principles versus rules in free trade

Why does the European Union raise a tariff on coffee? It has no coffee industry to protect so the sole effect is to make coffee more expensive for all Europeans. 

Even where there is an industry to protect, protectionism hurts far more people than it helps. Last October the EU surreptitiously quintupled the tariff on imported oranges to 16 per cent to protect Spanish citrus producers against competition from South Africa and punish the rest of us. It imposes a tax of 4.7 per cent on imported umbrellas, 15 per cent on unicycles and 16.9 per cent on sports footwear.

Brian Arrandale: Back From The Past

Rotten ‘List’ Boroughs - why have we returned to the past in electoral terms?
In 1832, Britain in passing the “Great Reform Act” was instrumental in once again, following the early principal instituted in the signing of Magna Carta. It was followed by a long overdue Ballot Act of 1872, which introduced the secret Ballot. 
The passing of these two Acts over time, allowed the majority of people to enjoy the privilege of being able to vote in their Representatives into Parliament; without the interference of privilege, or the fear of recrimination in the way a person votes.

Frank Newman: New Zealand's Got Talent

Jacinda Ardern is cool - Bill English isn't. That's a significant challenge for National, but it's not the only challenge it has. National is too establishment. Boring, safe, prudent - but boring. Being fiscally responsible matters - a lot - but does not matter enough to enough people to assure National of another term in Parliament.

The world  is rising against the establishment; Trump vs Clinton, Brexit, the UK election result, the rise of Emmanuel Macron in France. National is just too establishment for its own good.  Their smug born-to-rule attitude is far too evident in the likes of Chris Finlayson and Nick Smith, and to a lesser extent Simon Bridges. It's a party that does not do humble well.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Frank Newman: Labour's capital gains tax proposal

Labour has foreshadowed the introduction of a capital gains tax (CGT), but given no detail of what such a tax could look like if it were to be elected government - as is now a real possibility.

Labour has said it would implement the recommendations of a yet to be formed Tax Working Group. Labour will set the terms of reference and appoint the members of that Group. Given that lack of independence there is every reason to believe the recommendations of the Working Group will reflect the wishes of the Labour Party. 

Karl du Fresne: Why journalistic objectivity is vital in a democracy

What a civilised election campaign this has been – so far, anyway. And what a contrast with the firestorms of 2014, when Nicky Hager and Kim Dotcom did their best to skew the election result. 

To their credit, the voters paid no attention to the noisy distractions. They took the phone off the hook.

Melanie Phillips: No trace of objectivity

The BBC Today programme has long been a shill for liberalising the drug laws. This morning’s edition, however, ran an item at 0810 which almost caused me to fall off my chair.

The item was pegged to the collapse of the prosecution case against people accused of supplying nitrous oxide (the “laughing gas” used by dentists). This has called into question a law passed last year banning such so-called “legal highs” which are considered a loophole in the drug laws. All too predictably, the discussion was soon steered from this specific issue into “bringing fresh thinking to bear on the whole problem” (code for drug liberalisation).

GWPF Newsletter: Prince Charles ‘Wrong’ On Climate Link To Syria War

New Research Disputes Claims That Climate Change Helped Spark The Syrian Civil War

In this newsletter:

1) Prince Charles ‘Wrong’ On Climate Link To Syria War
Ben Webster, The Times, 8 September 2017

2) Jan Selby et al. (2017) Climate Change And The Syrian Civil War Revisited
University of Sussex, September 2017

NZCPR Weekly: Election 2017 - Idealism vs Realism

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week, we have been examining Parliamentary party manifestos and outline some of the promises that are being made, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Frank Newman provides an analysis of party policies that target residential property investors, and this week’s poll asks if New Zealand First holds the balance of power after the election, whether you think they will support National or Labour.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: James Lovelock On ‘Wicked’ Renewables & Why He Changed His Mind On Climate Change

First Harvey, Then Irma And Jose. Why? It’s The Season

In this newsletter:

1) James Lovelock On ‘Wicked’ Renewables And Why He Changed His Mind On Climate Change
James Delingpole, The Spectator, 9 September 2017
2) First Harvey, Then Irma And Jose. Why? It’s The Season
The New York Times,  6 September 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Pacific Ocean Cools Rapidly La Nina Threatens Early Return

South Africa Set For Biggest Maize Crop Harvest On Record

In this newsletter:

1) Pacific Ocean Cools Rapidly, La Nina Threatens Early Return
John Kemp, Reuters, 5 September 2017 

2) South Africa Set For Biggest Maize Crop Harvest On Record
The South Africa, 1 September 2017 

Richard Epstein: When Women Earn Less Than Men

This past week, the Trump administration rolled back an order that the Obama White House put into place to collect information about various disparities in labor markets. 

Last year, the Obama administration issued a “Fact Sheet” grandly titled “New Steps to Advance Equal Pay,” which contained a proposal “to annually collect summary pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity from businesses with 100 or more employees.” In total, the proposal would cover some 63 million people. The purpose of collecting the data was to provide “better insight into discriminatory pay practices across industries and occupations,” which would in turn give “women additional tools to fight pay discrimination.”

Monday, September 4, 2017

Brian Giesbrecht: One Set of Laws for All

A steadily increasing number of successful Canadians are proud of their Aboriginal heritage, but they have integrated into the Canadian economy and society. Political actor Wab Kinew, writer Tomson Highway, and Senator Murray Sinclair come to mind.

Many ethnic and racial groups strive to maintain separate ethnic, religious, or cultural identities in the face of the powerful homogenizing forces of assimilation. Some of these groups also have histories of being victims of intense discrimination, and many people struggle to keep their cultures alive under difficult conditions. Obvious examples are Jews, Chinese, Sikhs, Hutterites, Mennonites, and of course, Aboriginals.

Kevin Donnelly: Wear it Purple Day and other cultural-left moves sending us puce

Given the re-emergence of the Safe Schools program, a NSW primary school putting on a Stolen Generations play where children dress as nuns and victimise Aboriginal children, and the Australian Education Union’s campaign to promote the LGBTI Wear it Purple Day, there’s no doubt that the cultural left now dominates our education system.

The overwhelming majority of parents send their children to school to learn the basics, to socialise with other students and to acquire the knowledge and skills to be good citizens and to be better prepared for further study or the workforce.

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: Iconoclasm 21st century style

During the Middle Ages, there was an outbreak of smashing up of statues of religious significance – iconoclasm, which literally means the destruction of icons – which the perpetrators (iconoclasts) regarded as idolatrous.

Statues can be potent symbols of power that may attract iconoclastic attention should they be associated with toppled regimes. Many a statue of Lenin and Stalin were brought down after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and in Iraq people flocked to witness statues of Saddam Hussein biting the dust after his demise.

Frank Newman: Tenant WOF and promising infrastructure

The Hawke's Bay District Health Board is taking a practical and enlightened view when it comes to rental property. They have introduced a two-session course called "Ready to Rent" which teaches tenants about their rights and responsibilities when renting and basic skills like cleanliness and heating.

In effect, those who complete the course receive a "warrant of fitness" in the form of a letter of support, which they can present when applying for properties. It appears to be a first for New Zealand, although similar schemes of the same name have been in running overseas for a number of years.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Dan Mitchell: New Zealand’s Road Map for Sweeping Pro-Market Reform

No, it doesn’t rank above Hong Kong and Singapore, which routinely rank as the two jurisdictions with the most economic liberty.

But it deserves praise for rising so far and fast considering how the country was mired in statist misery just three decades ago. That’s the story of this great video, narrated by Johan Norberg, from Free to Choose Media. It’s runs 56 minutes, but it’s very much worth your time.

NZCPR Weekly: Election 2017 - Taxing and Spending

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week, we examine the spending promises of the political parties in the run up to the election, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Anthony Willy explains why binding public referenda are an important democratic tool for deciding fundamental constitutional matters such as the future of the Maori Seats, and in this week’s poll we invite you to make a call about which party you think will lead the next Government – National or Labour?

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Arctic Refuses To Melt As Predicted

Too Much Ice Forces Arctic Climate Explorers To Give Up Campaign

In this newsletter:

1) Arctic Refuses To Melt As Predicted
Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That,31 August 2017
2) Too Much Ice Forces Arctic Climate Explorers To Give Up Campaign
Watts Up With That, 31 August 2017

Brian Gaynor: Building, the industry that got left behind

The poor productivity and performance of the construction and building sector is a major global issue because construction-related spending is approximately US$10 trillion ($13.9t) per annum, equivalent to 13 per cent of world GDP.

These inefficiencies have been highlighted in New Zealand by the disappointing performance of our building-related companies, particularly Fletcher Building.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Record Rainfalls A Thing Of The Past

University Fires Prof Who Said Texas Deserved Hurricane Harvey

Because It Voted Republican

In this newsletter:

1) Record Rainfalls A Thing Of The Past
Not A Lot Of People Know That, 30 August 2017 
2) Flooding Not Increasing In North America And Europe, New Study Confirms
G.A. Hodgkins et al., Journal of Hydrology, September 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Hurricane Harvey Ends 12-Year U.S. Hurricane Drought

Why Houston Flooding Isn’t a Sign of Climate Change

In this newsletter:

1) Why Houston Flooding Isn’t a Sign of Climate Change
Roy W Spencer 28 August 2017 
2) Hurricane Harvey Ends 12-Year U.S. Hurricane Drought
CNS News, 26 August 2017 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

David Skilling & Michael O’Sullivan: The beginning of the end

At the 10th anniversary of the start of the global financial crisis, the remedies put in place to staunch its financial and economic effects remain. However, in a sign that the global economy has stabilized, central bankers are signaling the end of their super-accommodative monetary policies.
The “great normalization” began with the U.S. Federal Reserve raising rates three times amid deafening silence from low-volatility markets. Other authorities have followed, notably the European Central Bank, with markets egging on the end of quantitative easing, and the Bank of England, where a debate on inflation is underway. Both the euro and the pound have risen against the dollar, but in both cases diminished political risk has played a role.

Frank Newman: Red-faced regional council

The Northland Regional Council (NRC) has got itself into a bit of strife. The High Court has determined that between 2012 and 2016 it illegally collected some $14.4m worth of rates from ratepayers in Kaipara.

Before the High Court was an application for judicial review. In essence it was a challenge that the NRC did not act in accordance with the Rating Powers Act, and as a result the rates were set unlawfully.

The case was taken by the Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents' Association and Bruce & Heather Rogan. It related to the Kaipara district only, but the NRC rates for Whangarei and Far North districts were set and assessed on the same basis as Kaipara and there is now a compelling precedent for those areas if anyone is minded to challenge the rates. If that were to happen, the amount involved would be close to $100m not $14.4m.

Sylvain Charlebois from Canada: The End of Supply Management?

Canada’s supply management system is a textbook case for food sovereignty. But the social contract the system represents may need to be redrafted as we head toward North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations.

Supply management is a social contract between farmers and consumers. Canada’s heavily-criticized quota regime for the dairy, egg and poultry industries was set up decades ago to protect strategic agricultural sectors by implementing high tariffs on imports. Farmers produce what the domestic market needs and we import very little.

Karl du Fresne: Looks like we've got ourselves an election campaign

It’s hard to recall a more dramatic – you might even say enthralling – election campaign. And there’s still a month to go.

Last time around, there was the noise and smoke surrounding Kim Dotcom and Nicky Hager. But that was manufactured drama, and voters were unmoved. This election is different. The drama is real.

A former British prime minister, Harold Wilson, famously said that a week was a long time in politics. That may have been true in the 1960s, but time frames have been greatly compressed.

NZCPR Weekly: Bureaucracy Rules

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week, we look into bureaucratic madness both in the UK and here in New Zealand, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Christopher Snowden reflects on the nature of officials who mindlessly apply the letter of the law instead of using their discretion, and this week’s poll asks whether you think the Food Act should be replaced with more practical regulations.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Fat Polar Bears (And Lots of Them) Signal The End Of A Climate Icon

Gaia In Action: Melting Sea Ice May Help Cool The Planet

In this newsletter:

1) Fat Polar Bears (And Lots Of Them) Signal The End Of A Climate Change Icon
Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, 23 August 2017
2) Gaia In Action: Melting Sea Ice May Help Cool The Planet
The Australian, 18 August 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Modern Warm Period Not Unprecedented, Chinese Academy Of Sciences Study Finds

Dakota Access Pipeline Owner Sues Greenpeace

For $300 Million In Damages

In this newsletter:

1) Modern Warm Period Not Unprecedented, Chinese Academy Of Sciences Study Finds
Chinese Academy Of Sciences, 8 August 2017 

2) Characteristics Of Temperature Change In China Over The Last 2000 Years And Spatial Patterns Of Dryness/Wetness During Cold And Warm Period
Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, August 2017

Marc Morano: Review of Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth to Power’

I went to a local suburban mall cineplex on a Saturday night to see Gore’s sequel. There were only about 12 other people in the theater to watch. The film held many surprises and a very satisfying ending. Who would have thought that a film that featured weather disasters and apocalyptic predictions of climate doom would have a happy ending!

The ending has a stand up and cheer moment when President Donald Trump announces the U.S. is exiting the UN climate pact. It also features Trump announcing the end to EPA “climate regulations” and reveals that former President Barack Obama’s global warming agenda was being dismantled. Just when you think the U.S. is doomed to give up sovereignty, and become entangled in the most expensive treaty in world history, along comes the hero of the film, Trump, restoring sanity to the U.S. domestic and international climate policy.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

GWPF Newsletter - New Paper: Most Of The Recent Warming Could Be Natural

Big Data Finds The Medieval Warm Period - No Denial Here

In this newsletter:

1) Big Data Finds The Medieval Warm Period – No Denial Here
Jennifer Marohasy, The Spectator, 22 August 2017 
2) Most Of The Recent Warming Could Be Natural
Jennifer Marohasy, 21 August 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: India’s 50-Year Dry Spell Ends As Monsoons Strengthen Over Past 15 Years

Good News Ignored by Global News Media

In this newsletter:

1) India’s 50-Year Dry Spell Ends As Monsoons Strengthen Over Last 15 Years
India New England News, 8 August 2017
2) False Alarm: Climate Change Threatens India's Monsoons
The Daily Telegraph, 28 August 2009 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Nicholas Kerr: New Zealand’s reforms and lessons for Washington

This is the text of a speech delivered to the Washington Policy Center monthly breakfast on June 27, 2017.

Many of you may be familiar with New Zealand’s reforms from an economic perspective, so I’m going to spend more of my talk focused on two other areas:
  1. How policies before and after the reforms impacted individuals
  2. How the key players succeeded in implementing the reforms
As a young New Zealander in the period before 1984 and the following decade of reforms, I’ll be speaking from personal experience about their impact. And I’ll be discussing their implementation as the son of an economist who was a key figure in making them come about.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Frank Newman: Money matters and mediation

Last week was Money Week. I thought every week was money week but apparently we only need to think about money one week of the year and the remainder of the time we can think about the various other causes that have weeks attached to them.

One of the major daily newspapers has been running a series of columns with money tips from our political leaders. I am not sure why one would actually ask a politician for money advice when the government consistently spends more than it earns. It would be more logical to ask for money advice from those who are good at managing money - but then they are not chasing votes and most do not seek publicity.

Seton Motley: Silicon Valley’s ‘News’ Services Bad News for Less Government Everywhere

For decades now, all of America’s major institutions – have been broadly, unquestionably Leftist, and rigidly opposed to any deviance from the entrenched doctrine.

Colleges and universities, Hollywood and entertainment, the Sciences and the News Media – all deeply in Leftism’s thrall.

And then there is the Silicon Valley – now the biggest, baddest, broadest institution of them all. Because of their dominance of the Internet – they have their hands in all of the legacy institutions.