Tag: Energy Policy

Hon Jo Goodhew: In Focus: 28 January 2016

Press Release – New Zealand National Party While away on holiday over the New Year period I spent time thinking about and planning for the year ahead. I also frequently checked on weather conditions for Canterbury, hoping that some much needed rain was falling.In Focus: 28 January 2016 Hon Jo Goodhew MP for Rangitata Drought still affecting Canterbury While away on holiday over the New Year period I spent time thinking about and planning for the year ahead. I also frequently checked on weather conditions for Canterbury, hoping that some much needed rain was falling. And while over the last couple of weeks there has been a good amount of rain, and some of the irrigators have had a break, it has not been enough to remove the necessity to extend the medium-scale drought event classification until the end of June. Marlborough, Canterbury and parts of Otago were originally classified as a medium-scale event on 12 February 2015 and have had insufficient rainfall for more than a year now. Farms really need good consistent follow-up rain to bring soil moisture levels closer to normal. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced an increase of $150,000 for the work of rural support trusts, almost a third of this for the North Canterbury region. The Year Ahead After spending some time talking with media before Christmas about the highlights and lowlights...

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Waikato People’s Climate March

Press Release – Waikato Climate Action Hundreds of people gathered in Garden Place Hamilton to call upon the NZ and World’s Governments to agree on an enforceable and effective United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the December Paris COP21 Conference whose opening is Monday …Waikato People’s Climate March – the People’s Climate Change Demands Hundreds of people gathered in Garden Place Hamilton to call upon the NZ and World’s Governments to agree on an enforceable and effective United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the December Paris COP21 Conference whose opening is Monday 30th Nov10:00pm local NZ time. Te Kahu Rolleston, MC, opened Sunday’s proceedings with karakia, and his passionate poetry. Sarah Thompson Waikato University Law graduate explained why she was suing the Minister Climate Change Issues: ‘I made the application because the government has failed to set emissions targets that reflect the science on climate change’ Sarah is calling on the High Court to review New Zealand’s emissions targets. Speakers included Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker, Waikato Region Chair Paula Southgate, Faith, Environmental, politicians, workers rights, Forest and Bird, Kiribati and Pasifika. Everyone supported the call that New Zealand’s Government needs to do more to protect people and planet. Sambatron’s drummers and dancers led the colourful March, from Garden Place to the Ferrybank Park Band Rotunda. The carnival atmosphere March, included a life sized paper mache...

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Government accused of sabotaging a second SOE

Press Release – Postal Workers Union of Aotearoa The Government is being accused of sabotaging another state owned enterprise following the collapse of Solid Energy.Government accused of sabotaging a second state owned enterprise after Solid Energy collapse The Government is being accused of sabotaging another state owned enterprise following the collapse of Solid Energy. The Postal Workers Union says posties employed by New Zealand Post are required by the Government to undermine the letter business of the state owned enterprise by carrying the mail of private sector competitors. While the Postal Workers Union is well aware of the changing patterns of communications the management of NZ Post appears to be less about the economics of mail decline and more about the ideology of privatisation. In 1997 the Business Round Table had called for the deregulation and privatisation of NZ Post. Before the 1999 general election finance minister Bill English had said NZ Post would be on the block for privatisation. The Postal Services Act 1998 set NZ Post up for a process of privatisation by stealth by being required to subsidise private sector mail companies as the private companies build up their letter business on the back of a state owned enterprise. Of particular concern to the Union is that NZ Post’s CEO has not responded to the Union’s urging of him to reassure apprehensive employees that NZ Post...

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Post-cabinet: TPP, Family Violence and Solid Energy

Article – Megan Gattey Prime Minister John Key discussed the current situation on the TPP, Solid Energy and the upcoming discussion document on family violence in a post-cabinet press conference today.Post-cabinet: TPP, Family Violence and Solid Energy By Megan Gattey Photo: Francis Cook Prime Minister John Key discussed the current situation on the TPP, Solid Energy and the upcoming discussion document on family violence in a post-cabinet press conference today. The TPP agreement was unable to be concluded over the weekend, and Key said there were a few challenging issues still remaining. “There is a finite window where if we can’t complete the deal in that time, it becomes for difficult for the United States and others,” he said. The offer on dairy from the discussions were “not close enough for a deal to be concluded”, he said. “We want to get the best deal for New Zealand, but not at any cost.” Key said he was confident that the involved countries would reach an agreement that would be in the best interests of New Zealanders. “We won’t get rich selling to ourselves.” He said coming to an agreement would give New Zealand exporters and investors access to more than 8 million companies, and ultimately the TPP would create better opportunities and standard or living for New Zealanders. Justice Amy Adams will soon be announcing a discussion document about...

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TPP Leak: SOE Issues for Ministerial Guidance

Press Release – Wikileaks Today, 29 July 2015, WikiLeaks releases a secret letter from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP or TPPA) Ministerial Meeting in December 2013, along with a comprehensive expert analysis of the document.Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Treaty: State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Issues for Ministerial Guidance Today, 29 July 2015, WikiLeaks releases a secret letter from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP or TPPA) Ministerial Meeting in December 2013, along with a comprehensive expert analysis of the document. Download the TPP SOE Ministerial Guidance in PDF Download the expert analysis on TPP SOE Ministerial Guidance in PDF or read the HTML. The letter indicates a wide-ranging privatisation and globalisation strategy within the Agreement which aims to severely restrict “state-owned enterprises” (SOEs). Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act “on the basis of commercial considerations” and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP, and countries could even be sued by other TPP countries, or by private companies from those countries. Developing countries such as Vietnam, which employs a large number of SOEs as part of its economic infrastructure, would be affected most. SOEs...

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