It seemed like a good idea at the time it was being formulated but the government’s Electric Vehicle “feebate” scheme is producing the kind of backlash any ruling political party going into an election should fear.
Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter released the government’s plan for a “feebate” scheme to encourage a quicker uptake of EVs. She clearly thought it would be welcomed on all sides, believing – as most Greens do – it’s vital for NZ to lead the world in saving it from climate change extinction.
But one of the rules of NZ politics is “don’t mess with the average New Zealander’s love affair with the motor car”.
Genter, who makes a bit of thing of riding a bike, does not appear to be conscious of how deeply Kiwis love their cars. They surely hate anyone, let alone a politician, instructing them on the choice of vehicle. Continue reading “On yer bike, Julie Anne – Minister’s conceit about coddling EV cars has collided (ouch) with Kiwi motoring predilections”
The Spinoff’s daily newsletter to subscribers today reports an interesting note of feedback from a reader yesterday. At issue was the NZ Herald putting comment pieces by politicians behind the paywall.
Reader John told The Spinoff it “seems antidemocratic” to do so, in referring to this piece by Phil Twyford being blocked.
According to the headline, Twyford contended his government was spending more on roading projects while prioritising safety.
But non-subscribers would have to cough up to read beyond the Minister’s first few sentences.
At Point of Order we wondered if we could skirt the paywall by asking the Minister’s press secretaries for a copy of the article.
No problem. A copy could be found on the Minister’s Facebook page, we were advised – but here was a copy for us – Continue reading “We strike a blow against the Herald paywall by bringing Phil’s article to a wider audience”
Yes, folks, Moneybags Minister has travelled the length of the country while dispensing his goodies in the past week.
He was on his home patch of Northland last Friday (we reported his announcements here).
Today he is in Invercargill.
Mind you, he visits Northland much more regularly than he visits Southland.
He had been in Kaikohe on July 1 to launch a five-month intensive pilot initiative to prepare mostly young women for training and employment in the forestry sector. The Provincial Growth Fund has invested $421,050 in the venture.
In June he grabbed the opportunity to celebrate the official opening of the new Bay of Island Airport terminal and the completion of the first stage of the Hihiaua Cultural Centre in Whangārei. Continue reading “Welcome to Invercargill, Minister Jones – and we are delighted you haven’t come empty-handed”
The race between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to be Britain’s next PM concludes next week (with Boris expected to canter home). But the two month long contest has also increased the likelihood that the UK will leave the EU without a formal exit agreement.
Continue reading “Britain chugs towards a no-deal Brexit”
Moneybags Minister Shane Jones has gone south to dish out more money for tree planting in Canterbury after visiting Greymouth to give an accounting of the goodies being generated by money invested on the West Coast. Southlanders will be blessed with the Munificent Marvel’s presence tomorrow.
West Coasters might have been disappointed that he essentially did no more than bandy numbers to justify the wisdom of a Provincial Growth Fund investment in TransAlpine, announced last November.
You could say he has been counting their blessings and visited Greymouth to let the locals know the good news.
But hey – it’s just over a fortnight since he visited the West Coast as Minister of Forestry to announce more than 70,000 native trees are to be planted over the next three years to help restore the Waimea Inlet.
More than $1 million was committed to the project, the money coming from the $240m grants and partnership fund as part of the Government’s One Billion Trees programme.
Jones was wearing his Forestry hat when he travelled to Canterbury (did he go by train?) to provide support for native planting and restoration projects from the One Billion Trees Fund.
Here’s what we learn from the Point of Order Trough Monitor – Continue reading “Jones (carrying our money) has gone south to enthuse about a rail investment and to seed more tree planting”
The government is wrestling with the goal of decarbonising the economy—at a cost nobody can guess at. It says it wants NZ’s electricity system to become 100% renewable.
But, Energy Minister Megan Woods insists, “we won’t die in a ditch over the last couple of percent if it places unreasonable costs on households and puts security of supply at risk”.
For those eager not to join her in the ditch (or anywhere else), it would be reassuring, given the government’s performance other major policies (for example KiwiBuild), to have a clearly defined policy rather than aspirational ministerial hopes.
Let’s face it: there will be a cost, possibly a high one, to decarbonising the economy.
But will NZ’s effort make any significant difference to global warming? After all, NZ’s greenhouse gas emissions are just 0.17% of the world’s total , compared with China’s 26%, the US 14% and the EU 9%. Continue reading “Govt has declared its aspirational (but uncosted) decarbonising goals – and the oil giants have their goals, too”
Psychologists, psychotherapists and what-have-you seem to be doing good business from helping players cope with something that – when all is said and done – is sport.
They are helping nerve-shattered fans, too, after the tense Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand, a game ultimately decided by the number of boundaries scored by each side.
On the strength of this, England won the cup.
Would the toss of a coin have been fairer? Or should the title have been shared?
No matter. The fact is a lot of Black Cap fans found their stress levels raised and the NZ Herald fretted:
“Kiwis have been left emotionally bruised today after New Zealand came just centimetres from winning the Cricket World Cup.”
Continue reading “Can’t cope with the pressure of international cricket? Put things in perspective by taking advice from Keith Miller”