Two academics have hit out at the Government’s Predator Free 2050 goal, calling it “badly designed and unachievable”

From News Hub: They say the plan could lead to a decline in public support for conservation policy, because it’s an “impossible” target destined for “inevitable failure”. Predator Free 2050 goal needs ‘reality check’ – Conservation Minister. The plan was announced by former Prime Minister John Key in 2016, and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has […]

via Two academics have hit out at the Government’s Predator Free 2050 goal, calling it “badly designed and unachievable” — Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch


Over 65 dogs are killed in New Zealand each year by 1080 poisoning

From paws4acausenz.com Over 65 dogs each year are killed in New Zealand by 1080 poisoning. With 1080 frequency and use increasing across New Zealand, pet deaths are on the rise. READ MORE (and check out the site for other data on 1080 & protecting your pets) http://www.paws4acausenz.com/memorial-page/memorial/

via Over 65 dogs are killed in New Zealand each year by 1080 poisoning — Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch

privatization of the water supply coming?

An article on the KC News website by Cr Elliott is here.  As stated in a previous post, this was the main reason for the Rowan & Dougherty water meters.  Having them in place paves the way for privatization further down the track.

The obstacle to that so far has been Section 130 of the Local Government Act: “Obligation to maintain water services“.  No doubt, Dougherty asked his Simpson Grierson lawyers to advise on ways to get around what is clearly stated in subsection 3(b) “not divest its ownership or other interest in a water service except to another local government organisation”.  The neighbouring Horowhenua District Council answer on this subject is transfer council assets to a trust, nominally controlled by the council, but in practice not.

The major obstacle, however, would be the uproar that would result from Kapiti people.  We can’t imagine the residents of any other local council area feeling any different.

privatised water

“The Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta announced it is now going to be Government policy to set up Central Government management and control of all the three waters supply and systems including drinking water, nationwide. Means one thing to me, Privatisation. I am sorry to say ‘I told you so,’ but I did, six years ago when water meters were installed.

“The new system is largely based on the Water control authorities at work in England, Ireland and Scotland,” said the Minister, looking remarkably breezy despite having travelled half way around the planet the previous evening, home from her fact finding tour. Mayor for Christchurch Lianne Dalziel hit the nail on the head when she stood up and asked the Minister why she hadn’t also looked at the Finnish models for sustainable and affordable Water Supply options.”

another Paraparaumu Airport open day, 5 August

KCDC Airport Open Day

This is 15 days before Air Chathams begins its regular services from there to Auckland (see earlier).

As well as the Saab 340, there will be 20+ other aircraft on display, according to full page ads in the local freebies.

Everyone knows what happened just after the last one in March, but it’s unlikely that Air Chathams will do an Air New Zealand.