Environment

Climate Change & The Emissions Trading Scheme - New Zealand.

ACT and the Green Party’s idea of putting a tax on carbon isn’t the best way to fix our emissions problem. Nor for that matter is a nitrogen tax the best way to solve our fresh water woes. Cap and trade systems are far better, and here’s why. 

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The Future of the New Zealand Dairy industry.

The future for New Zealand dairy products remains providing ingredients to global markets. Consumer goods and the so-called “high value” those products offer remains a fanciful destination for our dairy industry as it is currently structured. We have long been a high volume producer of pasture-fed milk whose competitive advantage lies in low costs – low enough to outweigh the tyranny of distance from our main markets.

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A 21st Century Education System - TOP

We’ve had a lot of questions about how TOP’s policy on testing would work in practice for National Standards and NCEA.

TOP’s Education Policy is committed to reducing the amount of testing in our primary and secondary education system. Testing has little bearing on student performance and takes up valuable time that could be used for learning. Besides, the most important skills in the 21st Century are soft skills like communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking, which are not amenable to traditional testing. 

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Save Dairy… From Itself!

Is The Opportunities Party (TOP) anti-dairying ? As the Rangitata Candidate, I get asked this question often. The answer is NO!

Are we against the current high-volume, low-value model of dairy intensification funded by the taxpayer, which degrades our environment and water quality? The answer is an absolute YES!

 

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Sea Bed Mining in NZ - TOP

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved an application to mine millions of tonnes of iron sand off South Taranaki. It was a split decision and looks like it will be appealed, but nevertheless this shows that the seabed mining could proceed under current rules. The Opportunities Party (TOP) thinks this is wrong – we need to go through a spatial planning process to work out what bits of the ocean we want to protect before we open any area up to mining. 

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Protecting our environment - TOP

 

For too long the environment has been seen as a ‘left wing’ issue, but no more. Nature is our #1 asset as a country – alongside our people – as it generates the vast bulk of our exports, including tourism and primary produce. Our landscapes, flora and fauna are literally what make New Zealand special. As other countries destroy their environments in pursuit of economic progress, ours becomes all the more precious. Nature is why people come here, nature is why people stay. This is central to Paul Callaghan’s vision of New Zealand as a place talent wants to live. 

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Environmental Tribute To Kennedy Graham And David Clendon

The Opportunities Party has paid tribute to Kennedy Graham and David Clendon for their service as New Zealand MP’s.

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Water Quality and the Urban Rural Divide - TOP

Following the release of our Clear Water Action Plan we’ve had a lot of farmers asking why TOP are picking on them when urban waterways are even more polluted. We aren’t, our policy of polluter pays applies just as much to urban areas as they do to rural.

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The Urban Rural Divide is a Myth – But Not For the Reason You Think

On Sunday morning TVNZ’s Q+A reported on the so called rural/urban divide around the state of waterways. The story attempted to show another perspective to that portrayed by environmental groups. Surmising that the rural urban divide is a myth, and that they too want clean rivers, several Federated Farmer advocates spoke out in their defence claiming that urban rivers are just as dirty and that urban folk ought to look at their own back yard before pointing the finger. The same old rhetoric.

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Can we Develop Land and Improve the Environment?

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that 22ha of the Ruahine Forest Park couldn’t be destroyed for the Ruataniwha Dam. Forget the Dam itself – it was always a dud that needed putting out of its misery. If the true environmental costs had been taken into account – by charging irrigators for the water and the resulting pollution – it never would have happened anyway.

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