The New York Times on Shit in our Rivers, Ctd

A reader responds to my earlier post with a nuanced, somewhat ranty, dissenting view:

The Green Taliban are all giddy with excitement that NZ is the 14th best country on earth for the environment and number one as the dumb marketing slogan says.  Then again has anyone told Massey’s Eel Man, Mike Joy, Eugenie Sage, Moana Mackey and the corporate bludgers at Pure Advantage, that 100% Water is sterile and nothing lives in that because it is, well, umm, sterile.

But New Zealand’s reputation as a pristine place might not be exactly warranted. Since European colonization 150 years ago, as much as 90 percent of the country’s original wetlands have been drained to make way for towns, farms and roads. The wetlands are considered to be of international importance for supporting numerous species of birds, fish and plants.

So no mention then that Maori did a much more impressive feat of forestry clearance by burning out forests from crops and to flush out Moa and goodness nows what else?  Of course NZ was a paradise until the evil white man turned up and created things like  National Parks!  Nothing like this happened in North America of course.  The catalogue of woe continues:

Last month, the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment released a survey showing that more than half of the country’s freshwater recreational sites were unsafe to swim in. Fecal contamination of waterways, caused largely by dairy farming — the source of 13.9 billion New Zealand dollars, or $10 billion, in annual exports, nearly a quarter of New Zealand’s total — was widespread.

Unsafe?  Not really.  When that socialist Amy Adams popped up on State Television’s Close Up, the things that fell out of it is that the difference between very good and very poor is a few percent.  That’s it.

Now I don’t like cows shitting into rivers but wait a minute.  Wellington is a shit-place as we know but its water is far shittier than the stuff up the road in the Manawatu that goes right by dairy farms.  The Manawatu was labelled in the Dom Post as one of the dirtiest in the west so someone is shitting here and I don’t think it is all down to daisy.  I mean, been to a camp site and seen a treatment pond?  Even before God declared war on Christchurch, the Avon had the dubious distinction of NZ’s crappiest river and no one ever tipped me off that daisy was the cause.

Of course the Herald Tribune cites Massey’s Eel Man Mike Joy who sucks on the tit of taxpayers as a paid up member of Massey’s academic Green Taliban.

The Greens are predictable in wanting us to drink straight from the Waikato River and dance around the maypole but what gets me are the corporate bludgers from Pure Advantage, pissing all over our reputation as a place to visit:

Pure Advantage, a nonprofit group promoting green business, estimates that the country will overtake the United States in per capita emissions in less than eight years, putting it almost into the world’s top 10. But total emissions in New Zealand, which has a population of 4.4 million, are far lower than those of the United States, with 312 million people.

That sort of shit PR is the stuff you spend millions trying not to get.

So who backs Pure Advantage?  Why Air New Zealand boss Rob Fyfe, Villa Maria founder George Fistonich and former General Motors chief financial officer Chris Liddell along with the king of imported Chinese tat, Sir Stephen Tindall.  So guys, it seems your organisation is saying don’t visit NZ because we are a crap place and flying there or making movies will increase emissions anyhow (great one Fyfe).  Oh, what is the carbon footprint of bottled wine (Fistonich), let alone losing millions making gas guzzling SUV’s until Obama & the US taxpayer had to bail out GM (LIddell)?

Then again the true colours of the eco-Nazi who write the piece is found here:

This month, New Zealand refused to commit to a second round of emissions reductions under the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 international agreement on reduction of greenhouse gases. Instead, it will align with several of the world’s largest emitters, including the United States, China and India, in negotiating an alternative agreement. That could be approved by 2015 and in effect by 2020.

That gets Moana Mackey’s knickers in a right twist.  No one can tell me from the left why President Obama is an enviornmental lucifer and that we are damned by getting into his team:

“This is a day of shame for New Zealand. Our reputation as a good international citizen has taken a massive hit,” Moana Mackey, a member of Parliament who is the climate change spokeswoman for the opposition Labour Party, said in a statement.”

Someone ought to remind her how you can save manufacturing jobs if you tax the crap out of them for the emissions they produce.  See you later manufacturing under Labour and the Greens.

All in all, the salesmen at Tourism NZ and the Tourism Industry Association must be spitting tacks at Pure Advantage for managing to tell well-heeled yanks we are a shit country so don’t spend your dollars coming here:

A recent report by Pure Advantage said New Zealand’s environmental record was worrying for the country’s economic future. One of New Zealand’s main priorities, it said, should be giving legitimacy to the “100% pure” branding. “These rankings will come as a shock to those in New Zealand who believe our country prides itself on its clean, green image,” the report said.

The most honest comments come from Gregg Anderson of Tourism New Zealand.  Speaking from LA, it seems his comments were bolted on after this crap hatchett job was written:

“We put our hands on our hearts and say New Zealand does not have a completely untouched environment,” he said, “but we are better than most.”

In a similar vein, Bruce Wills from Feds says something that will get many of us nodding in agreement:

New Zealanders often saw themselves as “the very best at something or very worst.”

My response is f*ck all this Green PR spin and crap. It ain’t worth a cent to NZ apart from giving santimonious pricks something to bang ourselves over the head with.  It is all a 100% Pure Wank.

  • peterwn

    And the Hudson River ……

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River

  • Magor

    We are a nation that wants to be led (by the nose) despite a National Government, and we do so enjoy whipping ourselves and wearing sack cloth – I am sure there are words that describe this odd behaviour….!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/euan.rosstaylor Euan Ross-Taylor

    I don’t know a river in NZ that I wouldn’t swim in, and there are supposedly 5 out of every 10 unsafe? I wouldn’t swim in the ocean though – there are bloody sharks and all sorts of nasties in there!

  • Goldie

    A great rant – thanks to whoever wrote it.
    The media claimed that “Last month, the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment released a survey showing that more than half of the country’s freshwater recreational sites were unsafe to swim in. Fecal contamination of waterways, caused largely by dairy
    farming — was widespread.”

    This is a classic case of a media-greenie environmental beat up. Here is the actual report:
    http://www.mfe.govt.nz/environmental-reporting/report-cards/water-quality/2012/index.html

    As you can see, the report (a) doesn’t include areas such as Waikato or Auckland, so it is, at best, a very incomplete snapshot, and (b) makes no statements about dairying.

    The reality is that NZ waterways compared to other countries are pretty good. Nutrient levels in New Zealand rivers are LOW by international standards. Even our most nutrient-enriched rivers have about half the average nutrient levels of rivers in Europe, North America and Asia. Streams from areas of native forest are very clean. Nutrient runoff is 5 times worse in streams from pastoral activity, so farmers need to improve their game. But streams/rivers that pass through urban areas have a nutrient run-off NINE times higher. So if there is to be a clean-up of waterways, the place to start is urban run-off.

  • tspoon

    That integrity of that environment report is probably where the greates concentration of effluent is to be found. Quotes below from a authority somewhat more connected with reality.

    “The Ministry for the Environment grades are based mainly on the hypothetical risks arising from how the surrounding land is used, rather than actual monitoring results, says the (Taranaki Regional) Council’s Director-Environment Quality, Gary Bedford. In other words, it is essentially a desktop exercise that should in no case be used where an actual, properly conducted measurement programme exists, such as in Taranaki.”

    “Mr Bedford says the fact that dairying is the main activity in Taranaki ring-plain river catchments means that the region will never be given good grades under the Ministry’s system, regardless of the actual measured water quality results.”

    • Honcho

      Sounds interesting and I wouldnt mind reading more, have you got a link tspoon?

      I am sick of this countries eco-terrorists hell bent on ruining this countries international reputation, FFS all the rivers I used to swim in as a kid 20 years back I will happily still swim in, I dont see this country as having gotten worse, the only thing that has gotten worse is some ‘new zealanders’ (traitors the lot) attitudes.

      • tspoon

        It’s on the website of the Taranaki Regional Council. Interesting site. They also have the results of reports commissioned at the site of Tag Oils exploration, to try to find any contamination to the environment.

  • http://brennanmcdonald.com/blog/ Brennan McDonald

    The worst thing is the uncritical acceptance of this bunk as the truth.
    Any deviation from Gaia-worship is not permitted!

  • cows4me

    It would be very naive to believe that these wankers really give a toss about the environment. It’s simply more propaganda to fire up the useful idiots to believe those that partake in business are evil, be they farmers, manufactures or big industrial concerns. These bastards are playing another game and that game is to marginalise those that actually produce wealth and vilify them. The ultimate aim is to gain the majority vote and herald in the new utopia, be it communism or government by dictatorship. The green movement is evil to the core unfortunately most of their core supporters believe they do Gods work, while those pulling the strings strive for greater things.

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