Taranaki

Now here’s something you didn’t know about Little Andy

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Mr Little said yesterday he was of the left. But the policy changes he promoted during the leadership campaign – dropping the capital gains tax and the policy to increase the pension age – have been aimed at regaining the centre.

In one of Labour’s biggest divisions, economic development versus environmentalism, Mr Little is firmly in the development camp.

As leader of an engineering union, he defended the much derided Think Big policies of the Muldoon Government because of the the pride in heavy engineering they brought to Taranaki.

[His] parents arrived in New Zealand in 1962. His father was in the British military and retrained as a teacher, and his mother was a secretary. Both were National Party stalwarts.

Little will make¬†a large¬†leap to the right. Read more »

Vote with your head

Yesterday, Metiria Turei released Green Policy which is nothing short of economic treason. ¬†Going for a mixture of scare tactics, disinformation and the ever useful ‘cute dolphin’ factor, they hope to generate the usual hysteria.

Nick Smith is repeating what he keeps telling the Greens in parliament:  (over and over and over again)

There has not been a single incident involving Maui’s dolphin and Taranaki’s $3 billion oil and gas industry in over 40 years. 

That’s kind of critical. ¬†The Green Party want to protect an animal that has not been in any practical or real danger of oil related activities for¬†over 40 years.

The prohibition on any new oil and gas exploration in this large area will come at a huge economic cost long-term not just to Taranaki but more widely to New Zealand. The Government introduced compulsory regulations for protecting marine mammals from exploration activities in 2010 that ensures no harm to Maui’s,

I think we can rest assured that this policy will never see the light of day. ¬†Even if there is going to a Labour/Green led coalition, the Labour Party isn’t going to allow the Greens to strangle one of New Zealand’s most profitable industries and risk regional destruction and job losses to protect dolphins that have not been recorded as having any kind of adverse problem.

You just have to see the size of the sea area involved, how small an oil platform is compared to that, and the actual physical impact on the habitat of the dolphins, if they even choose to be present, is probably less than 0.00001% or thereabouts. ¬† ¬†¬† Read more »

Crisis in the regions? Yeah, Nah

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This sounds like jobs to me… in the regions … where there’s a crisis… according to Labour… and an activity the Green Taliban want to stop.

Taranaki is now the biggest producer of methanol for the world’s single largest supplier, as global demand soars.

Canadian company Methanex can make up to 2.4 million tonnes of methanol each year at its Motunui and Waitara Valley plants.

In terms of production potential this puts it way ahead of any of the company’s five other facilities in Trinidad, Egypt, Canada, Chile and the USA.

Methanex’s Canada-based chief executive John Floren said yesterday it was an important part of the company’s global business. ¬† Read more »

Cunliffe’s Taranaki claims last year put to shame by facts

Just a few months ago Labour was claiming the provinces were neglected. David Cunliffe even made some specific claims about Taranaki.

Taranakians are leaving the province in droves because they’re being forgotten by the National Government, Labour leader David Cunliffe says.

Mr Cunliffe said Census data released today would show a widespread exodus from the regions as provincial New Zealanders flee forgotten small towns.

He said these towns had been gutted by the hands off approach of the National Government.

“Job losses, factory closures, government cutbacks and the shutting of branch offices have left people in the regions with no choice but to leave in droves.

“Manufacturing is stagnating, economic development has been limited to glossy brochures and a few roads, mortgage restrictions are being unfairly applied to the provinces and tax biases are driving money from the regions into the Auckland property market.”

Except it turns out the opposite is true.¬† Read more »

Map of the Day

Taranaki Oil and Gas Fields

 

Taranaki remains New Zealand’s only commercially-producing oil and gas area and an area of continuing exploration activity.

Clever stuff by John Key

John Key is a master politician.

Check this out from Waitangi:

Before the fish protest Key had attempted to convince local iwi leaders that fossil fuel exploration was in Maori interests. He invited the leaders of the hikoi to Wellington to spend a week with his ministers going over the facts around environmental risks and job creation.

“If I am wrong and you are right, I will walk out and join that protest,” he said.¬† Read more »

They breed ‘em tough in Taranaki

Stories like this are just great, as Kirsty McMurray reports from stuff.co.nz:

 

A boy who nearly had his toes bitten off by an eel got the last laugh yesterday when he ate the creature for lunch.

Theo Chadfield, 8, was meant to be helping his granddad Allan Davies fence the riparian planting on their Mangorei Rd, New Plymouth, farm on Saturday.

Instead, when he got hot, he stripped down to his undies and went for a swim in the Te Henui Stream.

“I asked Granddad if there were eels in the stream and he said no.”

Davies said he had gone to check on Theo, who was only shin deep in the water, when he saw him try and fail to take a step backward.

“He couldn’t move.” When Davies pulled Theo from the water they discovered a large eel dangling from his foot.

Theo said the eel had clamped on tight but let go when he was lifted out.

“It was still clinging on but then it plopped onto the ground and Granddad kicked it back into the water.” Read more »

What I was doing last weekend

On my Facebook wall there is a lively debate going about whether or not I should have a) posted this and b) shot the goat int he first place.

Last weekend in the midst of all the Len Brown fall out I was also shooting goats…lots of them…about 80 for the weekend.

Here is one…I called him Leonard…a randy old goat with a big ball sack, but not able to withstand a 150gr ballistic tip .308.

He was one of two standing guard on a mob…we knocked them both over then got stuck into the mob.

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Leonard the Goat at rest beside the Tikka T3 Lite with suppressor

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Taranaki tops provincial growth figures

David Cunliffe is working out to be more inept than Shearer.

He gets all fired up about regional development working alongside local communities with the government as partners, sends Shane Jones and Andrew Little for an expedition outside the beltway….frightening place for a Labour MP.

Meanwhile Moana Mackay discovers google and finds some 2 year old report on the internet about drilling and Cunliffe goes off half cocked.

What would Taranaki look like under a Labour/Green coalition?

Well they both want to cripple the oil industry and one wants to ban dairy farming.

After a flat nine months, Taranaki’s economy has rebounded to be the country’s most vibrant.

The ANZ Bank regional trends quarterly survey shows section sales are up 43 per cent, house sales up 9 per cent and business confidence is the highest in New Zealand, all in the last three months.¬† Read more »

In other words…pay the taniwha

Unsurprisingly Maori are upset over something that has the potential to fill their coffers with extortion payments…er…payments to the taniwha to appease the spirits.

Plans to drill for oil only 220 metres from the Egmont National Park boundary were described as desecration and a disgrace yesterday.

Commissioner Mick Lester was holding an independent hearing into Tag Oil’s application to drill up to eight wells at 1045 Rowan Rd, Mahoe.

If oil or gas is found, Tag Oil is proposing to use the site for production purposes, with associated pipelines, for up to 30 years.

However, several iwi are opposing the application to the Stratford District Council. Ngati Haua Whanui Inc, a subsidiary of Ngaruahine, said they were not properly consulted by Tag Oil over the proposed drillings. ¬† Read more »