Water

Is Labour’s new policy to remove all water meters?

Andrew Little has developed a habit of blurting out ill-considered thoughts as though they are fully developed policy ideas.

He is of course pandering to the audience he is speaking to, but forgets that everything he says and does now is subject to media scrutiny.

His latest brain-fart amongst many is to suggest that water should not be a tradeable commodity.

Labour party leader Andrew Little says water should not be traded as a commodity in New Zealand.

Mr Little, who spoke at Te Tii Marae at Waitangi today, told media after his official address mixed feedback from iwi and the Government over water ownership rights was a reflection of wider conflicting views on the issue.

“Certainly, local people and local iwi – they want water and they want access to water because they need it,” Mr Little said.

“Whether or not it’s about making a profit from it, some have that view clearly but others don’t.

“I think…this is the big challenge we face as a country. There’s a long way to go yet and this is an issue that all New Zealanders need to be debating.    Read more »

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Image: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters A worker is seen inside the Cuncas II tunnel that will link the canals being built to divert water from the Sao Francisco river for use in four drought-plagued states, a project that is three years behind schedule and has doubled in cost from the original estimate of $3.4 billion, near the city of Mauriti, Ceara state, Brazil, Jan. 28, 2014.

Image: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters
A worker is seen inside the Cuncas II tunnel that will link the canals being built to divert water from the Sao Francisco river for use in four drought-plagued states, a project that is three years behind schedule and has doubled in cost from the original estimate of $3.4 billion, near the city of Mauriti, Ceara state, Brazil, Jan. 28, 2014.

Darkness at the End of Brazil’s Great Water Tunnel

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Photo: © Marc Henauer / National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest. " The Diver Magic Kingdom "is the title of this picture, which won the third prize. It was taken at Grüner See, a lake of Styria in Austria, which saw its level rise of 10 meters during the spring snow melt. This phenomenon, which lasts only a few weeks, overwhelms hiking trails, meadows and trees, creating this magical landscape to admire, especially scuba diving.

Photo: © Marc Henauer / National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest.
” The Diver Magic Kingdom “is the title of this picture, which won the third prize. It was taken at Grüner See, a lake of Styria in Austria, which saw its level rise of 10 meters during the spring snow melt. This phenomenon, which lasts only a few weeks, overwhelms hiking trails, meadows and trees, creating this magical landscape to admire, especially scuba diving.

“The Diver Magic Kingdom”

Grüner See: The Green Lake of Tragöß

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They forgot it is also the cure for Ebola

The wowsers are out in force again with a gay ad that promotes drinking water instead of beer.

Water is being marketed as a spoof beer brand in the latest campaign aimed to curb problem drinking in New Zealand.

The Health Promotion Agency campaign, which includes television ads, billboards and street posters, begins today and continue until January.

HPA communication and capacity manager Tane Cassidy said water was being marketed in a light-hearted way. That included renaming it Not Beersies, a term audiences were familiar with from previous alcohol awareness campaigns.  Read more »

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"During the 2010 Zhengkai marathon in Zhengzhou, China, Jacqueline Nyetipei Kiplimo of Kenya saw a Chinese elite disabled athlete struggling to drink water. She ran with him from the 10km to the 38km mark aiding him through all the water stations. This slowed her time — she came in second in the race — not only costing her the win but also the $10,000 cash prize."

“During the 2010 Zhengkai marathon in Zhengzhou, China, Jacqueline Nyetipei Kiplimo of Kenya saw a Chinese elite disabled athlete struggling to drink water. She ran with him from the 10km to the 38km mark aiding him through all the water stations. This slowed her time — she came in second in the race — not only costing her the win but also the $10,000 cash prize.”

Spirit of Marathon Running 

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The economics of Ruataniwha dam don’t stack up

As regular readers will know I have been opposed tot he dodgy socialist dam in the Hawkes Bay.

The high handed way the Hawkes Bay Regional Council has been pushing this dam through against all environmental advice and now it turns out economic advice is a travesty.

The other day I called for millionaire local MPs Craig Foss and Alistair Scott to put their considerable wealth where their mouths were and invest in Ruataniwha themselves.

I suspect I know why they won’t invest, and I will share that with you all now.

The dam is a dog.

Hi Cameron,

I see that you’ve picked up the FW article on the economics of the Ruataniwha dam.  Please find attached a copy of the original paper that the FW article was based on.  It was presented at the annual NZ Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (NZARES) conference in August.

I’ve also attached the PowerPoint slides that accompany the presentation.

You will see that unfortunately, the dam is an absolute loser for farmers too – so even at the knock down water price offered by HBRC farmers still can’t make it work.  As per the paper, here’s the maths:   Read more »

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Photo by Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island in Western Australia. Middle island is the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherché Archipelago, a group of about 105 islands and over 1,200 ‘obstacles to shipping’. The tiny lake only spans about 600 meters wide but its rose pink colour is unmistakable. However, the reason why it’s pink remains a mystery.

Photo by Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News
Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island in Western Australia. Middle island is the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherché Archipelago, a group of about 105 islands and over 1,200 ‘obstacles to shipping’. The tiny lake only spans about 600 meters wide but its rose pink colour is unmistakable. However, the reason why it’s pink remains a mystery.

Lake Hillier: Australian Natural Wonder

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Photo: Jason deCaires Taylor The Silent Evolution. MUSA Collection, 2010. Depth, 8 m. Manchones Reef, Mexico.

Photo: Jason deCaires Taylor
The Silent Evolution. MUSA Collection, 2010. Depth, 8 m. Manchones Reef, Mexico.

The Silent Evolution

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Len Brown’s contribution to affordable homes…increased connection charges for water

Council services just keep on rising under Len Brown’s ‘leadership’. The latest rise is for water charges up another 2.4% under this spendthrift mayor.

It will now cost $12,075 to connect the water up to a new home! Auckland City’s contribution to ‘affordable homes’.

Bernard Orsman reports:

Auckland households will pay 2.4 per cent more for water and wastewater charges from July.

Watercare Services has announced the price of water will increase from $1.343 to $1.375 per 1000 litres of water, and wastewater charges will rise from $2.281 per 1000 litres to $2.336.

The fixed charge will rise 2.6 per cent from $190 per year to $195.

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The deepest hole on earth (no, not the Green/Labour budget)