Will Captain Panic Pants Gareth Hughes apologise for all the scaremongering?


When the Rena grounded, the Green Taliban would have you believe it was a disaster that would echo through our country’s psyche for generations to come.  Not only would the Bay be devoid of life, it would mean that coastal shipping around New Zealand would have to be seriously curtailed.

“What if the Rena contained nuclear material?”  Gareth posited.

And all that doesn’t even address the obscene loss of wildlife.  The fish, the birds, and the eventual knock-on effects to those higher up in the food chain.

Of course, none of this actually happened

The Rena disaster posed a grave question for ecologists racing to save the Bay of Plenty’s precious population of endangered New Zealand dotterels.

Should they rescue all of them, risking their deaths from stress in captivity, or leave them in the path of the oil?

They made a grim gamble – taking half the birds as potential insurance to later re-establish the population.

That was some clever and practical thinking.  But it turns out, none of it was actually needed.

Six birds out of 60 died of a stress-associated condition at the Oiled Wildlife Facility – a reasonably successful result given the delicate nature of the tiny, vulnerable species.

Four of the birds required a full wash, which Dr Dowding said would have been “45 minutes of hell”.

6 died.  4 needed a wash.  Out of 60.

45 minutes of hell.


Hardly a crisis.

So they let them go again.

Since the release the birds had fared well, and most of the survivors were paired and breeding at hotspots such as Matakana Island and Maketu. Once dotterels began breeding, they typically remained at the same site for many years.

“One year on, numbers at most of the important sites are similar to those before the grounding,” he said.

Good to see them spreading the risk, in case, but it turns out everything is now back to normal.

Panic Pants Hughes is still looking for the nuclear waste mind you.


Source:  NZ Herald


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  • Mr_Blobby

    The short answer is NO.

    The long answer is it is some sort of, obscure, mental disorder where you can’t actually accept that you might be wrong. Similar to can’t tell the difference between right and wrong.

  • LabTested

    As George Carlin says. We (Greens) are so full of self importance

  • Gazzaw

    A vote for labour is a vote for Gareth Hughes & his ilk in a ministerial role. That should be enough to scare the shit out of any swing voter and that’s the message that the Nats have to keep pummeling in the run up to the elections.

    • the greens NEED to be exposed. how can this be done…… people are so naive.

      “duh…..who do i vote for? um……ill vote for the green party…. at least im doing something for the planet”

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    How quick would this fine country go down the gurgler if ‘ Everything’s a Disaster Hughes’ was a Govt Minister. Mind you he could be ” Minister of God Bothering ” with his awesome religious degree. I have nothing against religion just him.

    • LabTested

      According to previous posts on this web site, his degree in Religious Studies was in Flying Saucer Cults.

  • the greens are so arrogant to think that;

    a)humans can effect the weather
    b)nature cannot look after itself

    nature always f**kin wins. always. just look at Chernobyl and other places of disaster. just look at how rust works. just look at a weed growing out of a crack in the footpath in the middle of a city. nature is stronger than anyone can imagine. f**kin green party. if they were concerned about the environment they would be pushing far more fundamental things.

    • Hazards001

      Hiroshima and Nagasaki…booming…errrr…excuse the pun