A billion trees? Not so fast…it’ll be only half a billion, if that

Shane Jones had to go on television yesterday morning and deliver some bad news, but not to worry it would all be hidden beneath the news that Jacinda Ardern is pregnant.

Nonetheless it is a broken promise before a single tree is even planted:

The Government is scrambling to find enough land to meet its target of reaching 1 billion trees in 10 years.

The Labour/New Zealand First coalition committed to the target, which would require a doubling of the 50 million trees already being planted annually – 270,000 a day on average, or 100 million a year.

But Forestry Minister Shane Jones told The AM Show his team is facing a “real challenge” finding the space.

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Some people are never happy, NIMBYs moan about emergency housing

Some people are never happy. There is apparently a housing crisis and Housing New Zealand has done something a little bit innovative and they’ve built some tiny homes as emergency accommodation.

But the neighbours aren’t happy.

Housing New Zealand Corporation is well advanced with nine new compact emergency houses on a West Auckland site, but one critic says they are so frighteningly small that they appear like prison cells. A neighbour asked if they were storage sheds.

Corporation business, innovation and development general manager Andrew Booker said the dwellings were 28sq m but the neighbour said he was surprised at their arrival and appearance and wondered if people could live there.

“These buildings are disgustingly cheap, small, lacking in windows and appear to have only one door. The foundations are low cost and very simple,” the neighbour said. Another neighbour compared them to prison cells or working men’s huts.

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Yeah and Nah

Credit Luke: The Green Taliban
James Shaw, Golriz Ghahraman

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The Life and Times of a Professional Carpet Bagger

Julie Anne Genter
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Guest Post:

Julie Anne Genter was born in Rochester, Minnesota, United States, on the 26th of December 1979. She grew up in Los Angeles, California and after High School was accepted to study at the University of California, Berkeley where she gained a BA in Philosophy in May 2003.

Julie then moved to France where she studied for and gained a Post-Graduate Certificate in International Political Studies from the Institut d’etudes politiques in Paris in July of 2005.

Her thirst for knowledge, however, wasn’t sated and her next port of call was the University of Auckland where she managed to obtain a Master’s Degree in Planning Practice in 2008.

So, at the age of 29, and after spending the best part of 24 years in some form of schooling, Julie Anne finally got a job with the private engineering consultancy firm Sinclair Knight Merz where she stayed for one year before moving on to McCormick Rankin Cagney Environmental Consultancy.

Her main point of recognition during her years as a transportation consultant has been Parking Policy. Yup, thats right folks. After spending all those years at various international tertiary institutions Julie’s main strength is advising on the design of parking. She is recognised as an expert in this field and has advised numerous councils throughout Australasia on this hot topic.

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Making America Great Again: Fiat Chrysler to move jobs back from Mexico

Another company has announced they are moving manufacturing back to US because of Donald Trump’s tax changes:

USA Today reports:

Citing President Trump’s and Congress’ new tax law, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Thursday that it’s going to move some of its production back from Mexico. 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will invest more than $1 billion to modernize the company’s Warren Truck Plant in metro Detroit, adding 2,500 jobs and moving production of its Ram Heavy Duty trucks from Mexico.

The changeover is to be complete in 2020.  

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It’s official, Jacinda is pregnant, has been since October


My readers picked it months ago, Jacinda Ardern is pregnant.

The offical announcement was this morning.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that she is pregnant, with the baby due in June.

Ms Ardern made the announcement on her Instagram feed this morning.

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Paul Krugman wins Trump’s Fake News Awards

Another promise delivered on by Donald Trump, his Fake News Awards.

The results are FINALLY in and first place in the “Fake News Awards,” which have CRASHED the GOP website.

First place goes to the failing New York Times, who claimed President Trump would tank the stock market.

Below are the winners of the 2017 Fake News Awards:

1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.

2. ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.   Read more »

Incite Politics

Paul Bailey: Where have all of Bill’s friends gone?

The first rule of politics is learn how to count. If the Nats ever want to recapture the Beehive then they have to find friends. After last years election if I had a dollar for every time someone asked me why the Greens didn’t consider going into coalition with National I’d be a rich man. Even without their memorandum of understanding with Labour, because the Greens stand for more than the environment a National/Green government was never going to happen in 2016 . . .

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Making America Great Again, with tax cuts

The left-wing are going to find it hard to make this news sound bad:

Apple on Wednesday made a slew of announcements about its investment in and contribution to the U.S. economy in part because of the new tax law.

The headline from Apple is that it will make a $350 billion “contribution” to the U.S. economy over the next five years, although it’s unclear exactly how the company came to that number.

The company also promised to create 20,000 new jobs and open a new campus.

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Government subsidises profitable duopoly so rich pricks can charge their expensive shopping trolleys

Smug bludger happy taxpayers supporting his lifestyle

The Government has handed over $800,000 so that Foodstuffs can provide their rich customers charging points for their over-priced shopping trolleys:

A new convert to the world of electric motoring is welcoming a plan to add another charging station to South Canterbury’s burgeoning network.

Energy Minister Megan Woods announced this week the Government had committed $3.74 million to expand the number of electric vehicle charging stations across New Zealand, in the latest batch of grants from its Low Emission Vehicle Contestable Fund.

Foodstuffs, owner of the New World, Four Square and Pak ‘n Save brands, has been granted $800,000 to install charging stations around its national supermarket network.

Temuka’s New World store is set to be the first location in the town to play host to a charging station, joining those already online nearby in Winchester, Pleasant Point and Timaru.

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