Kiribati

Labour go into overdrive to make Helen Clark look better

[Labour MP Sua Mr William] Sio has just returned from a trip to [Kiribati and Tuvalu] to look at the impact of rising sea levels.

He says the main impact is the concentration of population putting pressure on scarce resources like drinking water which is in turn being affected by the rising sea water table.

Currently New Zealand has an immigration quota of 75 for Tuvalu and Kiribati.

“On Tuvalu there’s a total population of 12,000 and 6000 of them live on Funafuti (the main island) and there’s just not enough room,” he said.

“The Prime Minister (of Tuvalu) said to me, the numbers are small but they can have a really striking impact.”

He is proposing what he calls a programme of ”Migration with Dignity” which could see New Zealand assist with education and pre-immigration training in the islands for people without the skills and qualifications to easily qualify for immigration.

“They don’t want to lose all their brightest and smartest,” he said.

“They still need them to run the Government.

“So the Government Ministers I met agreed that we need to grow the education skill base and look at the mobility of labour.”

He said that both governments of Kiribati and Tuvalu regard migration as a last resort.

“Notwithstanding that I think that for a future Government which wants to stand and support the Pacific you have to plan for that emergency and that disaster but hoping that the disaster doesn’t happen and allow for the gradual movement of people.”

He said he was surprised because had expected that the Governments would be saying everybody wanted to leave.

“But they actually didn’t.

“Yes, they want to migrate but they also want to be able to come back to their homes.

“They want their homes protected.”

But on the bigger picture of the impact climate change is having on the sea levels he said that if New Zealand wanted to stand with the Pacific it had to walk the talk and be bigger and braver about reducing its carbon emissions.

Mr Sio’s trip is an interesting move by Labour which has been accused of taking the Pacific vote for granted.

Looks like another Helen Clark inspired move to make NZ look palatable to the UN.  Because here’s another view, which won’t be popular with those holding the begging bowls.  Read more »

Onya Fossy. A little less gay.

He might drive a gay ute, but he at least knows a scam when he sees one.

Craig Foss has declined to intervene and the so-called “climate refugee” will be sent packing.

A last-ditch appeal against the deportation of a man who claimed to be the world’s first climate change refugee has failed.

Associate Immigration Minister Craig Foss has received a briefing on the case of Ioane Teitiota and his family, and has tonight declined to intervene.

That means he will be deported shortly to Kiribati, with his wife and young New Zealand-born children likely to join him.

Mr Teitiota had claimed to be the world’s first climate change refugee, but that was dismissed by the courts, and Labour instead asked Mr Foss to allow him to stay on humanitarian grounds.

Earlier today, Prime Minister John Key said there was no question that Mr Teitiota was an over-stayer, and not a refugee.

“I am sure people feel for the guy – they have got their family here, all these kinds of things. But unfortunately he is not unique in that, and we have to be in the most part consistent.”

On the issue of climate change, Mr Key dismissed the notion that New Zealand should consider looking at accepting people on the basis that their homeland was threatened by rising sea levels.

“I am certainly not ruling out that a future Prime Minister and a future Government wouldn’t take that compassionate view, and I suspect actually that they would. But it would be on genuine grounds that they actually can’t live in their country.”

Labour MP Phil Twyford, whose electorate includes Mr Teitiota’s home in Ranui, this afternoon accepted a petition from a Kiribati-Tuvalu delegation from West Auckland, some with tears in their eyes.

Boo hoo, dry your eyes and go buy some Red Bands.

This scoundrel tried it on and failed. If his lawyer had tried something more sensible he might still be here. Instead they went for the scam.

At least Craig Foss saw through it all.

Watch the Media Party crank into action to try and save this bloke though.

 

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Woodhouse finally gets something right. But can he be consistent?

So he does recognise a welfare refugee when he sees one.  Good.   Now let’s hope he can tell the real Syrian refugees from the economic ones too.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has described calls for New Zealand to accept a Kiribati man who has claimed to be a climate change refugee as a “paternalistic, colonialist, white person’s response.”

Mr Woodhouse made the comment when Green MP Denise Roche asked about the case of Ioane Teitota who has unsuccessfully tried to claim refugee status because of the effects of climate change on his Kiribati homeland.

Mr Teitoa, a father of three, came to NZ in 2007 and is now in custody facing deportation.   Read more »

The first real victim of Climate Change needs a pair of gumboots and a ticket home

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Oh dear, the first real victim of Climate Change needs a pair of gumboots and a ticket home.

A Kiribati man has failed in his bid to become the world’s first climate change refugee.

Ioane Teitiota had for years argued his family’s health was at risk if they returned to low-lying Kiribati, which suffers from rising sea levels and water supplies that are contaminated by salt and sewage.

The Supreme Court of New Zealand today declined an appeal by Teitiota to overturn a decision to not grant him refugee status on those grounds.

In its ruling, the court said it did not believe there was enough immediate threat to Teitiota to cover him under international refugee laws.    Read more »

Stop shitting in the water and half of this bludger’s problems are solved

A bludger, for that is what he is, is still trying to use the NZ court system to evade extradition.

Perhaps Kim Dotcom is his legal advisor.

A Kiribati man seeking to become the world’s first climate change refugee plans to file an appeal to New Zealand’s Supreme Court, his lawyer says.

Ioane Teitiota would argue that his family’s health is at risk if they return to low-lying Kiribati, which suffers from rising sea levels and water supplies that are contaminated by salt and sewage.

Teitiota overstayed his New Zealand visa and is fighting to stay in the country with his wife Erika and three New Zealand-born children.   Read more »

Ratbag lawyer wants to take one for the team

Someone should tell him he is dreamin’.

The catfight in Upper Harbour means a sensible, moderate Labour candidate could win a split vote. An elderly human rights lawyer won’t do this.

Dr Michael Kidd advises that he will seek the Labour party nomination for the seat of Upper Harbour.

He will stand on a policy of restoring the cuts in welfare by the National Government which have negatively impacted on the most vulnerable.

Michael is confident of mounting a strong campaign on community values to capture the seat from the two women so far declared: Bennett and Rankin both with polarizing view- points.    Read more »

See ya pal, don’t let the door hit you in the arse on the way out

The bloke from Kiribati has lost his rather specious claim that he is climate change refugee in a brazen attempt to stay in NZ.

The NZ Herald reports:

A New Zealand judge on Tuesday rejected a Kiribati man’s claim that he should be granted refugee status because of climate change.

Ioane Teitiota and his wife moved to New Zealand from the low-lying Pacific island nation in 2007. He argued that rising sea levels make it too dangerous for him and his family to return to Kiribati.

Immigration authorities twice rejected his claims, so he appealed to the High Court.  Read more »

A bit of exposure about claims of so-called climate refugees

Here is a little bit of truth about the so-called “climate refugee” who is trying to stop here after his work permit expired.

This is from the Herald:

A man from one of the lowest-lying nations on Earth is trying to convince New Zealand judges that he’s a refugee suffering not from persecution, but from climate change.

The 37-year-old and his wife left his remote atoll in the Pacific nation of Kiribati six years ago for higher ground and better prospects in New Zealand, where their three children were born.

Immigration authorities have twice rejected his argument that rising sea levels make it too dangerous for him and his family to return to Kiribati.

So on October 16, the man’s lawyer, Michael Kidd, plans to argue the case before New Zealand’s High Court.  Read more »

Another Global Warming Disaster

So another Global Warming catastrophe…….   for the Warmists:  to go with thriving polar bear populations; increasing sea-ice, and 15 successive years of stable temperatures, the Chicken Little faction has now learned that Pacific Islands are actually GROWING rather than sinking beneath the waves as predicted.

Climate scientists have expressed surprise at findings that many low-lying Pacific islands are growing, not sinking.

Islands in Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Federated States of Micronesia are among those which have grown, largely due to coral debris, land reclamation and sediment.

The findings, published in the magazine New Scientist, were gathered by comparing changes to 27 Pacific islands over the last 20 to 60 years using historical aerial photos and satellite images.  Read more »