We have 3 scared cows in NZ that are in desperate need of slaughtering.
Dairy: It is telling how crazy the debate about Dairy and its negative impact on environment has become when Fonterra are pushing pro farmer propaganda while also attempting to gag Greenpeace from playing adverts that show the truth behind their environmental lies.
It’s all very well for Fonterra to say on their website that farmers have “spent $1 billion dollars on environmental initiatives over the last five years.” Quantify that figure. Break it down for us. Treat us like we are capable of reading balance sheets.
Is that spending on upgraded effluent ponds that, in many cases, should have been done years ago?
Is it on native trees for the riparian planting of streambanks, and normally subsidised by regional councils – ratepayers – anyway?
Frankly, I can’t see where the shadowy “billion” went but I do know this.
It’s been a huge waste of money simply because it hasn’t worked.
…Fonterra are liars about their true impact on our environment and while we remain a nation unable to develop our own raw products into finished goods, we are simply being held ransom by a small group of National Party Corporate Farmers. Less intensification, not more is what is needed and with climate change ready to dramatically change the agricultural cycles, we need to ensure domestic food supply and not a global one.
Will Dairy be reigned in? No way. They have too much power, Labour and even the Greens leave Dairy out of any real reductions in their climate change emissions.
Tourism: Tourism is empty money. With the massive loopholes in our free market immigration policies, foreign tourism operators import their own workers to work in the tourism industry here, and all we get is massive stress on our infrastructure to the point the bloody Airport is gridlocked.
These huge cruise ships that come to town. When they are here they close the wharves to the public and these rich tourists come ashore demanding luxury goods from luxury good shops who don’t serve a domestic market but serve these rich tourists. The impact of that is to drive retail rents up and gentrify public space.
This image is what mass tourism creates…
We need an immediate infrastructure tax on all tourists visiting NZ. An extra couple of hundred dollars to these people that is paid directly to infrastructure projects would do much to solve this.
Will tourism be reigned in? Of course not, no one will admit it’s a problem until they need to catch a flight.
Housing: National needs the property bubble, it keeps pushing up values and makes property owning NZers feel like they are multi-millionaires. Middle class NZ have been taken hook line a and sinker with this and are happy to allow mass surveillance, 300 000 kids in poverty, 41 000 homeless and unethical political behaviour to ensure they can still get a gold credit card from their bank. Property owners don’t care about those who have lost out, the millennials just want the same property speculation rights as boomers and the rest are left to sleep in cars.
We need to ban all foreign buyers of NZ land and we need to limit the amount of houses a family/individual can own.
Will anything change? Only when the global economy pops.