The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday – 31st July 2020

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  1. CEAC – Protecting our environment & health.
    In association with other Community Groups, current and all Government Agencies since 2001.
    • Health and wellbeing.
    • East Coast Transport Project.

    31st July 2020.

    Politics, environment.

    CEAC – “National Are Their Own Enemy – Roads, Roads, Roads, Is Their Death Nail”.
    Friday 31st July 2020
    Political, Environmental press release – Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre
    National Party claim to have “A Greener, Smarter Future” as it sits on their policy platform as “A Greener, Smarter Future” but the citizens are always hearing nothing of transport other than more roads, roads, roads, so where is the greener smarter future policy there?
    At least Labour has just released their new policy to regulate environmentally harmful plastic packaging, tyres, E-waste ect’.

    “The Government is stepping up action to deal with environmentally harmful products – including plastic packaging, tyres and e-waste – before they become waste.
    As part of the wider plan to reduce the amount of rubbish ending up in landfills, Associate Environment Minister, Eugenie Sage, today announced six products to be declared ‘priority products’ for the establishment of regulated product stewardship schemes under the Waste Minimisation Act. The products are:
    • Plastic packaging
    • Tyres
    • Electrical and electronic products (e-waste)
    • Agrichemicals and their containers
    • Refrigerants
    • Farm plastics.
    Regulated product stewardship helps put the responsibility for waste and what happens to products at the end of their useful life on manufacturers, importers, retailers and users, rather than on communities, councils, neighbourhoods and nature,”

    CEAC supports this initiative strongly; “The Government is stepping up action to deal with environmentally harmful products”

    CEAC has previously highlighted the damage caused with overuse of tyres, especially those used on freight trucks as their emissions of tyre dust “micro-plastic pollution” is so high compared to small vehicles as one truck will cause 100 times more than a car for instance due to the laden weight on the multiple tyres each truck uses and the size of the tyres.

    The road transport industry needs to finally acknowledge that their tyre dust emissions are a serious environmental issue as they are possibly unaware that each truck emits such high levels of emissions of harmful tyre dust into our environment already, as they continually fight to expand truck transport activities around NZ without regard for the damage they are causing.

    Since Government’s recent data from (MBIE) of emissions inventory from road freight transport is not reducing but increasing, even their MBIE study ignores the tyre dust emissions as another part of their emissions inventory.

    CEAC now advocate for rail with steel wheels especially if electric motivated as the best way to reduce our freight transport emissions and benefiting from reducing pollution ‘runoff’ from our roads into our waterways, lakes rives streams, aquifers, drinking water and poisoning us. So what’s not to like here as this is real greener smarter future, isn’t it?

    CEAC has long been advocating to clean up our waterways being daily polluted by other environmental contaminants not currently recognised, such as “road runoff” of vehicle emissions and toxic tyre dust pollution entering our steams alongside our highways and city roads.

    National Party has not even mentioned this looming issue yet.

    CEAC response: Since Government’s recent data from (MBIE) of emissions inventory from road freight transport is not reducing but increasing, we now advocate for rail with steel wheels especially if electric motivated as the best way to reduce our freight transport emissions and benefiting from reducing pollution ‘runoff’ from our roads into our waterways, lakes rives streams, aquifers, drinking water and poisoning us. So what’s not to like here as this is real greener smarter future, isn’t it?

    CEAC has long been advocating to clean up our waterways being daily polluted by other environmental contaminants not currently recognised, such as “road runoff” of vehicle emissions and toxic tyre dust pollution entering our steams alongside our highways and city roads.
    National Party has not even mentioned this looming issue yet.

    This has been documented in global scientific documents all over the world and was included in a 104 page report from the Ministry of Transport from as long back as 2002, and the report is entitled ‘Emissions factors for contaminants released from motor vehicles in NZ’.
    here.

    “In New Zealand, emissions of key constituents from motor vehicles to air can be assessed using the Vehicle Fleet Emission Model. The user output from a run of this model is currently provided in the form of the user model NZ-TER (refer MoT 1998, MoT 2000, MonCrieff & Irving 2001).”

    Also found in this UK scientific report.
    These documents are evidence of the ‘elephant in the room’, as on pages you can see the tyre dust deposits left on a road is washed down our road drains and into our waterways and drinking water and causes cancer to humans and animals alike.

    CEAC has always strongly said that rail with steel wheels especially if electric motivated is the best way to reduce our freight transport emissions, finding ways to stop road runoff pollution washing off our roads into our waterways and entering our drinking water then poisoning us.

    Takeout; This is just another ‘environmental impact issue’ that must be taken regard of in future planning of levy’s charged back to producers of tyres, suppliers and users as ‘we are all in this together’ to fight climate change and all emissions that will affect our future health wellbeing and the future of all our families, this is the real Greener, Smarter Future to use rail with steel wheels especially if electric motivated, National Party.

    END.

  2. I see the latest Oranga tamariki report says the number of Maori children being taken has dropped. While this is good news there timing in releasing this report in my view is cynical to say the least and wreaks of them protecting there patch. In my view you cannot separate the child from the mother nor can you separate the mother and child from their whanau. Its is not just about whanaungatanga (being one of the solutions) it is also about the lack of recognition or relevance by OT and there practises of whakawhanaungatanga. As in some cases the immediate whanau is unable to care for the child and help the mother, then I would expect OT to reach out to the wider whanau but this in most cases has not happened. In the meantime a lot of irreversible damage has been done. If Labour truly want to uphold the TOW then they need to let us (Maori) have a turn at looking after and improving the lives of our own people. The governments have spent million on wages, resources and top down institutes to fix the problems but it hasn’t worked. I have all the confidence in our people and our many experts we now have in Maoridom to truly deliver the changes and improve the lives for many of our whanau. We need to rebuild many of our whanau and empower them. OT has not and will not do this. Now is the time for the state to relinquish its power/control and in doing so we as a people can work towards achieving Tino Rangatiratanga as promised to us in the TOW.

  3. https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/first-up/audio/2018757351/more-than-400-nzers-desperate-to-get-home-from-india
    400 – plane coming here to take Indians back, surely we can find a way to efficiently utilise this trip. Perhaps we need a see saw system – this fortnight NZs and a few others – next fortnight groups like this. Our attempt to normalise a system and maintain our free, within bounds, Covid-19 status is a good but we are still stuck with unfinished matters with people who belong here being stuck elsewhere. These people are being choked off from coming back and their future life pattern in jeopardy. Couldn’t we find a way to assist them, expanding our present systems?

    And all who are coming in now, whoever they are, should be incurring the relatively small charge to cover the necessary accommodation cost, payable now or set up as a loan perhaps part through a credit card and the remainder to the government. It is an unprecedented rescue effort – rather like the airlock astronauts pass through when coming back to the spaceship from the hostile environment of outer space! It isn’t a matter of a human right to move freely in all meanings!

  4. Why can’t the quarantine charges be collected through the tax system as they do for student loans. For student loans once you earn over a certain amount you have to start paying the money back at a certain rate based on your income.
    As for the 400 NZ Indians just like all the others that went overseas they have to wait in the queue. For starters they must have had money if they can afford to fly all the way over there. We are barely coping with the numbers now in quarantine and the costs. All i can say is some of those people waiting are lucky they can come back when there are many who were born here but living else where for good reason yet they are going to have to pay. So people need to stop whinging and be thankful they got residency/citizenship.

    • Michelle these are people who are trying to keep in touch with whanau back home. You wouldn’t want to deprive them of memories and obligations to family and their birthplace would you? Compassion needs to be applied everywhere in a practical way, so that things are done fairly and helpfully.

      You want this done for Maori ti meet TOW expectations and promises, but it needs to also flow further. And I think that everyone coming in now should have to pay, as you say on the same basis as the student loan if borrowing is necessary. We are past the anxious first stage, and now have to hunker down to cope following a system that is shaped to avoid callousness but requires some self-discipline and personal deprivation. I have just bought a package of face masks for $12 so that I signal to myself and others that this thing is still ongoing, and I’m going to limit my input into public spaces. We just have to get a good system going and try and help those likely to be forced out on the street , till we can make the place for them.

  5. Now is the time to say bye bye to Oranga Tamariki. And all that money going into those 10- 11 CEOs on big fat salaries can go into service delivery. Hopefully all those Maori Social workers and other loyal and hardworking Maori staff bullied out of their jobs can return to the nest and help our people.

  6. Hah. Fresh from the UK with a slight fishy smell though. (My comments in brackets.)
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/07/30/furious-boris-johnson-threatens-lords-reform-peerages-tory-party/
    Boris Johnson is understood to be furious after he was blocked from giving peerages to some of the Conservative Party’s financial backers, and is threatening to reform the House of Lords in retaliation.
    The Prime Minister is said to be “very frustrated, angry and upset” after a Lords watchdog refused to sign off peerages for some of his business supporters this summer.
    (Sounds like Trump.)

    Evasive’ ex-minister loses bid to keep £20 million divorce battle secret (Woohoo news from Planet Ex-cesspit)
    Judge concludes that details of dispute between former Watford MP Richard Harrington and estranged wife Jessie should be made public

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2020/07/30/germany-suffers-record-slump/?li_source=LI&li_medium=liftigniter-onward-journey
    Germany’s economic recovery risks being derailed by a second wave of Covid-19 as the country battles back from its deepest slump in at least 50 years, experts have warned.
    Output in Europe’s biggest economy plunged by 10.1pc between April and June, more than double the hit it suffered in early 2009 after the financial crisis – and the worst fall since the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) began collecting quarterly data in 1970.

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