‘Vote for Nature’

Ex Green MP Kevin Hague on Facebook:

At Forest & Bird we have been working really hard to bring conservation and environmental protection to the fore this election. These ‘cinderella’ issues have been perpetually ignored at elections, with the consequence that they languish with poor funding and government policy that just makes things worse.

In her report on the plight of native birds (80% in trouble) the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment called the situation desperate. Nature needs our help.

We need to restore and protect for the inherent value of the natural world, because human beings are part of that world too and depend on it, and because our entire economy is based on the idea of a clean, green country where people cherish our wonderful environment.

We have succeeded! Conservation and environmental protection have become issues that the political parties have been forced to respond to.

To keep these issues at the front of voters’ minds we made a website www.votefornature.org.nz with information about party policies on key issues.

18 Comments

  1. alloytoo

     /  September 11, 2017

    Communism has never led to good environmental outcomes.

    • David

       /  September 11, 2017

      I don’t know, PolPot did a reasonable job reducing the human impact on the environment in Cambodia. He was just too far ahead of the times, he would have many supporters today for his agrarian socialism.

    • Blazer

       /  September 11, 2017

      Cuba seems to be O/K.

  2. Corky

     /  September 11, 2017

    I now call him Peanut Hague because a new form of peanut clergy treatment uses a form of homeopathy- like cures like.

    • Corky

       /  September 11, 2017

      *Allergy*

    • If you recall, he has nothing todo with homeopathy, the facepalm moment when he heard of Stephen Brownings signature on a petition for Ebola+homeopathy said it all………

      • Corky

         /  September 12, 2017

        You are so right. Age doth weary and confuse me. Here’s a thankyou. I love the simple scale work on this song.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 12, 2017

    The environment is doing fine except where DOC is in charge of it. There kiwi are supposedly reducing at a rate of 2-3% per annum whereas they are increasing in privately owned areas at a rate of 9% per annum. (These stats are as flakey as most of DOC’s and MOE’s claims. Stats Dept rated them “case study” quality – poor sampling, insufficient coverage, inadequate controls.). Doesn’t stop environmentalists trumpeting them as though they are gospel.

    • Gezza

       /  September 12, 2017

      You are capable of Whinging For New Zealand from some very prodigious distances indeed, Sir Alan.

      Stellar performance! No javelin thrower could match this distance. And caber throwers are always only short tossers, of course.

      Got a good couple of vid clipsof the taniwha tonite. Right beneath me, light was perfect. Pity only a 3G cellcam. Wonderful creature. I estimate at least 5″ cross section widest point. She came up to look at me.

      (Hung up on ma as soon as I saw Ella. Furious sounds last thing I heard before hitting the end button. Awkward phone call in the morning, I expect. 😬)

      Sir Gerald.
      0ungodly Hours

      • Pete Kane

         /  September 12, 2017

        It will be daylight soon Old Chap.

        • Gezza

           /  September 12, 2017

          Cheeky young rapscallion!

          I’ve woken early just been out to check out the early morn before dawn. Couldn’t resident creeping over for a sneak peek over the fence to check that my mallard waterbirds Charlie & Prettygirl are still snoozing sweetly together, snuggled up duck-spooning, next to the compost bin.

          Yes they are! Little lovebirds those two. She keeps house. He does all the talking. In fact he virtually never shuts up.

          The Dawn Chorus might soo just be kicking off. A couple of tweets & chirps, & a ruru (morepork) call from somewhere in the still, distant air. The stream bank is lit up by a soft sodium orange luminance on my side. The stream is gurgling & splashing quietly along, in the darkness. Patches of that are lit up too, all the moving ripples reflecting the light back to my eyes.

          Still dark. A cream gibbous moon is wavery light-spectrum haloed through thinly spread high atmospheric H2O. I’ve got two jackets on but it’s actually quite a nice temperature. I’m a happy chappy, Mr Kane.

          Time for another snooze, my good man
          Up the Rifles
          Sir Gerald. πŸ’‚πŸ» 😴 πŸ’€

          • Gezza

             /  September 12, 2017

            (* Para 3, line 1 – here’s the n missing at the end of soo.)
            Toodle loo. πŸ‘πŸΌ

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  September 12, 2017

            Very poetic, Sir Gerald. Having a lovely trip into the countryside at present. All very rural and peaceful.

            • pickled possum

               /  September 12, 2017

              Are you surrounded by pine trees … if you are RUN for your life.
              Once those little pollen get up your nose, it’s all done hill from there/
              Sneeze Cough Splutter Choke Snot, everywhere! 😎

    • Patzcuaro

       /  September 12, 2017

      Maybe if DoC was better funded it could do a better job, great to see some of the private areas doing so well.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 12, 2017

        Bureaucrats can always spend more money badly. A better solution would be to privatise big areas of DoC reserves into private Trusts that could actually look after them and not treat them as private parks for DoC employees.

        • Patzcuaro

           /  September 12, 2017

          If it works that’s great, how are the Trusts going to be funded?

          One reason that the private areas are doing better is because they are smaller localised reserves with a lot of community input.

        • Conspiratoor

           /  September 12, 2017

          Al, 8.6 million ha of public conservation land, 13 National Parks, 44 marine reserves, 8 marine mammal sanctuaries, over 1,000 huts and campsites, 14,000 km of tracks.
          How much of the above do you want to flick into trusts …and how many trusts do you envisage?