Call for an International Peacekeeping Force to protect Rafah from Israel
Wednesday 8th May 2024

There is a petition people may want to sign:

Don't Subsidise Pollution: End Free Carbon Credits petition
Saturday 10th February 2024

There is a petition people may want to sign:

"We call on the Minister of Climate Change and Cabinet to:

1. End free carbon credits: accelerate the phase out of free industrial allocation in the Emissions Trading Scheme to end free credits by 2030.

2. Cut pollution: use funds generated from ending free credits to contribute to the upfront costs of decarbonising emissions intensive industries (in the form of loans or in return for equity stakes).

3. Unlock green jobs: protect jobs with a Carbon Border Mechanism (like the EU is introducing), green infrastructure investment via a Ministry of Green Works or public procurement, and fund a just transition for any affected workers."

Don't Subsidise Pollution: End Free Carbon Credits

Stadium complaint update: As far as I know, it still has not been allocated to an Investigator.

An update on my stadium complaint
Friday 27th October

I asked the Office of the Ombudsman for an update on my stadium complaint and as of the 17th of October, "[my] complaint is now with the Investigation and Resolution team. [My] complaint, and all related correspondence, will be allocated to one of [the Ombudsman's] Investigators as capacity allows." I assume the Investigation and Resolution team is different to the Early Resolution team and not just another name for them, but it appears nothing much is happening with it until it gets allocated to an Investigator.

Climate Change Policies
Wednesday 11th October

I'd like to share some brief thoughts on this election's climate change policies.

Labour and the Greens' policies are too focused on changing our oil dependency to a perhaps just as bad battery dependency. For some people rather than switching to electric cars, it would be better to switch to less intensive e-bikes or possibly even mopeds and this would be more economically sensible (it used to be that you wanted to subsidise local goods, and tariff foreign goods; not what Labour and the Greens are doing). Also their picking winners approach may work for some parts of NZ, but not others; e.g. making public transport cheaper, etc., makes a lot of sense in Wellington where a lot of people use it, but less so for Christchurch where cycling seems to be the preferred option.

As far as I can tell, rather than perhaps increasing the price of petrol by 40 cents as Hipkins has been stating, National's policies would more likely lead to ever-increasing forestry covering productive farmland. This is because National has indicated they will take a hands-off approach to the broken Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which needs to be reformed to limit the use of forestry offsets.

Labour (and National depending on how mega their scale of forestry) will still be giving billions to other countries rather than reducing emissions in NZ. Labour and the Greens (and possibly National) are also planning to go against what 84% of respondents wanted in the 2018 consultation on the Zero Carbon Bill by letting the Climate Change Commission decide the ETS settings rather than just providing advice and letting the elected Government make the final decision.

The best climate change policy would be a higher emissions price like National is suggesting, but unlike National much of the climate change revenue should be given back to people equally (except for adult/child differences) rather than going into the general tax pool (so people can afford and accept a higher emissions price than would otherwise be possible, and individuals would have a better idea of what works for them than the Government); the use of forestry offsets should be limited (to prevent forever expanding forests rather than reducing emissions); instead of free allocation of ETS units to Emissions-Intensive and Trade-Exposed businesses the ETS price should be removed/applied at the border (because this was the point, but free allocation is less accurate and fair); ETS units except for those created by forestry should expire 2-3 years after creation (to reduce investor speculation undermining support for the scheme); and the existing ETS Unit stockpile should be dealt with in a way that does not rip off NZ taxpayers (again to reduce investor speculation undermining support for the scheme, and to resolve self-interest rather than public interest conflicts (if any) on the part of Government decision-makers). For a better explanation of how this could work see Appendix A of my Submission on the NZ Productivity Commission's Low-Emissions Economy: Draft Report. Unfortunately, the picking winners policies of Labour and the Greens might still be needed given we've left implementing effective ETS policies so late, which is not to say their policies are good just that due to poor governance (and opinions from non-Government MPs) we're in a difficult position.

Wednesday 27th September

On Monday night, I attended the Halswell Residents Association "meet the candidates" evening. I wasn't in the same room as the National and Green candidates, but as far as I know I was the only one to suggest some short-term help for the issue of how far Halswell is from Hillmorton High School. I suggested contacting Environment Canterbury to see if they could specially cater for school students from Halswell so there isn't an 8-14 minute wait between the 100 and 7 buses in the morning at least.

If anyone is wondering why I wasn't in the Hornby candidates debate last night, it's because I wasn't invited. I did ask the host 10 minutes before it started if they could add a chair, but he said they'd already finalised the format (or it might have been the questions). I stayed to watch and was the one who tried to add "Will you sell assets?" to the end of the 'Does National have a Plan B if their tax cut package doesn't raise the forecasted revenue?' question.

It was slightly annoying to learn afterwards that I had not been invited because the person doing the invites did not have the information before cutoff, but that he didn't need a flyer because he got one in his mailbox. However, I'm not particularly good at these sort of debates, so it probably didn't matter that much. I do want to acknowledge the guy in the light green and black puffer jacket though for trying to raise it.

As far as I know the final Wigram candidate event is at 7pm on the 28th of September at 70 Harman St (organised by Manuka Cottage Addington Community House Incorporated for residents). UPDATE: I did well in this debate.

In Wellington
Saturday 23rd September

This week I took my policies to the streets of Wellington.

I have also included the original outside Wigram electorate flyer, so every version of my flyers is now on this page.

A photo of a handful of flyers fanned out with the Beehive in the background.
Outside Wigram flyer version 1
Outside Wigram flyer version 2

Finished delivering Wigram flyers
Saturday 16th September

As far as I am aware, every home in the Wigram electorate has now received one of my campaign flyers except those where I couldn't find a mailbox; they specifically did not want election material; or in some cases construction fences or footpath work prevented access. There were three versions of the Wigram campaign flyer:

Wigram flyer version 1
Wigram flyer version 2
Wigram flyer version 3