the state of our environment | November 2012
the state of our environment | November
Spring gets points for consistency at least.
All three months scoring below normal rainfall for the
region and all three with temperatures near or below
average. NIWA’s outlook for summer suggests the pattern
could continue so we’ll need to keep a close eye on river
flows, groundwater and soil moisture which have been getting
progressively lower in some areas. It certainly wasn’t
our driest spring ever - looking at Napier airport records,
it was probably about the fifth driest since 1950 – and
thankfully we started spring in quite a good state. Talking
of good states, the monitoring of water quality at the
region’s recreational bathing sites has kicked off with
some great first-up results. So dive in… though brace
yourself, the water may not be all that warm!
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Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017
For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?
Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.
On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>