Auditor-General right to investigate Maggie Barry allegation
The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the investigation into allegations
that Maggie Barry used Parliamentary funding for political
“There is a clear line
between the work of Parliamentary staff and those that hold
private allegiance to political parties,” says
Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan
“Even if there is a perception in Wellington
that this happens all the time, Parliament’s credibility
depends on the rigorous enforcement of the
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New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change
One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.
Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...
There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>