ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Politicians all gas no action

The reaction to the recent report by Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton on climate change proved to me our politicians are more interested in headlines and photo opportunities than making real change.

ALTERNATIVE VIEW: We’ll never be the same again

Friday March 15 will forever be a dark day in New Zealand’s history.

I’m proud to be a Kiwi. I’ve done considerable travel and worked overseas but it is always good to come home.

ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Greenpeace signs found at fault

As I mentioned a few weeks ago I complained to the Advertising Standards Authority over the Greenpeace billboard claiming Ravensdown and Ballance pollute rivers.

I found the advertisement offensive, bigoted and wrong in fact.

ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Gains tax okay, rest is piffle

For the record, I don’t have problem with a capital gains tax provided it is broad-based and simple to administer.

By my research 20 countries have a CGT and New Zealand is alone in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in not having one. 

ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Group ignores fertiliser facts

Driving out of Auckland I saw a huge billboard with the message: Ravensdown and Ballance pollute rivers.

How can that be, I thought, but then I noted the billboard was put there by Greenpeace and Greenpeace never lets the facts get in the way of its prejudices.

ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Prosperity needs water storage

I recently attended the launch of the Wairarapa Growth Strategy, which was an impressive example of provincial New Zealand helping itself.

The harsh reality is Wairarapa’s economy is growing faster than either Auckland or Wellington at 3.7%.