Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction conference

April 19th, 2009 at 8:33 am by David Farrar

No I have not made this up.

Steve Chadwick has put out a PR:

Steve Chadwick leaves this weekend for a Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction conference in Beijing, China. Ms Chadwick had been invited for her former roles as both Minister of Women’s Affairs and Chair of NZPPD. …

“The purpose of this conference will be to address and review progress and existing challenges in mainstreaming gender issues in disaster risk reduction. At present there is an unequal balance in how disasters affect men and women” said Ms Chadwick.

Hell I never realised earthquakes were sexist and discriminated. Mind you those bushfires have always been a bit old fashioned so I’m not surprised they are imbalanced as to how they affect women.

Here’s some decisions from their last conference:

Refrain from funding of extractive industries, such as mining, logging and oil and natural gas extractions that exacerbate climate change, poverty and gender inequality.

We should stop logging because it causes gender inequality.

Anyway I’m not complaining about Steve attending the conference. Like Alf Grumble, I’m wondering who she pissed off to be forced to attend as punishment. Alf says:

Good grief. If two days exposure to thoughts on gender issues in disaster risk reduction is the price to be paid, you can not regard this as a junket. It’s obviously a stiff punishment, but for what?

Probably for using the word “wellness”.

Actually, talking about “wellness” should be a capital offence, but two days in Beijing banging on about genders and disasters with like-minded drones comes close to next best (or worst) on the severity scale.

I would have thought it constitutes inhumane punishment!

Councils lending money for commercial projects

February 16th, 2009 at 5:00 pm by David Farrar

Alf Grumble MP highlights some disturbing decisions at the Hutt City Council:

Hutt city councillors last week gave approval in principle to a secret deal to help finance a $22 million apartment tower.

Councillors met last Tuesday behind closed doors to discuss an application by Merge Property Group for a loan for Twelve Daly, the 12-storey complex first unveiled in July 2007.

The Hutt News understands that councillors agreed to the request by a majority of one.

We have banks for commercial property loans, not Councils.

The solution to stop this happening again seems to be to shoot one of the Councillors that voted for this.