Water charges

November 18th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Danya Levy at Stuff reports:

Opposition parties are urging the Government to establish a regime to charge major fresh water users such as farmers.

The Land and Water Forum yesterday released its third and final report into how fresh water should be used and allocated.

The group of more than 60 organisations has been looking at the issue since 2009 but failed to reach a consensus on charging commercial water users.

Primary Industries Minister David Carter said the report provided a “solid foundation” on how water could be better allocated for high-value use, and how councils and communities could actively manage water quality in their areas. It also called for clearer accountabilities for resource managers and users.

Labour’s Environment spokesperson Grant Robertson said the report did not explicitly advocate resource rentals for water, but allowed for a regime that would see a “fair price” paid by major users.

Labour wanted such a regime developed in consultation with relevant parties.

If a resource is scarce or even limited, then a charge for its use is sensible and something I support. I think we should have all homes on water meters.

Farms with irrigation do not tend to use an intermediary such as a water supply company. They often get it direct from a river. In that case some charge is still appropriate, but it should be more modest and reflect the actual impact on the river and other users. If the impact is minimal, the charge should be also. But some cost can be appropriate.

Water Meters

August 11th, 2012 at 9:29 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Many councils are resisting Government pressure to introduce water meters because they know voters don’t like the idea, a new study says.

Wellington and Lower Hutt city councils were identified as the worst for considering alternative funding tools for providing drinking water to their residents.

Local Government New Zealand says it “definitely does not support the call for universal water meters”, and Napier City Council regards proposed reforms as a move to take control of water away from elected representatives.

I am a big fan of water meters. Partly because it is user pays, which is fair. Why should the grandmother who uses very little water pay the same as the family of four with swimming pool for their water?

But they are also environmentally sound, as they promote water conservation. A win-win.

Homework for Green candidates

April 17th, 2008 at 1:33 pm by David Farrar

To help with the list ranking for the Green Party, all candidates are required to sit a test to see how good they are at spinning for the Greens. A helpful person has provided to me the “exercises” they were asked to do, and best of all the responses from all 42 candidates.

The exercises were commenting on the A1 vs A2 milk issue, and commenting on Auckland City Council’s draft annual plan. Interesting that they ask national politicians to interfere and comment on a local body’s plans.

So here are some of the responses:

Craig Carson:

One method to reduce the cost of water is to reduce consumption. There needs to be a system that ensures everyone has access to minimum requirements and charges rise as use rises.

Water Meters for everyone. An idea I support.

Kevin Hague though disagrees with water charges:

New Zealanders access to security of fresh , clean drinking water is a fundamental right, and it’s outrageous that ordinary kiwis are charged at all for this necessity of life. What’s next – a price for air?

And on the milk issue

Mikaere Curtis: 

Scientists reviewing studies made have concluded that milk containing the A1 protein could be linked to type 1 diabetes and heart disease.

Wow that is dangerous territory to talk about scientists “have concluded” and to talk about a link (causative) rather than just possible correlation.

But that is mild compared to Virginia Horrocks:

It would be relatively easy to change the whole NZ herd to A2 within 10 years so why not go ahead now. Like the tobacco industry and the lead industry before them, the milk industry is risking NZs health for profits

Yes the “milk” industry is just like the tobacco industry.

Keith Locke joins the label them killers meme:

“We can’t have people die of heart attacks and diabetes just because the government won’t give a few million dollars to research A1 milk”.

Now I could carry on, but that is enough for today. Tomorrow we’ll do some more quotes. And once I get bored, I’ll post the pdf of all the 42 answers.

Blog Bits

March 16th, 2008 at 2:53 pm by David Farrar

Newzblog shows that some on the left do not think it is a mortal sin to post photos of attractive people – they have a photo spread of Eliot Spitzer’s hooker.

Aaron Bhatnagar exposes hypocrisy from City Vision on water charges.

Steven Price criticises a judgement where an “insulting language” conviction was upheld against a man who taunted two police officers.

The Hive notices how Dr Cullen tells the Speaker how to rule, and how she always does.