Listen Up Luxon

Listen to Steve Cranston’s message to Luxon:

“I’m just curious, Chris … when did climate change become so important to you?”

Steve Cranston

Cranston was straight to the point when he addressed New Zealand’s National Party Leader, Chris Luxon over his climate hypocrisy.

This week saw a determined effort from the National Party to stamp ownership on climate policy and a possible deal with the Green Party in post election coalition arrangements.

Green Co-leader James Shaw has been the key political figure in the country’s development of climate policy and its Climate Commission and also a strong critic of the Opposition’s position on climate policy.

DemocracyNZ as a new political party launched in October hasn’t had time to stamp its mark on the election narrative but are not short of talent in their candidate line up to do so.

The shifting sands that see National move out of Opposition mode and establish an early election position around climate policy is yet another indication National has already surrendered the farming vote to DemocracyNZ.

DemocracyNZ leader, Matt King is a Northland farmer and Cranston an agricultural advisor in the Waikato.


Climate Change Battle Heating Up.

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 … The World Bank announcement of a trust fund aimed at pooling public funds to provide grants for projects to reduce carbon emissions, is just one of the tell tale signs that climate change politics has reached “active” global proportions.

The financial redistribution fund would sponsor projects such as decommissioning coal-fired power plants around the world – probably not as fast as the Chinese are building them, though.

More detail about this proposal will be provided at the COP27 climate change conference in Egypt next month.

That’s typical of what we’ve grown used to in New Zealand and what we call an “announcement of an announcement.”

What was discovered prior to the first post covid WEF (World Economic Forum) meeting at the beginning of this year was a hastily rekindled agreement between the UN and the WEF – which was all rhetoric and no detail.

How I found my way to that story was following some odd rhetoric that Helen Clark was on about – climate crisis being sold to our next generation.

This I would suspect will be very much the same: all bluster, and financial demands (or supposedly good intentions) but the details of which are yet to emerge from the mist.

Something similar to how we see James Shaw operate in New Zealand. We’ll tell you how much it’s going to cost you once we’ve worked it out. It’s not something you need to involve yourself in.

This current little experiment in New Zealand leads one to think our country is being used as the cost model – have that established here and then try to impose the existing model on other countries.

Might that be seen as the path of least resistance by some people battling farmers in Europe?

Not surprisingly our New Conservative Party came out this week with a bold plan to scuttle that cream can and get our face out of their custard pie.

I could be wrong, of course, but at least I have good reasons for my suspicions.

This is where National and Labour will differ by running with the Climate Commission and keeping James Shaw in a job.

The inherent difficulty here is that we need our minor parties more than ever but already they are far less developed than they should be in election preparation.

Relying on voting is a risk we cannot afford. The need for participation, input, effort, understanding and cooperation is greater than ever.

So, is tactical cooperation – something else small party NZ, is not good at.

What I would suggest is a better option at this late stage is staying out of each other’s way. Matching strengths to electorates and limiting candidate numbers in small parties.

The object is to win change not to continue losing.


The day after the article I first mentioned was published, the United Nations’ Development Programme (UNDP) was stated, as “being in support of the chorus of institutions and charities” warning that a serious debt crisis is now taking hold in the poorest parts of the world.

Climate Change

Regardless of what your views on climate change are, the beast has invaded not only the political landscape, our language, our education, our legislation but now finally our pockets and our properties.

It started last century, and to many people it was a storm in a teacup, until by its nature comes knocking on your door with its many requirements or financial demands.

Minor parties struggle with the complexities of what climate change has evolved to.

What do you want to see in their policy?