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The greenhouse gas emissions
reduction target for the 2020s the
Government intends to pledge
has been rated inadequate by
Climate Action Tracker, and as
falling short of a fair share of the
international effort required.
Climate Action Tracker is a
grouping of four independent
European research organisations
Climate Analytics, Ecofys,
New Climate Institute and the
Potsdam Institute for Climate
It has been rating the commit-
ments being tabled for the Paris
conference in December intended
to thrash out a comprehensive
agreement to curb emissions
between 2020 and 2030.
New Zealand’s provisional
target is to reduce emissions to
30% below 2005 levels by 2030
which is equivalent to 11% below
“New Zealand’s climate target
shows it is far from doing its
fair share, and is anything but
ambitious,” Bill Hare, chief
executive and senior scientist at
Climate Analytics, said.
If most other countries were to
follow New Zealand’s approach,
global warming would exceed
3 or 4degC, a world that would
see oceans acidifying, coral
reefs dissolving, sea levels rising
rapidly, and more than 40%
The CAT report is critical
of New Zealand’s approach to
“ While most other governments
intend cutting emissions, New
Zealand appears to be increasing
emissions, and hiding this
through creative accounting. It
may not have to take any action
at all to meet either its 2020 or
2030 targets,” Mr Hare said.
“If New Zealand applies the
rules it is proposing to use after
2020 to account for its Kyoto
surplus and forestry credits, its
overall agriculture, energy, waste
and industrial greenhouse gas
emissions could increase to 11%
above 1990 levels by 2030.”
Climate Action Tracker’s
analysis concludes that, based on
current policies, New Zealand’s
emissions per capita, while
likely to remain stable at about
17 tonnes of CO2 equivalent
or decrease slightly, are set to
surpass those of the United
States by around 2025.
Emissions of methane and
nitrous oxide from livestock are
around half of national emissions.
But emissions from transport
and industrial processes have
been growing fastest since 1990.
“ While New Zealand argues
that agricultural emissions are
hard to deal with, and there is
some merit to this, its other
sources of emissions growth
can readily be addressed with
appropriate policy frameworks
and technologies,” the CAT
“There are no policies in place
to address the fastest-growing
sources of emissions in New
Zealand from transport and
industrial sources. For the energy
system, whilst it is predominantly
hydro and renewables, there is
potential for further increasing
renewable energy, and improving
efficiency on the user end.”
It also points out, as domestic
critics of the target have and as
Climate Change Minister Tim
Groser has conceded, that it does
not put New Zealand on a direct,
straight line path to its longer-
term goal of a 50% reduction
by 2050, unlike other major
economies such as the European
Union or the United States.
“ New Zealand’s
policy is projected to head in
the opposite direction from the
world’s biggest emitters such as
China, the United States and
the European Union,” Professor
Kornelis Blok of Ecofys said.
“ It has taken little or no action
on climate change since 2008 —
except for watering down its ETS
and we can find no evidence
of any policies that would change
this.” — NZME
The family of a 10-year-old boy who
landed head-first on to concrete at a
bouncy castle fun park are fearful their
son might never be the same.
Zaybein Wathey fractured his skull in
two places after landing on concrete at
Napier’s Inflatable World on July 7.
He suffered a 25-minute seizure
and was flown to Starship Hospital.
The inflatable park has since been
The incident happened just three
days after an Auckland father watched
in horror as his son was sucked under a
giant bouncy castle at Inflatable World
Zaybein’s mother, Haley Wathey,
was tearful as she said her son might
not recover from the “absolutely
He has been in Starship Hospital
since the incident — fading in and out
of consciousness and having intense
headaches, Ms Wathey said.
Zaybein, who was visiting family in
Napier from Upper Hutt, fell head-
first while playing on the bouncy
castle when an inflated column came
loose and exposed a concrete hole, Ms
Everyone heard a massive “thwack”
when he hit the ground, she said.
She said Inflatable World had been
in touch to offer a discount of $6
because of the incident.
“He’s suffering such bad migraines
that he just he’s only awake for about
five minutes and then back to sleep,
constantly. He’s in that much pain. He
hit the concrete from a massive height.
“I can’t believe it was concrete, I’m
absolutely devastated. (The columns)
are supposed to be attached; these are
not attached at all. A $6 refund is not
going to solve my son, my son’s not the
same any more,” she said.
Stepfather Paul Marjoribanks saw the
incident and said he “freaked out ” after
hearing the cracking noise.
“ When I was standing there and I
saw the eyes roll back in his head. I ’ve
never seen my boy do anything like
that. He had a bit of a seizure then
went all floppy and then just screamed.
“That lady who held him, in the hole,
I thank her. She was just there for him.
I need to thank her terribly.”
Zaybein was slowly improving
yesterday after being awake for only a
couple of minutes at a time last week,
Mr Marjoribanks said.
He was able to talk and his memory
was intact but a simple game of
Connect Four had put the “shattered”
youngster to sleep almost five hours,
Mr Marjoribanks said.
The family was hoping he might be
discharged from hospital and able to
go home on Thursday.
Ms Wathey said Inflatable World
should be pitching in for the bills
because of the incident.
It is understood another person
broke their leg at the Napier Inflatable
World just an hour after Zaybein’s
Inflatable World director Gary
Adamson said both Napier incidents
were being investigated by the
company, in conjunction with Work
Management decided to temporarily
close the Napier Inflatable World
yesterday while it fully investigated the
safety procedures in place, he said.
Boy lands head-first in bouncy castle fall
Zaybein Wathey, 10, who fractured his skull after falling on to concrete at Inflatable World.
The Green Party has reshuffled
its portfolio allocations, giving
new co-leader James Shaw
the economic development
and climate change roles held
by Russel Norman, whom he
replaced, and elevates housing
issues to the top of the Greens’
agenda by adding that portfolio
to co-leader Metiria Turei’s
patch, along with a newly
named inequality portfolio and
responsibility for Maori issues.
The reshuffle keeps intact the
previous rankings of Green
MPs, except to the extent that
Mr Shaw moves from 12th in
the 14-member caucus, but
leaves Norman at No 3 with
responsibility for trade and
national intelligence and security.
The latter covers what was
previously called the defence
portfolio, along with spy agencies,
and previously held by former
diplomat and now eighth-ranked
MP Kennedy Graham.
It also rationalises the total
number of portfolios from
77 to 51 by ditching a few
and consolidating agriculture,
fisheries and forestry into a new
primary industries portfolio,
which is to be held by fifth-
ranked MP Eugenie Sage, who
also picks up the environment
portfolio from Julie Genter. The
intention is to match portfolios
more closely to those designated
by the current government,
“ which will help us to hold
ministers to account,” Ms Turei
and Mr Shaw said in a statement.
“The primary industries are a
core part of the New Zealand
economy and provide some of
the most exciting opportunities
to transition our economy
into a smarter, cleaner future,”
Mr Shaw said. The previously
named agriculture portfolio had
been held by the lowest ranked
Green MP, Steffan Browning,
who is assigned organics,
genetic engineering, bio-security,
pesticides and food safety, the
latter previously held by Mojo
Ms Genter picks up the finance
portfolio, previously part of
Norman’s economics portfolio
role, with responsibility for tax
and state-owned enterprises.
Ms Sage also picks up
Recovery and the Earthquake
Commission, neither of which
were previously designated as
Graham retains foreign affairs,
veterans affairs and senior
citizens portfolios, relinquishing
local government to Jan Logie,
while Ms Mathers adds the
commerce portfolio to her
consumer affairs and disability
The other main contender for
the co-leadership after Norman
decided to resign the role,
Kevin Hague, retains health and
rainbow issues, while picking
up conser vation, which was
previously held by Ms Sage.
Dave Clendon remains the
Greens’ “musterer”, the party’s
name for the parliamentary
whip, and picks up the tourism
and small business portfolios
previously held by Mr Shaw,
while retaining responsibility for
corrections, courts and police.
Ms Turei previously held a child
poverty brief, which is dropped
in favour of a new inequality
portfolio. — N ZM E
Brothels in residential Auckland will
be allowed small signs advertising their
sex ser vices under new council rules.
But flashing lights or sexualised shapes
and images are being ruled out.
The move is part of Auckland Council’s
review of different bylaws inherited from
The replacement regional bylaw is
effective from October 1.
Specialist local government lawyer
Dr Grant Hewison said: “ This is a
“ Under the legacy Manukau City
Council brothels bylaw, signs could not
be visible from a residential zone. Now
signs advertising commercial sexual
ser vices are permitted in residential
“The bylaw also prohibited words that
were sexually explicit, lewd or offensive,
whereas the new bylaw does not address
Prostitutes Collective regional co-
ordinator Annah Pickering said brothels
in residential areas were small, owner-
“They work from home and tend to be
However, Family First NZ national
director Bob McCoskrie criticised the
“ When the Prostitution Reform Act
was pushed through, one of the areas
they were specific about was advertising
and part of that was to protect families,”
“O ur understanding was that a red
light district would be a specific area and
that it would be out of sight of families
and children and also there were strict
regulations around signage in those
Former sign bylaws stated that sex
premises’ signs should not be visible
from a residential zone or a public place.
The chairman of the council hearings
panel which approved the bylaw, George
Wood, said no one had asked for the
residential signs but replacing the bylaw
by October was legally necessary.
“ When we looked at it, the message was
that any complaints would be dealt with
by the Advertising Standards Authority
or the Human Rights Commission,” he
The present bylaws banned display
of words, images or models (human or
mannequin) which in the opinion of the
council were sexually explicit, lewd or
other wise offensive.
“It’s not council’s job to precisely be
the judge of what ’s considered to be
objectionable or lewd in its wording,”
Mr Wood said.
“I also think brothels are careful not
to heighten concerns of the community
that they are operating in their particular
area and they tend to ensure their signs
are not high-profile or objectionable. ”
Council bylaws enforcement manager
Max Wilde said the signage bylaw
specified standards for sign content,
with the same rules applying to other
The last registered figures for brothels
was 20 in the former Auckland City
Council area, three in Manukau and
three in the North Shore.
Mr Wilde said the intent was to allow
brothels to operate as normal businesses,
subject to planning requirements under
the unitary plan.
Since July 1 last year, brothels have not
required a health protection licence to
operate in Auckland.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Brothel signs to sell
sex in the suburbs
A man who punched a dog to death after
it defecated on his bed and then bit him has
failed to dodge a conviction.
Boqing Tao, 26, will now likely be taken
away from his wife and baby and deported
back to China.
His lawyer Owen Martell applied for a
discharge without conviction at Auckland
District Court yesterday afternoon but
Judge Grant Fraser declined it, saying it was
“serious animal welfare offending”.
“ We’re dealing with a small, defenceless
animal against the powerful force of your
punches honed in the gym. We’re dealing
here with a situation where an animal was
punched to death then callously burned and
disposed of at a beach,” the judge said.
The court heard the six-month-old
Pomeranian dog called Mia — which
belonged to a friend of Tao’s flatmate — had
been left at the central Auckland apartment
on January 28 last year.
After finding the dog had defecated on
his bed Tao grabbed it and was then bitten,
sparking a “momentary loss of control and fit
of anger”, according to his lawyer.
But Judge Fraser said the defendant had
also attacked the dog earlier in the day when
he threw its bed on top of it and punched it
through the fabric.
Mia had trouble breathing and died shortly
after the second attack, during which Tao
threw three or four punches.
Later he burned the body at a west
When inter viewed by police he simply told
them: “I go to the gym and practise boxing.
My punch is very powerful.”
Also weighing against Tao was the fact he
had been illegally in the country for the past
three and a half years and Mr Martell said if he
was convicted of wilfully ill-treating an animal
he would have “no show ” of getting a visa.
His only possible reprieve, the lawyer said,
was if he was discharged without conviction
and then made a successful application to
the Immigration and Protection Tribunal
for a partnership work visa, which would
ultimately be dealt with by the Associate
Minister of Immigration.
The court heard how Tao had got married
to a New Zealand permanent resident in
2014 and now had a 10-month-old son.
Now he will probably face deportation.
That argument was not enough to sway
Judge Fraser from entering a conviction, nor
was the fact Tao had come to court with a
$2000 cheque for the victim.
He had also done 160 hours’ community
work at Northcote Baptist Church’s op-shop,
his lawyer said.
Tao will be sentenced in August. — NZ ME
Man punched dog to death
A Nelson man described as
the “mastermind” behind a
$33 million Ponzi scheme has
agreed to never again direct a
New Zealand company.
David John Hobbs has also
agreed to not provide financial
advice or brokering ser vices in
Hobbs was found in 2012 by the
New South Wales Supreme Court
to have breached Australian laws
over the operation of 14 schemes
that received over $55.3m of
Hobbs was described as the
“mastermind” behind these
schemes — including a $33m
He was penalised a record
$553,194 across the Tasman
and is permanently banned
from managing companies or
providing financial ser vices in
Hobbs has agreed to a series
of undertakings on this side of
the ditch that he will not act
as a director or promoter of a
company here permanently and
will not provide financial adviser
or brokering ser vices.
If he breaches
undertakings, the Financial
Markets Authority can take him
His wife, Jacqueline Hobbs, has
agreed to not act a director in this
country for four years and also
to not provide financial adviser
or brokering ser vices in New
The couple are both allowed
to continue to operate a car
dealership in Nelson, provided
they do not raise public funds or
provide financial ser vices such as
vehicle finance to customers.
“The FMA acknowledges the
Australian court ’s findings that
Mr and Mrs Hobbs have engaged
in serious financial misconduct,
involving false misrepresentations
to the investing public, including
New Zealand investors,” FMA
director of enforcement Belinda
Moffat said. — NZME
Ponzi mastermind agrees
to NZ directorship ban
Four people were injured — one
seriously — when two cars collided
north of Auckland yesterday.
There was a large traffic backlog as
emergency ser vices work to clear the
road after the crash in Warkworth,
which happened about 12.10pm.
Police northern communications shift
Inspector Chris Tate said the crash
happened on State highway 1 between
Woodcocks Road and McKinney Road.
Three people suffered moderate injuries
and one person was taken to hospital in a
serious condition. The road reopened by
3.30pm.— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Four injured, traffic blocked as cars collide
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