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NZ Pipeline Crisis Update: The Evidence Mounts

Following Uncensored’s suspicions about the cause of the damage to the Marsden Point pipeline damage, the MSM is finally following the money!

The case is growing that it was a digger driver who was trying to pull something out of a swamp that ruptured a pipeline and caused Auckland airport’s fuel shortage.

Refining New Zealand says that is obvious from pictures they’ve released to Newshub.

Torn white insulation tape exposes the damage underneath – and a deep indent reveals the inside of the fuel pipeline on Ruakaka farmland. In another picture, an indent from a bucket tooth and a gouge where it’s scraped not once, but many times, is clearly visible.

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“You cannot help but draw the conclusion that while the person using that digger thought that he was pulling something out of the swamp,” Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) chief executive Carolyn Tremain says.

Just days ago Energy Minister Judith Collins said no swamp kauri has been dug on the site since 2011 – while locals say big trees were being pulled up a couple of years ago.

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One thing’s for certain: the digger struck a raw nerve in the safety of the country’s fuel supply.

MBIE revealed on Friday that a report into that very issue has been drafted this year – but it hasn’t been fast-tracked in light of the recent fuel crisis, or passed on to ministers.

In the meantime, a chemical tank at Wynyard Wharf is being converted to hold jet fuel arriving by ship from Marsden Point tomorrow night, and the two trucks running roadway supplies will be boosted up to eight over the weekend.

“On the basis of the pipe fix completing on time – airlines do expect to be able to meet their school holiday schedules with minimal disruption,” Board of Airline Representatives’ executive director Justin Tighe-Umbers says.

That fix is now expected by Tuesday morning at the latest.

..And the MSM is also focussing on the ethics of Swamp Kauri exports to China (By Judith Collins’s husband no less!):

The Court of Appeal has reserved its ruling on whether a government ministry was being too lax to allow the export of rough-sawn swamp kauri.

In the High Court last year, the Northland Environmental Protection Society lost its claim that the Ministry of Primary Industries allowed the Forests Act to be breached by allowing the export of swamp kauri stumps in an almost raw state.

The society challenged the High Court decision in the Court of Appeal which heard argument from both parties last week before reserving its decision.

It had argued in the High Court that the stumps were being passed off as artworks and furniture, in breach of the Protected Objects Act and the Forest Act.


SEE Uncensored News Network’s Original article on this subject:

NZ Pipeline Leak Crisis: “You reap What You Sow”


NZ Pipeline Leak Crisis: “You reap What You Sow”

by Martin Harris

New Zealand readers can’t help but have seen and heard the MSM reporting on the Marsden Refinery pipeline leak that has brought Auckland to it’s knees. “Thousands of flights cancelled” as jet fuel supply runs dry. “it could take up to 2 weeks to fix”, which means this will likely impact on the pumps shortly.

The mainstream news is, quite rightly, highlighting the weakness exposed in the single pipeline that supplies Auckland.

“A fuel pipeline that supplies Auckland has been damaged and it has already disrupted travel for thousands of people. Here’s what we know so far.


A 168 kilometre-long pipeline supplying jet fuel, petrol and diesel from the Marsden Point refinery in Northland to tanks in Wiri, Auckland, has been out of action since Thursday. It’s believed to have been hit by a digger being used to extract swamp kauri near Ruakaka.

Marsden Point refinery, Ruakaka, Whangarei. The pipeline that supplies fuel to Auckland from the refinery has been cut ...


Marsden Point refinery, Ruakaka, Whangarei. The pipeline that supplies fuel to Auckland from the refinery has been cut after being damaged by a digger.”

Two things they SHOULD be reporting on but aren’t:

Firstly, the ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT caused by spillage from the damaged pipeline,

and secondly, THE CAUSE of the damage. Initially, the reports said that an excavator extracting Swamp Kauri was responsible, but this aspect of the story quickly died before the spotlight could focus on this issue. (NOTE MENTION OF THIS IN THE ARTICLE ABOVE) this aspect has been subsequently downplayed.

These are both important environmental aspects of the story that are being swept under the carpet, and I think a clue as to “why?” lies with the Swamp Kauri issue. For those readers who may not know, Kauri is an endangered native tree. Thousands of them, however, lie buried and preserved in North Island swamps, apparently the victim of some ancient natural catastrophe. This is a finite resource and is supposedly managed and protected by law, to be used with care by local artisans to create uniquely New Zealand high-value products. Yet it is in fact being pillaged by overseas interests. The locals are being paid good money to do the hard work, so they keep their mouths shut and take the dollars with apparently little thought for the long term effects of corporate greed.

“Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett accepts that a mistake by a digger driver which caused widespread disruption to the nation’s aviation industry is “embarrassing”.

Energy Minister Judith Collins estimates the incident could cause “millions and millions of dollars” to the Auckland economy.

On Thursday, it was revealed that a digger once struck a key fuel pipe near Marsden Point, which by Sunday had caused a major leak that starved Auckland Airport of its main jet fuel supply.”

Well Collins should indeed be embarrassed, as SHE IS AT THE CENTRE OF THE SWAMP KAURI CONTROVERSY:

“In Parliament, Labour’s MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Kelvin Davis, asked the Government if ministers were “aware of reports that local wood manufacturers have been refused the opportunity to buy swamp kauri from Kauri Ruakaka mill, which was formerly called Oravida, and is allegedly involved in exporting raw swamp kauri?”

One of the directors of Oravida is National MP Judith Collins’ husband, David Wong-Tung.

Under further questioning in the House, Minister Nick Smith replied, “I thought the member (Kelvin Davis) was above getting involved in this kind of murk”.

Winston Peters then asked Dr Smith,: “Is he denying what is well known in Northland because people who are high up in Oravida are major donors to the National Party?”

Dr Smith replied that the law had been changed under Labour in 2004″

“Northland conservationists say the logs are being illegally exported under the guise of carvings and the Government is doing nothing about it.The Far North Protection Society said that, despite their complaints, its members were still seeing massive logs dug from ancient wetlands, heading south on trucks to be sold overseas.”


I guess my point here, is that the NZ Government is now seeing the repercussions of it’s own greed and putting personal business interests ahead of the long term welfare of the country and it’s natural resources:

You reap what you sow!


NZ Elections: Maori Voters Undermined By “Ignorant” Polling Staff

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One week into early voting, concerns are being raised about Electoral Commission staff allegedly undermining Māori voters.

Massey University Māori politics lecturer Veronica Tawhai claims she has received numerous complaints from Māori electors regarding the conduct of Electoral Commission staff.

“Māori and particularly young Māori are constantly criticised for either being uninformed, uninterested or apathetic when it comes to participating in political activities such as voting,” Ms Tawhai said.

“And yet when our people attempt to be proactive in exercising our democratic rights, some are prevented from doing so due to ignorance amongst officials that are meant to be assisting in the process.”

Ms Tawhai said she has heard complaints about staff, including those manning polling booths and phone lines, unaware of the Māori roll and insisting electors are unregistered when their names don’t appear on the general roll.

Some complainants, she said, have had difficulty obtaining the correct information about Māori electorates, including being given the wrong voting form and having to argue with staff to be provided with the correct form.

She also claims some election workers had difficulty locating Māori names on the Māori roll, even when given identification by Māori electors.

“Many New Zealanders unfortunately have little to no knowledge of the Māori seats, [but] that Electoral Commission staff are themselves ignorant… is unthinkable.

“In the absolute minimum, anyone with responsibilities within the Electoral Commission should have an understanding of our electoral system in order to ensure they are able to fulfil their roles in assisting all New Zealanders, including Māori, to exercise our vote as is our basic democratic right whether we be on the general or Māori roll.”

Ms Tawhai is calling for a Māori electorate specialist to be appointed to each polling booth throughout the country, steps taken to ensure all Electoral Commission staff are properly informed and prepared to undertake their job, and improved electoral and citizenship education.

Labour Party campaign manager Andrew Kirton tweeted that he has heard “multiple reports of Electoral Commission staff in advance voting booths not allowing people to enrol”, and said he has raised this with the commission.

Electoral Commission chief electoral officer Alicia Wright said the matter is being taken seriously.

“It is important to us that all voters are able to have their say in this election. We want everyone to have a good experience when they go to vote, and if that doesn’t happen, we want to hear about it.”

Ms Wright said the Electoral Commission has issued a reminder of processes to staff in the wake of Ms Tawhai’s statement.

“During the election period, we have about 15,000 people working in our voting places.  They all receive training, including on the general roll and the Māori Roll, and every voting place issues both Māori and general electorate ballot papers. Our staff are trained about the importance of checking to ensure they issue the correct voting paper to each voter.

“If voters are concerned about their experience at a voting place, they should send an email including as much detail as possible to .  Telling the commission when and where they voted will help us investigate and resolve any issues that have been raised.”

Ms Wright said the commission has been in touch with Veronica Tawhai to discuss the issues, and they are looking into a small number of complaints received from other voters.

2017 marks the 150-year anniversary of the Māori electorate seats, when four seats were initially introduced to New Zealand’s electoral system with the Māori Representation Act 1867.

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John Key sells home to offshore buyer

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Newshub staff – Newshub – Saturday, 9 September 2017
Former Prime Minister John Key has reportedly sold most of his sprawling Parnell property to a buyer in China.
NZME reports Mr Key and wife Bronagh pocketed around $20 million, keeping only around 650 square metres of the original 2340 square-metre site.
It’s believed the couple are planning to build a smaller house where the tennis court currently sits.
The Keys didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Yeah. Says it all really.

Exposed: Proof NZ Prime Ministers Are Globalists. NZ Elections: Does Your Vote Really Count?


Blue Vs. Red: NZ Opposition Accused Of Trying To “Bring Down” Australian Government!

In a truly bizarre bit of news, a minor political spat has erupted into claims of major political sabotage down-under!

It all boils down to Blue Team Vs. Red Team:


Firstly; Should the Aussie Government really be making these claims a few weeks out from a New Zealand election? Surely this could be construed as interference in the electoral process?

Secondly; Turnbull’s government and NZ’s National Government (Led by Bill English) are both on the “Blue Team” (International Democratic Union) whereas Labour (led by Jacinta Ardern) are NZ’s “Red Team” (Progressive Alliance). So of course the Aussie “Blues” don’t want the NZ “Reds” in power.

These two opposing teams are like Mcd’s and BK: A franchise in every country, with minor local differences (France uses the Metric System, so they call the “Quarter Pounder” the “Royal With Cheese”, as Pulp Fiction fans will know!) but they’re all guaranteed to serve the same generic shit nevertheless. Ya want fries with that?

Anyone who thinks these local governments are in any way independent and unbiased, take a look at the global map from IDU’s own website, complete with  ex NZ PM John Key’s infamous “Smiling Assassin” face in the header:

Red team Blue Team

This has all been triggered, of course, by NZ Labour’s spectacular last-minute surge in popularity thanks to the unleashing of “Jacindamania”, making Labour a serious threat to National for the first time in a long time.

Jacinda Ardern

It’s going to be very interesting few weeks in NZ politics and Australian Governmental reactions!

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Australia threatens NZ Labour Party over citizenship scandal

Julie Bishop

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says it would be “very difficult to build trust” with Labour if they form a government after September’s election.
After speaking to an acquaintance in the Australian Labor Party (ALP), Chris Hipkins put two Parliamentary questions to Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne about the citizenship of children born in Australia to a New Zealand father.
Mr Dunne then revealed Mr Joyce is a New Zealand citizen, meaning it’s against the law for him to stand in office in Australia.
Having criticised the ALP over its contact with Labour MP Chris Hipkins, Ms Bishop was asked whether she would trust a future NZ Labour government.
“I would find it very difficult to build trust with members of a political party that had been used by the Australian Labor Party to seek to undermine the Australian government,” she said in Canberra on Tuesday.
Mr Hipkins has caused a trans-Tasman political scandal with his questions. The whole affair has thrown the Australian government into chaos, after three politicians had to stand down when it was revealed they also held dual citizenship.

Mr Hipkins told media on Monday that he should have looked into the background of why his ALP acquaintance was seeking information, and said he had no intention of getting involved in Australia’s politics. He said he never spoke to the ALP member about Mr Joyce specifically.
However Prime Minister Bill English says it’s up to MPs to make sure they don’t get embroiled in the politics of another country.
“I can’t remember a time when an MP has done something like that that involves the politics of another country. It’s just another misjudgement about what is actually a serious issue,” Mr English told reporters.
The High Court will determine later this month if Mr Joyce is in breach of the Australian Constitution’s prohibition on dual citizen MPs.
NZN / Newshub.

Related, Jacinda Ardern takes the spotlight and shows her mettle, no apology, no backing down;

Sounds to me like the Australian Government doesn’t want the Labour Party in power. Looks like the pot calling the kettle black as far as interference in another nations politics goes, eh, Julie Bishop?

Perhaps there is a wee bit of bias involved as both NZ and Australia’s current governments are IDU members,  whereas Labour (and Aussie Labor) are Progressive Alliance Members. Not to mention NZ’s “retired” PM JOHN KEY being head honcho of the IDU.

At the end of the day it’s all the same anyhow, Red or Blue, take your pick. The Elite will get their light rail system and all the rest, regardless of which party wins.

The real impact seabed mining will have on the seabed

Alex BairdNewshub – Saturday, 12 August 2017

OPINION: Did we really just give the green light for 50 million tonnes of south Taranaki’s iron ore-rich seabed to be torn up every year, for the next 35 years?
Yes, we did. Well, you may not have, but our Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) certainly did.
There were 13,733 submissions on the plan by Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR); 97.6 percent of those asked the EPA to turn it down.
Yes, you read that right – 13,417 said NO – only 115 said YES.
The four members of the EPA’s decision-making committee couldn’t agree either. They were split down the middle and the only reason it scraped through was because the chairperson had the deciding vote.
So despite a resounding no from public submitters – and a dubious official okay – New Zealand is now paving the way for a world-first in seabed mining (quite literally – this type of project has never been tried before).
The operation will see an area nearly three times the size of Auckland’s Rangitoto Island opened up for mining. Eight thousand tonnes of the seabed will be ploughed up every hour – that’s the same weight as more than 100 fully loaded Airbus 320s – to the depth of a three-storey house.

Once the iron ore is extracted, 90 percent of the leftover seabed sediment will be discharged back into the ocean, causing a plume across the South Taranaki Bight.
A project which has no track record anywhere else in the world will be tested slap-bang in the middle of our country’s only blue whale habitat and in an area frequented by the rare Maui’s dolphin (so rare it’s thought there are only 63 left).
The two members of the EPA committee who were against the plans weren’t half-hearted in their opposition; they were described as a “strong dissenting view”.
They paint a pretty sobering environmental picture of the project, saying there is a risk of “significant cumulative impacts” on primary production and marine mammals.
Fish are expected to flee the massive plume of sand and mud.
Those fisheries are of huge cultural importance to local iwi Ngāti Ruanui and Ngā Rauru Kītahi. The fish can leave, but the iwi can’t up and move their rohe (territory). Ngāti Ruanui in particular has lashed out at TTR for its lack of consultation with iwi as kaitiaki (guardians) of the area.
Whales and other marine mammals
This will be an extremely noisy operation in an area home to whales and dolphins, which rely on sound.
That sound has been limited in the consent conditions to 120dB. That’s the same as a clap of thunder or a chainsaw, but playing non-stop. And that level of sound is being allowed outside an area far larger than the mining site.

The two pro-mining committee members have admitted that the project will have likely impacts on marine mammals and have imposed conditions on TTR, but these – for the most part – don’t go beyond a monitoring function.
Sure, there’s a chance the whole operation will have negligible impacts in the long run, but should we be playing with that chance? Remember, this is our only blue whale habitat.
But – what a relief – every dead marine mammal will be “formally autopsied to provide possible indications of cause of death”.
The ecosystem
The dredging of the sea floor will completely destroy whatever ecosystems are present in the direct mining area, with the EPA saying species “should” re-colonise the area.
Dr Shaw Mead – one of many submitters – told the EPA that changes to the mining site will be “major or catastrophic”, with the potential for local extinctions of seabed organisms.
The plume of sediment washing across the area could also have “significant adverse effects” on ecologically sensitive sites, with the timeframe for recovery of such complex and diverse marine habitats “largely unknown”.

The two dissenting committee members pulled apart TTR’s application by saying there was a lack of information, evidence and data proving that the project is environmentally safe.
Sure, you can monitor the area, but if the environment doesn’t recover after such a traumatic event, what then?
Is economic gain – TTR is citing hundreds of local jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in earnings – worth the long term environmental impact?
The problem is, we simply don’t know enough. Yet the project is steaming ahead.
The EPA is required by law to take a cautious approach.
The Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 – which governs the area where the mining will take place – says the EPA must take into account any uncertainty or inadequacy in the information available, favouring caution and environmental protection.
The EPA seems satisfied everything will be hunky dory… are you?
Alex Baird is a Newshub reporter.