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    Quote Originally Posted by Balance View Post
    So what?

    How is that any different from the Trade Unions donating and supporting Labour for Labour to pass anti-business laws.
    The difference a very key difference and potentially a legal difference is they are declared!

    Another key difference, is that a significant doner is in a large investor in a company that could benefit from an unprecedented fast track process and its this sort of very reason many senior figures are opposed to the process as it's potentially open to abuse.
    Hopefully you find my posts helpful, but in no way should they be construed as advice. Make your own decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balance View Post
    Of course it is.

    But is it that significant that it's all front page & headline news to push the findings of disastrous Kainga Ora (huge impact on NZ) out of the headlines on the same day?

    Perspective is what matters. Something our msm woke media still has no perspective on.
    I thought you were questioning any “woke” media attention to the John Key story. However now it seems your beef is with its headline placement. I am not a tabloid editor - so don’t know much about their headline formulation other than falls from grace - alleged or perceived - receive prominence. Tall poppies cut short are favourite stories.

    How much prominence is this John Key story receiving amongst the “sleepy” media and online “personalities?”

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    50 Mayors and more to come object to the Cannibal Collectives overreach re Maori wards.On top of the removal of the home start(11,000 last year),the attempted country genocide continues at speed Wow this disaster of a Govt is doomed already.The entitled will fall,thank Dog .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshuatree View Post
    50 Mayors and more to come object to the Cannibal Collectives overreach re Maori wards.On top of the removal of the home start(11,000 last year),the attempted country genocide continues at speed Wow this disaster of a Govt is doomed already.The entitled will fall,thank Dog .

    Your favourite poison looks like it's gone off tonight - JT ?
    Best to not post when you got the wobbles & are hallucinating

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshuatree View Post
    50 Mayors and more to come object to the Cannibal Collectives overreach re Maori wards.On top of the removal of the home start(11,000 last year),the attempted country genocide continues at speed Wow this disaster of a Govt is doomed already.The entitled will fall,thank Dog .
    Sorry comrade. Welcome to democracy where a seat at the table is decided by the constituency and not racial entitlement

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    From Inside Resources, coverage of Shane Jones speech in Blackball today.

    Jones sets out minerals vision
    Colin Williscroft - Thu, 23 May 2024

    Resources Minister Shane Jones laid out his plans to double the export value of the minerals sector by 2035 at an event in Blackball this afternoon.

    Minerals currently generate annual export earnings of $1 billion, $21 million in royalties and more than 5000 direct jobs.

    Jones says the Government anticipates accelerating the sector's growth through existing minerals like gold and coking coal, but also new minerals important to clean energy technologies.

    “My goal is for the sector to double its export value to $2 billion by 2035, provide more than 7000 direct jobs across regional New Zealand and support other sectors through the stable supply of essential minerals,” he says.

    “This is not out of reach. The establishment of 10 significant mining operations, each having the potential to generate $100m per annum, can lead this growth pathway.”

    Potential

    To unlock that potential, mining needs to happen in the right place, in the right way and in partnership with tangata whenua and local communities, he says in notes for his speech.

    At present, policy and regulatory settings don’t allow that.

    Jones says New Zealand has long lacked clear policy direction on minerals extraction, making it harder to create enabling policies and creating investment uncertainty.

    “This changes now.”

    Strategy

    He says the Government will develop a long-term strategic approach for minerals that sets clear policy direction, identifying the actions needed to secure and increase minerals supply and their potential for use and export to maximise economic and Crown benefit from the mineral estate.

    As part of that, a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment draft minerals strategy to 2040 discussion document was released this afternoon.

    The final strategy will include clarifying where mining can occur.

    “Schedule 4 land is off the table under my watch – but not all conservation land is equal,” Jones says.

    “I support sustainable and environmentally approved mining on stewardship land and other categories of DoC land. A major priority is to clarify access arrangements for mineral extraction.”

    Regulatory barriers

    He says to allow efficient mining development, red tape needs to be removed.

    “The sector is impacted by the revolving list of regulatory barriers which currently exist, because we’ve never had a solid plan that we stick to.”

    He says the length of time it takes to deliver mining projects is proving costly – in inflated costs, delays and in terms of New Zealand’s international reputation as a place for doing business.

    Much of that relates to the state of the Resource Management Act, he says, but the country has also suffered from negative signals through changes to Crown minerals laws and unclear positions on conservation law.

    “The past several decades have seen mining promoters sidelined or stigmatised. It is high time that the tables were turned and facts replaced tales of woe and exaggeration.

    “We all want wealth and resilience. Trade-offs are necessary. Mitigation is the key to achieving balance.”

    Consent pathways

    Jones says the Government wants to enable major projects by improving decision-making timeframes and giving greater investment certainty, with well-designed projects having a clear and fast path to consent.

    While the Fast-track Approvals Bill is already before Parliament, he says more work is needed across all the legislation and approvals required by miners when they are working outside the fast-track process.

    “That doesn’t mean we can drop the ball on environmental protections, rehabilitation or our people – all these things need to coexist together.

    “I want to see mining making a positive difference to our iwi and hapū across the country, enabling better access to cultural minerals, creating more jobs and ensuring long-term benefits flow to our community.”

    Domestic resilience

    Jones also wants to improve domestic resilience for the minerals the country needs.

    “New Zealand has a wealth of mineral resources and I would rather we extract from our own backyard than be left with no choice but to import from places with lower environmental and employment standards.

    He says domestic resilience will create more jobs and ensure minerals come with high environmental credentials.

    “To do this, we first need to improve our understanding of what minerals we have, where they are and what we need.

    “What are the minerals needs of New Zealand now and in the future, and are those supplies secure and affordable?”

    He says the Government will develop a list of critical minerals for New Zealand to answer those questions.

    “Developing actions to secure a better supply of these minerals will start in our own back yard. This Government will invest in geological modelling and resource potential mapping of our mineral resources so we can answer these questions.”

    Supply chains

    Another focus for Jones is to increase New Zealand’s contributions to global supply chains.

    The International Energy Agency estimates that to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, the world will need six times more minerals for low- emission technology than are currently being extracted.

    “I want New Zealand to be part of the solution.

    “There is no energy transition without minerals - no batteries, no electric cars, no wind turbines and no solar panels.”

    He says New Zealand has a choice to contribute to and benefit from this growing market, or to become the recipients of other people’s economic effort and output.

    “The transition to a low-emissions economy provides us with an opportunity to trade our mineral reserves, but we need to act now.

    “Our trade partners are asking us to contribute to secure, resilient, and sustainable global supply chains, because current supply chains are vulnerable to disruption.”

    He says with the right direction and settings, mining will boost regional opportunities and jobs, increase New Zealand’s self sufficiency and be a critical part of an export-led focus “especially as we take advantage of the global opportunities for new minerals uses”.

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    Here is a summary for those who donít want to read all of that.

    ### Summary of Shane Jones' Speech on Minerals Vision

    **Event:** Blackball, 23 May 2024

    **Key Points:**

    1. **Objective:** Double the export value of the minerals sector to $2 billion by 2035, creating over 7000 direct jobs.
    2. **Current Status:** Minerals generate $1 billion in export earnings, $21 million in royalties, and 5000 direct jobs annually.
    3. **Strategic Vision:**
    - Focus on existing minerals like gold and coking coal.
    - Introduce new minerals essential for clean energy technologies.
    - Establish 10 significant mining operations, each generating $100 million annually.
    4. **Policy and Regulatory Reforms:**
    - Develop a long-term strategic approach to minerals with clear policy direction.
    - Release of a draft minerals strategy to 2040 for discussion.
    - Clarify access arrangements for mineral extraction, excluding Schedule 4 land but allowing sustainable mining on other conservation lands.
    - Remove regulatory barriers to streamline mining development.
    5. **Consent Pathways:**
    - Improve decision-making timeframes for major projects.
    - Ensure environmental protections, rehabilitation, and community benefits coexist with mining activities.
    6. **Domestic Resilience:**
    - Enhance understanding of New Zealand's mineral resources.
    - Develop a list of critical minerals to ensure secure and affordable supplies.
    - Invest in geological modelling and resource mapping.
    7. **Global Supply Chains:**
    - Increase contributions to global mineral supply chains for low-emission technologies.
    - Position New Zealand as a key player in the transition to a low-emissions economy.

    Jones emphasized the importance of balancing economic growth with environmental sustainability and community benefits, aiming to improve New Zealand's international reputation and self-sufficiency in minerals.

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    As I have said before, Jones has far too much influence for someone that hasn't been elected in decade and represents a minor party.

    Limitations need to be put on this fast track bill to projects that don't have a significant environmental risk. NZ isn't Australia where they are digging up a piece of desert with little rainfall.

    Being the first in the world to start seabed mining is not a race we should look to win. It's highly destructive and the consequences are unknown and uncontrollable.

    There will be projects that should qualify, but take the decision out if the hands of the minister. Jones is confusing his role as operational, it's not, and there are supposed to be clear lines of separation.
    If he wants to be a civil servant, then resign from parliament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nztx View Post
    Your favourite poison looks like it's gone off tonight - JT ?
    Best to not post when you got the wobbles & are hallucinating
    Yes me and 50 Mayors been poisoned.Its oozing over NZ,keep your mouth closed and don't breathe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshuatree View Post
    Yes me and 50 Mayors been poisoned.Its oozing over NZ,keep your mouth closed and don't breathe.

    Shouldn't you lock yourself in an airtight sealed room with lights, phone, internet & power all switched off, until someone remembers to tell you it's safe to come out again , if things are really that bad on Planet JT ?

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