Comedian James Nokise forecasts a weekend of fun, from a decade into the future. Apart from the annual multi-faith services, there are also several other events happening this long weekend. Friday of course will see recently elected Prime Minister Jeremy Corbett give his first Christchurch Remembrance address, sponsored by Eftpos. Sunday sees former prime minister, now Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation goodwill ambassador Jacinda Ardern hosting her annual Arnott's Afternoon Tea Of Inoffensive Biscuits. Australian Prime Minister Pauline Hanson has claimed this as a victory for white coral everywhere.
In New Zealand, life in 2030 will look different, CHARLIE MITCHELL writes. If these climate migrants hoped to find a country on the forefront of battling climate change, they were mistaken. The suppressed carbon price hampered both the uptake of tree planting and the expansion of renewable energy. The now well-established science of climate attribution showed the drought was 30 per cent worse due to climate change. Throughout the decade, major investors – including sovereign wealth funds, banks, and pension funds – were successfully pressured into divesting from fossil fuels.
Sophie Handford, a passionate advocate for action to tackle climate change, takes us on a tour of her home and shares lifestyle tips. Sophie Handford, 19, lives in her childhood home on the Kāpiti Coast with her parents and younger brother. Earning fame as a School Strike 4 Climate NZ founder, Sophie is now a councillor at Kāpiti Coast District Council. After doing some more research, I began to realise what climate change could mean for us. ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF On a recent Ship For World Youth voyage, Handford re-enacted a School Strike 4 Climate protest march, posters and all.
Global transportation makes up only 3-4 per cent of total carbon emissions, so it's fair to say averting climate collapse won't come down to whether you take a holiday. This is not a get-out-of-jail-free card though – we can all do more to reduce the negative environmental impacts of travel. Here's our guide to minimising your footprint in an industry where the default setting is to indulge the customer's every whim. Offsetting programmes cannot reduce emissions but they work to mitigate the overall effect. * Josh Martin writes about travel, tourism, business, and consumer issues in between trips to places you'd rather be.
STUFF The Forever Project is more than just an editorial project, writes Stuff chief executive Sinead Boucher. That's where the Forever Project comes in. The Forever Project is not just an editorial commitment. We've been inspired by our The Forever Project foundation partners, such as The Warehouse and New World. We have measured Stuff's scope 1 and 2 emissions (including all fuel, refrigerants, electricity) and will offset our emissions this year.
Man walks in front of the Giant Olympic rings at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo. Photo: ReutersThe Tokyo Olympics were postponed on Tuesday (local time) to 2021, the first such delay in the Games' 124-year modern history, as the coronavirus crisis wrecked the world's last sporting showpiece still standing this year. After a call between Bach and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, both said the July 24-Aug. 9 Games would move to summer 2021 at the latest in a hoped-for celebration of triumph over the pandemic. Though it was the first Olympics' postponement, the Games were cancelled outright three times during the last century's two World Wars. IOC boss Bach is also in a tricky situation, after his repeated statements that the Games were on track brought a backlash from athletes and some national Olympic committees.
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Career Firefighters Mat Loughney (left) wears personal protective equipment and Jules Bennett fire callout gear at the Dunedin Central Fire Station on Tuesday. Fire and Emergency New Zealand personnel, both career and volunteer, across the country have adopted plans on how to deal with incidents involving people who are possibly infected with Covid-19 and that means wearing personal protective equipment. Fire and Emergency New Zealand Southland Assistant Area Commander Deane Chalmers said that the process for any response from career, volunteer, or rural firefighters was the same. Mr Chalmers, who is stationed in Invercargill where firefighters are career, said that the personal protective equipment issued to all firefighters, both career and volunteer, was high tech and New Zealand firefighters were well equipped to deal with the threat of the coronavirus. ‘‘This will allow us, ambulance crews and police to prepare before our arrival,’’ Mr Hurley said.
Primary industry has been deemed an essential service during the Covid-19 lockdown. The farm supplies co-operative has been identified as an essential service and will remain open, although customers have to call or email orders first, and a contactless collection process will then be arranged. They had to ‘absolutely and utterly’’ minimise all contact with people, including contractors coming on-farm, if they were classified as an essential service. They tended to have good coping strategies and they would have some support services around them, like the Rural Support Trusts which would continue to function. ‘‘Making products and goods that can be sold either internally or externally is going to be what keeps this business going.
There were empty shelves in Dunedin’s Kmart yesterday where the old-school games once stood, as shoppers zoomed in on the children’s games, arts and crafts and books. Among the shoppers were Grace Patu and Vickie Schroder, staff at the Mount Cargill Trust, who provide residential care and support to children, young people and adults with intellectual and learning disabilities. They managed to get their hands on 25 board games, 8 outside games, 12 books, 10 Xbox games and 110 arts and crafts items. John Brinssell, who owns Paper Plus Books, in the Dunedin Golden Centre, confirmed there had been high demand for all indoor games, including sudoku books, card games, and chess sets, as well as materials to create art. There had also been a high level of demand for books of all kinds, including thrillers, biographies, and sports books.
FI Innovations sales and marketing manager Carl Johnston stands next to the 3-D printer capable of making 200 ventilator parts a night. Photo: Laura SmithAs the country prepares to enter Alert Level 4, one Invercargill manufacturing company is asking to be able to work to produce in-demand hospital equipment. The first was a ventilator part, which he said was in high demand overseas in places with many cases of the virus. With the type of printer available to it, the company could produce about 200 of these a night. As demand for these products increased globally, files had become available for download to enable 3-D printers to manufacture them.
Businesses affected by the Covid-19 outbreak are largely interested in two questions: whether they are an essential service and how to access the wage subsidy scheme, Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dougal McGowan says. Finance Minister Grant Robertson said there had been 117,273 applications for wage subsidies and of them 41,505 had been approved. The amount paid out to businesses in wage support was $687 million as of yesterday afternoon. The Government had also removed a $150,000 cap on businesses seeking wage subsidies. ‘‘That’s a huge, huge relief, particularly for those medium to large businesses,’’ Mr McGowan said.
Sharon CousinsShe was contracted to the Southland Rural Support Trust (SRST) as an emergency management consultant as part of its flood response to farmers in February. My working career brought me into Civil Defence and Emergency Management in 2006, and I have worked in emergency operations centres for floods, storms, earthquakes, volcanic activity and biosecurity activations. I am a level 4 tutor for the New Zealand Co-ordinated Incident Management Systems used in emergency response. During the contract years I built on my rural background knowledge and connections to offer support to various rural support trusts and their networks for more than one adverse event (weather or biosecurity). I was working for Emergency Management Southland when the floods began.
French visitors Brandon Moya and Solene Corbet are worried about finding somewhere to stay during the Level 4 lockdown. Photo: Peter McIntoshEven in lockdown, New Zealand is a better place to be than other parts of the world right now. That is what two French tourists stranded in Dunedin keep reminding themselves, as they try to find somewhere to stay for the duration of this country’s nationwide Covid-19 lockdown. Solene Corbet (19) and Brandon Moya (25), of Arles, France, arrived in New Zealand last October and bought a van, for a working holiday. The pair planned to stay for a year, and stopped in Dunedin after Miss Corbet found work at a bar.
Photo: Stephen JaquieryThere are now 15 Covid-19 cases in the South, including two new confirmed Dunedin cases and one probable Dunedin case that were revealed yesterday. There are eight confirmed cases in Dunedin, and one probable case; seven confirmed cases flew through Dunedin Airport. Of the 142 confirmed cases listed by the ministry, travel details are outstanding for 33 cases. At the time, there were only eight confirmed cases in the country. Around the South yesterday, businesses and schools closed or made preparations to close as the deadline drew near.
Death has claimed still another worthy pioneer in the person of Mrs Helen M. Elliot, who passed away at Nevis on Tuesday morning at the advanced age of 81 years. In 1889 they acquired the Nevis Hotel property, but two years later the deceased lady had the misfortune to lose her husband, and she controlled the hotel until 1905, when she disposed of the property. Deceased is survived by three of a family of five daughters (Mrs Scott, Mrs E. M'Nulty, and Mrs J. Ritchie, Nevis), and claimed 27 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The merino wool obtained from New Zealand is fine in quality and soft to handle. Fomerly, considerable quantities of merino wool were grown, but with the development of the refrigerator and the meat trade attention was profitably turned to crossbred sheep for mutton and wool.’’— ODT, 25.3.1920.