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Nathan Argent

Nathan Argent is the Policy Advisor for Greenpeace New Zealand based in Wellington and is a long time Greenpeace campaigner with an interest in clean technology solutions.


    Today we learned that the Brazilian oil giant Petrobras has handed back its licence to drill for oil in the deep waters off the East Cape. And this news has been welcomed by those communities whose beaches and livelihoods were at risk from an oil spill and the pollution that comes from oil drilling. The cultural and environmental heritage of this beautiful, pristine part of Aotearoa is now safe.

    However, this news should also be a wake-up call for Steven Joyce and his Cabinet colleagues who have pinned our economic hopes on the whims of overseas oil companies. Every effort has been made by this National Government to court some of the world’s most polluting industries, allowing them to damage the once proud reputation New Zealanders had by lobbying for the weakening environmental safegua... Read more >

  • John Key reveals himself to be the clown in charge

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - November 27, 2012 at 15:22

    Overall, 100% Pure is a marketing campaign. It's like ... McDonalds' 'I'm Lovin It!'

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    In an extraordinary statement yesterday, Prime Minister John Key, who is also Minister for Tourism, compared our 100% Pure brand reputation to the McDonalds 'I'm Lovin It!' marketing campaign. You know, those adverts that sell you cheap fast food and high blood pressure. He glibly stated that our reputation was simply a marketing campaign and “it's got to be taken with a pinch of salt."

    He was of course talking about the brand upon which our exporters rely on as a vehicle to overseas markets, a brand that was considered amongst the most powerful on the planet and worth US$13.6 Billion to the New Zealand economy (1). All of that demolished with one smug, off-the-cuff comment to an astonished press gallery.

    With this statement, it seems John Key is deliberately lower... Read more >

  • World Bank issues calls for action on climate change

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - November 20, 2012 at 20:56

    A message written in debris from Hurricane Sandy reads "Global Warming is Here" on the beach in a devastated area of New York. The late season hurricane drew unusual power from a warmer than usual ocean and devastated coastal New York and New Jersey. 11/04/2012 © Greenpeace

    The World Bank has released a report warning that we are on the path to a 4 degree warmer world by the end of the century - triggering devastating consequences, such as flooding of coastal cities and declining global food stocks. It is a wake-up call to our leaders to tackle climate pollution.

    The report, Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided , paints a bleak picture of a world in chaos: extreme weather events like the one that ravaged New York; serious problems in food production; more droughts, heat waves, water scarcity, irreversible loss of natural habitat and wildlife.

    The world that my daughter will live in will be a very different place from the one that she knows now.

    It's a depressing scenario for any parent to face, but also one that makes me more determi... Read more >

  • Has the Key Government lost its moral compass?

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - September 24, 2012 at 12:05

    I don’t know about you, but I’m starting wonder whether we're watching the death spiral of a Government that’s lost its purpose and sense of duty.

    It seems with each day that passes, the Government’s calamitous handling of our country is evidence that it’s given up on its obligation to public duty. The asset sale farce and the poor manner in which the Treaty of Waitangi claims have been handled show a misunderstanding of how a majority of us think.

    The willingness to stand shoulder to shoulder with a handful oil executives, yet ignore the concerns of 150,000 Kiwi’s who want a cleaner safer way of growing our economy shows an arrogant disregard for those concerned about the future of New Zealand. As Phil Heatley put it: “they are not really New Zealand”. Really? And Texan oil giant Anardar... Read more >

  • John Key has announced a back down on his plans to sell off the first of our state owned assets – Mighty River Power. He claimed that although he did not accept the argument that Maori had property rights over the affected waterways, he would consult with them anyway. Jolly gracious of him, but it doesn’t change the fact that once they’ve ticked that box they seem intent on pressing on with their firesale anyway.

    But will they manage it now? It does seem that Prime Minister Key and his cabinet have got themselves in a bit of a tangle here - and it’s not just their PR machine that’s tying them in knots. It’s their inability to manage our country and our prosperity going forward.

    The economic case for selling state owned assets has been widely panned by opposition parties and economists ali... Read more >

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