Some Worrying Numbers...
55 Maui's Dolphins left and the Government has opened up 25% of their sanctuary for oil exploration.
14.6C the average temperature for 2014, the hottest on record and 0.69C above the 20th Century average.
99 M3+ earthquakes in central and eastern United States between 2009 and 2013. There were only 21 between 1973 and 2008 and the number and severity of earthquakes is increasing. While the oil industry is claiming there is no proven relationship between the increase in earthquakes and the increase in fracking, there is evidence that says otherwise.
$182 million loss posted for Solid Energy for 2014, down from $335 million in 2013. The SOE still owes $300 million to various banks that was due to be paid off by 2016. The Chairwoman Pip Dunphy has resigned because she believes the company is not viable, but Bill English thinks otherwise.
$1.9 million a year to help feed hungry children ($9.5 million over 5 years).
$1 million budgeted to cover annual travel perks for retired MPs.
4th year of California's drought. The state is the food basket for the US and 80% of its water is used for agriculture.
$6.1 billion predicted reduction in farm income after the boom season of 2013/14. The farmgate milk price has almost dropped by half, falling from a high of $8.40 to $4.70.
11,700 Christchurch earthquake claims still to be resolved by EQC, 4 years after the major event. These are mainly the most severe cases and many families have been suffering in substandard conditions for all that time. There seem to be some crazy priorities in the rebuild.
52C or above is now coloured incandescent purple on Australian weather maps as these temperatures are expected to become more frequent.
$711,000 is the median house price in Auckland, 9% higher than the previous year.
$19,700 is the median income for Mangere-Otahuhu in the 2013 census. The 51,000 people living in the board area have seen their annual income drop by $200 since 2006.
$110,000 increase in pay for Southern DHB CEO. This was a 27.8% increase.
1,793 children in Whangarei received food assistance at least once a week. This is despite the Prime Minister claiming only a small number of children need support nationwide.
244 children killed by US drone attacks and 1122 civilians since 2004.
33,360 Auckland dwellings were listed as unoccupied in the 2013 census, while 11,200 more houses were needed to meet demand in 2014. Is there really a housing shortage, or poor management of existing stock?