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Time for Coke to Pay for Making Us Crook

Soft drinks are under the hammer. Around the world they are being taxed and regulated. Here in New Zealand we have seen the launch of the FIZZ campaign to knock soft drink consumption for six. Coca Cola recognises the threat, and has launched a global campaign to show they have an interest in our health […]

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Time to be the Natural Capital

Time to be the Natural Capital In an election bemoaned for a lack of issues and poor turnout, one strong message has been sent to the Town Hall in Wellington: we want to make Wellington the Natural Capital. Conservation is now a mainstream issue rather than a place for fringey socialists and naturalists who wouldn’t […]

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Saturated Fat – Angel or Devil?

The initial response to our book and infographic has sparked the sort of online spats that the book was trying to address – incomplete science, the prevalence of see-saw fad diets and the habit of breaking foods down to their nutrient parts and squabbling over whether they are “good” or “bad”.

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Why We Are Supporting the Munch Awards

One of the most surprising findings of Appetite for Destruction was that being fat isn’t a matter of individual choice. We have actively raised this current generation of fatties as if they were battery farmed hens, and our only hope for the future is to stop raising more. Being fat is not a matter of […]

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Snapper One’s Race for the Last Fish

How should the Government deal with the issue of a threatened fishery like Snapper One? There are three ways of approaching this issue, and because of these different perspectives people often end up taking past each other, with the debate containing more heat than light. Firstly there is the view that New Zealanders have a […]

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The Recipe for Local Government

The other day we tweeted a simple fact: Poor neighbourhoods have three times the number of takeaways and dairies around schools as rich neighbourhoods. The reaction on social media was one of concern at this state of affairs and it also triggered quite a bit of debate on Facebook.     So we decided that with […]

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Hobby fishers must pay for snapper

Recreational group need to purchase quota from fishing industry. As predicted, the Government has kicked for touch on the controversial issue of snapper in the Hauraki Gulf. After sending the Ministry of Primary Industries out as cannon fodder with an extreme proposal to cut daily bag limits to 3, the Government was able to look […]

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