It’s not that long ago that the small Southland towns Edendale and Wyndham had many septic tanks that had passed their use by date. In severe cases these tanks would discharge raw sewage into stormwater drains that ran straight into the Mataura River. Now they have a clever and innovative way of cleaning up with […]
Two Dunedin teachers Andrew Innes and Simon McMillan were finalists in the NZ River Story Award and are working to develop rigorous water testing for Otago students. A fantastic example of young citizen science.
This year milk prices have soured like a bottle left in the sun. There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth about the economic impact of the fall in prices, but what, if anything does it mean for our fresh water? In the short term the price drop is probably good news, and it […]
Lots of people like the idea of an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI), but can we afford it as a nation? In this Whiteboard Wednesday Geoff looks at the three parts of the Big Kahuna package – Unconditional Basic Income, Flat Tax and Comprehensive Capital Income Tax – and sets out how the numbers add up. […]
It has been a big year for the vision of a Predator Free New Zealand. My hope is that 2014 will be remembered as the start of a movement that sees New Zealand eventually rid itself of invasive mammal predators. This year was also notable for the continued gnashing of teeth over 1080, with the […]
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Batman. Yet every Christmas morning, under the tree I found Superman merchandise. Apparently my parents couldn’t tell the difference, which led to several years of bitter disappointment. The annual round of pre-Christmas Climate Change talks is starting to feel the same – every year they promise […]
Yesterday the NZ Vets Association (NZVA) demonstrated that they had woken up to the cat problem we have in New Zealand. They have conducted a literature review of the evidence and their findings (see below) are strikingly familiar to what I was saying almost two years ago with the Cats to Go campaign. So thanks […]
This morning I was on Breakfast TV talking about how our tax regime is unfair and how many Kiwis get around paying their fair share of tax. The media likes to paint these tax loopholes as the preserve of the mega-rich. But the fact is that most Kiwis use these loopholes. Anyone that owns property, […]
It’s all over the news today. Headlines like “NZ economy hard hit by inequality” and “Income inequality stunts NZ growth”. Is it all true? In this video, Geoff puts some of the reports findings into perspective.
The video from the live debate on New Plymouth council having a separate Maori ward goes for a couple of hours. As some people are time poor, I decided to make summary notes so you can understand the key points of the debate. Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream New Plymouth Maori Ward Debate – […]