Every group needs an equal say — granting unique power to anyone is a quick path to a divided nation. Big changes are being discussed over the way political power is shared, changes that should make all Kiwis sit up and take notice. There is definitely a conversation to be had about Maori aspirations, but […]
The Big Kahuna takes as its base assumption that we don’t, as a society, accept that huge differences in income are acceptable and that we, therefore, choose to redistribute wealth. While they are generally regarded as separate, the tax and welfare systems are fundamentally both methods of doing just that – redistributing income from those […]
One of the finalist in the River Story Awards, the Rangitata Gorge Landcare Group, is a farming community that has taking on a war against pest plants that threaten their grand, braided, glorious river in Canterbury. Check out their story.
Last Thursday evening we hosted the New Zealand River Awards for the second time. The Awards recognise the hard work of Regional Councils and their communities on improving the health of their local rivers. On Friday we met the winner of the River Story competition, the inspirational Bill Kerrison from the Bay of Plenty. Today […]
The Award winning River story for the 2014 New Zealand River awards story is about one man, Bill Kerrison, who has worked tirelessly for more than 20 years trapping and transferring eels and other native fish species past the dams on the Rangitaiki River in the Bay of Plenty. The Morgan Foundation sponsored the first […]
Two Canterbury rivers – the Otukaikino and Cam – took out 1st and 3rd place in the 2014 New Zealand River Awards for the most improved rivers in the country. The Oroua River in the Manawatu was the 2nd most improved river in New Zealand. “The improvement in all three rivers has been […]
A new report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) Jan Wright released today highlights the perilous status of our national institution – the seaside bach or crib. The PCE’s report is a summary of the state of the science around anthropogenic climate change as outlined in recent IPCC reports, with a focus on […]
Professor Gary Jones from Canberra how is the keynote speaker at the 2014 NZ River Awards tonight. The following podcast is Gary speaking to Radio NZ’s Kathryn Ryan about the vexing questions of water quality and quantity.
Geoff is going to talk us through how a UBI and flat tax work together. The end result is less bureaucracy and a fairer, simpler, more productive society.
Should we be able to swim in our rivers? Water quality has been in the news a lot this year – in particular the impact of dairy farming on nitrogen levels (and algae) in our rivers. But if we want to swim in our rivers we have to deal with other issues as well – […]