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 […]
Simon Bridges appearance on Campbell Live on Monday did little to quell the disquiet about offshore drilling. It’s not that offshore drilling is bad per se – there are clearly economic benefits to be had – but we have to get the balance between economy and the environment right. The Government doesn’t have a great […]
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”.
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 […]
The Problem Cat ownership is not defined. This makes the Animal Welfare Act completely impossible to implement in the case of cats. The existing categories of cat – companion, stray and feral – cannot be practically applied on the ground.[i] This has negative implications for the welfare of cats, and makes their management impossible. Wandering […]
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 […]
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 […]
Us Kiwi’s are eating ourselves to death. Here are some of the most shocking facts we found out about the food New Zealanders eat.
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 […]
Given New Zealand is a democracy, what the public thinks about the state of New Zealand’s rivers and streams should matter a great deal. In fact, it should be the only thing that counts. However from the policies that are in place right now, and if leaked documents circulated last week from the new policies […]