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Last week Waikato Regional Council released figures totalling the ‘cost’ of returning the Waikato River to a swimmable state. The numbers were pretty scary, suggesting up to an $8b cost depending on how clean we want to get the river. There are many reasons to doubt the cost would be as high as these numbers […]
The Trans Pacific deal is done and the negotiators are heading home. The Government is now beginning a charm offensive to convince us that it is a good deal, but a lot of uncertainties remain until we see the full text. Here’s the top 5 questions the government needs to answer. 1. Will Pharmac be […]
The public has won a victory of sorts by finally getting genuine choice into the first flag referendum. However, with such a tight timeframe and by stacking the deck so obscenely with fern variants, it is unlikely that Red Peak or the “Hypnoflag” koru entry, have a hope of winning. How the vote works The […]
This week, the cost of cleaning up the Waikato River to be swimmable (a goal which was placed into law as part of the Tainui settlement) was estimated at $8b. For now we won’t quibble about whether it is the right number, we’ll just agree we face a very big challenge. The reaction seems to […]
A couple of weeks ago we discussed “the Maori in us all”. We made the point that when we New Zealanders are overseas looking back at New Zealand we value Maori culture, but struggle to do the same at home. When others look at us from afar, they clearly see that value too. Last week’s […]
Thanks to the fenced predator free sanctuary Zealandia, Wellingtonians have enjoyed the return of kaka to the Capital. Over the past decade we have watched their numbers grow to over 200, and sightings of them have spread over the city. As numbers grow they are increasingly forced to leave the safety of Zealandia and find […]
Recent revelations from Carbon News have shown that almost everyone – officials, business groups, advocacy groups – wants a cross party consensus on climate change. Everyone that is, apart from the ruling National Party who are blinded by their perception of horrendous economic costs and ideologically are destined to stay that way. This sudden consensus […]
Whenever the issue of aerial 1080 drops arises, people ask why don’t we just get people trapping possums for fur instead? It’s not that simple, and this video looks at why.
The academics call it “social connectedness” – the ability of people who belong to diverse groups, especially ethnic groups to “connect” with those who belong to other groups. Film industry icon, Danny Mulheron describes it as “knowing your neighbour”. It is seen as a vital element of a cohesive society, one where people don’t live […]
Last night the International RiverFoundation announced the winner of the inaugural Morgan Foundation New Zealand Riverprize. The Riverprize honours projects that protect and restore our rivers through integrated basin management – in other words they must manage the issues across the catchment. And the winner is: Aorere River in the Tasman District The Aorere catchment […]