The Government and many commentators have given plenty of reasons for our inaction on climate change. However, most of those reasons are now out of date, and no longer stand up to scrutiny. “China’s not doing anything” This is just so wrong. If you’d said this ten years ago, it would have been fair enough. […]
Our “Talk Treaty” exercise has comprised video recordings wherein a cross section of New Zealanders have been kind enough to speak candidly about their experiences with the treaty and their perspectives on issues related to it. Our interviewees confirmed almost unanimously just how valued the country’s“founding document” is – by both Maori and Pakeha. That’s […]
The donations from New Zealand – both private and from our government – to the Cyclone Pam relief and restoration in Vanuatu have been significant. A window on how that money has been applied is not only deserved by those who donated, but essential to ensure continual improvement in our aid efforts in future. The […]
“They can have a choice of colours as long as it’s black”. The words so famously uttered by Henry Ford when he launched his Model T may as well apply to the choices John Burrows’ Flag Consideration Panel has provided for the public – your choice must include some part of a fern. With that […]
In some parts of the country (Rotorua, Canterbury, Horizons) limits are being put on farming (especially dairy) to protect water quality. This is a promising step, but the way these limits are put in place can make a big difference to all landowners – including sheep, beef, forestry and crop farming.
Consumers need to accept some responsibility for environmental degradation associated with food production. This great story from Mike Barton shows how beef farmers in Taupo can achieve a premium price, whilst taking care of the environment.
Talktreaty and I are in trouble again. We can’t seem to help ourselves. This time we’re the inadvertent cause of a communications policy meltdown – and yes, in case you’re wondering, that is bad news. The problem is this – the Talk Treaty project is about encouraging people to talk about – well – […]
Congratulations to the designers of the 4 flags on the shortlist – it’s great to be getting down to the final stages of the campaign to change the flag. It is clear the consideration panel have tried to find a design that aligns with popular sentiment and that’s really important for getting the required numbers […]
Last week the Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills made the rather startling statement that “it is doubtful children are better off in state care”. In the first report investigating the service Child Youth and Family (CYFs) provides to our most vulnerable children, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) conclusion is: WOW. So the […]
Given the natural assets we have – a small population with plenty of natural resources at our disposal, and plenty of scope for renewable energy – New Zealand should really be doing better at dealing with climate change. Instead we are laggards. New Zealand enjoys over 75% of its electricity being generated from renewable sources. […]