Two weeks on and the kaka chicks are getting bigger! We catch up with Angus from DOC and Tim from Wellington City Council to hear about the amazing international success of the #kakacam, and the threats that lie ahead for the Capital’s cutest chicks.
With the Paris conference coming up, Gareth is doing a series of Whiteboard Fridays on climate change. A couple of weeks ago Gareth looked at the latest science, illustrating why it is getting more certain that human-created climate change is underway, and that the resulting sea level rise could be worse than originally predicted. This […]
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.