Much has been achieved since the renaissance of the Treaty of Waitangi began in 1975. That should be celebrated. The Treaty – as represented by the original versions of 1840 and all the efforts to modernise its meaning since – describes the relationship between Maori, as the indigenous ethnic group, and all other New Zealanders […]
From the Morgan Foundation a big thanks for joining in the debate during 2014. Here is a fun little infographic inspired by our top blog posts of the year (in case you missed them, links to the blogs are below). We hope you have a happy and safe holiday break and return refreshed for a […]
On a recent trip to Thailand Gareth noticed a large number of Australians retiring in Thailand. Gareth chats about the possible economic and lifestyle benefits.
It’s not that long ago that the small Southland towns Edendale and Wyndham had many septic tanks that had passed their use by date. In severe cases these tanks would discharge raw sewage into stormwater drains that ran straight into the Mataura River. Now they have a clever and innovative way of cleaning up with […]
Two Dunedin teachers Andrew Innes and Simon McMillan were finalists in the NZ River Story Award and are working to develop rigorous water testing for Otago students. A fantastic example of young citizen science.
This year milk prices have soured like a bottle left in the sun. There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth about the economic impact of the fall in prices, but what, if anything does it mean for our fresh water? In the short term the price drop is probably good news, and it […]
Lots of people like the idea of an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI), but can we afford it as a nation? In this Whiteboard Wednesday Geoff looks at the three parts of the Big Kahuna package – Unconditional Basic Income, Flat Tax and Comprehensive Capital Income Tax – and sets out how the numbers add up. […]
It has been a big year for the vision of a Predator Free New Zealand. My hope is that 2014 will be remembered as the start of a movement that sees New Zealand eventually rid itself of invasive mammal predators. This year was also notable for the continued gnashing of teeth over 1080, with the […]
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Batman. Yet every Christmas morning, under the tree I found Superman merchandise. Apparently my parents couldn’t tell the difference, which led to several years of bitter disappointment. The annual round of pre-Christmas Climate Change talks is starting to feel the same – every year they promise […]
Yesterday the NZ Vets Association (NZVA) demonstrated that they had woken up to the cat problem we have in New Zealand. They have conducted a literature review of the evidence and their findings (see below) are strikingly familiar to what I was saying almost two years ago with the Cats to Go campaign. So thanks […]