2015 is the first year New Zealand has been included in the International RiverFoundation’s RiverPrize. The Morgan Foundation is pleased to sponsor the New Zealand leg of the awards. Riverprize is the world’s most prestigious environmental award, giving recognition, reward and support to those who have developed and implemented outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in […]
The greatest asset a country such as Vanuatu (eg; Solomons, Samoa, Fiji, etc in the Pacific) has to combat the damage a natural disaster such as cyclone, a tsunami, an earthquake or a volcanic eruption – is the resilience of the local people and the tried and tested traditional technologies they have deployed in the […]
The Morgan Foundation has been helping out with plans for Predator Free Rakiura. A recent report highlights some of the challenges and costs associated with the project. In this video, Geoff explains what could be involved in eradicating predators around the main township of Stewart Island. You can get the detailed reports here- http://predatorfreestewartisland.org.nz/half-moon-bay-project-report/
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 However, most of those reasons are now out of date, and no longer stand up to scrutiny.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 – […]