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Yes Prime Minister, Keep Moonbeam to Yourself

As Prime Minister it’s time for you to be more assertive in defence of New Zealand’s native fauna. As your own Minister of Conservation has pointed out wandering cats are a significant threat to the Kiwi now (let alone the carnage they’re causing with other species) and have to be controlled. Much as you’re in […]

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We need to talk about Climate Change

Dealing with climate change is difficult, there is no denying that. Thankfully as a nation we have moved past denying climate change itself. Now we are debating the best way to deal with it. That much is progress. The contributors to this article are part of a group of people that meets regularly to discuss […]

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TPPA Negotiation Tactics: Why the Secrecy?

It’s a couple of months since we last wrote on the TPPA, has anything happened since? Only more evidence that the expectations of those involved in the process continue to be set back – which seems to be the nature of trade negotiations since time immemorial. Our own Minister Tim Groser said last year that […]

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Saving Lake Taupo – a World First

We talked to farmer Mike Barton about all the work that has gone into saving Lake Taupo. Mike even gave Geoff a pronunciation lesson (think toe paw). Saving the lake from declining water quality has been an enormous challenge, but so far it appears to be working! You can find out more about the Lake […]

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Why I’m so keen on a new Flag

I see that 88% of those polled are against changing the flag. Yesterday the second Christchurch meeting to discuss the flag change attracted 14 people – at least they got more people than are on the panel this time. These are just the sort of odds I revel in, so let’s go through the arguments […]

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Why are we still dragging our feet on climate change?

Climate change deniers have well and truly been given the flick yet political commitment to policies to reduce carbon footprints remains limp. Given the Government’s quick and dirty climate change consultation (it is 4 weeks long, logically flawed and doesn’t include any proposed targets), they appear to be continuing their ‘do the least possible’ approach. […]

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