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New Zealand Forestry: Getting off the Love affair with Simple
The British Columbian forestry sector imploded through 2018-2020. There are lessons here for New Zealand and elsewhere. Continue reading
Industrial Farming: The Deeper Roots of Animal Cruelty
My father was a gentle stockman, and he cared for people the same. He taught us how to hunt up and how to use presence and eye when mustering, and how not to push cattle too hard. He had a … Continue reading
Posted in Land Use, Thought Pieces Tagged Agro-ecology, Alternative Vision, Animal Cruelty, Commodity trap, Corporate Influence, Land Degradation, Local Development, Mechanistic Worldview, Neo-liberal Economics, People as Cogs, Production vs. Value & Price, resilience, Sustainable Land Management, Value not volume 7 Comments
Propaganda and the Rhetoric of the Ruataniwha Dam
“Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” George Orwell I was taught propaganda at school. Our English master, Mr Brown, liked words. He had an inspirational … Continue reading
A Regional Energy Strategy for Hawke’s Bay
A number of regions in New Zealand are working on developing ‘energy’ strategies. Some are more tactical than strategic with a narrow of view of what ‘energy’ encompasses and how it interrelates to other issues. The following are notes prepared prior to … Continue reading
Posted in Building Regional Economies, Resilience Thinking, Thought Pieces, Wicked Problems Tagged Climate futures, Corporate Influence, Decentralisation, Diversity, Energy efficiency, Energy futures, Public engagement, Renewables, resilience, Scenario Analysis, Strategic thinking, Transport strategy 1 Comment
Building Land Systems for Drought-Flood Resilience
A few notes from a morning rant “Although rainwater harvest has been accomplished by humans in virtually every drought prone region of the world for millennia, our society seems to have collective amnesia about the utility, efficiency, sustainability and beauty … Continue reading
Two strategic directions for Land Use in New Zealand: Where do we stand?
I wrote this what seems light years ago. I think it was 2007 or 2008. This is very rough, a mind dump. It was done quickly, and is more to do with me getting thoughts out of my mind and … Continue reading
The Loss of the Napier-Gisborne Rail Link: Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold
This article criticising the current government’s decision to close the Napier-Gisborne rail line was published in the NZ J Forestry in December 2012. ================================================================ Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart, … Continue reading
Land and Water Concerns of Federated Farmers and Irrigation NZ
Federated Farmers and Irrigation New Zealand Questions Chris Perley Ngaruroro Ward, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Federated Farmers and Irrigation NZ provided the following questions (italicised within text). Here is my response. Introduction I am passionate about the potential of our … Continue reading
Does Ozymandias Live in the Bay?
Does Ozymandias Live in the Bay?.
Posted in Resilience Thinking, Thought Pieces Tagged Ideas, resilience Leave a comment
Adapting to Climate Change – What Change? What Levels of Response?
Initial notes as the basis for a presentation to the Hawke’s Bay Royal Forest & Bird Society, February 2013 What adaptations do we make for climate change? The question of adapting to a future that is inherently uncertain – as … Continue reading