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David Cunliffe’s final speech

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, April 23rd, 2017 - 24 comments

The text of David Cunliffe’s final speech delivered to the New Lynn Labour Party earlier this week where he decries neoliberalism and worries about the world’s environmental future.

Green power

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, April 20th, 2017 - 78 comments

Lots to like in The Greens’ new power policy.

Higgins on National’s shit creek

Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, April 16th, 2017 - 100 comments

Higgins: “Water quality should be a massive issue this election. Some friends, who are the kind of dyed-in-the-wool National supporters who call everyone else a loony leftie, now say water quality will guide their vote and it can’t possibly go to National.”…

Monbiot on the embedded economy

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, April 14th, 2017 - 10 comments

A model for a sustainable economy. Something to ponder on a wet holiday weekend.

Right-wing American stupidity is now a global crisis

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, March 29th, 2017 - 47 comments

The Trump regime has begun the process of dismantling environmental protections in America, including those designed to limit carbon emissions / climate change.

Global oil and global decline

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, March 26th, 2017 - 26 comments

Peak oil is being talked again with suggestions that it may be only 5 years away.  And Saudi Arabia’s Aramco is thinking of starting to divest itself of its petroleum assets.

This Government’s citizenship priorities

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, March 24th, 2017 - 52 comments

Environmental activist Michael Tavares request for an exceptional circumstances grant of citizenship has been refused by this Government whereas right wing libertarian Peter Thiel’s request for an exceptional circumstances grant of citizenship was granted. Why the difference?

OECD: NZ growth model reaching its environmental limits

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 40 comments

New Zealand is about to reach the limits of growth.

Living Economies Expo

Written By: - Date published: 11:02 am, March 21st, 2017 - 2 comments

“Imagine a country which respects the living planet; whose people enjoy fair land tenure, good housing, good health, wholesome food, a rewarding livelihood, free education, a compassionate justice system, and an adequate income: a country with an inclusive democracy grounded in vibrant communities.”

Sunday Book Club

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, March 19th, 2017 - 31 comments

What if our production methods were designed to produce health, beauty,  and permanence?

TS Book Club this Sunday

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, March 17th, 2017 - No comments

We will be discussing Small is Beautiful – Economics as if People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher.

Nick Smith is a disgrace

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, March 14th, 2017 - 32 comments

In a functioning democracy Nick Smith’s handling of the Resource Management Bill should result in him losing his ministerial warrant.

Labour: Greens are the first cab off the rank

Written By: - Date published: 7:38 am, March 3rd, 2017 - 19 comments

Andrew Little has confirmed that the Green Party will be first party Labour looks to for a coalition deal after the election.

The Nats’ new ‘swimmable’ rivers aren’t

Written By: - Date published: 3:08 pm, February 28th, 2017 - 14 comments

Under the new standards we have up to a 1 in 6 risk of serious infection at the times that we actually swim in rivers, and Smith is trying to hide this fact by fudging around with year-long averages. David Parker’s analysis yesterday was bang on.

You can’t afford a house because of – plants!

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, February 27th, 2017 - 58 comments

I’m used to hearing some pretty pathetic excuses out of the National government. But this will really take some beating.

The Standard Book Club – Small is Beautiful, Economics as if People Mattered

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 19th, 2017 - 15 comments

The Standard’s inaugural book club looks at E. F. Schumacher’s sustainability classic.

Help Save the Riverton Environment Centre

Written By: - Date published: 2:12 pm, February 9th, 2017 - 11 comments

Down South good things have been happening, and now they need a hand to keep their building.

Auckland’s shit beaches

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, January 23rd, 2017 - 31 comments

Not meant as a general criticism. Auckland has lovely beaches. When they aren’t drowning in shit that is.

100 Coal Fired Projects Scrapped.

Written By: - Date published: 3:17 pm, January 18th, 2017 - 16 comments

…including some already in the construction phase.

Powerdown

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, January 17th, 2017 - 114 comments

Climate change, Peak Oil, resource depletion. Some of our options are better than others.

Julie Anne Genter to stand in Mt Albert by-election

Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, January 13th, 2017 - 39 comments

Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter will be standing in the Mount Albert by-election to be held on 25 February

Pathological consumption

Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, January 5th, 2017 - 84 comments

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a free trip to the landfill and a subscription to the end of the world as we know it.

Positive

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 2nd, 2017 - 19 comments

This is a difficult concept for the left to address in election year in New Zealand but it’s possible to be positive about 2017.

The Essential Forest-Gardener – in the end…

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, December 25th, 2016 - 32 comments

Robert Guyton concludes his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

100% Pure takes another hit

Written By: - Date published: 11:22 am, December 18th, 2016 - 85 comments

Stuff this morning: “Lord of the Rings actor says NZ tourists shocked by polluted ‘sewer’ Middle-earth”

The Essential Forest-Gardener – reproducing the forest

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, December 18th, 2016 - 22 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

The Essential Forest-Gardener – the humus factor

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, December 11th, 2016 - 22 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

The Essential-Forest Gardener – native or exotic

Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, December 4th, 2016 - 11 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest, this week looking at usefulness of natives and exotics in a forest garden.

The Essential Forest-Gardener – the trees and the heritage

Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, November 27th, 2016 - 28 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

More fossil awards for NZ

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, November 21st, 2016 - 12 comments

With two more Fossil awards to add to its collection, New Zealand is called out yet again for its lack of action on climate change.

The Essential Forest-Gardener – “don’t destroy life”

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, November 20th, 2016 - 10 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest, exploring diversity, stability and the concept of Complexity Gardening.

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