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An Early Christmas.

Written By: - Date published: 12:33 pm, December 5th, 2019 - 23 comments

Christian tradition dictates Christmas falls on the 25th of December. This year though, if we simply view Christmas through a lens of ‘good things happening’, then Christmas is coming early.

Quite a day or two then!

Written By: - Date published: 6:17 pm, September 18th, 2018 - 83 comments

A quick smorgasbord of reported news from Syria, to China and Sweden, to antisemitism and (hidden behind the links) an interview with (hopefully) the first woman who will serve as President of the USA.

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Hope – A powerful but dangerous tool.

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, April 2nd, 2018 - 27 comments

Some interesting musings on hope and dashed hope by “Upper Hutt boy in London” –  Nick Kelly.

Jacinda Ardern’s speech

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, October 20th, 2017 - 25 comments

If you missed it last night – Jacinda Ardern’s first speech as PM elect is everything that we could want and expect. But the take-home line of the drama belongs to Winston Peters.

Hope for Pike River families

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, August 15th, 2017 - 10 comments

Most major political parties apart have agreed to a commitment which would set up a government agency to take over Pike River Mine and reclaim the miners’ bodies. Naturally the exception is National – isolated on this issue prior to the election….

Corbyn-esque NZ

Written By: - Date published: 6:17 pm, August 9th, 2017 - 13 comments

This post was written and ready to go and then news of Metiria Turei stepping down hit. Some of it might read a little strangely because of that. I’ve changed some of the tenses used.

This Bloody Vote.

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, July 7th, 2017 - 212 comments

Disentangling the veritable plate of spaghetti that’s been set before us this election.

Book review: Here on Earth – An Argument for Hope

Written By: - Date published: 10:01 am, May 21st, 2017 - 12 comments

A brief review of Here on Earth: An Argument for Hope, by Tim Flannery. An argument for hope is exactly what we need, but does Flannery make the case?

Climate change – beyond the politics and the maths and the fear

Written By: - Date published: 10:57 am, March 17th, 2017 - 66 comments

Climate change is the most important issue of all time. Beyond the politics and the maths and the fear there is simply doing the right thing.

English wants Pike River out of the headlines in election year

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, February 17th, 2017 - 4 comments

Any sign of progress is welcome, but let’s hope English is not deliberately stringing along the Pike River families with false hope.

Remembering our personal political power

Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, June 27th, 2016 - 23 comments

Even in times of upheaval there are things we can do. Here are 11 post-Brexit ways to act right now.

COP21 making history

Written By: - Date published: 12:52 am, December 13th, 2015 - 131 comments

Big news from COP21 in Paris, with a final draft of the agreement just released. It is sounding surprisingly good, 1.5 degree target, “fair, durable, balanced and legally-binding”.

Dunedin climate consultation meeting

Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, May 22nd, 2015 - 78 comments

“It was an emotional meeting and I felt in turns angry, frustrated, helpless, very sad, and disillusioned. I also felt privileged to be in the company of so many knowledgeable, passionate people.”

Obama talks the talk on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, February 14th, 2013 - 38 comments

The first State of the Union of Obama’s second term was widely anticipated. As many hoped, Obama made a strong statement on climate change. Good start – now let’s see words become actions – please…

The innovation that we need

Written By: - Date published: 1:50 pm, September 19th, 2011 - 49 comments

We’re going to need a lot of innovation to survive the coming decades. Today’s innovation is a simple modification that at least doubles the energy output of a wind turbine.  Brilliant.

Suicide and community

Written By: - Date published: 1:13 pm, August 27th, 2011 - 67 comments

Following the release of data by the Chief Coroner, suicide is once again getting some time in the headlines.  Coincidentally, news from Christchurch supports the suggestion that stronger communities reduce suicide rates.

An argument for hope?

Written By: - Date published: 6:03 am, January 31st, 2011 - 24 comments

It’s crunch time for humanity and for our current way of life.  Ever since the failure of the Copenhagen summit on climate change I have been less than optimistic about the outcome.  So the Christmas break was a good time to read Here on Earth: An Argument for Hope by Tim Flannery. An argument for hope was exactly what I was looking for…

Hopeless

Written By: - Date published: 2:31 pm, May 11th, 2009 - 25 comments

Anyone remember Helen Clark’s announcement during Labour’s election campaign that there would be no new significant spending promises: “We have judged it not prudent at this present time to make those sort of commitments.” We’ve now got Key justifying his inevitable-looking betrayal of his campaign tax cut promises: “There’s no getting away from the fact that […]

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