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Transparently corrupt behaviour

“Transparently corrupt behaviour.” That was how one commentator described the process by which so-called “fast track” legislation passed with a slim majority through the US Senate last month. This was after the same legislation was blocked just weeks earlier by the same legislators. The relevance of their…

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Growing food is a biological process

Biological growing was part of the presentations of last weekends Customkit Buildings’ smallBlock Sunday Seminar held at the Puni School hall. It seems self evident to label the growing of food as a biological process, but what does biological growing actually mean? After all, we…

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Getting more from your lifestyle block

On our lifestyle block, June is usually a month for reflection and planning improvements around the property. This year seems even more reflective and propitious than previous years. In part, the driver of that reflection and change is Fieldays which finished last weekend with increased…

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2015 smallBlock Sunday Seminar

Last year’s National Fieldays event at Mystery Creek was the 46th, attracting nearly 120,000 visitors and around 900 exhibitors. As the major agri-business event in New Zealand, Fielday’s success is not measured solely in the number of clicks on the turnstiles or the number of…

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Time for Climate Action

The Green Climate Fund was in the news this week. The Fund was agreed in 2009 as a United Nations mechanism to assist developing countries’ adaptation to and mitigation of the impacts of climate change. It is a fund that will redistribute money pledged by…

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Bastardising an old saying

The ball room at Auckland’s Rendezvous Hotel was nearly filled to its 400-seat capacity for Monday night’s climate change consultation meeting. That’s a big turn out on a cold autumn evening from people who are concerned about our government’s climate inaction. Predictably, passions ran hot….

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Call to climate action

New Zealand will be on a world stage late this year, with the world’s eyes focused on what we do, as distinct from what we say. Could that scrutiny be why Climate Change Minister Tim Groser last week issued a call for public submissions on our post–2020…

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Labour and Greens (2/3), Internet Party (1/3) and National (0/3)

This is the third article in a series comparing the present broadband revolution to the Industrial Revolution and exploring the lessons that, if applied today, would avoid repeating past mistakes. Those lessons have so far covered the need for regulations around anonymity in on-line publishing,…

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Scary

Last week I likened the present broadband revolution to the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th to early 19th century.  Each revolution has resulted in both positive and negative disruptions in our society. In the positive, the industrial revolution increased the average wealth of individuals….

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The Fanny Adams Chorus

For sure, I will not be the only one happy to see the end of the Fanny Adams Chorus. Perhaps I should rush in to add the definition of ‘Fanny Adams’ as meaning “nothing at all”, as in the ‘Nothing At All Chorus’. For that…

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