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as published in the Franklin County News

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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Recognise access to the Internet at ultrafast speeds as a basic human right

Politicians in England and the US have an enlightened attitude to rural broadband provisioning that is demonstrably absent from politicians in this country. The English are pushing for productivity to grow faster in their countryside than in urban areas. They see rural economic opportunities increasing…

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Naf Nats RBI policy

Almost lost amidst the ructions of the continuing ‘Dirty Politics’ epic, were a pair of announcements by government minister Amy Adams that will impact rural people and businesses.  Curiously, each announcement was made with Ms Adams wearing a different hat. Last week, in the name…

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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 mother of all technological revolutions

To paraphrase a saying attributed to philosopher George Santayana (1863 – 1952), those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past, are bound to repeat them. You may disagree with that sentiment but human history is riddled with examples that support it.  For example, the…

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The young, the politically disaffected and the marginalised voter

Is broadband Internet sufficiently important to our society to legitimise the conception of a new political party? In the presence of outdated thinking by the incumbent political parties, I for one believe so. High speed broadband is already making a significant impact in the areas…

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