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Education for a future requires the Humanities and the Arts

The Editor, The Dominion Post,  Wellington

19 September, 2016

Dear Editor:

The article on the future of work as examined in the DomPost of 3 Sept (Life in the Machine Age) does at the end express that the reality of the coming “Age” is not primarily about machines after all, as Grant Robertson explains, “It’s collaboration, creativity, dealing with complex problems and understanding ethical dimensions”. Read the rest of this entry »


European Union: UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Treaty needs actions

The Editor,  The Herald,  Auckland

19 September, 2016

Dear Editor:

The resident European Heads of Mission in New Zealand have issued a statement about the need to add actions to the negotiated promises of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Of course this action is long overdue but how will this play in New Zealand? Read the rest of this entry »


Urinetown, the Musical – never has a Malthusian story been so entertaining

Urinetown, the Musical – never has a Malthusian story been so entertaining

Music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and book by Kotis

“… with Hope as their hostage …”

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Wellington needs more bus routes, not tinkering and dropping routes

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

9 September, 2016

Dear Editor:

Former Regional Counsellor Daran Ponter along with current counsellor Paul Bruce took it upon themselves, maybe three years ago, to inform city residents of the proposed changes to bus routes, mostly as a warning it seemed. (“Backlash. . .”, 1 Sept.) Read the rest of this entry »


Letter to Women’s Refuge on the new family violence program.

Hello Women’s Refuge,
Curious that there are new criminal offenses as a significant part of the family violence package announced yesterday.  Why do you support new criminal offenses?  How will they enhance victim support which is the basis of your work?  Sending a “strong message” does more to promote the Sensible Sentencing Trust than it does Women’s Refuge, so it might be counterproductive to your work.
Any literature on criminal offenses which the Refuge has previously created would be helpful.
Thanks.
Sincerely,
Richard Keller

Mayor Wade-Brown is unable to accept the desperation in front of her.

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

05 September, 2016

Dear Editor:

The reason why Mayor Wade-Brown (Dom Post Weekend, 3 Sept) can so shallowly misrepresent mayoral candidate Jo Coughlan’s “four lanes to the planes” campaign slogan is that she refuses to respect the open desperation evident in it. Read the rest of this entry »


Reply to Gordon Campbell on Trump /Nieto meeting – Scoop

Trump and Nieto may both gain from the notoriety of Trump’s visit to Mexico; often bad publicity is better than no publicity at all. But it wouldn’t work for Andrew Little and the Labour Party because the fundamental appeal of the National Government, and especially of a nobody like John Key, is that they are fundamentally hiding from reality which is just what a desperate New Zealand electorate wants for now.