Questions for YHA NZ about Opotere hostel

Young people are becoming more urbanised and are increasingly turning to indoor activities; yet YHA surely has a duty to promote the outdoor life? Read the rest of this entry »

response to Scoop article on Wellington transport (10 July)

The elephant in the room as we are all aware, I suppose, is that the Hutt and Kapiti suburbs primarily look on Wellington CBD as an impediment to getting to the airport. Read the rest of this entry »

Continuing response to Brian Easton


Yes psychology is involved, but your reference to a response being ‘unlocked’ is a good observation which should be a catalyst to look more broadly than psychology.  To understand the Trump, Brexit, etc phenomina requires a sociological look.  Individuals need to be understood in a sociological sense as well as a psychological sense.  This type of effect should be expected to be more prominant in times of fundamental change and fast change which we are in today.

I recently saw an academic role I’ve never heard of which may be useful for looking at this sociological, or cultural, angle:   sociocutural anthropologist

What do you think?

Response to Scoop article on new Wellington bus contracts

Another element of this picture is the national (global) neo-liberal takeover of politics.  The philosophy of this was (is) that the money will be spent (given) on projects which filter profits up to the elite.  Read the rest of this entry »

response to discussion of Shelly Bay proposal in Lindsay Shelton’s article on Scoop

What discussion has been had elsewhere about the future of sea water incursion along Shelly Bay?  Read the rest of this entry »

addition to Greenpeace submission on old growth logging application

It is not surprizing that logging and mining proposals keep come up.  They are an iconic type of economic activity shared with many places around the world.  Read the rest of this entry »

The church needs to be an agent of change

Following are the opening paragraphs of the regular column (April 2017) of Jim Stuart in ‘Touchstone”, the monthly paper of the Methodist Church of New Zealand.  Jim is a past minister of St Andrews on the Terrace in Wellington and is now retired in Christchurch. Read the rest of this entry »