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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 »


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 »


Response to Gordon Campbell on the ‘succession’ of Bill English.

“Yet, to pursue the analogy, the severity of hurricanes these days tends to be a symptom of climate change. Similarly, it was the wider climate change within MFAT that drove the formation of this particular hurricane. ”

Gordon, to capture the ‘larger’ larger picture here you should pursue the ‘climate change’ analogy further.  Read the rest of this entry »


Submission on Open Government

This is a last minute, short, one item submission to the consultation on Open Government:

Hi Martin,
Apologies for such a short statement at the last minute today.
The most important thing that NZ could do to promote open government would be to narrow the criteria and limit the use of “urgency” by government.  A government is not elected to be a dictator but this government is using their popularity to shove through much important legislation that deserves a national discussion, even clearly unpopular legislation.  Urgency is meant to keep the government working, not to shut off debate.

Richard Keller


Submission on the Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill

Committee Secretariat Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Parliament Buildings Wellington

August 2016

Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill

“Terrorism” is a term that features so prominently in this Act that that term itself, “terrorism”, becomes the real focus of the bill.   Read the rest of this entry »


Submission on the Airport Corporation’s application to extend the runway

The suggestion to extend the runway at Wellington airport will be seen in the global context of climate disruption. There will need to be less tourism and less air travel in a carbon constrained world.   Read the rest of this entry »


Submission on the TPPA (International Treaty Examination . . .)

the Clerk of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee,  Parliament Buildings, Wellington.

Submitted by:

Richard Keller

International Treaty Examination of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)

I recommend dropping the TPPA.

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