Bikelash? – new creative forms of cognitive dissonance

The Editor, The Listener,

Private Bag 92512, Wellesley St.,  Auckland 1141

24 February, 2018

Dear Editor,

In Island Bay, Wellington, there was consultation on the bikeway over many months, and people in Wellington and elsewhere generally have heard about the coming of cycleways for years. But as Kathryn King of Auckland Transport put it kindly about their cycleways, “we didn’t perhaps hear from all the people who now have concerns”. Indeed.  The catalyst for the bikelash in Island Bay was, if I may use the vernacular, Council finally got around to building the bloody thing.  Read the rest of this entry »


Cognizance of individual mortality is integrated with cognizance of species mortality

The Editor,  The Post Weekender,  Wellington

15 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

Jo Randerson’s personal reflection on death and life (Weekender, 6 Jan) was especially gratifying in the frank description of the societal / global death threats of nuclear weapons and climate change. A person’s understanding of individual mortality is integrated with that of the possible mortality of the human species.  Read the rest of this entry »

Trump and the mythic status of “competition”

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

10 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

The Korean Peninsula continues to be bizarre and dangerous. (“My button is bigger than your button”.)

The best way for New Zealand to have a positive impact on the situation would be to withdraw from military cooperation with the US forces. The longer Tump is in charge, the more reasonable that is going to be seen to be. Read the rest of this entry »

Last letter to Wellingtonian

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

08 December, 2017

 Dear Editor:

 It’s a sad day that the Wellingtonian is ceasing publication.. But the best part of it went out earlier this year when the Letters to Editor section was dropped.  Subjects which the readership wants to bring up will generally be the most stimulating and useful for democracy.  We are living in a time when it is most important to bring new perspectives into the conversation because the world has changed fundamentally. Read the rest of this entry »

Letter to Sunday Star-Times on the ‘big lie’ election

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

2 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

So much for the old shallow saw, “three terms for one lot, then throw them out for the other lot”. The post-truth era has arrived in New Zealand, not just the States.  Read the rest of this entry »

Response to Kathryn Ryan’s discussion on negotiations (2 October)

Hello Kathryn,

Understanding negotiations to ‘form a government’ must take into account the deeper influences on the voting result or more surprizes (‘post truth’,’donald trump’) could confound you.  Read the rest of this entry »

Response to A.C. Stark’s post on the existential crisis of climate change

Right on the money, A.C.  (sort of a pun, perhaps?)  This ‘existential crisis’ which you describe is necessary to understand the politics of the day in New Zealand.  Read the rest of this entry »