P5 warplanes ruin characterization of the budget as “wellbeing”

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

1 June, 2019

Dear Editor:

It’s ludicrous calling this budget ‘wellbeing’ when military spending continues to rise. UN Secretary General António Guterres when recently visiting New Zealand reminded us that states need to build security through diplomacy and dialogue. Increasing military spending globally is taking resources away from the desperate needs of war torn parts of the world and the same can be said about this budget.  At best worthless, the new attack warplanes will take 2B$ out of education, health, you name it.  At worst these increases are dragging the NZ character down into the abyss of a fearful world view insisted upon by the Five Eyes spy network magnified today by US President Donald Trump.  This view is consistent with a colonial history but contradicts an anti-nuclear vision of the future.  Which will define ‘who we are’ as a nation?


Richard Keller

published 4/6/2019



Westland and Coromandel instinctively know changes required to combat climate change will be fundamentally challenging

The Editor,  The Herald,  Auckland

08 April, 2019

Dear Editor:

So often, the climate inaction debate rests on the assertion that it is a generational dispute. But in its deepest fundamentals it is not.  Read the rest of this entry »

Murdoch’s view of what the Royal Commission will find about the SIS and GCSB

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

31 March, 2019

Hello The Dom Post,

Sharon Murdoch’s insightful cartoon (29/03) may be a good summary of what a down to earth Royal Commission examining the SIS and GCSB would find as the main targets of those organizations: Read the rest of this entry »

Denial is a global thing.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

13 June, 2018

Dear Editor:

David Slack (“she’ll be right”, 10 June) keeps repeating himself throughout the article to make it clear: we are so clever here in “godzone” at finding ways to deceive ourselves about how clever we are. Read the rest of this entry »

Armistice Day is better day to commemorate WW I casualties

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

10 November, 2017

Dear Editor:

The 11th of November is a better day to commemorate the casualties of WW I than ANZAC day; the armistice to end the war was signed on that day in 1918. Read the rest of this entry »

Peter Thiel – citizen?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

13 July, 2017

Dear Editor:

Looking at what new NZ citizen Peter Thiel has been contributing here, from afar, we see it has mostly to do with the GCSB and the Five Eyes spy network. Given that Five Eyes is mostly for feeding the National Security Agency (NSA) in Washington, DC, it looks like he is working in the interests of the elite in USA (and NZ) primarily, probably not in the interests of most New Zealanders. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Globalization’ is a misused term.

16 February, 2017

The Editor,  The Listener,,  Auckland

Dear Editor:

The term ‘globalization’ has been a misused, even cynically used, term since the Sixties when it was proposed as a move away from ‘nationalism’ (read ‘colonialism’) which had produced two world wars in the first half of the 20th century.  Read the rest of this entry »