Eastern Ward conversation about transport

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

09 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

It is good to see WCC in the Eastern Ward starting a conversation about transport issues in the ward.  Read the rest of this entry »


The Wellingtonian’s trolley bus editorial seems confused.

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

15 October, 2015

Dear Editor:

The Wellingtonian’s editorial of 8/10 on trolley buses with its reference to Wellington being the last to use trolleys in “Oceania . . . and where vehicles drive on the left” seems confused. What does that have to do with anything? By the end of the editorial though it is clear that it was part of an effort to describe trolleys as “nostalgia”. Read the rest of this entry »

Resignation evident in dairy farmer’s response to TPPA

The Editor,  The Press,  Christchurch

07 October, 2015

Dear Editor:

The resignation evident in the responses of dairy farmers to the underwhelming TPPA deal announced this week is illustrative of the general loss of self respect which the New Zealand public exhibits after decades of attack by so-called neoliberal economics. After all the rhetoric from negotiator Tim Groser over a period of months, even years, you might have thought farmers would be outraged at the result. Read the rest of this entry »

Cows, Federated farmers, TPPA and Sustainability

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

06 October, 2015

Dear Editor:

There are too many cows in New Zealand. Read the rest of this entry »

How does the electorate intuitively see this PM?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

23 September, 2015

Dear Editor:

Andrea Vance asks whether PM John Key is a ‘genius’ or a ‘clown’ (Rock star or off-Key?, 20 Sept). She suggests that overseas conservatives in what she calls the Anglosphere see John Key as a hero because of his electoral success. But she never really gets around to giving proper credit (actually blame). Read the rest of this entry »

Letter to ANZ, re fossil fuel divestment

28 September, 2015

David Hisco and Jeremy Salthouse, ANZ Senior Execs

ANZ Centre

Auckland, New Zealand   1010

Dear Mr Hisco and Mr Salthouse,

To keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius (the level that scientists agree we cannot exceed if we’re to keep within safe limits) we must leave 80% of known fossil fuel reserves in the ground. It is no exaggeration to say that the move away from fossil fuels to renewable alternatives is imperative if our children are to inherit a planet in which they can survive. Read the rest of this entry »

International Day of Peace 2015 – United Nations

International Day of Peace 2015 – United Nations

Wellington, Parliament buildings;  21 September, 2015

Thanks to Peace Action Wellington (PAW) for allowing me to accept the invitation to attend this event, having been extended by Richard Tingey for the UN Association.

As context, I refer to the UNANZ newsletter of August, 2015 and in particular to page 6 under the heading of “Branch reports – Waikato”. The speech of the winner of the local branch secondary schools speech competition notes primarily the egalitarianism of NZ culture and says at one point, “Our egalitarianism was key to our peacekeeping milestones in Afghanistan and East Timor.” This statement seems hopeful at best and I suspect at odds to the opinions of most , though probably not all, people associated with PAW. Read the rest of this entry »