Airport extension remains an act of desperation

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

30 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

The airport company predictably uses rosy passenger projections in its analysis of economic benefits from the runway extension.  But those projections are fantasy.  A sustainable future will require less air travel, not more.  Any improvement in fuel efficiency will never be enough by itself. Read the rest of this entry »


Why warship visit invitation?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

12 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

Now that there is a small concession for NZ dairy exports into North America in the released TPPA text the government is saying ‘no problem’ for all the dangers to our democratic governance system in it through so-called investor state dispute tribunals,  restrictions on Pharmac, internet freedom, and other threats.   Read the rest of this entry »

NZ Defence Industry Association annual conference – “defence”?

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

09 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

Sanji Gunasekara (6 Nov) and Noeline Gannaway (4 Nov) are on the mark.  The so-called “defence” (NZ Defence Industry Association) annual conference on 17/18 November has been approved by Positively Wellington Venues of Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) to use the TSB Centre in Wellington which is a WCC facility.  Do Chris Whelan (WCC Chief Executive Officer), WREDA, the Mayor or council members know what military activities around the globe these many contractors are selling into? Read the rest of this entry »

“Elephant in the room” in regards to the airport runway business case

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

16 October, 2015

Dear Editor:

The ‘airport runway case’ article on the front page of the Dom Post of Wednesday (14/10) mentions four items to be discussed in the business case which the airport will present to the Environment Court this month. But once again the airport leaves out the ‘elephant in the room’, namely that in the carbon constrained world of a sustainable future there will be a good bit less air travel than today. 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 »

Refugees – war and economic

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

30 September, 2015

Dear Editor:

The dominant neo-liberal economics of the late 20th century saw a freeing up of capital globally but generally not labour. This meant that capital could increasingly exploit resources around the world resulting in degradation of the land’s productive promise, especially in poorer countries. It also meant that capital could seek out low wage economies with a comparatively captive work force. Read the rest of this entry »