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 »


Island Bay uproar is still about cars, not a cycleway

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

06 May, 2017

Dear Editor:

An Island Bay resident was this week quoted in the daily paper about the growing number of cars parked on the streets throughout the village. He says most families have two cars and some even more (as many as five).  What has been happening in Island Bay? Read the rest of this entry »

PM English trying to act like John Key or not?

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

15 April, 2017

Dear editor,

The SAS Afghanistan incident centres on the story of the villagers. Unless any analyst goes directly to the villagers, or at least to the testimony of the villagers, then s/he cannot claim to have examined all the relevant information on the subject.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mobile Phones, Media, and reality

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

07 February, 2017

Dear Editor:

Thanks to Rosemary McLeod (Tuesday, 2 Feb) for describing a common reliance on social media to attempt to find meaning, “as if only by filming it does it make it real.”   Read the rest of this entry »

Reply to Gordon Campbell on ‘populism’

Gordon Campbell’s attempt to define populism leads him to claim there is much equivalence of Trump to Podemos, for example. Does he really think Trump is “truly and aggressively in opposition to the politics of ‘business as usual'”?  Read the rest of this entry »

The Key-English transition – response to Hon. Jefferson Smith

The Hon. Jefferson Smith makes similar observations to Gordon Campbell.  Read the rest of this entry »

Key’s fog

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington


Dear Editor:

A weight seems to have been lifted off my back, somehow allowing me to stand taller and breathe easier now. The heavy fog created whenever John Key spoke to the nation has weighed heavily on the country for eight years, but now there is an opportunity for us to wake up and recreate our self-respect to face a world of climate change and increasing inequality.


Richard Keller

published 14/12/16