Post Truth in public transport at Wellington Regional Council

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

04 August, 2018

Dear Editor:

Herwin Bongers of Revolt Wellington makes the astute observation that New Zealand (that is, Wellington) is the only country signed up to the Paris Accord that has since removed sustainable public transport (trolley buses). Read the rest of this entry »


Tourism threatens ecosphere

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

01 August, 2018

Dear Editor:

Letter writer Mary Holloway notices and complains about the erosion of what it means to live in New Zealand, and consequent threat to the ecosphere, by those promoting more tourism. And good on her.  Read the rest of this entry »

Nurses not warplanes

The Editor,  The Auckland Herald,  Auckland

25 July, 2018

Dear Editor:

Not enough money for nurses but a billion and half extra for war planes is not a good look for New Zealand. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump and Putin nuclear oligarchs

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

24 July, 2018

Dear Editor:

Danielle McLaughlin (SST 22 July) discusses the dangers of U.S. President Donald Trump’s apparent naivety in dealing with Russia’s Putin. But she doesn’t mention the place that Russia has in Trump’s world view which is potentially more dangerous. Read the rest of this entry »

plea to the Labour Government to stop dairy conversions (Mackenzie)


Hello Mr Parker and Mr O’Connor,

There is no action more desperate and more neo-liberal in this Post Truth Era in New Zealand than dairy conversions.  They are and have for years been an ideological crusade, a cry of anguish and terror that the exploitative mentality is finished.  We either become nurturers in the deepest sense (not only toward people but also the land) or we will follow this out of date exploitative mentality toward an uncertain new phase, but likely demise, of civilisation.

Richard Keller

‘Three Strikes’ emanates from a fear and loathing mentality

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

12 June, 2018

Dear Editor:

The ‘three strikes’ law is no-brainer, really. In the USA it has failed miserably to do anything more than enhance the prison building and management industry.  Read the rest of this entry »

Labour was ‘transformative’ in 1984, but won’t be in the Post Truth Era

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland

22 May, 2018

Dear Editor:

The Labour government’s insistence on following a National type ‘fiscal straitjacket’, as it has been rightly called, belies its claim that it will be a transformative government. Read the rest of this entry »