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And What War Would You Like Today, Sir?

And What War Would You Like Today, Sir? By the end of World War 2, the most destructive war in history, the United Kingdom was spending over 50% of GDP on the military. The USA a little less as a percentage, but still over 40%. Contrast this with today, where most national [...]

By | 2020-09-19T21:58:53+00:00 September 19th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Brian's Blog, Environment & Food|0 Comments

How Can One Billion Trees Be a Problem?

How Can One Billion Trees Be a Problem? As part of New Zealand's answer to meeting our climate change obligations is the crazy policy of one billion trees. What this policy says, in essence, is that rather than cutting back on our carbon emissions in transport, farming and other sectors, instead, [...]

Blue Duck Warriors

Blue Duck Warriors I have always found it refreshing to spend time with passionate, hard-working people who have come together for a common goal. Hard-working people coming together in pursuit of a common goal was the situation at River Valley Lodge last weekend, the 29th and 30th August 2020. It was [...]

Early Spring Musings

Early Spring Musings While not officially Spring yet, today, Spring is here. Early daffodils are adding a splash of colour to the green of pastures. The grass is growing, but surprisingly wanting some rain. Who would have thought we would ever say that at the end of a Taihape winter? There [...]

The Ancient Art of Tree Crops

The Ancient Art of Tree Crops Every winter, we plant trees. These days not hundreds of plants, we have run out of space, but rather specific trees for specific purposes. In the last few days, we finished planting a hillside with Thornless Honey Locust trees – (Gleditsia Triacanthos f.Inermis) along with [...]

8 Billion Humans are Totally Reliant on Healthy Ecosystems

8 Billion Humans are Totally Reliant on Healthy Ecosystems I came across this concept the other day, can’t remember where, but it immediately made an impression on me. It goes like this. All of us, close on 8 billion human beings on this planet, rely on healthy ecosystems to survive. We [...]

A Return to Localism? Beyond the Local Farmers Market

A Return to Localism? Beyond the Local Farmers Market I, for one, welcome the current emphasis, due to the close of international borders, on shopping and travelling locally. I have long been interested in strong communities and having economic benefit them rather than ending in the hands of corporates or heading offshore. But how [...]

The Folly of Back to Normal

The Folly of Back to Normal Turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or read somewhat anything from some mainstream commentator regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and the talk will invariably come to “getting back to normal”. And secretly, or not so secretly that is what most of us desire. We want our lives [...]

By | 2020-08-05T00:05:22+00:00 June 5th, 2020|Articles, Climate Change, Environment & Food, social change|0 Comments

The Great Unravelling

The Great Unravelling To be fair, I am not the first to use the term, “The Great Unravelling”. However, this is the best term to describe what I see happening both in New Zealand and around the world. Most people would not have thought that what we are presently witnessing would even be possible [...]

New Zealand Tourism – A New Path Required

New Zealand Tourism – A New Path Required What will the New Zealand Tourism Industry look like come Spring 2020? Following the COVID-19 epidemic that is presently shutting down country after country, there has been no shortage of pundits and media commentators forecasting doom for the industry. Many of these commentators may be right [...]