WHY I NO LONGER SAY ‘WELL DONE’!

(A speech written to present at Toastmasters Kerikeri prior to the 2020 General Election.) E rangatira ma, e hoa ma, e manuhiri ma - Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.   It may be Level 2 but I’m on the campaign trail today - I’m here to explain 3 downsides to using praise and …

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PEACE TROLLING – using social media to build a global culture of peace and respect

Imagine by 2025 if across the world, people of every nation, every language, young and old, are online allies in a movement of non-violent engagement between people across every social media platform. Perhaps you, dear reader, will be one of a growing global 'army of Peace Trolls' , seeding social media the capacity to engage …

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PARA KORE: An Alternative Voice for a Zero Waste World

I sometimes forget how extensive my knowledge is on rubbish! Like childbirth, I guess the hard work and times of pain completing my Masters Research project as an adult student 2 years ago are soon forgotten! I feel so blessed to have been an adult student, able to focus many hours of work and interviews …

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Resource Recovery : A Far North Vision

What follows is the vision of our 'Far North Citizens Waste Minimisation Group'  and our request for support -  that I gave via FNDC Annual Plan hearing video link on 6 May 2020 – to our Far North District Mayor and Councillors. I know that 4 pilot resource recovery projects will add hugely to this year's Annual Plan. …

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‘How Did We Get So Lucky Grandma’? Far North Holdings 2040

 “How did we get so lucky here in Tai Tokerau, Grandma?” a child in 2040 asks one of the community elders.  “It all started,’ she explains, “when five local groups came together after the Covid19 crisis..... The Local Government Amendment Act 2019 gives Councils responsibility to 'Promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of …

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Ocean Plastic: Choices for Cruising Yachties

(Pre-Covid19, this article was scheduled for publication in Opua Yacht Club's 'Tell Tales' : April 2020 issue.)  The challenge of plastic in our oceans is confronting.  It’d be hard to find a beach anywhere in the world these days free of plastic flotsam so perhaps we as yachties can be part of the solution?  What if …

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Universal Basic Income – get the facts right

Dear Editor (letter to New Zealand Herald 1 May 2020) While Mathew Hooten’s recent article purports to be an overview of the concept of Universal Basic Income, it is factually incorrect.  These untruths distort the picture and devalue the concept.   Hooten’s statement that UBI ‘ would need to be set somewhere just below the current …

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WHY WE NEED SINGLE TRANSFERABLE VOTES!

By September this year, the Far North District council must decide between 2 alternative processes for the next local government elections in 2022. Do they vote to keep the status quo, the current First-Past-the-Post electoral ‘race’ or follow the lead of 11 progressive councils last year, and adopt the ‘Single-Transferable-Vote system? ‘STV’  stands  for  ‘Simple …

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