Category Archives: Thought Pieces

Listening to the Discordant Harmonies of Land


I have stood on hilltops in the south and felt the bone-biting blast of Antarctic winds. I have felt the difference between that and the relief you get when you shift to a space three to four tree heights out … Continue reading

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Instead of Dam Thinking from the 50s, Look to the Landscape


Originally posted on Chris Perley's Blog:
In the lowlands of the Otago Peninsula, within the hill streams that flow into the harbour, there are water wheels.  They stand as monuments to what once was, to what ‘functions’ there once…

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Confessions of an ex-Public Servant: Watching the slow death of the Public Sector


Remember Geoffrey Palmer suggesting we need an inquiry into the public service in 2014?  Low morale and the fear culture which gets in the way of “free and frank advice without fear or favour” were some of the issues.  There … Continue reading

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Reimagining the Potential of Landscape I: Start with the Deeper Story


This is a paper in two parts, or perhaps three.  This first part looks to some of the mechanical assumptions within New Zealand’s colonial land management, and a glimpse at the potential by shifting that view.  There is so much … Continue reading

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Elation and the Wharves of Home


Originally posted on Chris Perley's Blog:
Part of my healing was to get to the end of that wharf. I’d come almost six hours, with a night a little to the north of middle. I’d started with a feeling…

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The Wisdom of Intimacy

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Originally posted on Chris Perley's Blog:
Edward Abbey – he of Desert Solitaire, one of the classics questioning the values of our modern world – wrote a short and scathing essay of a laboratory scientist intent on studying dog…

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Ruataniwha Dam will Transform the Region


Regional Councillor Debbie Hewitt is quite right that should the Ruataniwha Dam go ahead it will be “absolutely transformational” (quoted in Hawke’s Bay Today April 2017).  You need only look to Mid-West rural America, whose communities were also sold the … Continue reading

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Who is Chris Perley?


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Hitchhiker’s Guide to Homo sapiens


Historical Footnote: Homo sapiens Once, on the ex-planet Earth, there was a species Homo sapiens – who were ironically not very sapiens (wise) at all.  They became extinct after about 80,000 years in existence, which is pretty dumb.  Homo erectus … Continue reading

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What is Progress and How do we get There?


I have Tom Wessels’ The Myth of Progress on a shelf.  Tom has produced some wonderful books on historically continuous change across our wider landscapes.  He sees patterns in that place where people and landscapes meet.  He takes to task what we mean by … Continue reading

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