Category Archives: Viewpoint

Reimagining Landscapes I: Rejecting the Machine


How do you separate the personal from the professional?  We are taught to deal in the ‘objective’, in measured things.  But the whole idea of reimagining how we look at landscapes – our so-called ‘working lands’ of farms and forests … Continue reading

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What’s Good about Gorse


I recall some time in the distant past having to put up with Wordsworth going on a bit about ‘golden’ daffodils.  Saccharine sweet.  They’re not even golden.  More yellow really – similar to broom.  Now for the colour of deep, … Continue reading

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Reforming our Regional Economy I: Value over Volume


Why do we manage land the way we do?  Why does New Zealand focus on ever-more gross production over a great scale of sameness?  Why do we talk of “feeding the world” when we can at best feed 40 million … Continue reading

Posted in agricultural strategy, Building Regional Economies, Industrial Mindset, Land Use, Land use strategy, Primary Sector Strategy, Thought Pieces | 3 Comments

The Loss of the Napier-Gisborne Rail Link: Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold


This article criticising the current government’s decision to close the Napier-Gisborne rail line was published in the NZ J Forestry in December 2012. ================================================================ Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart, … Continue reading

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There are Alternatives to the Ruataniwha Dam


There are Alternatives to the Ruataniwha Dam. via There are Alternatives to the Ruataniwha Dam.

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Land and Water Concerns of Federated Farmers and Irrigation NZ


Federated Farmers and Irrigation New Zealand Questions Chris Perley Ngaruroro Ward, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Federated Farmers and Irrigation NZ provided the following questions (italicised within text).   Here is my response. Introduction I am passionate about the potential of our … Continue reading

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Does Ozymandias Live in the Bay?


A democratic society is based on the values of an open society, those nebulous things that don’t fit into a financier’s or an economist’s spreadsheet.  These values provide for the trust, participation, creativity, freedom and imagination that makes the good … Continue reading

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Realising the Potential of Hawke’s Bay (and NZ Primary Sector)


Posted in agricultural strategy, Alternative Vision, Commodity trap, Community resilience, Environmental value, False clichés, Fruitbowl or Dustbowl, High value, Industrial Mindset, Land Use, Land use strategy, Landscape function, Local governance, Market position, Mordor vs the Shire, Primary Sector Strategy, Quality vs Commodity, Transfer, Water retention | 4 Comments