Category Archives: Alternative Vision

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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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