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Industrial Farming: The Deeper Roots of Animal Cruelty


My father was a gentle stockman, and he cared for people the same. He taught us how to hunt up and how to use presence and eye when mustering, and how not to push cattle too hard. He had a … Continue reading

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Propaganda and the Rhetoric of the Ruataniwha Dam


“Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” George Orwell I was taught propaganda at school. Our English master, Mr Brown, liked words. He had an inspirational … Continue reading

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Managing Complexity and Uncertainty in Natural and Socio-Ecological Systems


I wrote most of this as an internal document for a Regional Council in 2009 when it was apparent that both the internal management style and the approach to the wider natural systems and communities was not conducive to long … Continue reading

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Building Land Systems for Drought-Flood Resilience


A few notes from a morning rant “Although rainwater harvest has been accomplished by humans in virtually every drought prone region of the world for millennia, our society seems to have collective amnesia about the utility, efficiency, sustainability and beauty … Continue reading

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Two strategic directions for Land Use in New Zealand: Where do we stand?


I wrote this what seems light years ago.  I think it was 2007 or 2008. This is very rough, a mind dump.  It was done quickly, and is more to do with me getting thoughts out of my mind and … Continue reading

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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?


Does Ozymandias Live in the Bay?.

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