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Audaciously sustainable

August 30, 2013

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The Audacious Student Business Challenge has expanded this year to encourage business for good with a social enterprise category. It has also moved to encourage wider participation with a new crowd-sourcing platform Skulksource. You can encourage the development of sustainable start-ups by voting for the fledgling businesses such as: Spread the Help: Spread your donation […]

TikiTouring around the capstone

May 30, 2012

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(update: here are the pictures from the launch). In a first for Maori tourism a free Maori visitor app to the lower South Island is being launched this Friday. KUMA, (Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru) the Māori business network for the lower South Island is launching a free app linked to the recent project […]

Abuse of intergenerational equity

September 4, 2011

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Intergenerational equity is a cornerstone of sustainable development (Our Common Future, Brundtland): Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs This definition of sustainability has both current and future generations at its core.   These are described as intragenerational equity and […]

City is Right, Right Minister is Wrong

March 22, 2011

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In Parliament last week the Finance Minister Bill English was derisive and ill-informed in response to Gareth Hughes’ questioning on New Zealand’s economic vulnerability to Peak Oil (16/3/11 Q12).  English dismissed the Dunedin City Council’s “Peak Oil Vulnerability Analysis Report” on the basis of the title alone.    But then, if all he read was […]

Making an inequity worse

February 24, 2011

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I find it quite frustrating when bureaucracy gets in the way of a good thing.   It is worse when people do things that are wrong, yet claim it is right for reasons of sustainability, or ethics, or equity. Here’s my letter to the Dunedin City Council regarding their recent and unfortunate tinkering with the city’s […]

Minds at Rest

November 10, 2010

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Our friend Tess Brosnan filed this story on today’s historic neurosurgery decision for the facebook group Keep Neurosurgery in Dunedin. It is too good to hide only on facebook, so with her permission I’ve posted it here.  SM A former Dunedin Neurosurgery patient, Casey Coombes, described her 8 years of recovery following surgery as an […]

Dunedin Neurosurgery: a win for people power

November 10, 2010

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Dunedin not only keeps, but expands its neurosurgery service. This decision will ensure that the South will continue to have a safe and viable neurosurgery service for decades to come. I’m really hopeful that this process sets the benchmark in both process and outcome: Process: This process was (eventually) a model of rational consideration and […]