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So long Pete

October 6, 2011


(part two). Our local MP (and neighbour) Pete Hodgson is retiring from politics. Here’s some of his valedictory: Valedictories are supposed to be about the past, but my head lives mostly in the future. So let me give one portfolio, climate change, a bit more attention, because the world’s response has barely begun. There are […]

Dunedin Neurosurgery March

August 6, 2010


On the 6th August 10,000 people marched through Dunedin to support Neurosurgery in Dunedin. On this page I’m collating media coverage and along with photos from participants. Video from Anthony Baikie shows about half the march from opposite the Golden Centre. ODT  “up to 10,000 marched through central Dunedin at lunchtime today protesting the possible […]

Facebook objected to in NZ Parliament

August 6, 2010


Yesterday our local Member of Parliament Pete Hodgson  attempted to table a Facebook page in the House.   Unfortunately, it was objected to. I’m telling you this because the “Keep Neurosurgery in Dunedin”  was my doing.   Richard Thomson and I set it up to bring attention to the nonsensical proposal to remove neurosurgery from Dunedin. As […]

Community benefits as sustainability framework

July 25, 2010


In the second of two talks Professor Geoff Syme presented a social psychological approach to water allocation.  While many of us don’t have the extreme water allocation problems Australia does (he seriously described Australians as becoming environmental refugees),  the concepts have wider appeal. The key message is that rather than focussing on managing the allocation […]

Need to mobilise submissions for sustainability in higher education (NZ)

October 17, 2009


The draft Tertiary Education Strategy is out for consultation.      It gives direction to NZ’s tertiary education for the next five years.   The draft is weak on sustainability: it’s alluded to in the higher level statements but missing in the directions for teaching and learning.   As it stands,  institutions will not see sustainability as an imperative, […]

Tolley score: Economic blinkers 17, anything else Nil.

April 30, 2009


I knew the government was focussed on the economy but I’ve just been blown away by the lack of vision, short-sightedness and one-track mindedness shown by Education Minister Anne Tolley.    She just gave a very bland speech on “Tertiary Education Policy in 2009” at the Tertiary Education Summit.  She says tertiary education is critical […]

Computing and sustainability in billboard mash-up

October 30, 2008


Today I have been inundated with evidence of the power of computing and its relevance to sustainability. It seems that everyone I know has found the Green’s “make your own Vote for Me billboard“. This is brilliant viral marketing that engages you with their brand message. It seems the very act of looking through your […]