May 2, 2010

Why I wish to write about Oamaru…

Erin writes: South Island has always been stereotyped as "more racist" by many of my Asian friends but I can tell you, we did not feel that at all in Oamaru.
December 10, 2009

John Key, Barack Obama, Afghanistan & the Pacific Way

I thought that maybe New Zealand Prime Minster John Key might try and connect with United States President Barak Obama through their common links to the Polynesian world.
October 18, 2009

Ladder Award: University Finance Students who predicted Chinese investment

John Gallagher who nominated this award says, “I am very pleased to see New Zealand expertise being developed that can recognize and assess how New Zealand business is doing in the world economy, especially the Chinese one.”
September 8, 2009

Becoming highly effective villagers

Add the village creatives – writers, filmmakers - and such troubles could be built into a locally produced, helpful and engaging, narrative film. Such a film could then be made more widely available …
August 9, 2009

New Zealand as Afghanistan peace broker

Our best way of helping all concerned is to help build communication between the conflicting parties – supporting the dialogue with the Taliban called for by the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, and already begun in Saudi Arabia
August 9, 2009

New Zealand and Afghanistan: Independent Peacemaker or Military Side-Kick?

Guest Blogger John Gallagher writes: The big issue now facing New Zealand now is whether to further build up its role and identity as an independent peacemaker and practical peace-builder, or to try to return to being a client military side-kick to nuclear powers.
April 2, 2009

Smart universities and localities for smarter intercultural collaborations

Although I was brought up to be accepting of many cultures and backgrounds, for much of my life, my only first-hand experience was of the white and western way of life.
March 24, 2009

Getting Beyond Mantras and Scarcity Models

Why not new practical approaches to creatively combine our diverse qualities to better meet our needs and enrich all of our lives and take us beyond the “I win you lose” scarcity models.
February 4, 2009

First, Winston Peters and North Korea – now, Murray McCully and Iran?

John Gallagher notes how a new way for nuclear-free New Zealand to relate well to the US is to help it to make peaceful connections. The previous Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, helped connection-building between North Korea and the US. Could Peter’s successor, Mr McCully, work with his officials to do something similar between Iran and the US?
December 14, 2008

Key to a Bright Future

With the significant exception of broadband rollout, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's Speech from the Throne reads like a blast from the past.
December 5, 2008

Making connections – creating interpretative communities by sharing horizons

There is much talk about the benefits of communications technologies to empower communities, but technologies can just as easily be used to impose power on community.
September 25, 2008

Locally grounded and globally connected: the way for New Zealand?

New Zealand is well respected for its nuclear free stance and its subsequent peace brokering and peace-keeping roles. Can it also develop an approach to intercultural relations based on local networking and local through to international forms of collaboration?