This weeks Ladder is awarded to Martin Coffey, an 86 year resident of St Albans, Christchurch New Zealand, for offering to put millions of dollars of his own money into helping re-build his local community pool
New Zealand is vulnerable with a very high overseas debt. It has traditionally relied on income from the export of bulk food. Is there enough public discussion - and thought being given at policy levels - on how to ensure local food producing soils are retained for sustainable local food production and for localised forms of play and recreation?
At a local level, back in 1995, in St Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand, Peggy Kelly argued continued building developments on versatile lands which could better be used for food production would be irresponsible.
A Shovel Award goes to the people of the Christchurch City Council responsible for their “Community Facilities Network Vision” to cut local community funding. How can such cuts to community amenities be called “visionary”? Visions are meant to be inspiring, to open up possibilities, to create hope and energy.