August 23, 2010

Knowing who to vote for in an age of social media

Even actively interested people like myself don’t know whether to vote, or who to vote for, or if I vote, whether the person I help elect will do more harm or more good.
June 28, 2010

The New Auckland Super City and its Communities

A new Super City is being created in Auckland in Aotearoa/New Zealand this year. The implications for local communities are enormous.
February 6, 2010

Ladder Award: Martin Coffey for offering to help pay to re-build local pool

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
November 12, 2008

A tragic death: Dr Steve Luke – a huge loss

A tragic death and loss: Dr Steve Luke - a huge loss to Village conversations and to the project of building community, policy and academic connections.
October 19, 2008

Land-use and economics: coherent vision and planning or disaster?

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?
October 19, 2008

Land for food, recreation and well-being

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.
September 30, 2008

Shovel Award: for cutting community amenity budgets and calling it visionary

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.