Today’s the seven-year anniversary of the death of our beloved first male co-leader, Rod Donald. For those who didn’t know him, Rod was passionate about fair elections and worked long hours to secure electoral reform here in New Zealand in the early 1990s. Our current voting system – MMP – has been described by former […]
Guess I’m a bit slow off the mark on this one, but here goes, for those who have not yet heard it: When you pay $50K, I guess you expect something in return. But when you are banged up in prison facing serious charges, I guess the payee don’t wanna know!
It seems the Police are not only failing cyclists here in New Zealand but abroad. In fact, a quick search of YouTube reveals dangerous driving behaviour in all those countries where the car is still king, especially in Australia, the UK, and the USA. This clip from New York shows how one cyclist is fighting […]
A Friday funny. If only it could be true of this Government too (sigh):
You know you have one. Time to get it out. Russel Norman says I have to iron mine. April 14th is Pink Shirt Day, a day when everyone around the country is encouraged to make a visual display of our abhorrence of bullying.
Last Sunday Russel gave the annual State of the Planet speech to a packed and excited crowd at Te Mahurehure Marae in Auckland. It was a great and powerful speech that clearly defined the Green vision for Aotearoa. Russel also attacked National and Labour for bludging off our grandchildren and pulling the ladder of opportunity […]
Need some inspiration first day back at work? Check out what’s possible when you use your imagination to get around an urban landscape…
I’ll let Bill McKibben from 350.org tell you all about it. I’m a third of the way through his new book, eaarth, and I recommend it to anyone concerned about where we’re going to be as a species in just a few decades. Climate change is now, not the problem of the next generation. What […]
Oceanographer John Delaney talks about how we are already beginning to wire up the ocean and how important this is for the survival of our species. Have a look and get inspired.
Sometimes it takes a bit of humour to point out the fallacies in our thinking. Do you think self regulation, which is the policy that Crown Minerals and Gerry Brownlee espouse, is the best way to manage our petroleum resources? Do you think that a few more regs about how many battons need to be […]
I posted episode 1 a couple of weekends ago. After watching the pay equity debacle in the house this week, I was reminded that real ladies fight back! It’s time for a little pay equity action, don’t you think? 😉
The title says it all!
Greenpeace has taken a more serious angle with their latest video, which has our fearless duo, Lucy Lawless and Robyn Malcolm, talking to tourists about John Key’s plans to mine our National Parks.
It is just too good to let this one go by… Greenpeace have made a stunning little vignette featuring Lucy Lawless and Robyn Malcolm, lampooning Gerry Brownlee’s sexy coal video.
Metiria Turei grills the Prime Minister on his government’s confused and contradictory statements about the mining of protected Schedule 4 lands on the conservation estate. Her question was: Does he stand by his statement “Notwithstanding the public consultation process, it is my expectation that the Government will act on at least some of these recommendations […]
Green Party MPs Dr Kennedy Graham and Jeanette Fitzsimons talk about what attending the Copenhagen conference means to them personally.
TVNZ7’s much hyped economic debate (you’ve probably seen the adds by now) will have a Green voice. Following TVNZ’s Guyon Espiner interviewing Finance Minister Bill English Green Party Co-Leader Dr Russel Norman will critique National’s first year in Government along with Roger Douglas (ACT) and David Cunliffe (Labour). TVZN7’s economic debate screens tonight on TVNZ7 […]
The latest climate change boogeyman fits the bill on all levels. It’s big, it’s slimy, it’s scary, and it’s on the increase because of rising temperatures due to climate change. I’ve encountered these babies myself while diving, and they are most unpleasant. Nati0nal Geographic has written them up in all their glory: Up to 124 […]
The Gingerbread Ed and Gingerbread Haka videos deserve a viewing purely on creative grounds, not just their commercial intent.
The Greens are close to announcing the launch of the New Zealand Cycleway with the Government. (Watch this space.) Until then, Danny MacAskill redefines where you can ride a bicycle around the city. Is this the most beautiful cycling video you’ve ever seen?
I’ll give MfE credit for one thing. If you are going to hold a Clayton’s consultation on a 2020 target, (like giving 1.4 million Aucklander’s just an hour and a half to have their say), you certainly get high marks for courage with tonight’s online webcast/consultation round. Pulling this off without a hitch would be […]
If ever there was an opportunity to protect a marine environment abundant in unique species, a growing tourism interest, and with minimal impact on fishing interests, this is it. The Subantarctic region is recognised as being of international significance. While the islands themselves enjoy considerable protection as nature reserves, little of the marine area surrounding […]
Here’s a compelling video from the great people at 350.org.nz urging all of us to get off our bums and have our say at the Government’s emissions target meetings around the country over the next couple of weeks. It is vitally important that we turn out in numbers and let the Government know that the […]
On Friday I had the opportunity to attend a celebration of the Aorere Catchment Project in Golden Bay. When I had been presenting the Green New Deal in Takaka several local people had mentioned the project to me in tones of pride, so I jumped at the chance to attend the celebration.
By hiding behind the public service rules the minister of Research, Science and Technology has shot himself in the foot. What seemed like the safest path to a new minister may in the end prove the most embarrassing. Tuesday, with my question in the House, I tried to give Wayne Mapp an opportunity to express […]
I love a good public service announcement that cuts to the chase. Particularly when it exceeds my otherwise high tolerance for violence/destruction and makes my skin crawl. This is one such advert. Too bad that the UK censors deemed it too violent for television. In an age when our tellies screen dozens of murders per […]
How to communicate science to yoofs? Or maybe how not to!
The Parliamentary team of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand wants everybody to celebrate Earth Day, not just brood about all the things that are going wrong. Here are some personal messages from each of the MPs, talking about some of things, big and small, that are going well and that bode well for […]
This past week the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) of the US ran this documentary, showing the vast destruction of human habitat that is coming in just a few short years due to global warming. No doubt the deniers who love to hang about frogblog will point out how helpless we are and how doing our […]
Too funny: Prague’s Franz Kafka International Named World’s Most Alienating Airport
Here is Sue K’s contribution to the urgent debate on Auckland governance last week:
Another great TED link sent to me from Nigel: Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, talks about his life as an inventor, starting with his high-school company selling solar energy plans and kits. Learn here about a groundbreaking system for solar cells — and some questions we haven’t yet solved. I shall try and find […]
Jeanette asked the Minister for State Owned Enterprises in the House yesterday whether he has confidence in the board of Genesis Energy. Genesis is proceeding with a consent application for a gas fired power station for which it admits it has no gas and is not economically viable “in a real-world, commercial sense”. The Rodney […]
The Energy [R]evolution is Greenpeace’s plan to save the planet from catastrophic climate change. Susan Sarandon narrates the first of three ‘Reasons to Believe’. This one explains why energy efficiency is so important and also so easily achieved, just by small changes such as a switch from traditional lightbulbs to more energy efficient ones. In […]
Dr Robert Costanza, Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics gave a talk at Wellington’s Victoria University on the best response to the ecological and financial crises that are unfolding. Costanza was invited by the NZ Green Party to speak prior to last weekend’s Policy Conference. It’s a long video, (55 min), but well […]
CNBC’s Rick Santelli is angry that those loser homeowners are going to get bailed out. The Daily Show With Jon StewartM – Th 11p / 10c CNBC Gives Financial Advice Daily Show Full EpisodesImportant Things w/ Demetri Martin Political HumorJim Cramer
Green Party MP Kevin Hague asks the Minister of Agriculture: Has the Dairying and Clean Streams Accord achieved its aim of “clean, healthy water including streams, rivers, lakes, groundwater, and wetlands in dairying areas”; or, does he agree with National MP Nick Smith’s statement of October 2008 that there has been a “deterioration in water […]
By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans — and creating a thrill…
In this week’s message from parliament, Green MP Kennedy Graham urges everyone to put pressure on the government to negotiate real and binding emissions reductions in the lead up to Copenhagen this December. While the government is busy hacking every budget under the sun, we are being distracted from one of the most important international […]
The following YouTube clip is Part 4 from a recent lecture Lester Brown gave on Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization and will take you into the heart of the Plan B message. The presentation was to the Chemical Society of Washington on May 8, 2008. Lester, who is President of the Earth Policy […]