David Clendon Archive

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    Serious fun - by David Clendon



    The serious part of the equation was in the purpose of the ride, which was to raise public awareness and discussion about suicide in New Zealand, and particularly youth suicide. read more
    May 22, 2014 10:29 am - 1 Comment
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    Polytechnics under attack - by David Clendon



    Teachers and other people who choose to work in education are generally quite positive, upbeat people – I think a sense of humour is a prerequisite to surviving and thriving in that environment!  Despite that, I’m seeing a lot of long faces and stressed people when I visit tertiary institutions, and the Tertiary Education Union […] read more
    May 14, 2014 1:14 pm - 1 Comment
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    Devaluing science - by David Clendon



    A recent article by Jacqueline Rowarth, Professor of Agribusiness at Waikato University, gives a very good summary of this government’s muddled thinking (my words, not hers!) about the value of  science and scientists. On one hand we have  Minister Joyce trumpeting the importance of science, and attempting to wield some very blunt instruments to ‘encourage’ […] read more
    April 14, 2014 10:41 am - 5 Comments
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    A vision for Maori in tertiary education - by David Clendon



    Last Friday I was privileged to join with Maori members of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) at NorthTec’s Te Puna o Te Matauranga Marae in Whangarei.  The purpose of the hui was to launch and celebrate Te Kaupapa Whaioranga – the Blueprint for Maori Tertiary Education. The well-attended hui included Maori educators from all around […] read more
    March 18, 2014 4:14 pm - 5 Comments
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    Punishment and compassion - by David Clendon



    A line in my speech to the candidate conference last Sunday seems to have generated some interest.  I spoke “…of restoring to health the offender and those offended against, of an obligation to respect human rights even as we punish”. The Greens’ approach to justice is based on a restorative approach – as outlined in […] read more
    February 20, 2014 1:02 pm - 2 Comments
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    Academic Freedom or Free Market? - by David Clendon



    The Minister for Tertiary Education seems determined to see our universities and wananga reduced to organisations whose purpose it is to sell a commodity called education to ‘consumers’ whose primary relationship with such organisations will be a  commercial one. The National Government today stayed true to their destructive agenda for the tertiary sector,  announcing their […] read more
    February 11, 2014 7:52 pm - 2 Comments
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    Aspiring Northland - by David Clendon



    Finance Minister Bill English got it half right when he said recently that models of government intervention that had been applied in the Far North over the last thirty years had “disempowered them rather than helped them”.  Mr English told the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee that there had been a culture and a climate […] read more
    February 3, 2014 10:37 am - 29 Comments
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    The Greens are the Bogeymen! - by David Clendon



    Yesterday’s editorial in the Northern Advocate offers some intriguing observations about the launch of the political (ie. election) year. read more
    January 29, 2014 10:10 pm - 37 Comments
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    ‘Monitoring Places of Detention’ – a Wake-up call for NZers. - by David Clendon



    A report released this month has provided evidence supporting the view that we still have a lot of work to do to make our prisons decent, humane, and likely to release people back into society in better shape then when they went in. New Zealand is a signatory to the ‘Optional Protocol to the Convention […] read more
    December 18, 2013 3:57 pm - 3 Comments
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    Small (business) is beautiful - by David Clendon



    Not too many  years ago the thing NZers were most likely to know about Finland is that some people from there were really good at driving fast.  Then came Nokia, the remarkable company that went from making paper and gumboots to being the world leader in mobile phone technology.  A recent article in the NBR  […] read more
    December 12, 2013 11:43 am - 3 Comments
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    Governing Northland - by David Clendon



    The Local Government Commission yesterday released its proposal for restructuring local government in Northland,  a big step in a process that was set in motion by the former mayor of Far North District Council.  The Commission’s proposal is to establish one unitary authority to replace FNDC, Whangarei  and Kaipara District Councils, and the Northland Regional […] read more
    November 13, 2013 12:29 pm - 4 Comments
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    Improving productivity – one research paper at a time? - by David Clendon



    The latest report from the Productivity Commission, ‘Productivity by the Numbers : The New Zealand Experience”  offers a snapshot of the productivity performance of New Zealand’s economy.  Sadly, it confirms what is generally well known, that as a country we feature at the wrong end of the relevant statistics. We are told that “New Zealanders work about 15% […] read more
    September 24, 2013 10:08 pm - 32 Comments
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    Southern Sojourns of a ‘mostly rational’ MP - by David Clendon



    I have spent much of this recess week  in (sometimes) sunny Otago and Southland, and despite being about as far from my own rohe as it is possible to be without leaving the country, I found plenty to admire and enjoy. I made my first visit to a South Island  prison,  the Otago Correctional Facility, […] read more
    April 5, 2013 3:53 pm - No Comments
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    ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ – Justice for all? - by David Clendon



    The Corrections Amendment Bill has been back in the House this week – on Tuesday for its second reading, yesterday for the committee stages, and depending on progress in the House  it may come back later today (Thursday) for its third and final reading. The Bill is a shabby piece of lawmaking, which among other […] read more
    February 14, 2013 12:55 pm - 13 Comments
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    Reflections on Waitangi Day - by Catherine Delahunty



    Waitangi this year had many highlights overlooked by the media. Metiria, Kennedy, Denise, David, myself and other young Greens and local volunteers spent two days in the sun, meeting all kinds of people and listening to the flaxroots and grassroots voices of our nation. David Clendon spoke extremely well in the powhiri for the Greens […] read more
    February 7, 2013 11:23 am - 6 Comments
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    D.I.Y. Lawyering in the Family Court? - by David Clendon



    Last week the Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill got its first reading in Parliament.  There are 58 family courts around the country, and while it is a place most people would no doubt prefer to avoid, the courts nevertheless have a very high case load, especially in regards to the Care of Children Act. The […] read more
    December 13, 2012 9:12 am - 2 Comments
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    If New Zealand was a banana, would we be getting sued? - by David Clendon



    There is a bit of a David and Goliath battle shaping up in the intellectual property domain, with NGO Fairtrade New Zealand and Australia taking on one of the world’s largest fruit suppliers, Dole bananas. Dole has been on notice that its so-called ‘ethical choice’  label is misleading.  A consumer might reasonably believe that it […] read more
    November 28, 2012 9:58 am - 3 Comments
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    Faith no more. - by David Clendon



    The news that the faith-based unit at Rimutaka prison is to be closed is disappointing, to say the least.  The unit and the programmes  run there for nearly a decade have routinely been praised for changing attitudes and lives of the participants, including some people with long  histories of criminal  offending, and often serious offending. […] read more
    October 30, 2012 3:51 pm - 2 Comments
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    Message to media – jump or be pushed? - by David Clendon



    Last weekend, on The Nation, Justice Minister Judith Collins gave the media a pretty big clue that she thinks there is a problem with the way we are seeing crime and justice processes reported.  The Minister likened the TV coverage of the Ewen Macdonald murder trial to reality television.  I take a slightly different view […] read more
    September 27, 2012 8:45 pm - 5 Comments
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    The high cost of bad policy - by David Clendon



    Today I spoke in the budget debate, and pointed to the craziness of continuing to spend over $1.1 billion dollars a year to keep more people in prison for longer. In a pre-budget release, we learned that  $65 million of operating expenditure from Vote Corrections would be ‘reprioritised’ over four years in a way that we are […] read more
    May 30, 2012 10:19 pm - 15 Comments
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    Round(ing)Up Auckland’s weeds? Who decides? - by David Clendon



    A couple of recent articles in the Aucklander  reveal that we might once again have to fight a battle that we thought was  ‘won’ more than a decade ago.   The old Auckland City and North Shore City councils had a largely chemical-free regime in place to manage roadside weeds, following many years of public concern and […] read more
    May 18, 2012 12:26 pm - 4 Comments
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    Digital Earth coming to Wellington - by David Clendon



    Last night I enjoyed attending the launch of the 4th Digital Earth Summit 2012, that Wellington City will be co-hosting (along with Land Information New Zealand)  in September this year. It is not the first time that Digital Earth has come to New Zealand – Auckland hosted it in 2006, thanks largely to the efforts […] read more
    May 9, 2012 1:05 pm - No Comments
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    Buy local or shop online? - by David Clendon



    The often tense relationship between  ‘bricks and mortar’ retailers and proponents of online shopping has come to the fore again this week.  NZ Post and Customs will be devoting more resource to screening goods being brought into the country by online shoppers, to assess liability (or not) for GST. The issue is not new, nor […] read more
    April 26, 2012 2:05 pm - 10 Comments
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    Anal-ysis, Corrections Style. - by David Clendon



    Most New Zealanders would agree that we live in a country where human rights are  protected, where we willingly comply with international agreements to treat people fairly and humanely, and civil rights are respected. Most of the time, they would be right.  Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly evident that in the case of people convicted or even accused of crimes, we are not […] read more
    April 23, 2012 2:27 pm - 3 Comments
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    Repeat after me: no environment, no economy… - by David Clendon



    The Government’s Minister in Charge of Many Things, Stephen Joyce, has become repetitive in his claim that those who oppose his economic agenda are simply anti-business, anti-jobs, anti-science,  anti-New Zealand making its way in the world.  This claim, most recently recounted in relation to the dirty deal being proposed to increase problem gambling in Auckland, is in equal […] read more
    April 4, 2012 10:26 pm - 11 Comments
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    New (private) prisons for old? - by David Clendon



    The Government’s announcements about prisons old and new are becoming more and more difficult to comprehend. We recently heard that despite a levelling off of the prison muster, and the government’s professed confidence that they have in place strategies to reduce offending and recidivism, Ministers Tolley and English have  nevertheless determined that we need yet […] read more
    March 19, 2012 1:06 pm - 13 Comments
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    A criminal waste of money – Wiri prison goes ahead - by David Clendon



    Today we got some very bad news, and frankly quite unexpected news, when Ministers Tolley and English announced the government’s intention to build yet another fiscal and moral failure, a 960 bed prison at Wiri in South Auckland. I had (foolishly, it seems) been optimistic that a more enlightened social policy and good economic sense […] read more
    March 8, 2012 11:17 pm - 5 Comments
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    The best policing money can buy? - by David Clendon



    It is worrying to see that the government is looking to make drastic cuts from the policing budget, despite this posing real risks to some of the more progressive policies emerging in that portfolio. I’m never persuaded by reassurances that ‘front line’ resources will not be reduced.  I saw first hand in the tertiary sector how […] read more
    March 6, 2012 10:03 am - 18 Comments
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    Green Growth, past and future - by David Clendon



    On Saturday I attended the launch of the Green Growth Advisory Group’s report on ‘greening’  New Zealand’s growth.  As well as being an interesting cultural experience in its own right, it was useful to hear first hand some of the ideas and expectations that flow from the document. The Greens see a lot in the […] read more
    March 6, 2012 9:15 am - 6 Comments
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    A precautionary tale - by David Clendon



    Following is an extract from Hansard, recording an exchange I had with energy Minister Hekia Parata back in April.  The question was asked at a time when iwi, hapu, environmental groups and others were trying to persuade the government that issuing permits for deep water drilling is a bad idea. David Clendon: What is the […] read more
    October 10, 2011 9:52 am - 9 Comments
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    Cycling for Habitat - by David Clendon



    Last Saturday I went to Botany for what I thought would be a ‘routine’ event, speaking to members of the public and saying some nice things about Habitat for Humanity.  I’m always happy to support this group, who do great work helping people into decent affordable homes. They managed to build about 50 homes for […] read more
    October 5, 2011 4:45 pm - No Comments
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    Frack No! Sign the Petition - by David Clendon



    A lot of New Zealanders  have not yet heard about hydraulic fracturing (fracking), but many of those who do know something about it are worried, and rightly so! The technique is used to extract ‘unconventional’ oil and gas – that’s industry speak for sources of hydrocarbons that until recently were deemed too expensive or difficult to […] read more
    September 29, 2011 11:01 am - 16 Comments
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    Corrections fail to correct, justice perpetuates crime - by David Clendon



    Two reminders today that this (and  previous) governments’ punitive approach to crime and punishment is failing dismally, at enormous economic and social cost, and it needs to change. The Herald highlights the massive cost of building new prisons, with the proposed Wiri project having cost us over $20 million before construction even begins.  The prison […] read more
    September 13, 2011 10:01 am - 12 Comments
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    Fiddling about with e-Waste - by David Clendon



    I’m  puzzled as to why the Minister for the Environment is so unwilling to use the provisions of the Waste Minimisation Act to deal much more effectively with the issue of e-Waste in New Zealand. Dr Smith has announced today that he is  “…asking businesses to come forward with innovative solutions on how we can […] read more
    September 8, 2011 9:00 am - 2 Comments
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    Boom times for oil and gas? - by David Clendon



    This morning’s  Dominion article about ‘boom times’ for the gas and oil exploration industry is an intriguing, even slightly funny, mix of boosterism, drum beating and dissimulation. The Chair of PEPANZ appears almost breathless with excitement as he seeks to fulfil the primary objective of his organisation, “to publicise, promote and advance the interests of […] read more
    September 7, 2011 9:59 am - 6 Comments
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    Democracy, secrecy, and good process. - by David Clendon



    On Thursday, Keith Locke and I spent a good part of the day in the House going to bat against the government’s ‘secret squirrel’ bill to amend the Police Act that Frog blogged on earlier .  Our objections to the bill were matters both of process and substance.  I want to comment here just on the process, which was appalling, […] read more
    August 19, 2011 12:24 pm - 5 Comments
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    Beware “the racial bogeyman!” - by David Clendon



    The editorial in this week’s NBR puts an ill-informed boot into Maoridom in a manner that would bring joy to Don Brash – in fact for all I know he may have written it! Under the guise of assessing the membership of the recently appointed constitutional advisory panel, the extraordinary excursion into purple prose seeks […] read more
    August 12, 2011 5:29 pm - 13 Comments
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    Justice Reinvestment – the high cost of prison - by David Clendon



    I took an opportunity yesterday to speak in the Appropriations debate on the ‘moral and fiscal failure’ that is our prison system.  Vote Corrections for 2011/2012 is set at a little over $1.1 billion, about two and a half times what it was a decade ago. That is an enormous amount of money to spend […] read more
    August 10, 2011 9:18 am - 29 Comments
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    Battling battery blunders - by frog



    More revelations about the Exide battery recycling plant in Petone have come out in today’s Dominon Post. Greenpeace has also come out in favour of keeping the ability to recycle this hazardous waste here in New Zealand. This echoed Dave Clendon’s call last week in the house and his post about the need to uphold […] read more
    August 8, 2011 1:53 pm - 7 Comments
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    Never mind the facts, give us an opinion! - by David Clendon



    It seems the Far-From-Sensible Sentencing Trust is getting set to launch into another round of tub-thumping about how we are all too soft on crime; let’s lock ‘em up and throw away the key before we’re all murdered in our beds; it’s a jungle out there; etc, etc. Apparently they commissioned some research in May “…on […] read more
    July 13, 2011 9:18 am - 7 Comments