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January 2012

The quality of our projects depends on the quality of our relationships

‘”The quality of our projects depends on the quality of our relationships” – I learned this from Tangata Whenua,’ said Green MP Catherine Delahunty yesterday at the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) conference which I’m currently attending. (Tangata Whenua means the people of the land, the Maori people so strongly and positively associated with place in New Zealand.)       What better way to sum up the theme of …Read More

Reflecting on rivers – don’t let the engineers talk you out of doing it!

Here I am in the city of Hamilton, in the heart of one of New Zealand’s biggest dairying regions, in a hotel room looking down on the magnificent Waikato River. Crossed by a number of bridges in the city centre, it is increasingly becoming a community focal point: it’s been lovely watching all the people walking and cycling across it – a steady stream of people walking and cycling home …Read More