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November 2018

Dirt Cheap? Are rapid house builds trashing the environment?

The pace and scale of public and private sector new home building is unprecedented. Here I reveal a major potential downside of this rapid development – the runoff of sediment from building sites into stormwater pipes, streams, lakes, beaches and harbours – and show how a business opportunity can help us build houses that don’t cost the earth. NIWA estimates 98% of the lucrative West Coast snapper fishery is hatched …Read More

Recipe for whitebait fritters

Fences and long grass make for perfect whitebait fritters. It’s true! Check out the recipe below, provided by Braden Rowson, Land Management Officer at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Sustainable Whitebait fritters Ingredients: 1 cup of fresh whitebait (never frozen) 3 eggs Pinch of salt and pepper 400m electric fencing Method: Erect fencing along the banks of any stream mouth either side of the tidal area, and allow grass …Read More