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Weekend reading 27.1.18

Welcome back to weekend reading!  Today’s food for thought: as Waitangi Day approaches, what it means to be there. And as we enjoy the beach and envy coastal homeowners, a worrying discovery about how ministers have been dealing with sea level rise…    

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Let’s Coexist

Guest author Kara Puketapu-Dentice looks at New Zealand’s resource management and our struggles to look after this place, and prescribes a dose of disruption: through a simple, elegant reframing of our relationship with nature. This piece is based on a lecture given to a class from Victoria University’s Masters of Resource Management Programme on 21…

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Holiday Reading 23.12.17

It’s Christmas! So we’re going with a festive theme this weekend. Happy holidays to you all!

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Reminiscing With Reason: Protecting our water, to preserve our future memories

Guest author Larissa Toelupe examines the taonga in our environment that can trigger our memories, and why we must endeavour to preserve the environment around these objects so that future generations can enjoy them.

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Tunnel Vision

The End is Naenae peers into the history of Upper Hutt and finds a little gem that will soon be added to the regional necklace of connected biking and walking trails – but it won’t come free.  Between Upper Hutt and Featherston, hidden behind Kingsley Heights in the Rimutakas, are six tunnels known best to…

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Weekend Reading 25.11.17

This weekend’s tasty tidbits: nature play (sigh, that this has to be A Thing) and revitalising depressed cities “I just like being out here. You know an animal will enjoy what we’re doing, you’re helping clean up what’s happened.” A Christchurch ex-teacher turned landscaper has set up Woodland Escape to create awesome natural “free play” environments….

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‘Then I understood’: connecting again with the Porirua Stream

Poet, chaplain, father and Tawa local John Dennison goes exploring down the backyard… and discovers a taonga   In reflecting on his return to live in the place where he grew up, American small-holding farmer and essayist Wendell Berry writes:   ‘It is impossible to escape the sense that I am involved in history. What…

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Ocean vs locals (vs localism?)

Councils and ratepayers are grappling with coastal erosion. Coastal processes are complex, earthquakes add extra urgency, the stakes are high. TalkWellington wonder: are we expecting too much from local communities and local government? Looking out of the train along the Paekakariki Escarpment, Wellington’s tectonic and coastal origins hit you in the eye.  The Pukerua Fault…

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Facing towards our water

Why do we love being near water? The best bits of Wellington’s towns bring people to water, and Riverlink is now turning Lower Hutt’s face to Te Awa Kairangi. The Hutt River, Te Awa Kairangi, has been engineered hard over the last century to reduce the frequency of flooding (and massively raising the stakes).  Despite…

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Waterproofing Wellington

You’d be forgiven for thinking Wellingtonians are determined to spend more time knee-deep in water.  TalkWellington looks at why our places are likely to flood more, and ways we can stop it. It rains quite a lot in Wellington, and floods quite a lot. And it’s very likely to rain harder in the near future…

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