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A Christmas totara

Like many New Zealand homes, we have an artificial Christmas tree stashed away in its box, ready to be unfurled for the festive season. However, I resisted getting it out this year, in part because we don't have a lot of space in our erstwhile 'holiday house' [see previous post] for anything beyond the daily necessities. And in part because I don't really like artificial Christmas trees. But then I had an epiphany. On a recent visit to our local nursery, I had noted that they had generous-sized totara at a very reasonable $11.25 each. So down I went this morning to the nursery, and picked up my totara. I repotted it in plenty of compost, two slow-release fertiliser tablets and a generous dos

Beyond Manapouri

Since my interview with Kathryn Ryan on RNZ yesterday, I have been inundated by inquiries about my new book Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand. The level of interest has been quite humbling and has reinforced my conviction that the time is right for a book examining the last half century of environmental governance in New Zealand and lessons for the future. For those wishing to read Beyond Manapouri, the good news is that is is now in production, in the safe hands of the great team at Canterbury University Press. But you won't be able to have it for your Christmas reading, I'm sorry! It will be available in 2018, the month of release to be announced. In the m

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