The recently released ‘Deforestation survey 2012’ showed that 62,000 hectares of forest will be, or have been, chopped down between 2008 and 2020. The survey shows that 86 percent of these areas will be converted to dairy farms. An amendment … Read more
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Sustainable, carbon sequestering, flexible, strong. Wood is the perfect building material. New Zealanders don’t have to look far to see the immediate benefits of wood as a structural element in building. The images from Christchurch after the earthquakes detailed crumbling … Read more
Two of the great success stories where the effects of intensive agriculture on waterways has been reversed is in the Whaingaroa Harbour, Raglan and Nelson’s Golden Bay. Farmer-come-fisherman Fred Lichtwark says his reasons for saving Raglan’s harbour are essentially selfish. … Read more
It has to be one of modern life’s absurdities that companies selling plastic polypropylene clothing derived from fossil fuels are allowed to call it ‘fleece’. But in recent years real wool has been making a comeback. Cutting-edge Kiwi clothing company … Read more
The power under the ground Geothermal energy currently produces about 13% of New Zealand’s electricity supply, about 750 megawatts of electrical power. Most of it comes from the Taupo Volcanic Zone, with another 25 megawatts installed at Ngawha in Northland. … Read more