Tagged: Values

From Restoration to Reconciliation: Belief 6 – Science: Tell us what to do - So Shoot Me

Jamie Steer Dec 19, 2018

Many people have this idea that we just need to trust the scientists on this one. Science will tell us what to value so we should just leave it to them. Here are some comments again from my interview with Kim Hill: ‘This is not a cultural judgment about the value of different species but is a scientific one’ … Read More

Fluoridation debate: Responding to Tom O’Connor - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 02, 2016

Ken Perrott responds to Tom O’Connor’s post Debating fluoridation and tyranny – Tom O’Connor responds. This is the second article in the debate. I think Tom’s concept of “freedom of choice” is confused. He appears to be arguing for his own right to determine a social decision. But that is undemocratic, it imposes an individual’s wish on society. Read More

The value and values of water - Waiology

Waiology May 19, 2014

By Suzie Greenhalgh, Jim Sinner and Natasha Berkett The Land and Water Forum, the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and government proposals for further freshwater reforms all recognise the increasing competition between values for and uses of our freshwater resources in New Zealand. This competition has opened a new lexicon around what we mean by value and values and … Read More

Better water quality won’t happen overnight … but it must happen - Waiology

Waiology Dec 18, 2013

By Jenny Webster-Brown If we cannot stop ongoing water quality degradation, and effectively restore degraded water environments, we stand to lose much that we value about New Zealand and our way of life. We will lose recreational opportunities, fisheries and our reputation for primary produce from a “clean” environment. We will lose functioning ecosystems, the ecosystem services they provide … Read More

Vague expectations get vague results: Freshwaters need targets - Waiology

Waiology Dec 09, 2013

By Mike Scarsbrook You’ll have heard this saying before. You may have even used it as an excuse when talking to your boss at the end of the year. It is equally valid in managing our water resources. If we cannot provide clarity on what we are trying to achieve, how can we expect anyone to make effective decisions … Read More

From “swamps” to “wetlands”: The transformation of wetlands as both conceptual and physical landscapes - Waiology

Waiology Jan 28, 2013

By Catherine Knight The boardwalk through the wetland at Papaitonga, south of Levin, Horowhenua (photo: C. Knight). Through time, not only has our environment been transformed, but also the way we perceive it and the words we use to describe it. No example illustrates this better than the “swamp” to “wetland” transformation. When European settlement of New Zealand began … Read More

Te Radar wades into water - Waiology

Waiology Nov 03, 2011

By Daniel Collins Soon after ‘Ever Wondered?’ screened its episode on water back in September, TV1 viewers were treated to another installment on water resources, this time by Kiwi entertainer Te Radar on ‘Global Radar’. He set the scene thus: ‘It’s an incredible resource, water, and one that I think we take for granted.’ While the ‘Ever Wondered?’ … Read More