Local Moves
Jan07

Local Moves

Moving an entire furniture-manufacturing workshop and showroom into a new premises with less than one week’s notice would have seemed impossible in pre-earthquake Christchurch. But in these ‘new-normal’ times, learning that your building does not come anywhere close to meeting the building code due to earthquake damage and having to vacate almost immediately, simply means you begin to think outside the square and do what has to be...

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Mapping Out Our Future
Jan07

Mapping Out Our Future

By Corazon Miller The blueprint designed to put the heart back into the garden city’s CBD is out. It has been heralded on one hand as an ambitious plan and lambasted by others for taking the focus away from those in the earthquake-damaged suburbs. The plans for our city’s future are undeniable pretty, with the proposed “green” frame around a small compact inner-city core including a state-of-the-art stadium, metro sports facility, a...

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Zero Tolerance

By Karen Pasco It’s difficult to find a hotter topic right now than climate change and the extent of our impact upon it. Considering what’s at stake, the old stiff-upper-lip approach of ‘keep calm and carry on’ doesn’t really cut it, and this is where carboNZero comes in. The carboNZero programme was established in 2001 by Landcare Research New Zealand Limited. The programme is based on more than a decade of research on climate...

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An Environmental Ultimatum
Jan07

An Environmental Ultimatum

By Corazon Miller This side of the millennium has seen its fair share of green placard waving, so much so that many have become immune to the call of the environment. But even here in New Zealand, with our vast expanse of green pastures and huge spreads of marine environment, there are problems left over from generations of slow action. One New Zealand teenager has taken matters into her own hands; challenging the global community to...

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Greening The Silver Screen
Jan07

Greening The Silver Screen

By Corazon Miller Walking into the front yard of a house on the side of Christchurch’s Cashmere hills, I find Kathleen Gallagher, peace activist, poet, playwright and environmental film director lying stretched out across her sofa. Situated in an ideal setting, under a small alcove beneath her house, surrounded by the untamed shrubbery and a shining sun – it’s the perfect image of someone living the story she tells. It is clearly...

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Can House Prices Be Controlled?
Jan07

Can House Prices Be Controlled?

It’s clear that house prices and rents are rising. The media run stories of astounding prices being achieved for what are sometimes old houses in less than mediocre condition. By Olly Newland It’s clear that house prices and rents are rising. The media run stories of astounding prices being achieved for what are sometimes old houses in less than mediocre condition. Various talking heads have been asked “what should be done?” but have...

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