Dr David Hall

AuthorDr David Hall

David Hall is Senior Researcher at The Policy Observatory at AUT and an Associate Investigator at Te Punaha Mātatini. He has a D.Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford and works on climate finance innovation, low-emissions transitions policy, and land use and forestry policy.

Scale is vital for Impact Investment. Big deals attract big investors

The following provocation by Dr. David Hall forms one part of Financing the Future, our dynamic content project exploring the market opportunities for impact investment in Aotearoa New Zealand. The project is produced by Pure Advantage and promoted in association with the Impact Investing National Advisory Board Aotearoa New Zealand and the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia...

The Interwoven World | Te Ao i Whiria

It’s two years now since the launch of Our Forest Future, where I called for 1.3 million hectares of new forest planting for a greener, more climate-aligned economy. A lot has changed since then, which I’ll come to soon, but first I want to talk about a lesson I’ve learned. In Aotearoa New Zealand, many of us see forests as a binary choice. It’s either native conservation forests, managed under...

Our Forest Future: One Year On

One year ago I released the Our Forest Future report for Pure Advantage. It identified that New Zealand was facing a trend of net forest loss – and argued that we needed to turn this trend around. I called for 1.3 million hectares of new forest to reduce New Zealand’s forward liabilities for degraded natural assets and foreign carbon offsets. Our future forest, I argued, was an essential element...

Solving Wicked Problems

If climate change touches upon everything, then anything can be part of the solution. That’s worth keeping in mind whenever you’re boggled by the enormity of the climate challenge. It’s also helpful whenever you’re wondering how to get everyone lined up behind the transition to a low-emissions future. When I wrote the Our Forest Future report earlier this year, I didn’t focus on trees because I...

Our Forest Future: Green Cities

When a tree falls in an empty forest, does it make a sound? Whatever your answer to that old philosophical chestnut, what’s obviously true is that when a tree falls in a crowded city, a lot of people hear it fall. Conversely, when a tree takes root in a city, a lot of people reap the rewards. That’s why, in my Our Forest Future report, I identified urban forest as one of three target areas for...

Going Native

Last month I called for a bloody big new forest in New Zealand: 1.3 million hectares by my reckon. Could be more, could be less – but this is the right ballpark for a meaningful reduction to our net greenhouse gas emissions. The report, Our Forest Future, prompted plenty of discussion, but one issue stood out: a lot of New Zealanders have had a gutsful of Pinus radiata. I’ll save the pros and...

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