Dr David Hall

AuthorDr David Hall

David Hall is Senior Researcher at The Policy Observatory at AUT. He has a D.Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford and has written for the New Zealand Listener, The Journal for Urgent Writing, and the BWB Text series (forthcoming).

Our Forest Future

Pure Advantage was founded in 2011 on the conviction that New Zealand is in a global race for green growth — and we cannot afford to slip behind. Since then, not enough has happened—and, in certain respects, things have only got worse. In 2011, for example, the Global Green Economy Index (GGEI) had New Zealand ranked number one in its assessment of 27 of the world’s leading economies. By 2012, we...

ETS – An Opportunity.

Some wise head once said, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” So it is with climate change in general—and New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in particular. Friday 5pm is the deadline for public submissions to Stage One of the current ETS Review. You can make your submission here. But if the thought of formulating an opinion on the ETS fills you with dread...

New Zealand in Paris: A lack of integrity.

Looking toward Paris from the vantage point of New Zealand, one issue lingers: integrity. Will the Paris Agreement be translated into genuine action? Will the world walk the talk? It counts for something that the international community has declared its intention to keep global warming “well below 2°C”. But there’s an old adage in management theory that a target is not strategy. If pledges aren’t...

Ten Things to Watch for at COP21

Do you have the feeling that COP21 is profoundly important, but you’re not entirely sure what’s at stake? No worries! I’ve been following the lead-up to COP21 throughout the year—from Our Common Future Under Climate Change, the major science conference in Paris prior to COP21, to the Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference in Auckland. Here’s ten things to keep an eye on over...


No sooner did “resilience” become the word of our times, so too the concern that it is just another vacuous buzzword. The cynics say that resilience, like so many other buzzwords, simply lends a purposeful sheen to the routine dithering of planners. It justifies their salaries and, worse still, justifies their inability to fulfill their promise of managing our economies and environments. Such...

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