Matt Philp

AuthorMatt Philp

Matt Philp began his feature writing career at the New Zealand Listener, and was a senior writer for Metro, The Press and North & South. Now a freelancer, he writes on architecture, lifestyle, business, heritage and travel for several New Zealand magazines.

Sheep Included in Regenerative Agriculture

When Geoff Ross bought Lake Hawea Station in 2018, he said he wanted to be a changemaker and farm for the environment. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Edzard van der Wyck was about to launch a carbon-negative merino knitwear brand aimed at setting a new red line for sustainable fashion. Now the pair have struck up a supply partnership that should help both achieve their goals.   Ross...

Building an electric fleet

Slowly but surely, New Zealand businesses are turning their minds to electrifying their fleets. Some are already on their way: in 2016, 30 of our biggest companies pledged to transform 30 percent of their vehicles to EVs by 2019. It hasn’t necessarily all been straightforward, however. This paper, ‘Building an Electric Fleet’, distils the experiences of a number of trail blazing New Zealand...

Harnessing Nature’s Genius

The sixth in a series of profiles of New Zealand business leaders utilising technological solutions for a zero-emission future, Pure Advantage and Westpac highlight business leaders taking that leap and look into what it might take to finance the transition as well as the resultant opportunities of a Net Zero NZ. When Damien Fleetwood gazes out from his third-floor office at the Institute for...

Evident Use Smart Systems for Efficiency and Sustainability

The fourth in a series of profiles of New Zealand business leaders utilising technological solutions for a zero-emission future, Pure Advantage and Westpac highlight business leaders taking that leap and look into what it might take to finance the transition as well as the resultant opportunities of a Net Zero NZ. When New Zealand’s first zero energy campground opens next year, at Glenorchy, Lake...

It’s the silence that gets you

It’s the silence that gets you first. Sit behind the wheel of an electric vehicle and you could be driving in an anechoic chamber (Google it – ‘the quietest place on Earth’). There’s no engine noise to speak of, just a serenity-inducing hum. But the case for EV ownership goes well beyond the driving experience. There’s also the boon of low running costs – equivalent to 30-cents-a-litre petrol...

China doesn’t want our plastic waste. That’s okay – Comspec does.

The third in a series of profiles of New Zealand business leaders utilising technological solutions for a zero-emission future, Pure Advantage and Westpac highlight business leaders taking that leap and look into what it might take to finance the transition as well as the resultant opportunities of a Net Zero NZ.  Being a successful recycler isn’t a matter of technology, and it has nothing to do...

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