Paul Callister

AuthorPaul Callister

Paul Callister is a Kapiti based economist who has undertaken social and economic research on local, national, and cross-national issues for a wide range of public, private sector and voluntary organisations. Paul volunteers for three local Kapiti restoration groups, Nga Uruora, Whareroa Farm and Queen Elizabeth Park. He also co-ordinates the recently developed ‘Kapiti Mainland Island’, a predator control project involving over 2,000 hectares of land.

Long-distance Buses: Cleaner and Greener but could do Better

Just over a year ago, Pure Advantage published an opinion piece entitled First World Travel, Third World Facilities. In it, I argued that the long-distance bus industry could play a small, but important, role in reducing New Zealand’s transport carbon footprint. It highlighted key factors which hinder greater use of this transport mode. A version of this article was then published on the Greater...

Is it time to update the Public Works Act?

When the Public Works Act 1981 was passed, few people would have anticipated future environmental and social challenges. These include the impact of climate change; the public desire for more native flora within and close to urban areas to increase biodiversity and sink carbon; the Predator Free 2050 goal; and a lack of affordable housing. It is now time to update this legislation so that the...

First World Travel, Third World Facilities

According to a report prepared by the American Union of Concerned Scientists ‘Motor coaches and trains are a carbon bargain’ .Their 2008 study notes that ‘a couple boarding a motor coach will cut their carbon nearly in half, compared with driving even a hybrid car. And if they take the motor coach rather than flying, they will cut their emissions by 55 to 75 percent, depending on the distance...

Flights of Fancy

Is it better for the environment to fly from Wellington to Nelson than take the ferry and a bus? Some claim the former but is this simply a flight of fancy? The issue of carbon footprints came up when a friend of mine was out at dinner in Wellington. Included in the group were policy advisors and PR consultants from various Government environmental agencies. My friend was describing how he had...

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