Rod Oram

AuthorRod Oram

Rod Oram has forty years’ experience as an international business journalist. He has worked for various publications in Europe, North America and New Zealand, including the Financial Times and the New Zealand Herald. He is currently a columnist for the Sunday Star-Times; a regular broadcaster on radio and television; and a frequent public speaker on sustainability, business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, in both New Zealand and global contexts.

The last will and testament of oil and gas

The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research has produced a next-to-useless report on our oil and gas sector. It is pure Past As Future (PAF), which is even worse than Business As Usual (BAU). It harkens back to the local sector’s glory days in the early 2000s when oil and gas production peaked and money for more exploration was ramping up. It takes no account of how dramatically the global oil...

Go Fast Go Far – Why New Zealand Needs to Change

Te Uru Taumatua

The following article is an abridged version of Rod Oram’s essay in The Big Questions: What is New Zealand’s Future? The article was first published by Newsroom. Rod Oram is hopeful we can solve our paradox of being rich in natural capital, but being a poor performer economically and environmentally. He proposes a way forward. We wash away each year some 200 million tonnes of top soil, the...

Three Cities: Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene

This is an excerpt from Rod Oram’s new BWB Text, Three Cities: Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene. The text has been adapted for exclusive republication with Pure Advantage. With economies stagnating, politics polarising, societies shattering and ecosystems suffering, I felt an urgent need to go walkabout last September. It was my best chance of making some sense of the news from around the world...

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