Rod Oram

AuthorRod Oram

Rod Oram has more than 40 years’ experience as an international business journalist. He has worked for various publications in Europe and North America, including the Financial Times of London. He contributes weekly to Newsroom.co.nz, Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon, and to Newstalk ZB. He is a frequent public speaker on deep sustainability, business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, in both NZ and global contexts. In Citigroup’s annual global journalism awards, Rod was the winner in 2019 in the General Business category in the Australia and NZ region for his columns in Newsroom on Fonterra; and he was the NZ Journalist of the year. In the 2018 New Zealand Shareholder Association Business Journalism Awards, Rod won the Business Commentary category for his columns in Newsroom. Rod is in the inaugural cohort of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, www.ehf.org. This bold programme brings together innovators and investors from here and abroad to help foster global change from Aotearoa-New Zealand. Rod was a founding trustee and the second chairman of Akina Foundation, which helps social enterprises develop their business models in areas of sustainability. He remains actively involved with the foundation and the ventures it supports. In 2016, Bridget Williams Books published his most recent book, Three Cities: Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene, details at bwb.co.nz/books/three-cities

Informing the Future with Regenerative Agriculture

We must learn how to work with nature, not against it. In all we do. Nature’s rebound is one of the upsides of the otherwise calamitous Covid-19 crisis. Atmosphere and waters cleared, the land quietened, and birds, fish and animals returned. When we took our foot off the neck of nature, she responded with renewed vigour and resilience. But we gave nature only a temporary reprieve while lockdown...

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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