CategoryThought Leader

A radical shift is needed in the intention, goals and culture of our investment and business ecosystems

Currently there is a surge of writing and talk about how we can best support purpose-led investors, entrepreneurs and their companies to scale.  In this article Rebecca Mills summarizes existing approaches and makes a case that although they’re helpful, it’s a shift in perspective that may help us more rapidly achieve the outcomes we want.  What’s even better is there’s scientific proof that this...

Let’s talk traffic – lessons for Queenstown from Oslo

Many in Queenstown envisage a relatively car free town centre – see the Town Centre Master Plan – to allow maximum room for, and better quality experience of interaction, business and recreation. Congestion, lack of parking and general difficulties in getting from A to B are well known in the town and have been a focus of local discussion for many years now. It’s a hot discussion point in...

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...

Regenerative Farming Enhances Finances the Environment and Farmer Mental Health

Regenerate farming

How long can New Zealand rural leadership continue to ignore regenerative farming insights and techniques? Again, Australian farmers are proving how regenerative farming insights and techniques outperform traditional farming. Regenerative Australian grazers develop a different skill set allowing them to be profitable whilst enhancing biodiversity. These same skills also enhance farmer well-being...

High cost of Zero Carbon Act drives need for flexibility

It has been a significant year for efforts to address climate change in New Zealand. We have had the first taste of what may be in the Zero Carbon Bill, the unveiling of proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme and numerous recommendations from the Productivity Commission. But among all the consultations lies an inconvenient truth of another kind. To reach the goals set, there will be an...

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...

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