Southerners march against mining, saying "Ours - not mines!"


400 people from throughout the South marched through Invercargill on a cold but beautiful winter day on Saturday, 26 June, opposing the Government’s plans to allow mining in some of New Zealand’s most valuable conservation land.

The march was organised to show the Government that people in the South, traditionally seen as supportive of National Party, strongly opposed the Government’s proposal to mine some of the country’s most precious public land, said Dave Kennedy, spokesperson for the march. » Read more

A form of tangible support for the Atamai Village project

I have just sent in to the Tasman District Council, a submission and letter of support for The Atamai Village project which Jack and Joanna Santa Barbara from the Motueka Transition Town have been busy at work on. At a time when examples of resilient living are needed, here is a project which represents a great opportunity to the people in the Tasman District, and to all New Zealanders seeking to find ways to live in right relationship with the natural systems that sustain us.

Jacques and Joni working to complete a vegetable garden

If you read on you will find a simple step by step process that makes it easy for you to support this valuable project. It is possible that a little time spent on this will help set some precedent for the kinds of intelligent development that is needed if we are to create long term resilient communities. If the Atamai vilage project receives support and their integrated design is permitted to proceed it could help to establish a way forward for other communities wishing to design for themselves a dignified way of living in a lower energy future.

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Genetic Engineering rears its ugly head

AgResearch, a Government research institute, has applied to 'field test' GE organisms with "a range of genetic modifications and maintain these organisms in containment for research, breeding and for the production of products with potential commercial applications". » Read more

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