What do global risks mean for NZ’s wellbeing?

‘Wise Response’ is Seeking Your Support for Parliament to Endorse a Risk Assessment for New Zealand Via our Avaaz petition: » Read more

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Timebank Kaitaia Presentation Booklet


Above link to Timebanking Kaitaia Presentation Booklet. Feel free to move or revamp :)

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Will New Zealand be the first developed country to evolve a steady-state economy?

Absolutely great article about the possibilities for New Zealand.

As long as we can get the New Zealand politicians to read and understand these concepts.

Should We Take United Nations’ Projections Seriously?

Much as I do not much like the idea of merely linking to other writers stuff as opposed to writing ones own "original content", this came through on my reading list today and I thought it was well worth sharing.

Should We Take United Nations’ Projections Seriously? » Read more

Dick Smith, Sustainability and Steady-State Economics.

Much time and energy is expended by those concerned with transition initiatives iinto ways of addressing resource depletion. The most obvious one is actually moving to a way of living that we call "sustainable", which we usually define as using resources no faster than they can be replaced by natural ecosystems. That much abused word has spawned a hundred oxymorons courtesy of the sophistry of PR drones in every industry and field of commerce. » Read more

Economic sovereignity and dignity.

Russel Norman, Co-leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa is coming to Opotiki on Tuesday afternoon to present a talk called ‘Economic sovereignty and dignity’, where he will address the question “Is New Zealand in charge of its own economic destiny?”  It will be a presentation and discussion on foreign ownership in New Zealand.

On the other end of the spectrum from buying local and creating local community is foreign ownership.  The globalisation of trade is poles apart from creating Transition Towns.  » Read more

Crash Course event


About 25 people came out to see the first of a three part Crash Course by Chris Martenson. » Read more

Life After Growth - Economics for Everyone

Life After Growth - Economics for Everyone from enmedia productions on Vimeo.

If you have trouble viewing this video, go to the Vimeo page here.


The economic crash of 2008 revealed not only the frailty and vulnerability of the economic system, it also showed the false basis that the growth economy is built on – the financial bubble grows bigger and crashes bigger, but we don't seem to be getting any happier. To the contrary, we suffer from greater job insecurity and environmental chaos threatens.

The prescription from the mainstream economists is more growth – but is this just taking more of what ails us?

Has growth become uneconomic?

Is there another way? » Read more

A 'new' currency

In an imploding global economy, we are being challenged to imagine different ways of being and 'new' structures and means of exchange, in order to meet our essential human needs within society. If you are struggling to imagine how things could be different, take a breath, sit back, relax and allow the messages in this video about a working gift economy, wash over you and give you a vision for what could be (thanks for the link Darren).

And if you prefer to hear about these ideas from a man in a suit, here's Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine. » Read more

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Dr Robert Costanza on ecological economics

Dr Robert Costanza, Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics gave a talk at Wellington’s Victoria University on the best response to the ecological and financial crises that are unfolding. Costanza was invited by the NZ Green Party to speak at their policy conference recently. » Read more

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