Category Archives: reason

Vote or burn a car – will it make a difference

Its mid afternoon on election day, I’ve voted, had lunch and am looking at the strong winds waving the trees and the white caps on the sea. A man has just set light to a car on Cuba Street in Wellington to protest Fractional Reserve Banking and this might just be one of the more […]

Using XML for a Résumé (part 1)

Using XML Lets get one thing straight. I’m not a huge fan of XML. I think it can be horribly verbose, complex and for all its capabilities it can be used by those who don’t understand it to generate vast quantities of rubbish. That said it is one of the sharper tools in my toolbox […]

Using NIWA WRENZ To get Waiheke Climate Plots

NIWA’s Water Resources Explorer (WRENZ) is a GIS based web application that allows the user to display selected layers of water resource related spatial information on a map of New Zealand. Its main use is to display the locations of water resources stations such as rivers, catchments, water level, ground water and soil moisture. In […]

What is the role of the Local Board?

Because Waiheke has this strange relationship with Auckland it seems to me that a lot of the questions are about that and whether the Local Board will have power to do anything. Be it to take proactive steps or to defend against that vague ‘stuff we don’t like’. However I feel this misses the point […]

Citizens Wanted – or how would you like three votes?

Last week I wrote about how the island needed Heros to stand for the local board elections. The new Auckland Council website has now started up at and this has a great chunk of information for potential candidates. This week I want to talk about Voting in those elections. Waiheke punches above its weight […]

You Are Invited to The Crash Course Video Presentation

You Are Invited What: The Crash Course Video Presentation When: July Sessions-5th, 12th, 19th, 26th August Sessions- 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Where: Artworks Foyer, 6:30pm Please RSVP to 372-2041 This series of films serves as a clear and straightforward explanation of how our economy, energy systems and environment interact — how we got to where […]