This one chokes me up almost as much as Anj’s speech from 2011. Too often, Pacific voices and faces fade into invisibility at the UN climate talks. Here, Kya – the only Pasifika youth at the Lima climate talks – speaks on behalf of the world’s youth.
Our lands may be small, but our oceans are great. So is our ability to persevere, to fight and to survive. Yet with each passing day surviving becomes harder.
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Supreme Court judges aren’t known for their political activism. Nor are former Solicitors General. So when a man like retired Justice McGrath uses his final sitting to challenge a Bill before Parliament, you can know it’s worth a listen. So what is my concern? It is that this statutory provision affirming our nation’s commitment to […]Read more "Let’s not repeal reference to the rule of law"
2015 is a crucial year for determining the course of the 21st century. It is not – as we said around 2009’s Copenhagen summit – our last chance to save the planet from runaway climate change. That language just isn’t helpful. But it is our chance to define or redefine our global and national response […]Read more "2015 Matters. The Greens should chase big policy wins not chase their own tail."
Yesterday, a third candidate entered the race to become the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand’s male co-convenor: Vernon Tava. He is running as an out of Parliament candidate on a platform that the Greens should be a party of sustainability, not a party of the left. We should, he suggests, strive to hold the balance of […]Read more "The Green Party belongs out front, not dead centre"
In three weeks, I’m walking 100km to help raise money for one of New Zealand’s best development charities, Oxfam. Would you be able to help us out, please? You can donate on our team page here: Team bio: We’ve all done the Trailwalker before. We’re doing it again. Please donate all the moneys. John Loftus is […]Read more "Oxfam Trailwalker #8"
It’s good to be home. After spending last summer in a European winter and returning to the southern hemisphere in January 2013 just in time to hospitalise myself in a serious cycling accident, an Auckland summer is just what I needed.Read more "Auckland Summer"
I haven’t eaten today. I am fasting with the global #Fastfortheclimate movement. I’ve written about the Fast here before, and I won’t repeat the story of Yeb Saño launching the Fast during the Warsaw climate talks in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. That is why I fast: to call for climate justice in solidarity – not […]Read more "New Adopt a Negotiator: Why I Fast: New Zealanders and the Philippines’ typhoons"
Twelve hours before the Lima climate talks ended, John Weekes from the Herald interviewed me about developments. Luckily, I called it right, and the talks ended just as predicted. Talk of swallowing dead rats and “circumcisions turning into amputations” has spiced up the fragile global climate change talks dragging on in Peru. New Zealand lawyer […]Read more "Herald interview: Climate change talks: Dead rats and other ‘disturbing metaphors’"
On 4 December 2014, Adrien Taylor of TV3 News interviewed me inside the Lima climate talks. What he didn’t tell me was that he was about to cut to the Prime Minister… For decades scientists have been telling us the world is warming, and now it appears we have reached a new peak. The United […]Read more "TV3 News Interview: Let’s all hold hands"