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"
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"
The Responding to Climate Change newswire syndicated my closing summary of the Social PreCOP in Venezuela: Last week, I was in Margarita Island, Venezuela, for the “social pre-COP”: a warm-up meeting to next month’s climate talks in Lima. On the final day, there was a closed door (or at least closed tent) ministerial meeting, as […]Read more "RTCC: Venezuela did not hijack civil society climate meeting"
Thought I’d draw a few comparisons between Yeb Saño’s 1000km Climate Walk and the Oxfam Trailwalker: A guest blog from David Tong, Chair of the P3 Foundation. Oxfam Trailwalker is a pretty incredible challenge. You walk 100 km over some of New Zealand’s most stunning countryside, challenge yourself like perhaps never before, and help to support […]Read more "Oxfam blog: The march for climate justice"