Daily Archives: January 21, 2010

Leading the world “out of the Age of Stupid”

The writer of the following article, businessman Phillip Mills, is high on philosophy – yet he underpins his advocacy nicely with reference to New Zealand companies working the green wave.

After reading it, believing it (What if? contributors have been pitching green sentiments semi-regularly), ask why New Zealand television (mass) media aren’t providing more in-depth reporting and educative ‘storymaking’ on the subject of this country’s contemporary business efforts.

Country Calendar, the popular high-quality local programme, does for innovative farming and agricultural practice – and community care – what a greater number of documentary-making entities and media programmers should be doing for our wider business community.

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While sports codes, biased to male sport, continue to gain more coverage than Kiwi-can business and entrepreneurship on screen (through free-to-air and pay TV), we have a serious problem in re-imagining ourselves as a competitive community-driven business force, regionally and internationally.

We should know ourselves better, in the everyday sense of aspirational behaviour and business application. Live it learn it lead it, Kiwi women and men.

Mills says, “We led the world on getting the vote for New Zealand women.” Yes, but Kiwi women are seriously sidelined from receiving equal pay, recognition and status in business. Currently, they are badly positioned to assert themselves as ‘equal partners’. Ethically, morally, I hope the green wave, with the application of time, intelligence, voices, persuasion, performance and resources, will be among our finest opportunities to mediate and defuse the staunch gender divide that racks and undermines our New Zealand business culture.

How we mean to thrive as a country involves getting past ‘old school’ management, employment, production and investment models . . . moving a startling distance away from the limited thinking that, by example, the ‘phenomena’ of rugby and stadiums most certainly represent.

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Phillip Mills has a New Year’s wish: that New Zealand surf the “green wave” to the forefront of the world’s new, “clean” economies.

### ODT Online Thu, 21 Jan 2010
Opinion | Energy
NZ: green opportunity knocks
Here we are all of a sudden at the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century. Just yesterday, it seems, we were watching out for any Y2K disruptions while celebrating the new millennium. Now a new set of problems threatens our treasured Kiwi lifestyle and life quality, our values, our prosperity and the long-term viability of our country.

But by riding at the forefront of the green wave, we can have equitable prosperity, quality of life, the ability to live our values and an economy that is viable over the long term.

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-Phillip Mills is executive director of Les Mills International. He received a World Class New Zealand Award for New Thinking in 2009 and was Ernst & Young NZ Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004.

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Sensitive area: The Exchange

### The Star Thu, 21 January 2010 (pages 1 & 3)
Multi-level car park mooted
By Stu Oldham
A new multi-storeyed parking building may be considered for downtown Dunedin in a development that could prove a forceful boost for a reinvigorated Exchange. DCC property manager Robert Clark this week told The Star he would spend the next six months investigating the viability of a new parking regime at the Exchange end of the city.
● Full article at print and digital editions of The Star (Allied Press Ltd).

Private investors are building a stand-alone carpark in High Street, and to do so they’ve demolished irreplaceable heritage building stock. The design of the carpark’s replacement ‘facade’ to High Street by Oakley Gray Architects is wince material.

The Dowling Street carpark, owned by City Property, should never be made to extend into lower High Street, blocking the magnificent vista that runs in both directions between Mornington and Dunedin Railway Station. The vista was established in Charles Kettle’s survey plan for the city. Former city architect Robert Tongue has made drawings for a building development sited on the Dowling Street carpark site that destroys one of the best street vistas available in Dunedin.

How real is the need for parking?
Are we fêting the wrong people and the wrong leasing tenants for the Exchange Area?
The community and Dunedin City Council have no urban design strategy for the Exchange Area and how it connects into other quarters close by.

The headline of The Star article is presumptious and clumsy. “Mooted” is a game too far. An investigation into a new parking regime for the Exchange Area is overdue.

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Mild panic. About the stadium grass…

### http://www.architectmagazine.com January 20, 2010 at 4:41 PM
Architect: Op-Eco
The Grass Isn’t Always Greener
By Lance Hosey
As I reported in my December 21st post, many universities, communities, and organisations are adopting “no mow” policies to avoid the cost and consequences of conventional grass lawns. Now new research reveals the magnitude of these consequences.

In a study about to be published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, scientists at University of California, Irvine, show that the emissions from fertiliser production, mowing, leaf blowing and other conventional maintenance practices are four times greater than the amount of carbon stored by grass in parks and lawns. Four times! And this doesn’t even take into account the amount of water needed for the grass, by area the most common irrigated crop in the US.

Carbon absorption is a standard argument for cultivating more vegetation in developed landscapes, but unless it’s the right vegetation, kept up in the right way, it can do more harm than good.

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-Contributing editor and author of ARCHITECT’s monthly Eco column, Lance Hosey, AIA, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, is an architect and former director with William McDonough + Partners. With Kira Gould, he is the co-author of Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design (2007); his forthcoming book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design, studies how form and image can enhance conservation, comfort, and community at every scale of design, from products to cities.

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Can DCC manage its books for ratepayers???

### ODT Online Thu, 21 Jan 2010
Councillors may reject rates plan
By Chris Morris
There appears to be support among Dunedin’s city councillors to try for a substantial reduction in forecast rates at today’s annual plan meeting. Councillors at yesterday’s private annual plan workshop took part in an anonymous poll, writing down what they considered an “acceptable” rates increase for each of the next three financial years, the Otago Daily Times understands.
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