With the United States (or is it only Trump?) removing their support for the TPP this question has come more frequently to mind. Is it a bad thing that the TPP will probably collapse without the support of the US? New Zealand as a nation that exports a lot of primary products and probably wants… Read More Fair Trade or Free Trade?
Recently, I found myself in a situation that I hope and pray I never have to deal with again. I received a phone call in the middle of the night from a friend asking me to come rescue her from a violent home situation. Needless to say I jumped in my car and collected her.… Read More Domestic Violence
The New Zealand dream is to own your own home. Now while there is nothing inherently wrong with this dream I am wondering if we could be more sustainable / eco-friendly by having smaller homes. I’m not necessarily suggesting tiny homes like seen at http://www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com/ but something with a smaller footprint than most homes in… Read More Little Houses
After another work trip to Fiji I am faced with the thought that New Zealander’s appear to be consumed by consumerism… Why do we need the biggest, best or latest [insert something here]. For example, the new iPhone, why do we need it when the phone we have works perfectly? Crafty marketing has something to… Read More Consumed by Consumerism
On the 24th of July I posted that a reassessment of my lifestyle was in order based on my experiences in Fiji. In the month and a bit that have passed since this posting I have started my reassessment. I have had some limited success. Perhaps not as much as I had hoped as I… Read More Lifestyle change…update
By titling this blog post worldviews, I am not talking about the fact that I have often been accused of wearing rose coloured spectacles or the fact that a University Tutor has suggested that my views are too sanguine (I had to look up what that meant! (too optimistic)). What I am meaning is what… Read More Worldviews
This year we are commemorating the 100 year anniversary of World War One and I recently finished watching the Australian Broadcasting Corporation series entitled ANZAC Girls (well worth a watch if you want to see the war through the eyes of Australian and New Zealand nurses). A comment in the closing scenes of the series… Read More God and War