Lessons from the past. China!

December 7, 2011

As world leaders converge on Durban and attempt to thrash out a replacement Kyoto Protocol agreement beyond December 2012, this provided an opportunity to view a number of the countries who a promoting what they are doing practically to combat the challenges posed by climate change.

China is often criticized by the west (developed countries) for the amount of emissions coming from it’s economy. What this discussion fails to acknowledge is what China is practically doing within its economy particularly in response to the last world energy crisis in the mid to late 1980’s.

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China's High-Power Semiconductor Laser Production Line

China's High-Power Semiconductor Laser Production Line

China Energy Conservation & Environmental Protection Group

Message from the President

“I sincerely hope CECEP could work with the good companies from all over the world, to develop the industry of energy conservation and environmental protection together, to achieve the targets of effectively controlling greenhouse gas emission and enforcing the capacity for sustainable development.

We shall consider ensuring and maintaining economic development as the core; saving energy and resource, optimizing energy structure and strengthening ecological protection as the priorities and improving techniques as the support, in order to continuously enhance the ability of coping with the massive climate change issues, make earnest contribution to global sustainable development, and create a prosperous future for all of us together”.

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It is important to take a long term view (as China does) when considering how countries should respond to the challenges of climate change. It is incredibly naive to think that processes like the Kyoto Protocol and durban will suddenly see all developed and developing countries suddenly come away holding hands. This fails to acknowledge that each country has it’s own domestic challenges that it try’s to manage and deal with.

The mistake in this thinking is to think that countries like China are not committed to substantively tackling the challenges of climate change. There are clearly some lessons to be learned by looking at what China IS actually doing.

Just quite mind-blowing seeing and listening to what China has on display in Durban.

What do you think?



The sad road from Kyoto to Durban

December 4, 2011

A couple of good contextual articles on climate change from the Economist.

The Economist – December 3rd, 2011

The latest UN climate summit says much about why the world is failing to tackle global warming

IN HARD times governments are consumed by short-term problems. But this does not mean the archetypal long-term problem, climate change, has gone away. Science continues to support the case for curbing greenhouse-gas emissions so as to minimise the risks of catastrophe. Meanwhile it is clear how wretchedly the world is failing to do so. Even if countries honour their promises, the UN reckons that by 2020 emissions will exceed the trajectory for keeping warming under 2°C by up to 11 gigatonnes. That is equivalent to more than double the emissions of every car, bus and truck in 2005.

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The Economist – November 25th, 2010

How to live with climate change. It won’t be stopped, but its effects can be made less bad

COMPARED with the extraordinary fanfare before the global-warming summit in Copenhagen a year ago, the meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that starts in Cancún next week has gone unheralded. That is partly because of a widespread belief that the publicity build-up to last year’s summit contributed to its failure, but also because expectations have changed dramatically. In the wake of the Copenhagen summit, there is a growing acceptance that the effort to avert serious climate change has run out of steam.


What do you think?


A lot happening around the edges of COP 17

December 3, 2011

There are 23,000 individuals from around th world registered to attend the Durban COP 17 climate change discussions in Durban. Numbers attending so far, are down considerably on this at around 10,000 people currently. Likely numbers will increase over the weekend moving into the week ahead.

While the negotiations are the centre-point for the Durban conference, an enormous amount of information sharing and networking happening around the edges of the conference.

Durban COP 17 side-events

Click here to see a detailed schedule of all side events happening in Durban COP 17, 2011.

Kia ora.

The world waits and holds its breath!

December 3, 2011

Conference of the Parties (COP 17)


Very early or very late?

Either very early or very late?


As we draw near to the end of the first week, thousands of delegates from around the world are meeting in Durban to try and thrash out an agreement to unify the world in an attempt to tackle the problems of climate change in a way that is fair and equitable to all the countries and people of the world.

Discussions continue to remain fragile and poised with the pessimists suggesting that nothing will be agreed with the optimists confident that there will be agreement.

Leaders will begin arriving this weekend

Given the attendance, goodwill of many country leaders the reality is that agreement will fall somewhere in between in terms. As the majority of country leaders begin arriving over the weekend and early into next week, no doubt the pace of negotiations will become more frantic and the picture will become clearer.

A focal point for emergent green-technology

One measure that the world really does care must be the massive investment being made by the private sector from especially Europe, the US and Asia evident by the number of private companies show-casing their new clean tech products and services.


Literally dozens (if not hundreds) of companies show-case their clean-tech ideas here

The European challenge!


Europe has a big job to migrate away from fossil fuel energy

Linking to leading global clean tech players

I am linking up with a wide range of new global clean-tech companies with great new product ideas that clearly will help reduce emissions, raise productivity while improving the lives and well-being for Maori and indeed other indigenous peoples of the world.

Lots of follow up here! 

Kia ora and kindest regards,

Nations and States in the 21st century

December 1, 2011

Provoking the debate

Political journalist Colin James sets out some provocative statements on New Zealand’s transition from a settler society. His thinking is a particularly useful review of New Zealand’s development over the last 100 to 200 years to where today Iwi/Maori are becoming a major driver of New Zealand’s future development and place in the world.

This change is contributing to the development of a truly integrated  New Zealand identity that draws on all the values and identities of our country – Aotearoa.

Have a listen here to what he says!

Nations and States in the 21st Century by Colin James.

A great perspective don’t you think?




International agreements on climate change poised and fragile?

November 30, 2011

The 17th meeting of world leaders has started in Durban South Africa where international leaders continue to reaffirm individual commitments to finding solutions to the climate change dilemma facing the world. The challenge for these negotiations is to find solutions and reaffirm commitments by countries of the world to the Kyoto Protocol or, some equivalent replacement agreement. Finding such a replacement agreement beyond December 2012 will not be easy in order that such an agreement is fair and equitable across the board.

Opening address

Click here to hear the opening address in Durban: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, President of COP 17/CMP 7.

Watching and participating in these negotiations is fascinating where listening to country leaders promote the need for urgency to find solutions, there can be no doubt that there is generally universal political will towards finding workable solutions and agreement.

Keep watching as these pivotal negotiations play out this week and next week.

Post your thoughts here please!


The Australia paradox. Both an opportunity and threat to Maori culture and identity.

November 28, 2011

The combination of a sluggish New Zealand economy still coming to grips with the after effects of the Christchurch earthquakes and the prospects of these problems lingering on for some years to come, and the almost stark contrast we see across the Tasman with Australian economy rich in vast natural resources supplying the seemingly unquenchable demand from China for resources to enable their phenomenal growth.

While this growth is showing some signs of slowing, relative to the New Zealand economy, the Australian economy continues to boom.

Kiwi’s are moving across the Tasman

More jobs and importantly higher paying jobs have seen record numbers of Kiwi’s make the move across the Tasman. As they wave good bye to friends and family vowing to return home soon when they have struck gold, the reality is that until the New Zealand economy begins to thrive and grow, this talent is likely to be lost to our economy for many years and possibly for good.

This can’t be good for the economy especially at a time when New Zealand desperately needs our best and brightest minds actively contributing to our own recovery. Clearly seems to be a real need for Government intervention to attract and retain our best and brightest talent here at home.

A fundamental threat to Maori culture and identity

Maori people have relocated across the Tasman in droves to take up high paying jobs in the mines and associated infrastructure sectors. Similarly leaving home and the marae vowing to be home in five years once they have achieved the promise of riches.

This has now been happening for 5 – 10 years now, but we haven’t seen them coming home in large numbers, indeed we continue to see more whanau depart our shores.

Indeed the shift to Australia is in many respects a continuation of what we have seen over last 20 – 30 years with the relocating of whanau from the marae to take up jobs in the many city centers across New Zealand.

Except now they leave for Australia and beyond. As they leave home the paepae are thinning out.

The solution is staring us in the face, isn’t it?

Iwi/Maori continue to own significant assets (concentrated around the marae), though underperforming, engage the NZ (and in time the world), technology and innovation capabilities, bring these to bear to raise the productivity of these assets, create new high value company’s, making new products and services in demand by high value markets of the world.

This will create new opportunities for high paying and technical new jobs and indeed attract home our best and brightest talent.

These macroeconomic signals are what drive a lot of our work today with clients.

Isn’t it this simple? What do you think?

Towards stable Government in the next few days

November 27, 2011

The provisional 2011 election results

Last night the John Key led Government secured a further 3 year term as New Zealand’s government. Stability of government policy has to be a good thing providing participants of the economy with a level of certainty from which to plan for the future especially given the continuing unrest we see around the world in Europe and the Middle-East.

But, the people of New Zealand didn’t deliver a result whereby National could govern outright.

Good partners will be important!

Discussions over the next few days will be key

In order to provide stable government and important continuity of the policies the National government have been designing and implementing during the last 3 year term, important discussions will need to be had with a number of smaller parties to shore up support to be able to advance the governments policy agenda for the next 3 year term.

But, while some of the smaller parties have similar views on some policy, they do also have in some cases starkly differing views on policy like fiscal policy tools, the environment and communities and households.

What do you think?

The choices on who the new government invites to form stable coalition government for New Zealand for the next 3 years will be critical as to what type of policies around the environment and sustainability New Zealand adopts and applies.

Kia ora and thanks for your feedback!

Watershed moment for iwi/Maori

November 26, 2011


Each year for decades in New Zealand, the Government has invested up to $NZ700 million into the country’s Science and Innovation system made up of Universities and government owned research institutes (CRI’s). So billions of dollars have been invested over time.

The question of equity has to be asked when a Government study released in June 2011 that measured the Maori economy at approximately $NZ37 billion concentrated in the primary sector and that this Maori economy was growing at a faster rate than the national GDP economy.

The study however went on to add that the Maori economy was not performing to its fullest potential where for example Maori farms did not have the same level of productivity as their non-Maori counterparts and, that the solution to this dilemma lay in the New Zealand Science and Innovation system. The question of equity in terms of access to the New Zealand Science and Innovation system has to be asked. Why are maori assets not performing in terms of productivity relative to non-Maori assets.

Water shed moment in the Waiapu valley

On Saturday leading scientists from four of New Zealand’s CRI’s were invited to Hinepare marae in the Waiapu valley not to lecture to Maori landowners on what they think is in the best interests of Waiapu landowners, but instead to sit and listen to the interests and perspectives of the Waiapu landowners, i.e. what they saw as their issues and indeed their objectives in terms of new added-value land development opportunities.

Mark Iles at Hinepare marae in the Waiapu valley on the East coast.

Landowners represent a number of very clear development options to the meeting and particularly to the listening researchers from the CRI’s. Manuka honey and nutraceuticals are but one of the possible land development options tabled by the landowners.

New Zealand Nutraceutical supply chain

What happens now?

This meeting is a watershed moment and stands set to redefine how Maori will define and set the science, innovation and technology agenda and search across the science system for the critical capabilities needed to identify the critical issues and engage the specialist capabilities to assist in building up the evidence and fact based business cases to exploit the new commercial opportunities and in doing so realize the full potential of the $NZ37 billion Maori economy.

We are playing a leading role in defining new models and frameworks to connect the capabilities of the New Zealand Science and Innovation system with the goals and objectives of Maori organizations.

What do you think?

Indigenous (Maori) Science & Innovation collaboration

November 24, 2011

“Thanks for your kind support and a fantastic presentation at our Conference (2011). I’m keen to continue our conversation about how we (Ngati Porou and FoMA) can work together across the science and innovation space.

Again, thank you for helping to make our conference so successful”.

Ms. Traci Houpapa. November, 2011

(Chair, Federation of Maori Authorities)

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