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  • Building Biodiversity: Building New Zealand | Occasionalities
    of brand New Zealand But there is more than simply brand value at stake Protecting our biodiversity which means maintaining the ecological integrity of the places our native plants birds animals freshwater and marine species need to survive is the sleeping giant of the conservation economy New Zealand doesn t have a brilliant track record That we are relatively Clean and Green and 100 Percent Pure is little credit to our deliberate efforts The brand is largely available to us because we have had relatively little time and few people to mark our footprint over the entire land But we are as guilty as any party of depleting and degrading our natural capital We would like to think that where mistakes have been made they are just that mistakes History too often says otherwise I have time for only one example In 1876 Sir George Grey introduced the Noxious Animals Introduction Prevention Bill into Parliament The Bill was designed to prevent the introduction of predators including stoats which British ornithologists warned would eat native birds not the rabbits that were over running farms Parliament passed the law but an Upper House stacked with landed gentry overturned it and in 1877 stoats were introduced The result of that and other such decisions that you and I and landowners fork out millions upon millions of dollars every year to control the menu of animal and weed pests that threaten our native biodiversity And despite that we are going backwards Where we operate we are successful But the task is huge and beyond the resources the players and most importantly the approach that we currently rely on The status quo is not an option We are in global company In 2002 the world s leaders agreed to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 The United Nations adopted 2010 as The Year of Biodiversity and has collated the evidence The targets have not been met and biodiversity loss continues and in some cases is accelerating The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon commented Biodiversity underpins the functioning of the ecosystems on which we depend Current trends are bringing us closer to a number of potential tipping points that would catastrophically reduce the capacity of ecosystems to provide these essential services to tackle the root cause of biodiversity loss we must give it higher priority in all areas of decision making and in all economic sectors Consumers are becoming wise to this increasingly alarmed and operating as the new regulators of corporate behaviour Consumer sentiment does not necessarily stand up to robust environmental analysis But underpinning the trend is a logic that nature plays a role in sustaining economic development and it is in our interests to ensure our natural environment is healthy so that the systems we rely on are in good working order The negative impacts of living out of balance with nature are starting to look real Even in New Zealand water has become a serious issue the carbon deficit is hurting and the impacts from the destruction of natural catchments siltration and nitrogen run off are hurting business Our personal wellbeing is at issue so we are sitting up and taking notice Nature s systems are finite and we are using them to a point that there is a supply and demand problem And we are exacerbating the problem by mismanaging and destroying the ecosystems that we rely on to supply those critical services Technical solutions can stave off some of the problems for some of the time storage dams flood protection measures and so on But at our current rate of biodiversity destruction something has to give at some point The impacts of fierce competition for scarce resources and consumer action means business is increasingly engaging in the problem of the economics of biodiversity loss A report by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development states Conserving ecosystems and sustaining the services they provide is a pre requisite for prosperity Environmentalists have long argued this Business governments and society at large are catching up The council has identified risk areas for business from the degradation of ecosystems Operational regulatory legal reputational market and financial risks To my observation the jury is out as to where New Zealand business is up to in this respect in its collective thinking Those who see opportunity in developments that demand biodiversity impacts be accounted for primarily the tourism industry mining and energy sector are engaging some enthusiastically to the point of seeing market advantage in delivering net biodiversity gain others willingly and some grudingly Business New Zealand Chief Executive Phil O Reilly is grappling with the issues Taking action against climate change is essential to protect our clean green image he says in a publication to members This image will work to our advantage in the international market place as sustainability becomes an important selling point for goods It may seem crass to say that climate change and it s big cousin biodiversity loss create a potential competitive advantage for New Zealand But connecting the ethics and the self interest intrinsic value and economic benefits helps us better understand that sustainable management of natural resources is not just about nice things to do when time and discretionary resources are available It is a necessary investment in the natural capital that sits at the base of our economy Water soil air nutrient cycles climate regulation pollination these and other services are the natural capital we need to survive and prosper That reality makes a nonsense of the received wisdom that only rich counties can afford clean environments That was well understood when in 2007 the environment ministers from the G8 Canada France Germany Japan the Russian Federation UK USA and the EEC Commission and five developing nations Brazil China India Mexico and South Africa met in Potsdam Germany Inspired by the Stern Report on climate change the 13 ministers commissioned the biodiversity equivalent called The Economics of Ecosystems and

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  • conservation | Occasionalities
    Elvis even won a Grammy Award for it in 1967 My guess is you remember the first verse about the awesome wonder of the stars and the rolling thunder Do you remember the second Continue reading Tags conservation DOC economics sustainability Categories Environment Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July 2013 March 2013 August 2012 February 2012 October 2011 March 2011 October 2010

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  • DOC | Occasionalities
    Elvis even won a Grammy Award for it in 1967 My guess is you remember the first verse about the awesome wonder of the stars and the rolling thunder Do you remember the second Continue reading Tags conservation DOC economics sustainability Categories Environment Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July 2013 March 2013 August 2012 February 2012 October 2011 March 2011 October 2010

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  • economics | Occasionalities
    Award for it in 1967 My guess is you remember the first verse about the awesome wonder of the stars and the rolling thunder Do you remember the second Continue reading Tags conservation DOC economics sustainability Categories Environment Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July 2013 March 2013 August 2012 February 2012 October 2011 March 2011 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July

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  • sustainability | Occasionalities
    Elvis even won a Grammy Award for it in 1967 My guess is you remember the first verse about the awesome wonder of the stars and the rolling thunder Do you remember the second Continue reading Tags conservation DOC economics sustainability Categories Environment Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July 2013 March 2013 August 2012 February 2012 October 2011 March 2011 October 2010

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  • Occasionalities | Page 3
    the Sumner Museum on the corner of Wakefield and Nayland St the Society has done sterling work in preserving the history of the Sumner community Right now we are hoping the their building will get the all clear following the 4 September earthquake Here is a quick look around the museum and a chat with long serving Society Treasurer the delightful Kitty Fenton Tags Christchurch Sumner Categories Community Earthquake thank you in Richmond 3 Oct A resident of Avalon St in the Christchurch suburb of Richmond was so overwhelmed with neighbourhood support after the quake that he mounted this sign on his fence One whole side of Jonathan s house was covered with tarpaulins It looked like most of the brick wall had collapsed in the earthquake Fortunately into an empty section I wrote earlier about Flesher Ave a few blocks away They got hit very hard But most of the rest of Richmond seemed to fare okay Sadly many streets have isolated examples of damage greater than the loss of a chimney Jonathan is one example Over in Forth St a delightful brick house was also badly shaken up Much of the outer layer of bricks are on the ground a large crack runs through the wall and a window frame is wildly askew It will be a shame if we lose more of the quaint remains of old Richmond The suburb has been intensively developed with small units I delivered twice as many fliers to letterboxes in this area than I would to a similar sized area elsewhere Tags canterbury earthquake christchurch earthquake Categories Community Earthquake Memphis Belle values first 24 Sep Update 3 March 2011 The Memphis Belle is a total write off following the 22 Feb 2011 earthquake The pharmacist from next door told me that

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  • Self-help Community Pool | Occasionalities
    of the last two decades I know from my own experience as a school trustee at Shirley Intermediate School that it is a hard fight to maintain and fund pools in the face of bureaucratic resistance The Sumner Community Pool committee has been outstandingly effective in maintaining and developing their pool The pool is a hugely popular focus of community activity during the summer months I spoke with Chair Nicola Wood and Secretary Catherine Saunders about their efforts They are bemused by some aspects of how the City Council both provides limited funds and then charges for water testing services for the pool They intend to reduce their annual energy consumption by 10 000 through the installation of a solar water heating system Given their track record their goal of raising 40 000 to install the solar water heating seems eminently achievable This video was shot before the pool was filled with water for the summer Like this Like Loading Related Categories Community Kitty Fenton Sumner Historical Society A big hand for Avonside Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July 2013 March 2013 August 2012 February 2012 October 2011 March 2011 October 2010

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  • Kitty Fenton – Sumner Historical Society | Occasionalities
    building will get the all clear following the 4 September earthquake Here is a quick look around the museum and a chat with long serving Society Treasurer the delightful Kitty Fenton Like this Like Loading Related Tags Christchurch Sumner Categories Community Earthquake thank you in Richmond Self help Community Pool Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July 2013 March 2013 August 2012 February

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/2010/10/03/kitty-fenton-sumner-historical-society/ (2016-05-02)
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