Chris Perley

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A Forest Flows

I am a forester; in the old sense of the word. I want to reclaim the name, to give it again the sense of guardianship of a people and a place which …

Instead of Dam Thinking from the 50s, Look to the Landscape

In the lowlands of the Otago Peninsula, within the hill streams that flow into the harbour, there are water wheels. They stand as monuments to what …

NZ Primary Sector Strategy: an Alternative to the Race to the Bottom

Irrigation NZ CEO Andrew Curtis (NZ Farmer’s Weekly 25th Nov p 3) highlights one of the big problems with the New Zealand primary sector; our …

Does Farming need to Compromise the Environment? Compromise? Hell!

My apologies to Jane Austen, but some have been claiming recently that it is a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a farm must …

Thinking about Tree Crops – where to from here?

Akaroa by Maureen McCann<p>When looking to the future, the poorest point of reference is often the present. We may not know where we will end up, but …

Edible Landscapes – Away from the Factory Model

There is many an idea presented as new that has its roots in days long past. We too often forget that the way things are done now was not always so. …

The Loss of the Napier-Gisborne Rail Link: Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold

This article critiquing the current government’s 2012 decision to close the Napier-Gisborne rail line was published in the NZ J Forestry in December …

On Discovering a Passage

Sometimes things drift past<br>your laid back musing mind<br>with its unbaited fishing rod,<br>and wake you from thoughts<br>of coffee and the beauty of cricket<br>by …

A Piece of Wild Land

I be getting me a piece of wild land with an angry creek, a drunk duck and a paranoid chook with a gully of kawakawa and a knob of oak sprawled out …

Coromandel Town

The Bohemians walk the streets in Coromandel Town.<br>At measured pace, wearing a trilby hat (with feather),<br>a manuka tramp staff over his shoulder<br>with a …

The Forest Glade Megamall

‘Sylvia Park’. Welcome to the archetypal Auckland megamall where to-the-door valet parking makes shopping more complete. There is no better function …

On the Cook Strait Ferry in the Marlborough Sounds

This land is like a cluster of hands,<br>Fingers extending<br>Tips dipping into<br>The blue bath of the channel,<br>Knuckles crooked.<br>What is the collective noun for …

Sitting

Sitting<br>with my second coffee<br>Reading<br>Mexico City Blues in the low, pale sun<br>Shining<br>golden vagina notes of wish and will in this mind<br>Cast<br>deep in some …

Ohoka Market

In Ohoka the market stalls sell sense experience.<br>You need not buy, just drift,<br>From place to place and soak it in.<br>The taste of honeyed nuts, the …

Trapped in the Louvre

You can get bored with beauty.<p>This extraordinary road from Greymouth to Westport.<br>Coastal cliff top roads are iconic, think Big Sur.<br>Add green-topped …

The Daily Blog – Confessions of an Ex-Public Servant: Watching the Slow Death of the Public Sector

Back in the 16th century, good Queen Bess said to her Privy Council of advisors something along the lines of: “I want your free, frank advice, …

Alternatives to Conventional Economic Development: And the Philosophy of Not Realising our Potential

More than 20 years ago a deep thinker, Richard Norgaard, wrote a book called <i>Development Betrayed</i>. What he wrote wasn’t particularly new. Other …

We need a credible inquiry into what has happened to the NZ Public Service

On Monday 8th September 2014, Associate Professor Grant Duncan wrote an opinion piece in the Hawke’s Bay Today asking whether there is a need for a …

The Future of Belonging in This Place

It took 27 years for me to come home. For years I felt the lone voice screaming “Come on the Bay” amongst the red and black rugby faithful during …

Resilience Principles: Managing for an Uncertain Future

Below are three sets of principles for dealing with an uncertain world. Updated.<p>First, there has to be recognition that the world is complex and …

Two strategic directions for Land Use in New Zealand: Where do we stand?

<i>I wrote this what seems light years ago. I think it was 2007 or 2008.</i><p>This is very rough, a mind dump. It was done quickly, and is more to do with me …

Building Land Systems for Drought-Flood Resilience

Kaweka drought: Chris Gregory<p>A few notes from a morning rant<p><i>“Although rainwater harvest has been accomplished by humans in virtually every drought</i> …

Public Policy

Managing Complexity and Uncertainty in Natural and Socio-Ecological Systems

I wrote most of this as an internal document for a Regional Council in 2009 when it was apparent that both the internal management style and the …

Duke University

Future Goals and Options in NZ Land Management – A Transdisciplinary View

A brief argument from some years ago to rethink land use in New Zealand<p><i>“If we go through a list of some of the main problematiques that are defining</i> …

Seeing the World System of Weeds – Or – Do Androids dream of Intelligent Sheep? A Compleat Ramble

<i>An anecdote about our research focus on ‘weeds’. I was a little mischievously provocative about our ‘weed’ research at Otago University. I remembered</i> …

Reframing our Water as a Commons

<i>This article was published in the Hawke’s Bay Today following the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s (HBRC) decision to allow an overseas water bottling</i> …

Some Water Myths – and a Few Science Myths as well

<i>The following was published in the Hawke’s Bay Today 4th July 2015.</i><p>I was surprised at the title of Dr Jacqueline Rowarth’s 30th June talk to an …

Satirist Jon Stewart Bows Out – Oh the Humanity!

Jon Stewart from the Daily Show has gone.<p>Satire is a way of speaking truth to power, and also to highlight and question the values of our society – …

Ways of Seeing II: The Mechanical View and the Treadmill of Techno-Fixes

<i>This is the second in a series. I wanted to write about where we have come from in land use and conservation, what we are doing, and where we could</i> …

The TPPA and New Zealand’s Democracy

<i>Presented in weekly radio spot on Hawke’s Bay local radio station Bay FM.</i><p>The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations are concluded, …

Nobel Prize