They shouldn’t have to ask

January 30, 2012

The family of the NZ Army soldier in hospital, Lieutenant Teira Cowan, have asked media to respect their privacy.

They shouldn’t have to ask.

His collapse during a training run was legitimate news.

Updates on his condition and the army’s investigation into his collapse are too.

His family’s thoughts and feelings are not.

Word of the day

January 30, 2012

Celebreation –  celebrating while eating. Hat tip: Craft is the New Black


January 30, 2012

Only 4/10 in the Herald’s travel quiz.

Quote of the day

January 30, 2012

“I have to be seen to be believed.” Queen Elizabeth II

Bollard retiring

January 30, 2012

Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard won’t be seeking to renew his term when it ends in September.

The Chair of the Reserve Bank Board, Dr Arthur Grimes, said the Board will search in New Zealand and abroad to identify a successor to Dr Bollard.  The Governor is appointed by the Minister of Finance on the recommendation of the Board. 

The importation of people for key positions doesn’t usually generate the same angst as the importation of money to buy land.


January 30, 2012

8/10 ion Stuff’s Biz Quiz.

Saying it doesn’t make it “green”

January 30, 2012

Quelle surprise – a label saying something’s  green doesn’t necessarily make it so:

Eco-friendly labels are becoming more ubiquitous, but they may be misleading.

Six cases of alleged “greenwashing” – the use of environmental claims that are unsubstantiated, misleading or irrelevant – are being investigated by the Commerce Commission .

“Green” is the new black but it’s very difficult to know what’s greenwash and what’s not.

[Commerce Commission competitions manager Greg]Allan said there had been cases when “biodegradable” and “recyclable” had allegedly been used for products, when there were not facilities in New Zealand able to do the biodegrading or recycling.

Even if the facilities were here how would we know what the environmental impact of the biodegrading and recycling was and if the cost of doing it was justified by the benefit?

The cost might not matter to the well-off but it would make the difference between affordability or not for many others.

That is not a justification for environmental degradation but a reminder that sustainability is the balance between economic, environmental and social concerns.

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