Hapu has cause to be happy if (as is reported today) it now owns the Kaipara Habour

March 3, 2011

There's plenty of room for a few hundred generators.

Well bugger me, Alf muttered while browsing through his Herald.

He feared that maybe he had done a Rip Van Winkle, dropped off to sleep after sinking one whisky too many, and woken up several years later.

And lo and behold – things had changed (as, of course, they would have done).

But some changes would be the stuff of nightmares.

In this case, it seemed the foreshore legilsation had been passed, claims to ownership of chunks of our coastline had been sorted out, and Kaipara Harbour was now owned by the local Maori.

So what triggered Alf’s consternation?

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Turning turds and trees into beautiful biochar

March 17, 2009

Alf has just had an encounter of the turd kind with biochar and found it isn’t a form of Chinese cuisine.

Fair enough, had he been paying attention to climate change and what’s being done to beat it, he probably would be well acquainted with biochar and how it can do good things for effluent.

But he hadn’t and he isn’t.

Not until now, when he happened to be browsing through the BBC’s news of the day and found himself being asked whether the hype about biochar is justified.

Because the hype had bypassed him, or somehow he had evaded it, he didn’t know. So he read further and learned:
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