Articles by David Trubridge

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What Can We Do?

01 June 2019

It is a sunny Saturday March 16 as I write this.  Yesterday was New Zealand’s darkest day as hate and terror erupted in Christchurch, at the same time as school children’s protests against climate change inaction spread round the globe.…

David Trubridge01 June 2019

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The Dying Forest

01 June 2018

From a distance, a coastal forest may look like the image on the right. I come to think that this view – which I see every day – says it all, that I know exactly what goes on inside it,…

David Trubridge01 June 2018

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Whose Water is it Anyway?

03 April 2017

At the end of last year I came home to Havelock North to see signs banning sprinklers . . . in December! Thinking about all those water bottling consents recently issued in Hawke’s Bay, my hackles rose and I quickly…

David Trubridge03 April 2017

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05 June 2016

It is spectacularly beautiful, climbing up 500 metres around the seaward edge of the Wharerata Ranges, before rejoining SH2 on its northern descent. Low clouds snagged on the hill tops and misty rain drifted in the wind. The grassy track…

David Trubridge05 June 2016

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06 April 2016

The waka is one of seven identical modern day replica double-hulled sailing canoes built in New Zealand for various coastal iwi. These waka are part of a Pacific-wide revival of traditional Polynesian ocean sailing canoes that started with the Hokule’a in…

David Trubridge06 April 2016

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06 October 2015

Today’s siren song is GROWTH, the impossible basis on which capitalism is founded, and which if followed will ultimately also lead to death and corruption. Well we have corruption already, but as long as GROWTH is the goal, death won’t…

David Trubridge06 October 2015

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Off With his head

08 June 2015

It is a garbled mass of imagery: Classical Greece is juxtaposed with ancient Egypt, or is it the Aztecs, whose pyramids were used for bloody sacrifices. High atop a cenotaph lumpy Barlach-like figures are compressed under a bier in memory…

David Trubridge08 June 2015

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The rights of nature

08 February 2015

In 2010 Bolivia made history by being the first country to pass into law the universal rights of nature. Described as being one of the most radical environmental bills in global history, it enshrines the rights of nature to life,…

David Trubridge08 February 2015

What’s in a Name?

01 April 2014

“Naturally regenerating bush is unbelievably sprayed and destroyed by a greedy farmer. The forest has evolved for these conditions; the totally unsuitable grassland has not. In a storm slips will wash out much of the perilously thin soil.” Some say…

David Trubridge01 April 2014