Issues by David Trubridge

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What Can We Do?


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


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?

Water Voices

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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Land/Farming Voices

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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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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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


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


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?


“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

At One With the Natural World


In December, Hastings District Council announced its Landmarks Awards at a grand celebration in the Opera House. Landmarks is the vision of the late Hastings mayor, Jeremy Dwyer. He wanted to encourage art and beautification in the city, to instil…

David Trubridge17 January 2014

Postcards of Nostalgia


Picture this scene. It is 13,000 years ago and Europe is still under a small ice age. A Paleolithic person is crouched by a river, which is already running high from autumn rains. She watches two reindeer swimming across, as…

David Trubridge09 September 2013

Try it from the right


In the 1920s, the early Modernists at the Bauhaus Art School in Germany believed that better objects make better people. Such idealism has since been successfully drowned out by commercialism, to be replaced by an insatiable acquisitiveness for more stuff.…

David Trubridge08 July 2013

Grow Local


Has anyone noticed that in the cacophony of messages assailing us from the media there are two wildly contradictory forces straining to pull us in opposite directions? On the one hand, there are lead stories about global warming, about how…

David Trubridge06 March 2013

Low Prices At Any Cost?


Last year I fulfilled one of my dreams and went on a five day trek in the Himalayas. At the start, my guide noticed my walking poles and asked where I bought them. I told him in New Zealand –…

David Trubridge30 December 2012

The Moral Compass


On the last ocean voyage on our yacht Hornpipe, our compass turned out to be useless and we nearly ran into North Cape in the dark. We had just undergone a major refit, which included welding a new rub rail…

David Trubridge07 September 2012

Who owns the soil?


The diameter of the Earth is 12,700 kms. Most of the atmosphere is within 16 kms of the surface, but we can only survive in a tiny, precarious skin of about 2-3 kms wedged between a ball of mostly molten…

David Trubridge10 May 2012

The Brat Kids Fight Back


In the last edition I wrote about the way in which we can regain control of our lives and build a strong, mutually supportive local community. I suggested how, in doing so, we can shut out the parasitic multinational businesses…

David Trubridge09 March 2012

Thriving locally


Above our bach at Mahanga there is rare and precious remnant of native coastal bush. [Tragically it is dying because stock are allowed to graze it, eating the seedlings that should be replenishing it, but that is another story.] I…

David Trubridge04 January 2012

We have our own answers here


When I first took my designs to Europe, I felt that I was bringing obscure oddities which, if I was lucky, a few people might like. I believed that to really succeed internationally, you have to do international design. That was not my objective – I…

David Trubridge03 November 2011

At war with the brat kids


A lecture and an interview set the two opposing camps against each other. The lecture I attended was the keynote address at this year’s Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles by William MacDonagh, co-author of the seminal book Cradle…

David Trubridge02 September 2011

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