Issues by David Trubridge

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Prevent Whākatū casualties


Hastings and Regional Councillors should do more than “apologise on bended knee” for their appalling negligence in failing to ask for the consent of the residents of Whākatū for the…

David Trubridge24 September 2020

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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…

David Trubridge01 June 2019

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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…

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…

David Trubridge06 April 2016

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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…

David Trubridge08 June 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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

David Trubridge06 March 2013

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…

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…

David Trubridge10 May 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…

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…

David Trubridge03 November 2011

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