Shock at unabated monorail progress

Conservation Minister Nick Smith’s visit to Fiordland last week proved to be a catalyst for anti-monorail sentiment. Dr Smith surveyed the DOC and private land proposed for the 43km, $200 million elevated railway last Wednesday, and subsequently released a Commissioner’s report recommending that he give the project a green light. In the 72 hours following… Read more

Chinese Fibres: The Influence of Five Eyes Allies in NZ Infrastructure

Mid-July in 2012, as day broke on Australia, former director of the United States CIA and NSA Michael Hayden was published in print claiming unequivocally that Chinese telecommunications company Huawei was a spy arm of the Chinese government. Huawei Technologies, which in 2012 unseated Sweden’s Ericsson as the largest manufacturer of telecommunications infrastructure on earth, has been a competitive… Read more

Solstice is spiritual time for many

Seasonal variation makes for metaphysical rumination, as the winter solstice marks new beginnings across the southern hemisphere. Yesterday was the shortest day and longest night of the year, this side of the equator, and 5.04pm technically marked the start of winter. The president of the Palmerston North Astronomical Society, Ian Cooper, said the gloomy weather… Read more