Jan 30, 2014

Between the devil and the deep blue sea: NZ’s ocean is key to its survival

New Zealand is in big trouble, but it does not have to be. Kiwi columnist and broadcaster Rod Oram writes in GriffithREVIEW that the keys to New Zealand's salvation lie just outside its land, with a vast ocean of possibility.

Of all developed countries, New Zealand is one of the most dependent on its natural environment for earning its living; and we have lived well, thanks to the bounty our ancestors discovered here some 700 years ago.

Ours was the last large land mass humans settled. We remain a small population spread thinly across two spacious islands and many small ones. Ranked by people, we are the world’s 124th-largest country. Ranked by land we’re 75th.

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  1. John Turner

    Any practical suggestions, Rod, about how “to learn radically new and better ways to work together, to agree on enduring values, to progress science and conservation, and to use our resources wisely…’? You sound like one of those characters from a Chekhov play who’s full of hope but is prepared to wait a hundred or two years for those hopes to come to pass.

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