The impacts of big-box retail and more recently online shopping and Covid-19 is fundamentally changing our towns and cities. What can we do about it? This course addresses this topic.



A significant attraction to Matamata Town Centre. By artist and sculpture Adrian Worsley of Te Aroha, the work is made up of old farm implements and tools and scrap metal. The jockey is fashioned on Champion Lance O'Sullivan and is made of copper hot water cylnders. It is a huge attraction with people marvelling at it. Keep Matamata Beautiful were the initiators, the cost $250k with many in the community chipping in. Expand the pic to see the tools.

18 April - Travelling North 

Travelling north from Palmerston North there was a detour south of Putaruru which added an estimated 40kms on the journey. Local councils and central government as a response to Covid-19 have successfully promoted domestic tourism across Aotearoa NZ. NZTA's website in my view has been overdone and is too complicated. It did not show a detour and at the time of writing still doesn't.  I telephoned SWDC to see if SH1 will again be closed for my journey early tomorrow morning to Whanganui.  Thanks SWDC,  I will go south via Cambridge and Otorohanga. Come on NZTA, your website is too complicated!


 Bernard Hickey's View - Economic Opinion

Bernard Hickey's view on the new plan to unravel Capitalism's "doom loop"



14 April - Visiting Palmerston North 

This city is spoilt with it's many quite beautiful heritage buildings. This is the Anglican Church. I'm really taken with the intricate brickwork. It reminds me of churches in Lithuania. Who did this work? Where were they from I wonder?


EDNZ 2021 Conference 

Just two days to go before the early bird discount ends and just four more weeks before the Conference starts.  Fior more information on the conference follow this link ...