Resilient Local Communities: How will we trade, bank and eat?


Resilient local communities are those that have developed a robust capacity to adapt, withstand, and recover from various shocks, whether they be economic, environmental, or social in nature.

Such communities prioritise self-sufficiency, sustainability, and interconnectedness, often relying on a combination of factors including local manufacturing, trade networks, banking systems, and even local currencies. These features collectively contribute to their ability to navigate challenges, support economic growth, and foster community well-being. Continue reading “Resilient Local Communities: How will we trade, bank and eat?”

A Surprising Solution for Unsustainable Property Buyouts


In this blogpost I will argue that extreme climate events like floods, fires and storms are causing both central and local government financial challenges. This will only increase with global warming. For councils the problem is worse. As we found out during Covid-19, the Reserve Bank can create new money but councils can’t. Continue reading “A Surprising Solution for Unsustainable Property Buyouts”

Strengthening Local Resilience in a World of Floods, Fires and Storms


Local resilience is in the news. Nobody who keeps up with world news will have missed the devastation of the Lahaina, Maui fire. We received on our televisions graphic pictures of mudslides in Southern California and fires in Greece.

All very interesting to watch. But not so good if it happens to you. Those in Hawkes Bay will be wondering if there was anything else they could have done to prepare for Cyclone Gabrielle which turned them upside down.

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Degrowth – the word to hate and then accept

FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailYes, degrowth is an awful word but we won’t try and change it because there are already over 500 academic articles on degrowth. The movement is strong in Europe. Continue reading “Degrowth – the word to hate and then accept”

What if New Zealand farmers grew less meat and dairy for the climate’s sake?

FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailIn New Zealand we all know that agricultural emissions are the second biggest sector at 48%. We have a big beef and dairy sector, the latter having expanded into dry regions once irrigation became available. These areas are entirely unsuitable for dairy conversions. Continue reading “What if New Zealand farmers grew less meat and dairy for the climate’s sake?”

Economic reality strikes – growth is ending

FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailOf late the Opposition has been pointing out that business confidence is declining. NZIER had released a survey saying business confidence is at a seven year low.

The Government has been quick to dismiss it as a political bias by business – as something they always opine when a Labour Government comes in. And the Asian stockmarkets are currently looking wobbly.

RNZ’s long term economic commentator Patrick O’Meara talked of softer demands, slower growth, lower investment intentions. He talked of the looming US-China trade war has attributed that to the fact that on Saturday Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods begin. It may also affect markets in Europe, Canada and Mexico. Continue reading “Economic reality strikes – growth is ending”

Two books ten years apart and the theme is the commons

FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailToday I found a photo from the launch of my book Healthy Money Healthy Planet –Developing Sustainability through New Money Systems and I post it here. It was a good book, took a long time to write and Helen has sold a great many through Living Economies shop. Continue reading “Two books ten years apart and the theme is the commons”