Earthquakes learnings from Christchurch

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Just back from VUW’s earthquake seminar and there’s two points that stood out for me: 1) Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings kill people Despite hundreds of deaths, no-one died in a post-1985 building. Strong building regulations save lives. We can build buildings where no-one will die. We can also upgrade older buildings so that no-one …

On dialogue with crazy people and the OECD

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Am I one of the “paid up crew for the cratocrats*”? Am I “just instinctively carving a niche out of what’s available”? Am I “leading the conversation in a dance of small circles”? Buggered if I know what they’re on about, but this is what some people who have never met me think of me: …

Is NZ ready for a major oil spill?

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We’ve got a strategy, we’ve got trained people, we’ve got response boats. Is it enough? Well, here’s some of the hardware that was needed to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil spill: And here’s exactly one third of New Zealand’s national oil recovery fleet: I kid you not. We have three of these, Kuaka, Tukuperu, …

The Joy of Shoveling – this Saturday

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We’re officially declaring the first room in the house is done! Yup, and it’s the smallest room. We have also sorted out the aerial rigging, with a phuge ladder up one side of the main space, wire rope, pulleys, and generalised stuff for hanging off. We didn’t realise that the ladder and the main suspension …