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With the walls closing in, regenerative farming is a way forward for agriculture

This article was first published by The Spinoff  is republished with permission. Thanks to The Spinoff and article author Daniel Eb. A regenerative experiment on a Northland Dairy Farm (supplied) A quiet revolution is growing on New Zealand farms. As debates on water and emissions grind on, a new group of farmers are showing us the way forward … Continue reading With the walls closing in, regenerative farming is a way forward for agriculture

Congratulations to Carol Peters and Anna Murphy 

The recent local body elections are a win for climate action. Congratulations to Climate Change Tai Tokerau Northland Trust trustees Carol Peters and Anna Murphy for their election to Whangarei District Council (WDC) seats. Carol was also elected to the Northland DHB.  This is Anna’s second term on the Whangarei District Council. She represents the Hikurangi Coastal Ward and is a staunch supporter for … Continue reading Congratulations to Carol Peters and Anna Murphy 

UNESCO project at Takahiwai

Whakaora ngā whenua whāma: utilising mātauranga Māori and western science to protect and restore the soil on rural farms in Tai Tokerau. A team involving kaumātua and landowners from the Takahiwai Kāinga in Tai Tokerau, scientists, educators and regulators will collaborate to utilise te reo Māori me ngā tikanga (Māori language and culture) and western … Continue reading UNESCO project at Takahiwai

Regenerative horticulture

I was excited to learned that pasture could sequester as much carbon as forest, and I have been on farms where it is happening. My first career was in horticulture, but the prospect of building soil carbon in pasture seemed simpler, as growing food, especially vegetables, often involves carbon destroying practices, such as rotary hoeing. … Continue reading Regenerative horticulture

In a time of governance failure, citizens’ powerful imagination will be a much-needed boost

Photo credit: "My life through a lens" on Unsplash. (This article was first published 27 June 2019 at catherinemikenn.com). On June 27, Whangārei residents (led by local group Extinction Rebellion) were the latest to publicly address a meeting of their District Council and make an impassioned call to declare a climate emergency. Affected citizens are optimistic that in … Continue reading In a time of governance failure, citizens’ powerful imagination will be a much-needed boost

Feeling underwhelmed by the “revolutionary” Wellbeing Budget? Here’s why.

Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash (This article was first published 16 June 2019 at catherinemikenn.com).Last month, members of the Labour Party’s Māori Caucus held a public consultation meeting on the Government’s celebrated Wellbeing Budget (hosted by Te Puawaitanga marae, Otangarei). I arrived with much anticipation, hoping to hear from our elected representatives about the smorgasbord of progressive … Continue reading Feeling underwhelmed by the “revolutionary” Wellbeing Budget? Here’s why.