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USS on NZ radio

Last week the lovely people from Community Radio Hamilton interviewed me about United Space School. Here is the MP3.

Gordon Brown: (knee) jerk

This was originally published on the Taranaki Daily News Online on 10/07/2012 and in the print edition on 11/07/2012.

When I first sat down to write a reply to Gordon Brown’s latest column in the Taranaki Daily News my heart dropped.

How can I refute so many factual errors, point out so many inconsistencies, and generally try and respond to the eclectic string of sentences most probably constructed by Mr Brown holding the keyboard upside down while jerking his knee violently against it?

The route settled on was to ignore most of what Mr Brown wrote and attempt to divine the general themes he was trying to get across and discuss those.
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Respect people and nature

The Taranaki Daily News’ Sarah Foy wrote this profile of me which ran today. For some reason they decided to use a photo of me from when I was 16 even though I had provided them with a beautiful photo by Sean Gillespie. Anyways, here are some highlights.

Jackson Wood remembers doing the career search at school. It was a software programme called Career Quest – details were tapped in; an appropriate career spat out and a percentage given in terms of strength for a job.

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Youth Panel video

Here is video of the entire youth panel from Forest and Bird’s Face up to the Future conference.

It was an awesome panel to be part of. Hope to work closely with all these people while our generation faces up to the future.

Face up to the Future

A little while back I was on the Youth Panel at Forest and Bird’s Face up to the Future conference. It was hosted by comedian Te Radar and bought together five awesome young conservationists (and for some reason me) to talk about the future of conservation. Video above showcases a range of people talking about how we can best face up to the future.
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Green AGM

Over the past weekend the Green Party held its Annual General Meeting. This year it was in Silverstream and I was given the opportunity to speak a few times.
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Now and soon — Greens in political time and space

An after-dinner speech to the Values/Green gathering on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Values Party

June 1st, 2012

»Beyond Tomorrow (introduction)

Two score and nought years ago you — our fore mothers and fathers — bought forth on these tiny islands in the South Pacific a new political party, conceived in ecology and fairness and dedicated to the proposition that the earth and it’s people only had so much to give.

As Christine sang earlier, the times they are a’ changin’. Before this talk Christine and I discussed the possibility of singing a song that summed up my generation, Gen Y.

I cast around for ideas. I racked my brain. None came. I asked Twitter. I asked Facebook — the oracles of my generation. But to no avail.
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The venerable David Slack has given me his endorsement to run as a candidate in the inevitable Epsom by-election.
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Losing Student Media

Some student magazine editors have come under pressure to change the way they have reported on their associations. This hasn’t gone down so well. Wood recalls that as he was coming into the role of editor at Salient, he was asked at the budget setting meeting if he would write “stupid stuff” about VUWSA. “I replied, ‘of course I will, if you do stupid things. If not, then you’ve got nothing to worry about’.” There’s no way Wood would have not reported on VUWSA’s refusal to lay a wreath on Anzac Day – a story that made national headlines. “If ACT hadn’t quoted Salient about the mess-ups of the exec, they would have come down even harder on Salient for trying to cover it up.

From Sarah Robson’s story Losing Student Media on Werewolf.