Coromandel Wakame – turning an ocean pest into a premium edible export

The small Coromandel company Wakame Fresh are turning a pest seaweed into a premium edible export.

Undaria, also known as wakame, is often referred to as ‘the gorse of the sea’. It’s one of the world’s most invasive pests. It’s also a staple part of the diet in Japan, where quality wakame is in short supply. The Wakame Fresh team are turning gorse into gourmet!Read More »

Have Your Say on a New Sustainable Financial System

The New Zealand Sustainable Finance Forum (SFF) is the first project launched by The Aotearoa Circle, recognising the critical role of finance to achieve, and accelerate, the transition to a sustainable economy, and the need for a financial system that is fit for that purpose.  95% of interviewees say the current financial system was not sustainable, equitable, and/or fair.

Read the Interim report here 

Your feedback is welcomed. The feedback survey can be accessed here.

The aim of the project is to produce a Roadmap for Action on how to shift New Zealand to a sustainable financial system – from one which focuses primarily on (often short term) financial wealth creation, to one that supports long-term social, environmental, and economic wellbeing and prosperity for all New Zealanders, protecting natural resources for future generations. At the same time, this will strategically position New Zealand for continued access to international markets.

Dive deep into the issues with this impressive 28 page NZ Herald supplement

Thames-Coromandel in Top Ten for Coastal Flood Risk

Last month NIWA published a study of coastal flooding risk.  This has confirmed that Thames-Coromandel District is the 8th most at risk territorial authority in New Zealand, including all major cities.

As your new representative for TCDC on the Waikato Regional Council I will be continuing my sustained campaign as a private citizen for urgent action to map and plan for coastal flooding. Residents are entitled to be properly informed of the risks to their properties and communities and to be involved in how we must adapt.Read More »

Our Towns Deserve Better Public Transport

We are not well served with public transport in Thames-Coromandel.  This needs to change.  As your representative I’ll be pushing hard for our District to receive a much greater share of public transport funding from Regional Council.

I have a track record of achievement on public transport.  The very popular Thames public bus service was my brainchild.  As a private citizen, I initiated the plan, carried out the detailed research and made a persuasive case.  I worked cooperatively with the Thames Community Board, TCDC, Waikato Regional Council, and the New Zealand Transport Authority and made it happen.

The Thames bus service has made a huge difference to the well-being of hundreds of Thames residents – particularly  our elderly residents.

We must repeat that success elsewhere.  We need similar public transport services within peninsula towns, between our small towns and strong links to nearby cities.

Regional Council spends $31 million – 21% of its budget –- on public transport, but almost all of it is spent in Hamilton.  Thames-Coromandel receives a pittance.  I will vigorously push to change that because people living in our towns are equally deserving of good public transport services as those living in cities.

Read more about the Thames bus service here –

If you want better public transport in Thames Coromandel here’s what to do –