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Maya McNicoll

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Maya is a digital producer at Greenpeace New Zealand.

  • President of Kiribati visits the Arctic

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - September 29, 2014 at 12:05

    Anote Tong, President of the Pacific Republic of Kiribati

    In September 2014 Anote Tong, President of the Pacific Republic of Kiribati, journeyed to the Arctic to see first hand the melting Arctic glaciers that are affecting his drowning Pacific paradise.

    Sea levels are rising faster in the Central-West Pacific than nearly anywhere else in the world, forcing the Islands of Kiribati, with a population of 100 000, to prepare to be wiped out.

    Like most people, President Tong had never been to the Arctic. And it turned out to be a powerful experience.

    "Kiribati is a beautiful island. But very vulnerable. Very low-lying and therefore highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change, particularly of sea level rise. And so, our future days are numbered. Our islands will be severely affected to the extent that within this century, perhaps even befo... Read more >

  • 'At the end of the day' #Decision14

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - September 24, 2014 at 10:13

    Decision 2014 is over. When the dust settles on the craziest election campaign in recent memory, what will we say about this wild ride? We’ll say that 1 million people voted for John Key. And we’ll say that 1 million people didn’t vote at all. Everything else, it turned out, was a side show.

    Monday night on Campbell Live, John Key gave his ‘state of the union address.’

    Looking relaxed in front of the cameras Key laid out his five areas of focus for the next three years.

    “What the public want me to do is, on behalf of leading the Government, is get out there and say, okay, the core issues that matter; Economic prosperity, education for their kids, housing of young New Zealanders, our outward place in the world, the environment and how we preserve and enhance that. Show me the plan and the pathw... Read more >

  • The clean green principled economy (2/3)

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - January 30, 2013 at 13:04

    It takes 20 years to build a reputation and only five Minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you will do things differently.” - Warren Buffet

    Yesterday we spoke about the 70% of export revenue that is directly attributable to New Zealand’s clean green principled reputation - worth $36.7 Billion to our economy each year.

    Today, before we really get into this, I just want to say a quick word about the timing of big oil coming to New Zealand…2012 brought Hurricane Sandy to New York, Floods to the U.K., and saw Australia burn.  In short 2012 brought climate change to the front doors of the developed World.  Obama even talked about it in his recent inauguration speech.

    “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and futu... Read more >

  • The clean green principled economy (1/3)

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - January 29, 2013 at 9:48

    New Zealand is a commodities exporter…okay okay, I know that’s not a super sexy opening line, but don’t worry this isn’t an economics lecture, well it kind of is, but I’ll try and keep it brief and on point.

    New Zealand makes her money from selling the ‘stuff’ we grow, design and build to overseas countries.  That ‘stuff’ is made up of things like our awesome wines, the milk powder which we sell to China, butter that we sell to Europe and lamb which we are famous for the world over. That’s our mainstay export business.  That export business succeeds in no small part on the back of the reputation New Zealand carries overseas for being a clean, green and principled Nation.

    Here’s the numbers…(skip to the next paragraph If numbers aren’t your thing)

    70% of our export business relies on our clean green reputationIn 2011 our Gross commodities exports (re... Read more >

  • When Big Oil comes to town

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - January 21, 2013 at 19:08

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    Today was the first time in about a week I woke up feeling anything like human.  I’ve been laid low for the past few days with some gruesome combo of motion sickness and a wicked head cold.  When I feel a filthy lurgey coming on, I like to wrap up, get horizontal and read a good book; a luxury I rarely allow myself enough time to enjoy when I’m feeling fighting fit.  Some people like to match wines with food, I like to match sicknesses with books.  Call me weird, I don’t care.

    Vultures’ Picnic: In pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates and High-finance CarnivoresI partnered this particular lurgey with Vultures’ Picnic: In pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates and High-finance Carnivores by Greg Palast; an “all the president’s men” for Big Oil.  I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a fairly thick tome of investigative journalism with a hint of the Gonzo thrown in ... Read more >

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