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Rob West

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26 November 2008

Bio

I am a citizen of the dumpy grey cloud and constant drizzle, over here checking out how the long white cloud thing works.
I live in Wellington and am loving the Kiwi ways. The windy city has swiftly become home as the crazy culture and beautiful surroundings entice me more everyday.

Posts

  • The Sevens is a Sore Place for the Kiwis

    Despite official support from a medley of Flashes, cavemen, doctors and many more, the Kiwis couldn’t pull off a win on Saturday. The Sevens was a magnificent event, with dancers, singers and way more besides showing off and keeping everyone entertained during the rugby.

  • RMA Potent for the Wrong Reasons

    The outline for the RMA has been sprung upon the public of New Zealand, and as expected National have seen fit to reduce our rights and plump those of the corporate.

  • Bringing the Wind

    With wind power firmly on the agenda for many council and national meetings, hearings and investigations it is important for us to understand its potential.

  • Inauguration Fever

    The world celebrated as Obama took office today. It was possibly the biggest event in international media history with Akamai and Mogulus who power many sites including CNN, C-SPAN and USA Today reporting record breaking traffic.

  • Manuka and Me

    I have spent the last week dressed in a white suit so baggy, MC Hammer would have jiggled with jealousy. My face covered in mesh and the all over span of the suit looking like a bad attempt at a fencer's fancy dress,(Courtesy of my employer and host Stu who lent me the suit, however being about three and a half feet taller than most people, the suit was a tad big) I was however getting firmly stuck in to some apiaries. That's right, I spent a week bee-keeping, and before you try to smother guffaws and look for something better to read, hold out, as against all of my own assumptions bee-keeping is by no means a geeky past time suitable for only the super nerd and the over active entomologist but in fact exciting, awe inspiring and exhausting. (There is of course the possibility that I am both super nerd and over active entomologist.... a fairly strong one come to think about it, but there we go!)

  • My Mussels Ain’t From Brussels!

    I recently read a fantastic book by American author, Taras Grescoe called Bottom Feeder; How To Eat Ethically In A World Of Vanishing Seafood. It worried me to say the least, and though I don’t wish anyone any undue stress I suggest everyone dips into the pages of this book and picks up some sage wisdom. It outlines, as the title suggests, a world in which we have ravaged our oceans to their very limits, and beyond in some cases. It describes the collapses of various fisheries and the areas in the ocean aptly named dead zones. Grescoe details ways in which we can be more informed and ethical in our munching on the bounties of the seas.

  • Biofuel makes Aviation Debut

    The World’s first commercial aviation test flight was a resounding success according to Dave Morgan, Chief Pilot for Air New Zealand.

    In a two hour test flight, one of the 747’s engines was powered by a 50/50 blend of standard fuel with synthetic fuel made from the oil of jatropha plant seeds. This test of a second generation biofuel follows the testing of a Virgin Atlantic flight last year, which utilised coconut and babassu oil instead. This test flight was a joint venture involving Air New Zealand, Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Honeywell Company UOP, with support from Terasol Energy and according to the Chief Executive of Air New Zealand, Rob Fyfe; it was a significant milestone toward a more environmentally sustainable company. Thanks to this test however, it is a milestone for more than just the company. With corporate entities not only acknowledging the alternatives to fossil fuels but actually attempting to use them commercially, this is a significant step for the planet toward a more sustainable future.

  • Whaling Violations Ignored by the Government

    New Zealand is no longer backing international law. It has stepped down and allows international criminals to exploit it’s resources. This is the only answer, however drastic it sounds to the total lack of response to the Japanese whaling fleet within our waters hunting whales in an internationally protected sanctuary.

    The whaling fleet is breaking international conservation law within the principles of the United Nations World Charter for Nature, yet no-one except a conservation charity have taken action. The Steve Irwin, the flagship for Sea Shepherd is confronting the fleet as it did last year and despite having been met with gun fire and other physical attacks in previous attempts to halt whaling, they persist. The brave crew of 40 have tackled the extreme weather conditions to halt the ships with a barrage of stinky substances and even a minor collision.

  • The Kapiti Island Caper

    The red eye fixed on me, wherever the head wavered to, the eye remained firmly studying me. It’s creator hadn’t deemed just any red eye acceptable though, it seemed to me staring back deep in to it, the most scarlet of berries had been utilised for sight in this creature. It’s head was just free of the shrubbery, and I could not help thinking we had stumbled into the velociraptor of the island. It had stalked it’s prey across the island’s confines and hid, still as the rocks on which it stood, eyeing me.

    Of course the Weka stood no chance of eating a person and in fact had no interest in doing so, standing under 50cm it was far more interested in the lunch that my girlfriend and I were chowing down on. It stalked it with a grace and tactic that reminded us of it’s long lost cousin from Jurassic park and indeed there was much to this island that smacked of Crighton’s famous stories.

  • Forest and Bird Condemn 40% Rise in Sea Lion Quota

    Forest & Bird is shocked that squid fishers will be allowed to kill 40 per cent more threatened New Zealand sea lions in the coming season.

    New Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley announced today that the number of sea lions allowed to be killed in the squid fishery this season has been raised from 81 last year to 113.