May miscellany

It’s a rugged way to end up – from being loved to bits to being forgotten and dumped along with the week’s other trash. Let’s hope some teddy lover got to him/her before the rubbish truck…

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Questions, questions: Does  Auckland  still deserve  the  brash if not downright  shameless moniker of  ‘Supercity’?  Did marketers  create it to  mask   the equally galling privatisation of   local democracy?  And  one last  one:  how  can those same brand merchants continue to  call Auckland the ‘City of Sails’ when the Brains Trust at Auckland’s  Development agency Panuku,  promotes a proposal  extending  the once beloved (and now  almost off-limits) Queens Wharf…?

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Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050 according to the United Nations. Projections show that urbanisation, the gradual shift in residence of the human population from rural to urban areas, combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050, with close to 90% of this increase taking place in Asia and Africa, according to a new United Nations data set.

So much, so ho hum? Not quite,  certainly not for  environmentalists who believe that the inexorable movement to cities will dim, if not eliminate our knowledge and appreciation of  Nature’s rhythms and cycles of life.   For the most eloquent evocation of what  we may be in danger of losing, read Michael McCarthy’s The Moth Snowstorm – Nature and Joy.

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Paul Smith

Paul is a veteran journalist, non-fiction author and writing mentor. He has also served on boards ranging from TVNZ to UNESCO.