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Viable options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Viable options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The Climate Change Commission's 2021 report includes a number of recommendations for central and local government to work together on reducing New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions. These improvements to legislation, funding, and public engagement will be...

How to write an interesting consultation document

How to write an interesting consultation document

One of the challenges of writing a concise, interesting resource management or Long Term Plan consultation document is that the starting point is a much larger, more detailed source of information. Councils need to transform the key elements of detailed analysis into...

How to write a submission on a council plan

How to write a submission on a council plan

Last week I edited a submission for a client (Ian McComb, of Small Time Developments Ltd) which includes some really good practices. That experience inspired the following checklist which you may find helpful if you are writing a submission on a council plan.  (This...

Five ways to avoid OOS when working at home

Five ways to avoid OOS when working at home

Thanks to Covid-19, this was a year where working at home became normal. As well as the global benefit of lower emissions from vehicles, we also enjoyed: less traffic on the roadwearing soft pants at workhanging out with the dogbeing trusted to deliver on timehaving...

Compost bins and worm farms: a review of the options

Compost bins and worm farms: a review of the options

There are multiple reasons why councils around the country want to keep food waste out of the landfill — to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to benefit soil health, and to extend the life of landfills. The two broad options are to put your food waste out for community...

How to use styles in Word documents

How to use styles in Word documents

Learning how to use styles in your Word documents gives you the power to design the look of your document — and avoid unpleasant surprises. I dislike Calibri font — there’s something mean about it, especially in the smaller point sizes. Give me a more generous...

How to share the ideas in your Activity Management Plan

How to share the ideas in your Activity Management Plan

An Activity Management Plan is a technical document rather than a bookshop bestseller. But that’s no reason not to communicate its contents with your target audiences. You can click here if you would prefer to listen to an audio version of this article. Anyone who...