The Book and the Highway

cover-jpeg-mediumOff to Wellington today for the Women’s Studies Association conference this weekend, where I will be talking about and selling (early, because the book launch isn’t till May Day) my new book, Fighting to Choose, and introducing people to the Prochoice Highway, which is a books-cum-spread-the-word project I’m doing this year in conjunction with a few cool people including ALRANZ. Also, the ALRANZ AGM is on Tuesday 30 April,  in Wellington. It’s members only, but if you need info, write to ALRANZ at safeandlegal[at] And, yes, on May Day the book is officially being launched. Write to me if you want venue etc. details! Meanwhile, I’m on Saturday with Kim Hill tomorrow morning to talk about the book. More updates to come…


Rena: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Or, an alternative headline might be, A Definition of Impossible.

Impossible being trying to clean up zillions of these (pix taken 23 April at the Mount):

Plastic beads from the Rena wreck.

Plastic beads from the Rena wreck.

From this:

Crews at work picking up beads on the Mount beach.

Crews at work picking up beads on the Mount beach.

According to info from the Rena Recovery Project’s site  the storm over the weekend caused the release of “a quantity of plastic beads” from a container in the stern of the wreck. Hmmm, “a quantity”. That’s specific.

The project also says that the beads pose no threat to humans or wildlife. I suppose I find the latter a little hard to believe. Back in 2012, there was a whole lot of reporting about the threat the beads might pose to wildlife when a container holding 17 tonnes of them washed ashore on Matakana Island, which stretches between Mt Maunganui and Waihi Beach. But this time around, there hasn’t been any useful digging that I can see (excuse the inappropriate verb) into just what the impact of these beads is. And the authorities almost always reflexively say that X, Y and Z will have little or no impact on A, B and C. Will see what I can find out…

UPDATE 23 April 2013: The BOP Times, via the Herald, has a piece about why this latest pollution means the wreck should be removed.

Spot the Difference

The BOP Times has an article today on its site about the Port of Tauranga opening an expanded container terminal.

The Port of Tauranga has a media release today on its site about the Port of Tauranga opening an expanded container terminal.

Even the headlines match. Someone should give someone some credit, at least. Business “journalism” at work. (Would a political advocacy group, or iwi who have been fighting the port expansion, or a group of greenies, or feminists, or etc. etc. get their PR material published verbatim?)

Oh, there it is over at Scoop, which clearly marks PR material as PR material, so you know what you’re getting.