Author Archives: Jodie

About Jodie

It is only by questioning and discussing and attempting to view the world our childrens children will live in, that we start to understand that life isn't a linear process - it is a room of dominoes falling. Our world has a lot of special interests and stakeholders that by default, keep science undone, and economics hooked in the 1920's - resulting in governments that don't address the complexity that is challenging our world. From pollution to mental health (and the cost of food) to the health of our freshwater - it's complex and dynamic. What equilibrium do we want to reach - a healthy vital one or a suffering one?

Sometimes you need to hear it to believe it. So here I am.

Our world view is connected to the people that surround us and the media we are exposed to.  I grew up in a conventional right wing farming family. Politics was never discussed, you simply voted right. It wouldn’t have occurred … Continue reading

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Must be a bad writer.

A couple of months ago I spent a while trying to get this piece into mainstream media. I tried New Zealand’s National Radio, Listener, Stuff, NZ Herald. I guess a) no one’s interested in this topic and b) I am … Continue reading

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Why do we all have sick guts? NZ health policy needs to digest some facts.

It’s an election year and there is one health policy I want to see that none of the parties are publicly considering. It is a policy I believe nearly every Kiwi would support. Especially women, whom this issue disproportionately affects. … Continue reading

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The kindness of strangers

Many moons ago I posted a piece hoping that someone out there could fix my ancient 1964 Sunbeam Toastermatic.  I just put it out there. It was my dads, and it’s special. So I put it in a suitably special … Continue reading

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How parents fail.

Our parents don’t fail us when they can’t make it to sports games, don’t bake the perfect birthday cake, aren’t there to watch us get a certificate. When they make a decision once or twice that they later regret. They … Continue reading

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Making a rash decision from the gut. About a dog.

I am about to conduct an experiment on the dog. My dog Myrtle has had skin based stomach rashes for a good 6 months now.  Extensive reading has lead me to a mother-type conclusion.  Perhaps an outrageous theory (that is grounded … Continue reading

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Roundup & glyphosate: Independent Research is the Key

This article is a response to an opinion piece in the Bay of Plenty Herald.  Unlike most opinion pieces, the piece BOP Times Independent research is the key never went online…. so here is the text: In response to Tauranga city council’s communications … Continue reading

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Free-range kids in the Bay of Plenty.

Our family ended up at Matahui Road School after moving from a highly esteemed local primary school in the Bay of Plenty Region, where after 6 weeks in the new entrance class the teacher didn’t realise that my son could read, … Continue reading

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Bulimia – acknowledging that parents can screw up is part of healing.

The first thing that happens to us in our life is that we are nourished and nurtured. We naturally, form loving bonds with family around us. This is the essence of life, the meaning of life, however you put it. … Continue reading

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Bridal Registry Wish List – the top ten… in hindsight.

If I got married today what would be on my list? After 13 years of marriage this week and 2 (mostly) fabulous kids, I was thinking about the things I had on my bridal registration list.  What was worth it, … Continue reading

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