by Chris Perley
Let us start with a story. I once had a discussion with a roading engineer. It started badly and got progressively worse. He was explaining to me – is there an engineer equivalent to mansplaining? – that the route down the coastal Norfolk Pine avenue of Marine Parade from the Napier Port to the Awatoto Fertiliser works was the shortest distance for the heavy trucks (He spoke slowly so I was able to follow his indisputable logic).
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Chris Perley is a consultant and principal of Thoughtscapes, an affiliated researcher with
Otago University’s Centre for Sustainability, an activist on social and environmental issues, a member of Wise Response and a thinker, writer and commentator. His work is focused on realising the potential of landscapes, communities and their economies, and on the deeper philosophies underpinning current and potential future approaches.
He has consulted companies, corporations, local government, central government and the United Nations Food & Agricultural Organisation. He is published in academic and professional journals and has presented papers at a number of universities and international and national conferences. He was editor of the NZ J Forestry for four years, is a past Vice President of the NZ Institute of Forestry, and was made the youngest fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry in 2009 in his 40s.
His professional experience relates to: forest ecology; land management across forestry and agriculture; land use integration; regional and sector strategy; policy analysis with a focus on regional issues; integrated environmental, social and economic systems; research in sustainable land management in socio-ecological systems; and management.
He writes an eclectic and often irreverent
blog with particular interest in changing the way we look at the land, community and economics.
Chris Perley is the Green Party Candidate for Tukituki.