Obey without question

There is a strand of thinking still alive in parts of the schooling system which is based on a much older view of the world.  That is the notion that the authority of certain institutions must be obeyed without question by those within their clutches. Questioning, in whatever format, is seen as almost a treachery […]

Solving the problems of noise and nuisance in the city

As the post earthquake vision of medium density, apartment-based city living becomes realised in Christchurch, it brings together new challenges of commerce, entertainment and community living close together.  Such interests can be complementary but they can also clash. Recent reports have highlighted the issues from both sides.  On the one hand, bar and night club […]