There is a deep dysfunction in the way we talk about oil and mining.
Battles over oil and mining developments in New Zealand are fierce and polarised. Often presented as a simple trade-off between conservation or quick profit, the debate leaves little space for discussion across ideological divides.
The Ground Between provides a rare account from someone who has worked within this contested arena. Drawing on his experience with local and international mining companies, governments and NGOs, Sefton Darby reflects frankly on the state of resource extraction in New Zealand. Seeking to reset the debate within a global context, this book is ultimately about how we – as a country – make decisions around contentious issues.
About the author
Sefton Darby is a consultant working on public policy and natural-resource governance issues for a variety of NGOs, governments, corporations and international multilateral organisations in New Zealand, Australia and internationally. He has previously worked for the British and New Zealand governments, the World Bank and mining companies. He was closely involved in the early development of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and has worked on oil and mining issues in a number of countries in Africa, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Asia Pacific. He holds a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Otago, and an MLitt in International Security from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His interests are in multistakeholder governance, the future of the oil and mining sectors, and the political and security impacts of climate change.
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