In the days when everyone knew what the eight-pointed Maltese Cross of the hospitaler Knights of St John’s looked like, there was a tired old riddle that asked “how do you make a Maltese cross?” These days, there is one...
Saturdays  I catch the ferry into work with John, a few mornings a week I catch up for a chat with George, and usually a couple of evenings a week I find myself on the bus alongside my neighbour...
“Please don’t go.”Ring a bell? It was, after all, splashed all over the front of Gulf News two and a half years ago.Yes, that was Phil Goff in October 2016 when, as incoming mayor, he didn’t want Waiheke to...

In the hands of a skilled pest-controller, a tracking station tells an incredible story – an open book of the comings and goings of rats, mice, hedgehogs, insects, birds, even the occasional family pet.Attracted by a knob of peanut...
When, a few months ago, council officials took back the Little Oneroa Stream problem and started putting up digital signage to tell visitors how toxic that particularly treasured, jewel-green beach was, seasoned Waiheke citizens could have taken bets that...
Even if American president Donald Trump had not opened up his country’s giant conservation estate to exploitation, stuffed migrants and their children into open-air jails and shamelessly fostered racial tensions, he would have lost me – deeply and seriously...
If ever there was a week in Auckland to remind us that all life is balanced between the good that humanity can do and the bad, this was it. As airman Antoine de Saint-Exupéry laid out so clearly in The...
“You need to remove some of the politics sometimes and just think about humanity,” our prime minister Jacinda Ardern said in a headline article in the current edition of the Guardian Weekly. She was talking to Guardian writer and editor...
The media news cycle has hastened on from the brief glimpse we caught a few weeks ago of the planet’s school students striking in fury over the climate breakdown they rightly foresee for themselves. It was a promise of a...
What a gentle, mindful and ultimately stronger country we became over the weekend in the face of unspeakable tragedy in Christchurch.  Every new count of dead and injured Kiwi Muslims, every clip of almost incomprehensible courage, each skein of...
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