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...
It began with one Swedish schoolgirl in a yellow rain jacket and when the Guardian Weekly broke the story of angry schoolkids striking to demand action on climate change, the leitmotif to society was ‘I want you to panic’.Greta...
Actually, Auckland hasn’t belonged to Aucklanders for a long time, probably since a single council bureaucrat in 2007 wiped our City of Sails logo off the slate and Auckland became some sort of golden goose for a New Zealand...
Mercy on us.  A capital gains tax has been proposed for our benighted country and so far, the wrath of Jove has not smitten us from the register of global approval.  Note to opposition leaders, even Stuff calls out...
There are fairly obvious reasons why Theresa May’s Britain is going one way with a Huawei high-speed 5G technology network and New Zealand is going another. And none of them have anything to do with Wellington picking the US...
 Shadow work – not the Jungian dumpster diving into the dark of your own soul which has the same name but the big, insidious hole in our lives when we are, all unknowingly, working for someone else, and for...

Just before the summer, Auckland Council officials descended on the Waiheke Local Board and announced public consultation for Local Parks Management Planning or, as it is now lovingly referred to in official circles, Waiheke’s LPMP.  Specifically, we are being...

Time is precious but we seldom treat it as such unless (like James Bond) we are staring death in the face or having one of those sand-through-the-hourglass epiphanies that can come at the end of a run of –...
By now, even the briefest summer visitor will have noticed that Waiheke has too much traffic for its roads and its public transport isn’t exactly a good fit either. This bursting-at-the-seams atmosphere is a phenomenon in small destinations that...
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