During nearly 40 years on Waiheke, I’ve learned to duck all predictions around the outcomes of democratic elections, at least until they are over, by which time they are no longer predictions, of course, but have some use in...

Warning. This content may disturb some readers. “Expect Queues,” the website of ferry company Fullers says as we go into a second summer of overwhelming peak demand. It continues: “There may be long lines to board, especially on Waiheke...

Polls, like most tools, are a good servant but bad master, particularly when – as in the past decade and more – they seem to be almost the only moving part in parliamentary politics. Throw the dead cat (aka poll...
I had a mission this week to project-manage a suitably large pirate ship to the exacting specifications (and excellent working drawings) of a hammer-in-hand nearly-five-year-old wanting to build it for his friends. A life-history of boat-owning and providently stacking...
Of everything I have read, some of the best, or at least most illuminating, novels touching on the nature of mankind have been science fiction. Of course.  The genre frees up a speculative future based on the common denominators...
“No one should be surprised if there is a crisis of mistrust in politicians in New Zealand, and across the Anglo-American world. For the past 30 years, they have been pursuing a philosophy that strikes at the heart of...
There are times when one can question the wisdom of building your house among trees that were to mature into a handsome stand of kahikatea and alongside a charming watercourse down through a coastal valley. With floodwaters already over two...
A wise man, back in the 80s, speculated – with all the gusto of a local pundit – that Waiheke had more cars per mile of road (he was of the age for miles) than anywhere else in the...

Councillor for Waitemata and Gulf Mike Lee says he is appalled at the decision to hit Waiheke commuters with further parking charges at Matiatia.  Cr Lee said he was deeply concerned that, as the elected Councillor for the inner...

We lost my mother very recently and in the gentle processes of the following week as we prepared for her funeral we were very aware of the extraordinary strength and contribution women of her generation made in their turbulent...
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