I must have read Eric Berne’s Transactional Analysis at an impressionable age. Based on his observations of people in his own clinical practice in the 1950s, the psychologist developed the idea that people can switch between different states of mind—sometimes in...
Mostly, the constant patter of emails into my ‘editor’ email from National Party circles is about appointments: diplomatic, government and quasi private. Policy, almost never, even when the Opposition parties (far more prolific with policy at the best of times)...
“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...

‘There’s plenty of kindness to go around – it’s not pie,’ says the T-shirt. ‘Love, peace, equality, KINDNESS,’ says the fridge magnet. American film critic, historian, journalist, screenwriter, and author Roger Ebert went one better and concluded that kindness covered...
Floods that slammed us last week – Biblical in some respects and the worst for a while but certainly not for a century – did what violent events always do: bring out the best and the worst in us. Friends...

In the dappled, welcome shade of one of Waiheke’s most beautiful overhanging pohutukawa, I’m selecting matching stones for a small, slim under-two-year-old to consign to the rising tide with an impressively well-formed overhand style. After which he will trot...
There are, in these tangled times, advantages of having travelled fairly widely in poor places. Not tragic lands where mothers must live with their children’s enormous eyes and bodies like a handful of sticks, but small village clusters: islands...
Whatever our national print media duopoly is asserting about the future of print media, the view of the industry on the ground is pretty reassuring. Last weekend, we as the country’s independent small newspapers held our annual conference in Christchurch. ...
Biased is always something that someone else is being; language from the upset four-year-old who wailed “you’re always being mean to me” at an intractable parent and got to guilt their way out of some of the consequences. It’s a...

Kaitiakitanga is integral to the spirit of Waitangi Day. Reflecting the Maori belief in a deep kinship between humans and the natural world, it codifies a raft of enviably precise measures for our stewardship of the land, the waters,...
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