Earlier this week, we ran out of water. Again. I should have known better. We’ve lived here for nearly 40 years. Unfortunately, so has the piping. Nor does it help that the kahikatea saplings are now 25 feet high...
Now that the issue of a reasonable Auckland venue for the America’s Cup is settled, we Aucklanders need to settle in for robust debate on the public transport infrastructure our city needs.  Leadership is required, preferably elected and of the...
I am somewhat in grief for the cornucopia that was the second-hand bookshop that has long graced the Devonport wharf. Almost on my last visit, the shop assistant looked up and found copies of the Hutu and Kawa water...
A few weeks ago, as we reached for our lunches between yacht races on the sunlit harbour, one of our number leaned over, flicked the tin being unholstered by a younger crew member and said, without emphasis, that we...
“Just what is The Economy?” one of my shrewder friends, renown for her blunt common sense in most matters, asked out loud this week, about the same time I was reading yet another mainstream editorial comment pitched at those...

For a long time – in the days when we used film cameras and juggled light values with squinting eyes – I had a covert ambition to be a National Geographic photographer. Not the bugs, so much, but the...
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...
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...
When the National Standards reporting system for New Zealand schools met an immediate demise at the hands of the new Labour-led coalition government before Christmas, it brought a sigh of relief from, in particular, primary teachers. Hustled in before Christmas...

It was Leonardo da Vinci who said that ‘our life is made by the death of others’ and the legacy of former Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton – like his hard-working political life – was founded and will be...
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