So far, my Plastic Free July resolutions have yielded a cotton bag hung in the pantry to accumulate bread bags and random soft-plastic wrappings which will go into the Ostend supermarket’s useful bin, a lively conversation with a young...
“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...
In Wellsford, an 89-year-old ratepayer is starting a rates revolt over a targeted levy to fix Rodney’s transport woes. In Christchurch, The Star reports that a young fraudster is jailed for scamming the elderly “yet again”, while the jobs of...
Earlier this year, I got my head above water long enough to fly out for San Francisco for a three-day conference on global transformation.  It wasn’t the feely-touchy version. Rather it was the sort of transformation that Mahatma Ghandi...
So now we can get our sleeves rolled up. This has been an interesting first week of the rest of our lives. Electorally, I’ve plumped for change every election since John Key’s National policy tore democracy and environmental protections apart...

I think we’ve all been holding our breath to see what 2018 might bring. Confusion, my trusty Guardian says, was the defining mode of 2017, and heaven knows we’ve had enough of that this last 30 years.  However, four days...
Christmas as we have known it may be undergoing a seachange.  A season and a festival above all others that might be expected to spark a more wholesome approach to the structures of modern society, it has, for the last...

For the first six or seven years that I knew Jacinda Ardern, I would have been fairly certain that no-one could take a bad photo of her. She was grace under fire, even on the devastating evening in 2014...

Resolutions are at least a sporting attempt at generating new and hopefully more useful personal behaviours and the week after the solstice – corresponding as it does to the midwinter New Year in our parent European culture – felt...
A certain ‘public weariness’ about the continued commemorations of the centenary of the First World War was acknowledged by island politician and city councillor Mike Lee at Tuesday’s ANZAC Dawn Service. It probably says much about public opinion and its...
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