It’s December and the rather glorious longest days of the year are fast disappearing in the onrushing Christmas hype. I’m of the generation that remembers long youthful debates in the halcyon late hippy days including the one that predicated...
Almost everything I’ve known about Yemen was gleaned from Paul Torday’s rather entrancing novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a tale told almost entirely via a trove of emails and official memorandums mined from the absurdity of its central...
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 would like to assure you that Paul Walden has been treated no differently to any other property owner in similar circumstances nor has he been given any preferential treatment.”  This was Auckland Council chief executive Stephen Town’s response to...
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)...

This week, we put the first of a series of questions to Auckland Central candidates for next month’s general election (See page 16). Given that the supercity reforms of 2010 were about transforming the City of Sails into New Zealand’s...

There was never much doubt that we would get through this summer with difficulty.  A few years ago, we as a community looked wistfully at the Unesco biosphere concept that enabled bijou Australian holiday destinations like Noosa and the...
John Meeuwsen isn’t expecting his new role as the head of the Hauraki Gulf Forum to be an easy ride.  A member of the Waiheke Local Board for the last five years and an advocate for more grass-roots participation in...

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...
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...
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