Auckland’s housing has been a problem that was, until this month, available for discussion only in Steven Joyce’s terms of ad hoc ‘greenfields’ development adjacent to the already-jammed motorways in and out of Auckland. Now, options are on the table...
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...
“Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When the crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around,” Milton Friedman said in 1982. “That, I believe, is our basic...

You can get a pretty good up-close view of some of the world’s most magnificent cruise ships courtesy of Fullers ferries. Two weeks running now, as I’ve headed into the city on early morning commutes, we’ve had cause to either...
Okay.  Relatively, on these pages, I’ve held off from comment on the successive circuses starring the American president and the tangle of partisan truths and lies animating what’s become the nightly Mueller Show.   In part because one’s embarrassed for...
“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...

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...
A raft of council planning processes which will “fold” (aka homogenise) and lock in Waiheke’s future character and aspirations during the term of the next Waiheke Local Board emerged as a major island issue at Waiheke Radio’s local government...
There are fairly obvious reasons why Theresa May’s Britain is going one way with a Huawei high-speed 5G technology network and New Zealand is going another. And none of them have anything to do with Wellington picking the US...

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...
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