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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
“No one should be surprised if there is a crisis of mistrust in politicians in New Zealand, and across the Anglo-American world. For the past 30 years, they have been pursuing a philosophy that strikes at the heart of...
This Friday, Auckland’s yacht club fleets will race out of Auckland, most headed north to Mahurangi Harbour for the mesmerizingly beautiful classic yacht regatta that convenes there every Auckland Anniversary weekend.   On Sunday, after some serious racing on the...
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...

Warning. This content may disturb some readers. “Expect Queues,” the website of ferry company Fullers says as we go into a second summer of overwhelming peak demand. It continues: “There may be long lines to board, especially on Waiheke...
This anniversary, going back over the years of Gulf News and its deeply embedded role in the island community, the exercise has not seemed so much about what happened, but more about how we were about our world back...
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