A fortnight before last week’s ANZAC day anniversary of the fourth and bloodiest year of the First World War, the Doomsday Clock – maintained since 1947 and representing the likelihood of a man-made global castastrophe – was moved up to...
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...
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...
It is perfectly logical to suggest – as I did last week – that those who want to pursue a more just and fair path for our society should not waste time challenging those pedaling the modern neoliberal economy...

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...

I must have read Eric Berne’s Transactional Analysis at an impressionable age. Based on his observations of people in his own clinical practice in the 1950s, the psychologist developed the idea that people can switch between different states of mind—sometimes in...

We lost my mother very recently and in the gentle processes of the following week as we prepared for her funeral we were very aware of the extraordinary strength and contribution women of her generation made in their turbulent...
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...
It’s official.  Waiheke is profoundly dissatisfied with its relationship with the Auckland supercity to which it was a bartered bride in the 1980s and whose fate under Rodney Hide’s monolithic 2010 supercity successor Auckland Council has not been a...
For a long time, I’ve felt that if someone showed up and pointed to a fair, wholesome and believable future, he or she could become  leader of the world surprisingly quickly. The sad outcomes of the promising Obama presidency seriously...
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