We live – individually and collectively – with the world we leave behind us and the hindsight view of our civilization in the century since the end of the First World War, for all its innovation and excitements, often...
There are seven billion of us – an evolutionary tribe on the planet that author Reg Morrison – and, probably more famously, David Attenborough – have described as a ‘plague species’. Morrison’s book of that name has been skulling...

A week can be a long time in politics was a phrase coined in the mid 1960s amid what has been described as one of the greatest periods of social and industrial change in the twentieth century. Technology was...
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...
Ten years ago, New Zealand was something of a poster child in the global thought leader organization that I’ve participated in and coached since the early 90s.  I was talking recently (at some weird hour of the morning) to a...
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 are some things just too awful to be contemplated. A good cartoon can help the pain, and here I continue to miss my long-time and very beloved cartoonist, the late Jim Storey, who could, with a few penstrokes, capture...

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...

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...

“Waiheke needs the double-deckers like the dolphins need the jet skis”, says this week’s bumper sticker on the island. It comes with a few variations and the concept is easy to expand on in idle moments.  “Waiheke needs the...
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