During nearly 40 years on Waiheke, I’ve learned to duck all predictions around the outcomes of democratic elections, at least until they are over, by which time they are no longer predictions, of course, but have some use in...
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...

In the dappled, welcome shade of one of Waiheke’s most beautiful overhanging pohutukawa, I’m selecting matching stones for a small, slim under-two-year-old to consign to the rising tide with an impressively well-formed overhand style. After which he will trot...
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...

Welcome to Waiheke. We hope you get to notice the blazing pohutukawa of all sizes around every corner, that masterful castle on the evening sand with a silhouette like a medieval city and the small-scale-ness of our villages and...

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 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...
Our most impressive modern-day inventor and SpaceX extrepreneur Elon Musk wants to colonise Mars. Donald Trump wants it to be within the timeframe of his presidency. Musk says it would be fun. The gravity is 37 percent of that of...

Resolutions are at least a sporting attempt at generating new and hopefully more useful personal behaviours and the week after the solstice – corresponding as it does to the midwinter New Year in our parent European culture – felt...

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...
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