orce of nature. Full disclosure, she was once upon a time my landlady – but more importantly for this story, she’s the reason why you still sometimes follow a bus around Waiheke with a huge butterfly painted on its rear. That...
It’s not easy being told you’re average – but there it is in black and white. 46.7. That’s me. Smack bang in the middle of page eight’s colourful graphic – and setting the groundwork for the next 35 pages-worth of the...

The tanker driver’s withering smirk didn’t require a response. Regular readers may recall his last water delivery coincided with the heavy downpours which broke summer’s drought – simply down to misfortune on our part, I’d thought. Last week’s, though, followed...
Personally, I’m still batting for Jacinda’s Team of Five Million and her political leitmotif of kindness that continues to have us at the centre of the world stage. As a result, it seems vaguely shocking that media at this...
Today, Thursday 2 July, marks six months since the World Health Organisation first alerted its Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network partners about a cluster of atypical pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China.  Since then, although coronavirus’ gruesome toll has topped...
Mark Zuckerberg has recently looked more like an outraged Roman emperor with cities burning around him than the familiar, boyish wunderkind who founded Facebook, leads its board and owns most of its shares.  Even as Washington itself burned, the...

Mark Zuckerberg has recently looked more like an outraged Roman emperor with cities burning around him than the familiar, boyish wunderkind who founded Facebook, leads its board and owns most of its shares.  Even as Washington itself burned, the...
Outside ASB, Morgs beams and glows his way through a story about his shiny new daughter. She’s feeding well and sleeping well; he couldn’t be happier. We grasp each other’s hands and hug – my first hug in 75...
To an observer – a space station crew or author brewing a dystopian novel, for example – it must have been an astonishing sight. Like meerkats blinking out of sight, we responded to a great new 21st century plague by diving...
“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...
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