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...
Former chairman Paul Walden took two months leave of absence from the Waiheke Local Board in late August in order to prepare his defence against five charges brought against him by the Auckland Council which alleges illegal work on...
When, a few months ago, council officials took back the Little Oneroa Stream problem and started putting up digital signage to tell visitors how toxic that particularly treasured, jewel-green beach was, seasoned Waiheke citizens could have taken bets that...
Reference sources say that ‘stool pigeon’ derives from the ancient hunting practice of fixing a dead or replica pigeon on to a stool (post, stump) to act as a decoy to attract other birds. In our weedy political discourse,...
Whatever our national print media duopoly is asserting about the future of print media, the view of the industry on the ground is pretty reassuring. Last weekend, we as the country’s independent small newspapers held our annual conference in Christchurch. ...
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...
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...

For a long time – in the days when we used film cameras and juggled light values with squinting eyes – I had a covert ambition to be a National Geographic photographer. Not the bugs, so much, but the...
Even if American president Donald Trump had not opened up his country’s giant conservation estate to exploitation, stuffed migrants and their children into open-air jails and shamelessly fostered racial tensions, he would have lost me – deeply and seriously...
Actually, Auckland hasn’t belonged to Aucklanders for a long time, probably since a single council bureaucrat in 2007 wiped our City of Sails logo off the slate and Auckland became some sort of golden goose for a New Zealand...
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