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. ...
A few weeks ago, as we reached for our lunches between yacht races on the sunlit harbour, one of our number leaned over, flicked the tin being unholstered by a younger crew member and said, without emphasis, that we...
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...

Compelling religious beliefs and moral compasses went out of fashion about the time I was a young journalist. A handful of clerics, Sir Paul Reeves among them, stood out over subsequent years as truthtellers in a relentlessly secularising society...
In my first editorial of the New Year, I buoyantly discerned a seachange we might hope for as China banned imports of the globe’s plastic trash.  Individual countries (including China) repurposing well-sorted plastic waste within their own borders sounded...
There have been a couple of interesting facts as the world press dissected France’s atypical leadership election result and the implications for a world finding itself with an increasingly full house of world leaders whose public personas would seem...

Clearly I haven’t been nearly plain enough these last two years about my Waiheke-centric dissatisfactions with Auckland Transport’s management of Pier Two in the downtown ferry basin.   At this moment, it looks as if more delays, ever-present queues and...
Stormwater and its ferocious ravages on Waiheke’s essentially hilly terrain has troubled our minds a lot in the last 18 months.  The sight of trucks worth millions standing in stormwater up past their windows in Tahi Road yards in March...
When the Oneroa Volunteer Fire Station siren went off one last time for Ron Leonard a week ago, it was an eerie moment for islanders who have known him in his many, often unsung roles these last five decades. Statistics...

‘There’s plenty of kindness to go around – it’s not pie,’ says the T-shirt. ‘Love, peace, equality, KINDNESS,’ says the fridge magnet. American film critic, historian, journalist, screenwriter, and author Roger Ebert went one better and concluded that kindness covered...
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