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...
“No one should be surprised if there is a crisis of mistrust in politicians in New Zealand, and across the Anglo-American world. For the past 30 years, they have been pursuing a philosophy that strikes at the heart of...

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...
A wise man, back in the 80s, speculated – with all the gusto of a local pundit – that Waiheke had more cars per mile of road (he was of the age for miles) than anywhere else in the...
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...
There are times when one can question the wisdom of building your house among trees that were to mature into a handsome stand of kahikatea and alongside a charming watercourse down through a coastal valley. With floodwaters already over two...
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...

“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...
There is a battle for hearts and minds going on in our brave new world of algorithmic voter manipulation. In the public sphere, there has been a dismayed – and dismaying – silence in the face of the last year’s...

Kaitiakitanga is integral to the spirit of Waitangi Day. Reflecting the Maori belief in a deep kinship between humans and the natural world, it codifies a raft of enviably precise measures for our stewardship of the land, the waters,...
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