Councillor for Waitemata and Gulf Mike Lee says he is appalled at the decision to hit Waiheke commuters with further parking charges at Matiatia.  Cr Lee said he was deeply concerned that, as the elected Councillor for the inner...

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...
Usually, whenever one forms a shiny new possibility in the world – of an ubiquitous kindness, as I did  last week in this column, for example – what shows up next is all the stuff that isn’t kindness and...
‘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...
We live – individually and collectively – with the world we leave behind us and the hindsight view of our civilization in the century since the end of the First World War, for all its innovation and excitements, often...
It is perfectly logical to suggest – as I did last week – that those who want to pursue a more just and fair path for our society should not waste time challenging those pedaling the modern neoliberal economy...
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...
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...

I must have read Eric Berne’s Transactional Analysis at an impressionable age.Based on his observations of people in his own clinical practice in the 1950s, the psychologist developed the idea that people can switch between different states of mind—sometimes in...
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...
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