Warning. This content may disturb some readers. “Expect Queues,” the website of ferry company Fullers says as we go into a second summer of overwhelming peak demand. It continues: “There may be long lines to board, especially on Waiheke...
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...

Being called to arms on climate change by Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin is probably no weirder than a lot else in our globalised world. We are going into a world putatively led by a climate change denialist, an...
There are seven billion of us – an evolutionary tribe on the planet that author Reg Morrison – and, probably more famously, David Attenborough – have described as a ‘plague species’. Morrison’s book of that name has been skulling...

It’s a weird interregnum we are in; a space where it is almost poor form to discuss politics, so fine is the balance. Even the clamour of ‘moral entitlement’ that filled the Saturday night media reaction to our temporarily-hung...
“The privatisation circus is back in town,” says Waitemata councillor Mike Lee as what appears to be a money-crazed Auckland Council launches a sale of every public asset that’s not nailed down, along with vast amounts more that one...
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...

A hard-hitting United Nations report due out this week will highlight the devastating human rights impact of society’s tendency to view houses as financial commodities rather than homes for people. Leilani Farha, a UN special rapporteur for housing and human...

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...
There are, in these tangled times, advantages of having travelled fairly widely in poor places. Not tragic lands where mothers must live with their children’s enormous eyes and bodies like a handful of sticks, but small village clusters: islands...
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