From the dimly-remembered Westerns that were a prized treat of my youth in cinema-rich Devonport, I concluded that, for every mainstreet shootout in a frontier town of a few pubs, a brothel, a clapboard general store, a smithy 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...
This is Auckland’s anniversary weekend, a celebration of 156 years of civic life and achievements. On many levels, our city has done us proud. We sprawled across the landscape and lived the New World’s suburban dream of home ownership...
It’s hard to imagine a more successful vessel for her purpose than Fullers’ Quickcat. Purpose-built, turning 30 and probably nearing the end of her life, she’s taken the ferry company from five return trips a day in 1987 to...
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...
Earlier this year, I got my head above water long enough to fly out for San Francisco for a three-day conference on global transformation.  It wasn’t the feely-touchy version. Rather it was the sort of transformation that Mahatma Ghandi...

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...
It’s not entirely coincidence that, at this particular point in time, Waiheke’s contribution to public sculpture on the global stage is rich in the symbolism of stewardship, rangitiratanga and a sort of clarity of spirit that comes from engagement...
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 was never much doubt that we would get through this summer with difficulty.  A few years ago, we as a community looked wistfully at the Unesco biosphere concept that enabled bijou Australian holiday destinations like Noosa and the...
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