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...

Polls, like most tools, are a good servant but bad master, particularly when – as in the past decade and more – they seem to be almost the only moving part in parliamentary politics. Throw the dead cat (aka poll...
“Just what is The Economy?” one of my shrewder friends, renown for her blunt common sense in most matters, asked out loud this week, about the same time I was reading yet another mainstream editorial comment pitched at those...
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...
Okay.  Relatively, on these pages, I’ve held off from comment on the successive circuses starring the American president and the tangle of partisan truths and lies animating what’s become the nightly Mueller Show.   In part because one’s embarrassed for...
John Meeuwsen isn’t expecting his new role as the head of the Hauraki Gulf Forum to be an easy ride.  A member of the Waiheke Local Board for the last five years and an advocate for more grass-roots participation in...
Auckland’s housing has been a problem that was, until this month, available for discussion only in Steven Joyce’s terms of ad hoc ‘greenfields’ development adjacent to the already-jammed motorways in and out of Auckland. Now, options are on the table...

In the dappled, welcome shade of one of Waiheke’s most beautiful overhanging pohutukawa, I’m selecting matching stones for a small, slim under-two-year-old to consign to the rising tide with an impressively well-formed overhand style. After which he will trot...
Auckland Council collects $6.5 billion in revenues and the hurry-hurry adoption of legislation for a proposed regional fuel tax would add $1.506 billion. At the same time, its ratepayers support more than 11,000 employees.  Eleven hundred is the theoretical number...
In George Bernard Shaw’s enigmatic social commentary Pygmalion, Alfred Doolittle – a cockney dustman deeply scornful of middle class morality and his society’s notions of deserving and undeserving poor – sells his daughter Eliza to Professor Higgins for five...
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