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...
Waiheke’s bid for relative independence from the Auckland supercity is being “stitched up, well and truly”, according to Our Waiheke breakaway group spokesman John Meeuwsen, who is also a local board member. In a decision late last year, the Local...
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is blazing something of a tour de force across Europe at this moment, clearly a member of the world’s young gun leaders and belying the rather carping news coverage she and her ministers get at...

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...
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...
I admit I did very little work on Friday afternoon, fascinated with the UK election, the despairing mantra of ‘stability’ on a haggard Theresa May’s lips and the sight of Labour wins winking red all over the electoral maps...
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...
Earlier this week, we ran out of water. Again. I should have known better. We’ve lived here for nearly 40 years. Unfortunately, so has the piping. Nor does it help that the kahikatea saplings are now 25 feet high...
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...
Of everything I have read, some of the best, or at least most illuminating, novels touching on the nature of mankind have been science fiction. Of course.  The genre frees up a speculative future based on the common denominators...
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