Favourite story of the week was told me in front of the mince shelves at Countdown. An old friend recounted how he was caring for a partly tame magpie, who’d lost the top half of its beak. To help feed...

In the last few moments as the outcome of the 2021 America’s Cup challenge become an inevitability, watching a last camera pan of this magnificent harbour where some of the world’s most beautiful yachts race any summer weekend, it...
Wandering across the golf course at midnight in Lake Tekapo gives you a unique opportunity to time travel.  Because, effectively, that’s what star-gazing is – and star-gazing is what Lake Tekapo does best. Since 2012, what was once a brief...
Wandering across the golf course at midnight in Lake Tekapo gives you a unique opportunity to time travel.  Because, effectively, that’s what star-gazing is – and star-gazing is what Lake Tekapo does best. Since 2012, what was once a brief...
Local government’s startling rise in confidential workshops hit headlines last month when a Rotorua businessman asked the Ombudsman’s office to arbitrate over Rotorua Lakes Council’s refusal to provide detailed information on the content of its public-excluded workshops and forums. Justin...

A year ago today, we all moved to Alert Level 4 for the first time. Along with so many others, my Auckland CBD workplace, North & South magazine, emptied. We left the office to work at home that week,...

Growing up on Waiheke with sailor parents in the early 1980s, we spent most of our weekends and school holidays sailing (slowly) around the Hauraki Gulf in our 100 year old cutter, Rewa. We rarely bothered to get excited as we...
I was temporarily home-schooling two of my grandsons when the move-to-higher-ground instructions circulated after last week’s seven and eight magnitude earthquakes off our northeastern coasts. The schoolwork iPads went into their bags with a couple of mandarins and hats,...
The heart woke up first. It reared indignantly at the thought that someone else was to blame. And sobbed at cancelled plans and lost investments. Even the PM, at her hastily contrived 9pm Saturday presser, was grimly “frustrated” as she...
Guest editorial by Mike Lee, who was Auckland Regional Council chairman until the watchdog body was abolished in the new super city amalgamation in 2010. He went on to be Auckland Council’s elected representative for the Hauraki Gulf Islands...
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