Stormwater and its ferocious ravages on Waiheke’s essentially hilly terrain has troubled our minds a lot in the last 18 months.  The sight of trucks worth millions standing in stormwater up past their windows in Tahi Road yards in March...
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 a lot of us, I suspect, who wish we had learned the Māori language well before now. Like playing the guitar, the facility for other languages calls for sets of synapses in the brain that we honour in...
If anything was needed to show us that wealth isn’t success and that the wealthiest are hollow, insecure and unhappy figures, the Trump phenomena is providing us with daily opportunities to rethink what it is we should be aiming...

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 was a pod of orca in the distance as Gloaming and I were reaching home from Motuihe with eased sheets and slightly too much wind earlier in this summer. But, even as I reached for my phone to...
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...
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...
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...
I have always been amazed at how many of the founding activists of New Zealand’s anti nuclear and Greenpeace movements have ended up tucked into Waiheke’s leafy enclaves. It’s a specific measure of who we – on a small...
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