Sat at the bar, sipping a first gin and tonic and watching the queue for the 11.45 wind and sway its way back through the terminal, there was only one topic of conversation last Saturday night – and it...

“First time on the market in 22 years!” the listing screams. “A rare gem…spectacular views…”  So far, so normal for a Christmas season TradeMe property listing on Waiheke – but this slice of the island comes with baggage, and Heritage with...
Biased is always something that someone else is being; language from the upset four-year-old who wailed “you’re always being mean to me” at an intractable parent and got to guilt their way out of some of the consequences. It’s a...

In the hands of a skilled pest-controller, a tracking station tells an incredible story – an open book of the comings and goings of rats, mice, hedgehogs, insects, birds, even the occasional family pet. Attracted by a knob of peanut...

Talking to a Wellington colleague wise in the ways of sclerotic bureaucratic practices, I recently outlined the perfunctory and displeasingly short opportunity for the Waiheke community to assess the draft Waiheke Area Plan’s vision for Waiheke between now and...

The easiest way from my old house at the top of Great Barrier Road down to Enclosure Bay if I fancied a fish or a high-tide dip was a straight line. Sure, it meant cutting through a few neighbours’...
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...
I read Indian author and global activist Arundhati Roy’s first novel, The God of Small Things, in the excellent company of our ultra-casual island book club. It stuck with me for her incisive and deceptively simple storytelling but I...

This column may well disturb some people and – even if you have managed to keep your composure through serpentine queues, endemic delays and general overcrowding – your next ferry trip to Waiheke may be a little worse for...
Kelly Klink contacted the Gulf News on Tuesday to talk roadblocks. This is a woman who has led and won a battle all the way to the High Court to prevent dredged waste from being dumped on the seafloor just...
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