There is a battle for hearts and minds going on in our brave new world of algorithmic voter manipulation. In the public sphere, there has been a dismayed – and dismaying – silence in the face of the last year’s...
At our home, a lonely incisor lies under a pillow awaiting the tooth fairy. It’s been there for 10 nights - but that’s nothing compared to the wait some of our children are having to endure for a dental...
Would have been around 9.45pm Monday, when out of the darkness at the front of the section there came a muffled yelp and a flickering torchlight. I’m not overly proud of the flower bed in the middle of the meadow...
By midday on Saturday, voting will have closed and a high-stakes term in local governance will be set in place. Voting papers must now have to be handed in at the Waiheke Service Centre in Belgium Street or at Oneroa’s...
“The privatisation circus is back in town,” says Waitemata councillor Mike Lee as what appears to be a money-crazed Auckland Council launches a sale of every public asset that’s not nailed down, along with vast amounts more that one...

There was Bermuda, its gleaming white roofs designed to funnel rainwater into underground cisterns; its lucent lagoon riffled with unnatural serenity. Watching Peter Burling helming his team impeccably through the America’s Cup series brought me a tickle of satisfaction when...
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...
A certain ‘public weariness’ about the continued commemorations of the centenary of the First World War was acknowledged by island politician and city councillor Mike Lee at Tuesday’s ANZAC Dawn Service. It probably says much about public opinion and its...
The trouble with the celebrity culture we’ve stumbled into this past few decades is that it’s a passive spectator sport. Sound and fury that plays to the gallery but essentially signifying nothing. One-upmanship writ large with glittering dollar stakes...
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...
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