Rates bills are flopping into island letterboxes this week and, given the current Mayor’s unshakeable and monotonously-repetitive belief that Covid holes have to be filled by austerity and sacrifice, the results are not happy. The biggest single increase we’ve...
A notice of motion to save a reserve in the Pakuranga electorate of Sunnyhills has been lost despite strong opposition from local residents and councillors to the sale. By revoking reserve status, Auckland Council will now be able to sell...

A healthy undercurrent of demand for policy and people rather than populism and histrionics is beginning to brew in the leadup to this year’s mayoralty and local government elections in Auckland in October. It certainly looked like it at last Sunday’s...
A few years ago, our young Danish journalist intern Emma-Rose Haas didn’t so much teach the Gulf News team the meaning of hygge as gently slide us towards the concept. She wrangled a disparate bunch of hard-pressed journalists to...

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” said anthropologist Margaret Mead, 1978’s winner of the Planetary Citizen of the Year Award. At the time, Small...
We’re at the point in the local government electoral cycle where a lot of stuff comes pouring through from Auckland Council before the reset of polling day on 8 October and that handy interregnum under CEO governance which can...

“I had the feeling I was inside a parallel reality, that I was dreaming,” Olena Zelenska has said of the morning of January 24 when she woke in Kyiv to distant gunfire and her husband already dressed and about...
Would-be Auckland mayor Leo Molloy made (or should have made) his case for election recently at Club Waiheke in Surfdale. Unfortunately, he spent most of his time attacking his opponents rather than outlining policy or even establishing what he...

On Saturday afternoon of the long holiday weekend, I was ambling along the Esplanade road from Blackpool to Surfdale in the amiable communion that I remembered from the road trips with my youngest girl between Waiheke and her boarding...

There was a jaunty little missive in a grocery aisle recently, telling me that the pack of cut-price bacon (which I wasn’t about to buy) was made in New Zealand from pigs slaughtered in any one or more of...