This week, the Waiheke Local Board voted to investigate a proposal to shift our Whakanewha Regional Park into the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. (See story page 6) This has the potential to be irreversible, at a time when the lead agency...
Monday’s dawn service, the 106th annual commemoration of the brutal assault on Chunuk Bair, left me in tears. Partly for my own dead, including two parents who spent the war years in the Allied war rooms of  Algiers, North Africa and...

There’s no glory in war. My family focuses more on its pity, in the words of the World War I poet Wilfred Owen. Great uncle Ulic Mahoney was just 19 when he enlisted and 20 when he was killed at...

So here we are, Easter 2022, perhaps the strangest year yet. Nearly eight billion people, all but a tiny fraction of us struggling to find mechanisms to save ourselves, our children and - if we are lucky enough to still...
I think it’s struck most of us on the island that things are cracking up, if not immediately for ourselves, for a lot of those around us.  People cannot afford food, they cannot find or afford houses, there are...
When I’m not writing or subediting, I have a not-so-secret life as a cab driver. It’s a useful double act, since the cab-driving can be a source of story leads as well as income. But I wasn’t expecting to research...

I doubt if any of us will easily forget the images out of Ukraine these last three weeks. It may be, as one local journalist said, one of the most barbaric wars in human history, scenes out of Mordor. Three...

Guest Editorial: Former Auckland Regional Council chairman and Auckland Councillor Mike Lee is spokesman for the Waiheke group Friends of the Hauraki Gulf which is seeking to establish one last no-take marine reserve in the waters off the north-western...
A fortnight ago, I had my yacht hauled out at Half Moon Bay, pattering down to Kennedy Point every day for a mini cruise across to the boatyard for the hard physical graft known and loved by traditional boaties – the...
Buried in Auckland Council’s 500 page-review of Auckland’s hard-won regional parks is a one-sentence proposal to put 21 regional and island regional parks amounting to 14,000 hectares of prime coastal real estate and 40km of coastline under the control of...
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