On stage they looked like an odd couple. At the podium an elderly man in an everyday suit and tie. To his right the speaker, in jersey and jeans, looking shy as if he didn’t really belong in the spotlight, didn’t deserve the thunderous [...]
In politics friends can sometimes be as big a risk as enemies. John Key’s chats with Cameron Slater/Whale Oil reflect two aspects of him which might in time gnaw at his popularity.
One side is the cavalier. He got offside at the candidates meeting in his Helensville electorate by breaking the rules and talking of other parties’ policies. In Parliament’s question [...]
…that’s the question, although I have just committed the worst of crimes. I have caused someone to have missed the question.
Over the last few years a new obsession is gradually becoming a major influence in our lives – well, not so much my life, [...]
Despair on the right…
What are other right wing bloggers saying about The Book and the election? Bloggers other than the Nats’ sniper, Cameron Slater that is.
Well, on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon show this week, the urbane Mathew Hooton was almost in despair [...]
Seeing the Grand Canyon last week was truly overwhelming – no wonder it’s rated as one of the eight wonders of the world.
What an incredible vision! And to think that what we saw was a tiny fraction of a 446 river [...]
I don’t usually judge a book by its cover but I am put off by its thickness. I avoid fat books and dismiss with a disparaging glance novels breaking the 351 pages rule. Well, most of the time. I also avoid mysteries, which is [...]
As we age we must prepare for life long activities which give us purpose. Abolishing compulsory retirement has been a positive step forward in recognising the need for people to remain active. But pressure is still applied to workers to move out of jobs as they age, despite evidence of older people performing well in responsible roles. History records more [...]
Cooking with kids can be fun, but you have to pick your moments. More often than not these days, mothers and fathers are busy and have a short time frame between getting home from work and getting dinner on the table. When everyone [...]
Extracts from Max Cryer’s new book ‘Every dog has its day’.
The top, the best, the most admirable. ‘Bollocks came into use in the 1700s as [...]
Published by Scholastic Children’s Books 2014
Reviewed by Janet Hart
Bear with me. I’m wrung out. Exhausted. I’ve just spent a week with one headstrong teenager.
Well… I feel like I have.
Sixteen-year-old Jess is Maria Farrer’s central character in her young adult novel, Broken Strings and talented Jess [...]
The following morning, the world outside the dirt streaked windows looked much the same as it had the night before – scruffy, lumpy desert stretching away to the horizon. Occasionally one tree would appear growing near to the railway lines, but usually there was [...]
* The war is over!
* Te Whiu hanged
* Auckland pedestrian ‘Barnes Dance’
* First ‘Farmer of the Year’
* Assisted immigration resumes
* Wellington steam tram
* Parker-Hulme murders
* Canterbury’s ‘Big Snow’
* Death of Norman Kirk
15th August, 1945
The war is over! VJ Day
Japan’s surrender following the detonation of atom bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended the Second World War. More than 200,000 New [...]