Last week Janet Hart explored the impacts of mass tourism including huge cruise ships on European tourist centres. She concludes this two part series by looking at the exodus of Barcelonians in the tourist season and looks at how well Kiwis do at protecting the environment while chasing the tourist [...]
In third terms delicate issues proliferate. Key personally has less leeway now, not least with some of his conservative supporters.
I was listening to a radio interview featuring a farmer who has been certified organic for 15 years. A drought caused him to buy in feed that was not organic. He lost his certification. He is not sure he is prepared to put himself through the 3-year certification [...]
Life has changed for me since I’ve stopped watching television.
No, it’s not, and what’s more there is some amazingly good television around. Brilliant acting, brilliant scripts, great story lines. Unfortunately none of it is made here and none of it shown on any of our local television channels. Well come to [...]
Strange to hear the word extinction of mankind even mentioned in the 21st century. But there it was – a question more than anything else in a conversation which began with the outbreaks of Ebola. What we didn’t know was that one of the greatest scientists of the late 20th century, [...]
I am today announcing that I will seek the leadership of the New Zealand Labour Party.
There has been some speculation that I would enter the race, although this speculation has mostly taken place inside my own head. However, I owe it to the voices in my head to make it clear where I stand. [...]
Labour has learnt — or should have learnt — that a new leader is not an automatic transit pass to the political uplands. But some leaders are uplands inhabitants whether or not their party is. How come? Labour’s poll average was 32.5 per cent when David Shearer resigned. It peaked at 36.4 per cent after the leadership contest. It slid [...]
Have you noticed that sometimes despite your overt actions, you end up not getting the results or outcome you were acting towards but rather what you were feeling deep inside?
In other words, perhaps there was some ambivalence or a withhold that you were feeling which might have been either [...]
Crikey, chickens are expensive. Well, the free range ones are, and that’s all I ever buy these days. All the media hype about the terrible conditions that intensely farmed chickens live in finally got to me so I gave up buying cheap chicken and cheap eggs forever. And it was the best [...]
Hip hop – an antidote to elderly blues.
Here’s an antidote for those who may think they are old, past it. Go see the Kiwi documentary ‘Hip-Hoperation’. It’s an evocative story about how one woman brought together the old people of Waiheke Island, united them rather touchingly with Otara’s hip-hop dancers – and took them all the way to Las [...]
An A-Z of New Zealand traditions & Folklore by Gordon Ell
(Published by New Holland)
Dutch explorer Abel Tasman gave the name ‘Moordenaersbay’ to Golden Bay after an incident in which four of his men were killed in December 1642. The first European vessels recorded on the New Zealand coast, Heemskerck and Zeehaen, were anchored, it is believed, in the [...]
Extracts from Max Cryer’s new book ‘Every dog has its day’.
The first ‘seeing-eye’ dog…?
The ancient city of Pompeii near Naples was buried under a thick layer of [...]