Sitting on the balcony, the city shimmers and glimmers some distance away. One of the unexpected benefits of the bare trees in winter is that I am graced with a clear swathe of the city skyline.
A few nights ago, it looked like the edges of some of the [...]
What’s the one thing our PM values most? His popularity. So why has he effortlessly trashed it and made himself a target for the something he seems to dislike most – ridicule. National won the election but in that victory lie the seeds of hubris, and they’re [...]
The term is used by many Americans to dehumanise poor people who cannot afford to buy or rent a house or apartment. A handy disparagement if you believe there no excuse for being born poor or for falling on hard times. Furthermore, such circumstances are an individual matter, nothing [...]
A short distance ahead we could see a power station with row on row of tall, white wind machines, many with their huge blades flipping slowly around, catching the lowering rays of the setting sun. As this leg of our journey drew to a close, we sorted the collection of [...]
* Old Age Pension Act passes into law
* NZ Division helps Allies break through at El Alamein
* Birth of iconic Anchor butter brand
* ‘Summer time’ reintroduced on trial basis
* Phar Lap wins the Melbourne Cup
* Last spike for North Island main trunk line
* Public Service Act passed into law
* NZ Centennial Exhibition opens
* White New Zealand policy introduced
* Armistice Day
An A-Z of New Zealand traditions & Folklore by Gordon Ell
(Published by New Holland)
The burning of the Boyd
Remembered still by the huge romantic painting by Walter Wright in the Auckland Art Gallery, in which Maori in canoes surround a burning ship on Whangaroa Harbour. The Boyd was a convict transport, returning from Sydney in 1809 by way of the [...]
Extracts from Max Cryer’s new book ‘Every dog has its day’.
Mad dogs and Englishmen
The song ‘Mad dogs and Englishmen’ was introduced to the world in New York [...]
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, [...]