A cure for Labour

Chris Horan 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 [...]

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TV Anyone?

Brian VinerLife 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 [...]

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Extinction – what, us?

Paul SmithStrange 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, [...]

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One chicken, three meals

Michelle VollemaereCrikey, 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 [...]

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Miscellany – mid October

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 [...]

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An A-Z of New Zealand traditions & Folklore by Gordon Ell
(Published by New Holland)

Murderers’ Bay
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 [...]

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