Whatever happened to the cut and thrust of electioneering? Goodness it’s just so full of sleaze – no wit to be found anywhere – except perhaps in that most unlikely place, trademe. There the new book on John Key has been written by NZ Herald columnist John Roughan. Sounds like a love-in and the irony is that it’s as if [...]
Bryan Gould looks over New Zealand media coverage of politics.
‘The leader of the British Labour Party, Ed Miliband, is undoubtedly competent, and he enjoys the support of his party, but his poll ratings are abysmal – and that is welcome relief to a Conservative-led Coalition government, whose performance in office has been less than stellar and for whom Ed Miliband’s [...]
The early years
And the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of New Zealand named Auckland, to a woman espoused to a man whose name was George, of the house of Key; and the woman’s name was Ruth.
And the angel came unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art [...]
I hate flying long distances with hundreds of other people. I could not imagine anyone enjoying the experience until I met an English woman who comes to NZ for three months every year. When I asked her how she copes with the suffocating awfulness [...]
Kate resumes her story after their taxi driver dumps them far from the station…
After a bit of arm waving and shouting we stopped to regain our breath and composure and have a closer look at our immediate surroundings. We realised there was no traffic [...]
“I am nervous as I write this. I am in my cold prison cell after my first official exercise session – four glorious hours in the grass yard behind our block and I don’t want that right to be snatched away.
“I’ve been locked in my cell 24 hours a day for the past 10 days, allowed out only for visits [...]
Every now and then Statistics New Zealand comes out with findings which make us stop and think. Most recently it was about that integral part of the Kiwi dream – home ownership. Stats reported that in 2013, 49.8 per cent of people aged 15 [...]
This top comes in size XXXXXXXXL… (first published 2006)
Food, shows, hotels – everything is big in America – but especially in Las Vegas.
Eating is an obsessive pastime and like everything else, the food is supersized.
We quickly learned that at most meals one serving is more [...]
* 1988 Bastion Point land returned
* Poll tax imposed on Chinese
* ‘Tom Watson’ wins bronze for New Zealand
* NZ Labour Party founded
* Homosexual Law Reform Bill passed
* Rainbow Warrior sunk in Auckland harbour
* NZ adopts decimal currency
* Kate Edger becomes NZ’s first woman graduate
* Walsh becomes first NZer to obtain pilot’s certificate
* NZ’s first general election begins
* Death of [...]
An A-Z of New Zealand traditions & Folklore by Gordon Ell
(Published by New Holland)
The Ulster Plantation
Bay of Plenty settlements of Ulstermen were organised by George Vesey Stewart, (1832-1920). The expression Ulster Plantation was applied to the Katikati Settlement that began with Northern Irish aboard the Carisbrook Castle, which sailed from Belfast in 1875. A second expedition sailed aboard the Lady [...]
Extracts from Max Cryer’s new book ‘Every dog has its day’.
Dog in a manger
Dog in a manger is a term arising from Aesop’s Fables. Some hay has [...]
The Labour Party is due to release its party list today, to much derision from the right. There will be too many gays, not enough red-blooded men, too many unionists and teachers, not enough people with “real world experience”, and a few too many non-white faces.
I wrote this post back in 2011. It still seems relevant.
The release of the Labour [...]