Mandela has been in our thoughts this week, not just here but throughout the world. His legacy is inspiring, his willingness to forgive perhaps the single most important reason for the accolades from people around the world. But where amidst this sorrowing and the numerous examinations of apartheid’s grim history, was the name of that other leading anti-Apartheid leader Steve [...]
I remembered her voice, from TVNZ’s garden show and there in the back row of New Zealand’s Parliament at Question Time, was Maggie Barry. And as she patsy-questioned her National mates about labour rates – I thought she sounded bored.
Nicky Wagner’s question allowed her [...]
Bit by bit, day by day the men tear out her memories and with them her heart. Sometimes treasured memories disappear in seconds and then suddenly it seems as if those years of moments never really happened. Take that long loping branch framing her [...]
There we were – the new inmates – huddled together for protection. From whom? From what?
Hard to believe that a few months before we had been the “big boys” – departing 7th formers, with all the obligatory swagger and bluster. A cushy university life lay [...]
Sunday is D-day for New Zealand television broadcasters – and the day New Zealand becomes a digitally-divided nation. That day may also signal the loss of any future chances of Public Television.
The latest GoingDigital tracker survey shows 44 percent our homes are tuned in [...]
I heard two interviews on National Radio highlighting a conundrum we could be stuck with. Mary Wilson interviewed a social work spokeswoman for Child, Youth and Family Service about a male caregiver on charges of sexually abusing the boys in his care. There are times [...]
How to sell a second hand mirror when it seems as if everybody else is intent on doing the same? Easy, with the help of a stray, slightly narcissistic cat.
But let’s back up a bit. The place needed to be spring cleaned – even though spring had long been replaced by Auckland’s sweaty summer.
On Trademe, we advertised a legacy from [...]
A Christmas crossword that will ring bells for babyboomers.
On the day of December 8, 1980, I started work at 8am. I had been working as a staff nurse at the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) of Manhattan’s Roosevelt Hospital for over a year, and that was a day I’ll never forget…
During the night, one of the staff nurses from the ER rushed in and told us that John Lennon had been brought in…
Since 1991 the proportion of ethnic-Asians in our population has quadrupled to 11.8 per cent, the census found. That is not far behind the 14.9 per cent of Maori and the trajectory is much steeper.
Asia is coming to us. Those Asian New Zealanders make us culturally much more a part of Asia (though we remain distinctly Pacific in culture and [...]
Extracts from Max Cryer’s new book ‘Every dog has its day’
Calculating ‘dog years’ in relation to human years doesn’t really work. Nobody seems to know how the notion arose that one year in a dog’s life is the equivalent of seven years [...]
* First flight from North Cape to Bluff
* ‘Six o’clock swill’ begins
* Radio Hauraki rules the waves
* First ‘one man one vote’ election
* First Labour government takes office
* Bassett Road machine-gun murders
* Fire at Seacliff Mental Hospital kills 37
* Rutherford wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry
* Wilkins wins Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
* First Golden Kiwi lottery draw
* First recorded [...]