September 2017: Politics, politics

The easy commute of the last school holidays – Pukekohe to Botany – seems a million years ago. We are now back to the...

August 2017: It’s sweet and sour

Winter has well and truly settled in – first early flooding, then an icy cold snap, now more rain and more rain so it’s...

Christmas dreaming

I guess, like me, there are plenty of readers out there saying, “Where has the year gone?” Unbelievably another Christmas is upon is and...

May 2017: From Dawn Service springs hope

It is early morning Anzac Day. I have just watched the dawn service broadcast live from Wellington, and as I look to my right,...

No more surveys!

Unbelievably another year has passed - is it really 18 years since we all joyously awaited the new millennium? Well, I hope we all...

November 2017: Promises, promises…

Well, the niceties (and un-niceties) have been completed, the new Government has been sworn in and the nation now waits to see how the...

March 2017: War tributes humbling

Traditionally, February may be our hottest and most humid month but, really, we have seen only a few truly sweltering days. What’s more, when...

So the PM’s pregnant…pause….!

My mind is still reeling since the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern announced the wonderful news that she is pregnant – like the rest of...

February 2017: Holidays, houses and hedgehog

Sometimes the mind boggles. A recent email asked if I was interested in covering a dumpling-eating contest in the fair city of Sydney. Now, I...

January 2017: Cheerio 2016 hello 2017

Christmas celebrations and even the New Year festivities have come and gone but the holiday air is all around as many families take their...
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