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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

June 2017: Enjoying the landscape – here and abroad

Most readers know I’ll grab any chance to skip work and make a break for one of my favourite places be it in New...

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...

April 2017: Of home and housing

I can scarcely believe it; we have finally moved into our new Pukekohe home and while the reality of living in a semi rural...
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