WORDS TO LIVE BY

I have no religion unless you count golf where I’ve been known to use the name of the Lord rather loudly and always in vain. (That’s meant to be a joke, folks, hold the hate mail). Frankly, I can’t get my head around either the ‘God Created The World In Seven Days’...

ONCE MORE WITH FEELING

Have you noticed how movies set in the future unfailingly paint a picture of a burnt, bleak and desolate place? Is this simply overly pessimistic left wing propaganda spawned in Hollywood, or is it really going to be the world our children’s children will inherit? I...

100% PURE BULLSHIT

    Since returning to New Zealand I’ve become accustomed to hearing the claim — usually by politicians from the ruling coalition — that New Zealand’s economic performance is the envy of the western world.   Over and above our being what Australia’s...

THE WORLD OUTSIDE THE SQUARE

  Using social media to ponder the detrimental effect of social media is undeniably paradoxical but bear with me. Like most I have happily embraced the convenience of the Internet and Google is now a verb in my lexicon. Instant fact finding at your fingertips is...

STRUMMING

By any measure it’s a tragedy: Hundreds of whales beaching on Farewell Spit on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. A fairly regular occurrence by all accounts but the numbers on this occasion have few historical precedents. Despite the tireless and valiant...

COWARDS

Some of you may remember that back in September I wrote a blog entitled ‘NATIVISM, PATRIOTISM OR RACISM?’ in which, in short, I suggested that the rising incidence of Asian bashing by Kiwis was tacitly condoned by those who believe Asians are stealing jobs, houses and...

BIRTHDAY WISHES

Today is my birthday. Here are some of my wishes: I wish people would be kinder to each other. I wish ‘me’ could be replaced by ‘we’. I wish our leaders would lead. I wish there were better choices than Hilary and Donald. I wish everyone would donate the price of one...

THE UGLY TRUTH

  I live in Waimauku just 30 minutes drive from the Auckland CBD — hardly the boondocks. Yet, in the two years I’ve lived here I’ve experienced at least ten times as many power outages than I did in the entire 33 years I lived overseas. The reasons are always the...

DIVIDED EMOTIONS

I don’t know whether I’m sad or angry. I do know I’m disappointed. Because if letters to the newspaper and Facebook posts are any indication I have returned to a New Zealand irrevocably changed since my youth. People are far more divided by age, socio-economic and...

NATIVISM, PATRIOTISM OR RACISM?

(Nativism is the political position of supporting a favoured status for certain established inhabitants of a nation as compared to claims of newcomers or immigrants.) If the latest polls are to be believed an increasing amount of New Zealanders would like immigration...