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...