Fear of a brown planet: running screaming from the homeless in Greerton, Tauranga

At a Tauranga City Council Monitoring Committee meeting yesterday, the Bay of Plenty Times reported that the Greerton Village Community Association manager Sally Benning made particular note of “three or four gentlemen” who are homeless in the area and “two beggars” as causing “problems.” Apparently the problems include sleeping in the alcove of Greerton Hall… Read More Fear of a brown planet: running screaming from the homeless in Greerton, Tauranga

Bond the Holy Fool

[My article first appeared in Geez Magazine|Summer 2016. May I wholeheartedly encourage you to go to their website and subscribe. There are way better writers than me just waiting for you there.] Goldeneye was the first James Bond film in which M, the head of British intelligence, was played by a woman. In her first… Read More Bond the Holy Fool

A little Trump in Tauranga: ask advertisers to boycott The Weekend Sun

“…the PC-driven bureaucracy offers the flag referendum instructions not only in English and Maori [sic], but in 24 different languages… including a couple I’ve never heard of. Now I will apologise to my Burmese, Farsi and Tagalog friends, but if you can’t understand enough English to satisfactorily understand how to vote (pick a flag, tick… Read More A little Trump in Tauranga: ask advertisers to boycott The Weekend Sun

Don’t forget staff are people too: one cancelled flight & people freaked out

With the various contracts I do, I fly pretty frequently now; perhaps three or four times a month. After one experience of Jetstar I decided that I could get places more reliably if I used a pillowcase sail on a skateboard, so I fly exclusively on Air New Zealand. Today I had the rarest of… Read More Don’t forget staff are people too: one cancelled flight & people freaked out

Ah, flag it: the NZ flag referendum is a failure of leadership, not civic engagement

I had not considered writing about the infernal flag referendum because I do not have any great interest in either of the flags currently on offer, nor the four on the first ballot. However, what I do have a great interest in is politics and the smoke bombs being hurled by commentators in the last… Read More Ah, flag it: the NZ flag referendum is a failure of leadership, not civic engagement

Let us give thanks: acknowledging our blessings on this Waitangi Day

Beyond the headlines of John Key dodging Waitangi and his Ministers doing the same, beyond the drama and oratory at Te Tii Marae, beyond the colourful flags of protests arriving at the flagpole, beyond the Treaty House and Waitangi grounds, there is considered and wise progress being made that you won’t read about this Waitangi… Read More Let us give thanks: acknowledging our blessings on this Waitangi Day

New Zealand’s 2015: the year we hid from a world in need

The long fragrant grass is yellowing out the open door, life burning off exposed to our southern sun. A quiet breeze dances with stubbornly green trees and a few sheep regard me thoughtfully as they chew cud. The strangely dramatic music of children’s programming competes with the stereo for attention and children struggle with each… Read More New Zealand’s 2015: the year we hid from a world in need