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Savage maths: the cuts to disability funding

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My nephews Ben and James were born with a kind of intellectual disability called Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), a genetic condition which causes anxiety...

It’s shameful that young people can’t afford to live here

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Prime Minister Christopher Luxon cares about renters. We know this, because he has just given landlords a golden Easter egg of $2.1 billion –...

Back to combustion junkmobiles?

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I remember my first driving test as if it was yesterday. The testing officer was an officious cross between Severus Snape and Warden Hodges...

Public service announcement

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I’ve always wanted to try Stinking Bishop, even though it has been voted the smelliest cheese in Britain. “If you can overcome the smell,...

Entering the ooze

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What does a new year feel like? I’m old enough to remember entering ‘the ooze’ – the first decade of this century, one which...

Let them eat cake

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I’m not sure what got into me. This year, having never made a Christmas cake in my life, I made three. I even bought...

New words, old ideas

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A few years ago, the oldest dictionary publisher in the United States, Merriam-Webster, created a site called ‘Time Traveller’ which lets users find out...

The open window

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It’s a windy day on Waiheke, and a gusty northeasterly is washing the trees in my backyard with rain. There’s a southeasterly predicted, strong...

Mirrors and microphones

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On 28 April 2011, an English member of parliament searched Twitter for articles about himself. We know this, because he accidentally entered his search...

‘On his best night, he shot 67 kea’

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“Last Sunday I dined on stewed kiwi at the hut of a lonely old gold-digger, who, besides the three cooked for dinner, had four...