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carWe finally made it to the world stage. No sillies, not at Rio - here in Godzone. TV network Al-Jazeera found that our record as a welfare state had vanished as quickly as our state housing  stock. Its reporter interviewed the homeless,  and filmed hundreds of Auckland  families sleeping in cars. No  crisis, says the government. No sense of shame either.

One Hundred Small Chapters

 One Hundred Ways to Read A CityDid I want to read a book about Christchurch?

 I’d seen the destruction of the earthquakes, later vast expanses of nothingness and recently, steps of reconstruction. I’d watched John Campbell cover stories on television about it and each Saturday for the last five years I’d read all about it in The Press.  (Maybe, thought I knew it.)

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Divisiveness as well as diversity

Between 2005 and 2007, a total of 119,600 people migrated to NZ from overseas. 41,300 of those were New Zealand born citizens returning home. The remaining 78,300 were born overseas.

The vast majority of migrants have made Auckland their home in a very short time, changing the demographics of the population dramatically.

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Tomorrow, tomorrow…

tomorrowWarning: the following may contain traces of nuttiness and wishful thinking but… is there a populist revolution brewing out there?

If you look at both sides of the Atlantic, at Brexit then the angry voices under the banners of Trump and Sanders, it’s pretty clear that the Establishment is for the first time, fully in the sights of the People.

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Food, glorious food

rationing orangesIf you don’t know what food to buy or how to cook the food the advertisers tell you to buy, newspaper and magazine articles will tell you all you need to know, and television food shows will make you wonder if it’s all become a bit too much. So let’s go for a trip back down the years when food was less colourful and certainly less plentiful. Do you remember what you were eating when you were ten years old?

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The Gift of New Beginnings

Endings are a natural, inevitable part of life.

Whether these endings come about in our jobs and careers, love and family life or other aspects of our social, recreational and community life, there is an inevitable emotional reaction. Life as we have known is no longer and there is a consequent feeling of being in transition or as a colleague put it – “total limbo land.”

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Now we’re past 60…

  • People call at 9 pm and ask, “Did I wake you ? “
  • You can live without sex but not your glasses.
  • You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
  • You no longer think of speed limits as challenge.

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Moving on…

paIt’s been a year since he passed on, lying in the sunshine of his bedroom,  grinning as he pursed his lips and persuaded the ladies watching over his last moments, to give him a kiss.

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‘A little discomfort?’

OuchMe and the dentist are strangers but I know I’m in good company there. It’s  not the childhood memories – though these linger  and range from the  scary  whine of the drill to  the dull ache which often followed.  It’s not the  money  either (okay,  it is) – dental work these days is  brutally expensive.

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