We should be grateful that Maori are, in general, inveterate forgivers even if their own are harmed by that generous custom. Tariana Turia and three other prominent Maori women think Chris Brown, the African-American entertainer, should be allowed into New Zealand despite a conviction for assaulting his girlfriend, pop Diva Rihanna.
Data is being created all the time without us even noticing it.
Much of what we do every day now happens in the digital realm, leaving an ever-increasing digital trail that can be measured and analysed.
Just how much data do our tweets, likes and photo-uploads really generate?
My father in law passed away a couple of months ago. Well, it was his time and at 102, he knew it. Always more a good friend than a relative, he was a bundle of bones in his bed in his last weeks but to his delight, was surrounded by the women he loved (the old flirt!).
Laurie had lived at his little Northland beach resort for nearly 50 years and from his deck had watched the rhythms of tides and currents, much as his loved ones watched life finally ebb from him.
Auckland lawyer, veterinarian and author has published his new book, Animals, Welfare and the Law. It encompasses ethics, history and the law, so it’s a weighty read for those of us who routinely plough through fiction. But Mr Robertson has not overlooked the dark – but often comical moments in the long history of animals and humans. Some of these include the criminal trials of animals…
Much has changed between my occasional visits to Christchurch in the last four and a half years.
On my first post-earthquakes visit I was awed by wrecked buildings, broken roads, tell-tale see pages that told of cracked water-pipes, portable toilets in the streets, tangles of steel reinforcing on what looked like bomb-sites, barricades, soldiers, and silence in a city echoing sorrow.
I should begin by saying I am but a beginner beekeeper, so these are just my observations. I don’t keep them for honey, but for pollination, though my kids would tell me the joy of sticking their heads under a giant honey tap in harvest season is a hard reason to beat.
In March 1918, a combination of cyclonic winds and bushfires devastated the district around Raetihi in the upper Whanganui region. The fires destroyed nine timber mills and the forest they depended on, burning from Horopito to Raetihi and from Ohakune westward to the Whanganui River. The people of Raetihi jumped into the river to save themselves from the flames that destroyed much of the town. The concurrent cyclone took its toll in the town centre too. Smoke spread so far, darkening the daylight, that the ferry entering Wellington had to take soundings to find its way in. In all, more than 120 homes were burned.