Nga Tamatoa leader Sid Jackson

Picture this: 1971 at Waitangi’s Treaty grounds; the GG in white ceremonial tunic, topped off by a helmet and proud feathers to match;  a bare-chested Maori shouting his welcome; a high axled army truck nearby.  The GG began his speech, but the heavens had other ideas and tropical rain bucketed down.

The GG’s plumage, designed for drier colonial climes and already at half mast, wilted, then capitulated. People scattered and we reporters sheltered under the truck. In front of us, Rob Muldoon and leading Waitangi protester Hana Jackson, remained shouting at each other – her insistence to his resistance. Neither could have known that this in one way or another  would be the pattern for years to come as protests grew. Meanwhile, under the truck we saw somebody’s hand combing the grass nearby until its owner found… his dentures. History can sometimes be blessed by lighter moments.

Resisting the Urge

Generally, the immediate response of law abiding citizens to horrible crimes such as the rape and murder of a child, is to sentence the offender, even if not yet convicted, to life imprisonment with hard labour, hanging, or perhaps half-hanging before drawing and quartering.

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Baby boomers – a mini history

One million baby boomers – and we’re still here…

We boomed when the guns fell silent in World War II. And we’ve been heard and felt ever since. Relatively few countries experienced the phenomenon of the Baby Boom and the countries that did – Australia, the United States, Canada, England and New Zealand, shared a number of social and cultural features.

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Sikh and ye shall find

red turbanNews: Police called – Sikh student’s headphone wires protruding from his bag.

Saw someone suspicious on my morning walk today. I mean, who wears a red towel wrapped around their head for goodness sake – nobody I know. Had a woman with him and she laughs just that little bit too much. Sure sign something’s up.  She might be one of his harem. Could be his sex slave – could be his hostage! So I did the only decent thing – called 111.

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Alzheimer’s: the real warning signs

Everyone has the occasional lapse in memory, blanking on someone’s name or forgetting where you parked your car. But how do you know when your forgetfulness or muddled thinking is a sign of something more serious, like Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia?

There are 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease below, along with examples of what’s “normal”. 

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That damned flag!

I’ve been all over the place on this issue. I began by being unhappy with the current New Zealand flag, largely because I could never remember if it was us or Australia who had the extra star. And while this is no excuse for my lazy ignorance, I know some born and bred Kiwis who live with the same confusion. So I was ready for a change until John Key put me off.

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Apia’s Catholic Cathedral

catholic church 1It’s been described by many as Samoa’s “architectural gem” and sits proudly in Apia’s centre with a beacon-like dome overlooking the harbour. And the Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Mary is not only a very significant building but is also an important tourist attraction.

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Perquisite Perpetual

There are times when I sleep through the nightI but such nights are rare. So thank heavens for TV 3, for sacking John Campbell and giving him the opportunity to return to Radio New Zealand.

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