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Kiwiboomers by Paul Smith - 1w ago

Sometimes the stuff that spills out of  old box files on their way to the bin, are not only worth  remembering, but keeping. One  we found  was Windows on Poverty, a 1992 Report  from the New Zealand  Council of Christian Social Services on Poverty in New Zealand.  It was well on its way to pile […]

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Kiwiboomers by Chris Horan - 1w ago

Boxing promoters tend to tag their talent with silly names like The Brown Bomber (Joe Louis), Iron Mike (Tyson),  The Real Deal (Evander Hollyfield), and perhaps the silliest, Tuaman, (New Zealand’s David Tua).  Boxing is a jarring sport  –  our current brown hope, Joseph  Parker, is about to find out just how jarring. Parker does […]

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Kiwiboomers by Jasbindar Singh - 1w ago

To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. E.E. Cummings Listen to your inner self! During our busy year of meeting deadlines and juggling the demands […]

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Kiwiboomers by Chris Perkins - 1w ago

Yesterday I put roll-on sunscreen on my armpits – somewhere that rarely sees the light — forgot the day of the week when looking up the tide times and couldn’t find my phone. I couldn’t call it since I had left the sound turned off after that disturbing movie about billboards. Today I found the […]

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Kiwiboomers by Gordon Ell - 1w ago

Excerpts from Kiwiosities, a book by Gordon Ell on the traditions and folklore of New Zealand. A tohunga of the Urewera, Rua Kenana came to believe that he was the  reincarnation of  John the Baptist and on occasions, the Holy Ghost. Building  what he called the new Jerusalem at remote Maungapohatu, he was frequently at […]

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Kiwiboomers by Max Cryer - 1w ago

From Max Cryer’s book  Every Dog has its Day When she died in 1991,  German born Countess Karlotta Liebenstein, left her entire  fortune to her pet German shepherd, Gunther III.  The amount she left was  sufficiently eye-watering to be  reported confusingly in  amounts ranging from  $106 million to $145 million. A stipulation was that  the […]

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Kiwiboomers by Paul Smith - 2w ago

Artificial intelligence “We’re a species that… can study our own ability to be manipulated,” said Tristan Harris, a former ‘design ethicist’ at Google. “We have to talk about the advertising-based business model, which, paired with artificial intelligence, poses an existential threat. We have to get really serious about this. If you think about where are […]

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When I was a CYFS social worker I knew a woman who clubbed her ten-year-old son with a rock enclosed in a supermarket bag. It would be wrong to assume she was an ignorant person lacking in moral standards. In fact she was a churchgoer who described herself as a fundamental Christian. And she could […]

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Kiwiboomers by Paul Smith - 1M ago

9 a.m. and the mercury is racing up to 30 degrees. “Better watch out” locals tell us. “It’s going to be a ripper”. They’re right, so we retreat into the air conditioned world which reminds us of home and  what temperatures at Christmas should be. But then we’re on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and […]

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Kiwiboomers by Chris Horan - 1M ago

I started my cycle circuit of Northern Southland’s Eyre Mountains from Cromwell at 7am on a Saturday morning. But traffic around these parts has increased markedly and 7am was at least an hour too late for a quiet road. It was not until just past the Nevis Bluff in the Kawarau Gorge that a cycle […]

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