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It’s there. It’s always been there. And I, like so many other Aucklanders looked on it as an iconic sight, simultaneously  everyday – and spectacular.  Like Mt Eden where we  could climb any time for  360 degree views of  Auckland. Or  humble Mt Roskill where  as kids  we  hurtled over sheep ruts in  wooden sledges.  […]

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Part one of John’s adolescent dilemma Despite the progress women have made in the last generation and a half , some things are and have always been easier for girls. At 13 years old they are blessed with greater confidence, greater maturity, greater common sense and most importantly are not faced at every turn by […]

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Kiwiboomers by Paul Smith - 1w ago

Who says  the elderly aren’t  worth listening to?  Just think of some of the gems they  can casually reveal in conversations about what it was like when they were schoolkids.  Here’s one: Last week we chatted with a relative who had attended Owairaka Primary School in Mt Albert,  during World War II.   Her husband had […]

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Kiwiboomers by Chris Horan - 1w ago

So you’re an idealist and you want to make a difference by reducing suffering and making the world a better place. Social work seems like a good place to start. You invest your time, hopes and a significant portion of your financial security in study and training. Along the way you decide which branch of […]

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The Alaska Malamute dog dates back several thousand years, and the breed played a significant part in helping to maintain the early dwellers above the Arctic Circle. They continue to pull heavy loads of freight supplies to camps and villages there, and were closely involved with the miners in the 1896 Klondike gold rush. They […]

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Actually a 1500 m running race when New Zealander Jack Lovelock clipped a second off the world record with 3 minutes 47.8 seconds at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. The result, the equivalent of running a mile in 4 minutes 4 seconds, set the pace for a post-war battle to run the mile in less […]

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Kiwiboomers by Chris Horan - 1w ago

I don’t believe the love of money is the root of all evil but it has a lot to answer for. Love of money, and its inevitable bed-fellow, corruption, is rife among the leaders of nations. It seems incredible that people who have literally sacks full of money, billions more than they can ever spend, […]

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Kiwiboomers by Chris Horan - 1M ago

Climate change, the future of work and bog standard racism should be enough to be getting on with. But no, a political party for religious fundamentalists is about to torment us by adding its peculiar ecclesiastical code of conduct to the various tribes in parliament. The Christian Party, whether a political ploy or not, is […]

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There must be a special school for budding politicians, out of sight in the Wairarapa hills, where Party affiliation is no bar to entrance. All that is required is determination, dedication, and the ability to stand in front of a mirror for hours every day practicing the specialised language and robotic delivery of political Esperanto. […]

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Named for the political phenomenon of the Maori King movement. In the late 1850s, several Maori tribes in the central North Island associated themselves under an elected king and parliament to oppose the British settlers who wanted to buy their land. When British and colonial troops responded to their resistance, tribes loyal to the king […]

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