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Teachers Strike Back

Twenty four years, sixteen percent. Just two of the numbers bandied about in relation to New Zealand’s primary school teachers negotiations. Over two decades since they last took such action, and a pay rise request based over two years. So far, the demand for pay has not been met and there is a large gap […]

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Be Careful

The two words above are something I do must best to avoid. That is to say, there are plenty of times I take care over my activities and actions. Thing is, I try to care less when my kids are involved. Pop down to any playground and you will hear those words ringing out, in a […]

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Big Bad Man

I’m not the man I like to think I am. For a start I wake up and the first thing I do is check the weather. Fair enough you say, a lot of people do the same thing. Outdoor conditions can be particularly important to all sorts of people. Think gardeners and landscapers, greenkeepers, civil […]

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Time Warp

I don’t know if it is a North Island thing, a Northland thing, a Hokianga thing or what it might be, but I like.  Sometimes it feels a little like time has left us behind. Or maybe, more accurately, we have escaped the clutches of Father Time. Much of it has to do with place. […]

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Play Time

 It’s not called Play Time any more. Is it still called Interval even? When I was a kid, way back when, the breaks given during the day, for morning and afternoon teas, was called Playtime. As we got older and advanced through schooling, our get of class and let off some steam moments became known […]

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Appreciated?

At the start of the week my wife barely got settled in bed before she was up and out of the house.  She didn’t return until virtually dawn. It was the same thing last night. Well not quite. It was just after midnight when the phone went and she disappeared out of the house in […]

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C’Mon

Embrace your inner hooligan. Just keep him inside and quiet.  I love a bit of sport. Some of it I am deeply engaged in. Certain teams and the men and women who represent them, seem to be able to grab whatever it is which makes me passionate. Otago’s 2013 Ranfurly Shield win was enough for […]

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Everybody Needs Somebody to Love

‘It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses’ There is nothing more for me to do. My work here is done. Early this afternoon I sat down with me crew and flicked through Netflix in search of the impossible. In […]

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Success

Maybe a long way from what one might consider and author or writer, but the journey has finally taken its first tentative steps. A few years ago Wifey came to me, having eavesdropped the off the cuff bedtime stories I told the children at bedtime, suggesting I write them down. Her idea was, as a […]

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All in the Name

Are Labour, our governing party, considered a soft touch? It seems to me, at the moment, every time you turn on a news bulletin, read an article, switch on the radio, you hear the same thing. One group, body or another, threatening industrial action due to the inability for negotiations to reach an outcome either […]

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