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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 a Good Sport

The All Blacks play France at the Cake Tin tonight in their second test match up. Head high anyone? Play hard and play fair. That was the message I received as a child growing up and learning various sports. I turned my hand to a lot of different options, from racket sports indoors and out, […]

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Ambiguity

How ambiguous, how off-hand, are you with your children?  We all do it. And not just when dealing with our children. We obfuscate, we employ delaying tactics, we brush off and disregard and we block. In using everyday, throw away language, the potential impact of which doesn’t even really cross our minds before the words […]

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Challenge

It is a bit of an old adage. Too many people with their hands out, not enough with their hands up. That saying is, unfortunately, typically true of far too many communities in this country, let alone the region I live in. So many people and groups asking for help, not helping themselves. What is […]

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Donations Gratefully Accepted

There is more suck in an octogenarian with pneumonia, than there is in our vacuum cleaner. A fourteen year old school boy pulls harder than our car. More cushioning on a fat girl’s thighs than on our sofa. Perhaps I am being a bit harsh on the sofa. It is lasting pretty well, considering the […]

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Long Time No See

A lot has gone on of late and not a thing has changed.  The sun is still shining. I am starting to wonder if it will ever stop, but these last few mornings mist has been touching the still, glassy waters of the mighty Hokianga Harbour. It is almost impossible to drag your eyes away […]

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La la la

You can say everything needed with la la la. As long as you mean it. I sat myself down on occasion of late, diligently displaying the best of intent. However, while the day gets warmer, muggier and eventually wet, I realise I needn’t sweat. Even as I sit here chaffed and dripping. But enough imagery […]

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Boss Baby

Is it possible to rule the roost and rule the country? Our Prime Minister thinks so. Jacinda Adern is clearly a very ambitious women. She has become the darling of the political world, both nationally and around the world, in relatively rapid time. Her rise through the Labour Party ranks may not have been as […]

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IRRELEVANT, IRREVERENT.

Not so long ago I started to question my relevance.    I don’t know if that is a middle-aged, life in crisis thing, or not. Technically my middle age, according to my demographic, slipped by, virtually unnoticed, some years ago. As it stands, I do not own a red convertible sports car and am not […]

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Labour of Love

I’m a Dad. A Father, a parent a caregiver. That is who I am, kind of the thing which defines me, for the meantime at least. I am the ‘go to’ in the household, the term I like to use to describe my part in the family dynamic. It is also the driving influence behind […]

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