A Tribute to Richard Bach

September 14, 2012
Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, is recovering in hospital from a serious head injury after his small amphibian plane he affectionately calls Puff, crashed when its landing gear clipped wires while attempting to land on a grass runway at San Juan Island. See Update on Richard Bach’s Recovery: March 28, 2013

Waiheke Walking Festival

October 25, 2012
The Waiheke Walking Festival, now going into its third season as a nine-day event, this month won the Event category in the Outdoors Awards, hosted by Outdoors New Zealand. This year the festival includes 40 walks to cater for about 2,500 walkers and runs from October 27 – November 4. Waiheke Island is just 40 minutes by ferry from Auckland city…

Living On Molesworth Station

August 09, 2011 (Updated on December 22, 2012 with new photos)
Molesworth Station is New Zealand’s largest farm (180,476 hectares). It’s startling moonscape-like landscape lies west of the Inland Kaikoura Ranges and offers a striking contrast to the lush green landscape normally associated with New Zealand. Experience the awe-inspiring scenery and vast emptiness of Molesworth while it is open to the public from December 28, 2012 until April 13, 2013.

Love is the Missing Foundation of Education

December 14, 2012
As the tail of non-achievement in education steadily grows in New Zealand despite all the theories put forward about what we need to do about it, one thing has been consistently overlooked: Education needs to have a foundation of love.

Make Mistakes. Lots of Them! And Learn.

December 14, 2012
Perhaps I will mostly be remembered by my students as that ‘crazy’ teacher who used to say, “I want you to make lots of mistakes.” I could always feel myself grinning inside each time I saw their astonished faces.

Don’t Let the ‘Wool be Pulled’ Over Your Eyes in This Election

November 06, 2012
Lies, prejudice, ignorance, insipid reporting, and an overly dominant focus on the economy are the hallmarks of this American presidential election. The desperate nature of this contest tells me that much more is as stake than meets the eye.

Misogyny: Hatred, Entrenched Prejudice, Or Both?

October 29, 2012
Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, made a riveting speech in parliament about sexism and misogyny and double standards. It was a riveting speech because it came from a fire in her belly that finally said, on behalf of all women, “We have had enough of this demeaning behavior.”

Staying Young

August 15, 2012
I’m staying young at heart, of mind, and body. No facelift or dyed hair for me. Instead there is an image in my mind of an 82-year-old woman riding a horse.

Are Free Contraceptives Really the Answer?

May 13, 2012
As New Zealand’s welfare bashing continues over the Government’s proposal to offer free contraception to female welfare beneficiaries, political hopeful Colin Craig has stuck his boots into New Zealand’s ‘promiscuous’ women by opposing such a move.

Depression Has A Safety Net

February 07, 2012
Whenever negative thoughts send me spiralling down towards depression, I ask myself, “What can I appreciate about this day in my life?” 


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