2013

Is Lee Harvey Oswald Innocent?

November 22, 2013
I was fifteen when an assassin’s bullet ended President Kennedy’s life. Living in Australia, I recall the deep shock I felt; that the country felt. John Kennedy’s presidency, which encapsulated for me the hope for peace and an end to the fear of communism, was now in tatters. Jack Ruby murdered the suspected assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, two days later. Was this to silence him…


Ramsay Flies into Paradise for a First Class Meal

May 6th, 2013
When Gordon Ramsay recently surprised staff at Te Whau Vineyard Restaurant on Waiheke Island with a request for a late lunch for his party of five, everyone went into a panic. Restaurant owner Tony Forsyth didn’t believe his wife, Moira, when she interrupted his day off with the news. “I am not kidding,” Moira texted…


The War on Democracy

September 29, 2013
A 2007 documentary by John Pilger about how the Unites States manipulated Latin American governments over a period of fifty years to maintain Unites States’ control over Latin America’s rich natural resources. It shows how courageous leaders fight back on behalf of the people and nationalise their natural resources to protect them from corporate greed.  Continue reading and watch the documentary…


Waiheke Walking Festival for 2013

October 25, 2013:  Waiheke Island (just 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland) is holding its forth annual Walking Festival beginning this long weekend. The festival runs from October 26 through November 03. There are walks for all ages and stages of fitness. View scenery from some featured walks. See also photos from the 2012 Walking Festival.

How ‘Losing’ is also A Win

October 01, 2013
An email from an American friend, who once ribbed me about Australia losing the America’s Cup in Perth, made an important point about this year’s cup final: Up 8 -1 and then loss, unbelievable. And the founder of Oracle only spent 500 million to secure the cup. I don’t know why anyone even bothers to watch, it’s as bad as our elections.

Putin’s Message to Americans About Taking Action in Syria

September 13, 2013
“Recent events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies…” Although Vladimir Putin has been called a KGB thug and even a reincarnation of Hitler, Sharon Tennison shares a side of…

Sexual Abuse: The Ripple Effect of Doing Nothing

August 18, 2013
The harm done by dismissing what children say about someone sexually abusing them – through our disbelief – can be incalculable. We need to ask tough questions and have the courage to confront the unthinkable…

Welfare Policies Need an Injection of Compassion

June 3rd, 2013
The impact on mental health of living for years in war-torn homes of domestic violence, and/or being subjected to sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect, can be just as damaging, if not more so, than…

Cooking for Ramsay was Chef’s Dream Come True

May 04, 2013
When Sophie Cannon, acting head-chef at Te Whau Vineyard Restaurant, was told that she would be cooking for celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, a dream collided with reality.  She shook with great excitement until tears came to her eyes. To cook for Ramsay had been Sophie’s dream for years. In fact, it was on her bucket list…

Headland Sculptures for 2013

February 17, 2013
View a selection of sculptures from the 2013 Waiheke Headland Sculpture Walk, including details about the winning entries. Pictured here is winner of the Lexus Premier Award, Pavilion Structure, byGregor Kregar. It is made from recycled timber in a very creative bird’s nest-like fashion. I could visualise walking with children to admire the…

Waiheke Headland Sculpture Walk

January 24, 2013
The 2013 Headland Sculpture Walk celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. “A home grown art scene beckons” was the sub-heading alongside Waiheke’s rating at 35 in the “New York Times” article “The 46 Places to Go in 2013.” The sculptures will be exhibited along 2.5 kilometres of walkway with views along Waiheke’s coastline and across the Hauraki…

Waiheke Twilight Rambles

January 06, 2013
Explore and discover Waiheke Island’s beauty and get fit in the process. Join the annual Waiheke Forest & Bird’s twilight rambles each Tuesday during January, 2013, beginning on Tuesday 8th. See images of these walks.

 

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