By Sandy Myhre Every once in a while a car comes along that’s so impressive it simply has to qualify as my car of the year. For 2019, it’s the Toyota RAV 4 GX Hybrid. Using words like ‘impressive’ would make most people think of something like a McLaren Supercar or a luxurious Mercedes or a top-of-the-line BMW. Of course the RAV4 doesn’t sit in … Continue reading A RAVE ABOUT THE RAV4
Given the increasing number of tourists visiting New Zealand, how well do we welcome them? Sara Dinnen discovered two travellers whose experience in Northland could be called a salutary lesson for tourism operators. This is a tale of two tourists. One is a local and frequent bus traveller between Northland and Auckland. The other is an Englishman who has been touring the world for … Continue reading You’re welcome?
It was clear that Waitangi Day would be different in 2018. Continue reading NATIONAL DAY NEW ZEALAND STYLE
by Sandy Myhre The first door opened to welcome the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, during a visit to New Zealand in late October, was that of the Governor General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy in Wellington. (Photo Marty Melville) She signalled a sartorial salutation to Mr Higgins by wearing a Kelly-green suit and matching pillbox hat. The former lawyer and businesswoman was appointed … Continue reading A TOUCH OF GREEN DURING A VISIT TO NEW ZEALAND BY THE PRESIDENT OF IRELAND
Charleen Clarke is the Editorial Director for Focus On Transport, South Africa, and a jury member of Women’s World Car of the Year. She talked with Ian Callum, the designer of the Jaguar F-PACE, the SUV/Crossover that won the 2016 Women’s World Car of the Year award. Her story was first published in Focus on Transport. Click the link. DEKAT – Jaguar designer ENG … Continue reading The Design Daemon by Charleen Clarke
By Sara Dinnen The vagaries of semi-rural living. Turned on the gas stove to rustle up a poached egg. No gas. Both bottles are empty which means, ergo, no hot water either. Phoned the gas supplier, who happens to be 83.7ks away in the nearest city. There ain’t nothing closer. “Och” said the Scottish man on the other end of the phone. “Bad luck and … Continue reading BACK TO BUCKET BASICS
By Sandy Myhre Cars have become progressively bigger. Look back ten years and see that what once was placed in the small car category is now sufficiently big enough to be classified as mid-size. The same thing happened to what’s ubiquitously called the Sport Utility Vehicle. It’s like car designers all clubbed together and injected their SUVs with enough steroid-induced bulging muscles to be banned … Continue reading SMALL TOYOTA MAKES A BIG IMPRESSION