By Sandy Myhre Adrian Blackburn is an established journalist and author, that much is clear.  What isn’t quite as clear is why he called this book “Mates”.  If he’s writing about his mates, he has some dodgy ones and there are the mates who masquerade as women but they’re probably not mates, in the true sense of the word.    Perhaps that’s where the ‘Other … Continue reading MATES AND OTHER STORIES

Emma signs with McLaren

McLaren Racing announce Emma Gilmour as team’s first-ever female driver Emma Gilmour November 3, 2021 McLaren Racing today announced Emma Gilmour as the team’s first-ever female driver who will compete for the McLaren Extreme E team in 2022. Emma’s announcement follows a media engagement today during the COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The engagement also … Continue reading Emma signs with McLaren

Christmas Day and Out To Lunch

by Sara Dinnen It’s a grand idea.  Getting someone else to cook Christmas Day lunch means also not having to do the dishes. The problem was, a great many others thought the same way and most restaurants open in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands were fully booked four days before the day.  Luckily there were four spaces at Zane Grey’s restaurant on the waterfront in … Continue reading Christmas Day and Out To Lunch

You’re welcome?

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?


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