columns

The best of the opinion columns that I wrote for the Bay of Plenty Times have had a polish and are now compiled in this book. It will be available soon as an ebook; for how it’s available in a short print run only in Tauranga, New Zealand, at Books a Plenty or the Dry Dock Cafe.

Meanwhile every column I wrote is here. The book is a lot better to read as a cohesive piece of work, but I’m still really proud of these. Each is reproduced with permission. Most recent is at the top.

123. Signing off. 4 September 2015

122. Semicolon tattoo. 28 August 2015

121. Playing through a power cut. 21 August 2015

120. Happy meat. 14 August 2015

119. Art is not your enemy. 7 August 2015

118. Calming our cultural nerves with Māori language. 31 July 2015

117. No atom of risk connected to this scam. 24 July 2015

116. A zero-hour contract is the worst boyfriend. 17 July 2015

115. Angry people. 10 July 2015

114. Climate change of thrones. 3 July 2015

113. Small flat white for a coffee snob. 26 Jun 2015

112. Love and tears in a man’s world. 19 June 2015

111. No compelling reason to change the NZ flag. 12 June 2015

110. Everyone else is better than you. 5 June 2015

109. How to listen to classical music. 29 May 2015

108. Beauty is in the eye of the beard holder. 22 May 2015

107. Man flu versus woman flu. 15 May 2015

106. Little things that make a big difference. 8 May 2015

105. War sure is fun when it doesn’t hurt. 1 May 2015

104. 20-Day Drawing Challenge. 24 April 2015

103. The Bachelor, Campbell Live and TV ratings. 17 April 2015

102. Put down that shiny screen and pick up a book. 10 April 2015

101. Old age and the sunset. 27 March 2015

100. A cyclone by any other name. 20 March 2015

99. Loving music and the planet at Sundaise. 13 March 2015

98. Names for things that don’t have names. 6 March 2015

97. Farewell Video Ezy. 27 February 2015

96. Fifty Shades of Grey is cinematic junk food. 20 February 2015

95. Why getting rid of cyclists is a good idea. 13 February 2015

94. Grappling with the Treaty of Waitangi. 6 February 2015

93. The roar of drunken idiots. 30 January 2015

92. Climate change: Superman won’t save us. 23 January 2015

91. 2014 in review: not enough reading but plenty of creativity. 19 December 2014

90. ‘Tis the season of … exhaustion. 12 December 2014

89. But how much can I drink? 5 December 2014

88. Here in the digital future with no CDs. 28 November 2014

87.  How to land on a comet. 21 November 2014

86.  No longer centre of the universe. 14 November 2014

85.  NZ Flag Idol. 7 November 2014

84.  Good people. 31 October 2014

83.  Apostrophe abuse. 24 October 2014

82.  Sex appeal. 17 October 2014

81.   Conversation with my younger self. 10 October 2014

80.  Zombie state. 3 October 2014

79.  Dirty politics and Doctor Who. 26 September 2014

78.  How dare the creatives keep creating. 19 September 2014

77.  Three words you should never say to parents. 12 September 2014

76.  Togs, togs, vehicle, pedestrian, undies. 5 September 2014

75.  What makes a Kiwi? 29 August 2014

74.  Googling googols and other fun with words on National Poetry Day. 22 August 2014

73.  Highfaluting, gutter-crawling art is everywhere. 15 August 2014

72.  A case for reading (more) fiction. 8 August 2014

71.   Spider-Man, Palestine, hope and pastries. 1 August 2014

70.  3-Day Survival Experiment. 25 July 2014

69.  How To Train Your Haircut. 18 July 2014

68.  Never thought I’d write a column about number twos, but here goes … 11 July 2014

67.  You’re not James Bond. 4 July 2014

66.  OMG! Reading this will change your life! 27 June 2014

65.  Soccer vs football and how to fall over properly in the World Cup. 20 June 2014

64.  Thieves and liars: just another episode of Game of Thrones. 13 June 2014

63.  Scrabbling about for inspiration. 6 June 2014

62.  Yes, all women deserve a lot more respect. 30 May 2014

61.   Road safety versus The Invisible Gorilla. 23 May 2014

60.  Attractive persuasion of the rare beard. 16 May 2014

59.  Battle of Gate Pa: does local history matter? 9 May 2014

58.  Everything is awesome in Legoland. 2 May 2014

57.  90 years of pure class. 4 April 2014

56.  Climate change is boring. 28 March 2014

55.  Happy to be a little pakeha. 21 March 2014

54.  Teaspoons of evil hiding everywhere. 14 March 2014

53.  You’re not as awesome as you think you are. 7 March 2014

52.  Disagree with me. 28 February 2014

51.   Google Glass in your face. 21 February 2014

50.  The Valentine’s Day revolution starts here. 14 February 2014

49.  A new New Zealand flag? 7 February 2014

48.  Lorde’s Grammy win versus my self esteem. 31 January 2014

47.  Smacking. 24 January 2014

46.  What makes a real man? 17 January 2014

45.  Drunk people are annoying. 10 January 2014

44.  Mud slinging. 3 January 2014

43.  A few things I particularly liked in 2013. 27 December 2013

42.  Christmas juggernaut. 20 December 2013

41.   On being Bilbo Baggins’ neighbour. 13 December 2013

40.  Rats versus GMOs. 6 December 2013

39.  It’s not a vote, it’s a survey. 29 November 2013

38.  Getting all feverish over pollen. 22 November 2013

37.  Typhoon Haiyan and parenthood. 15 November 2013

36.  Drinking under the limit. 8 November 2013

35.  Last will and testament of a firecracker. 1 November 2013

34.  Affairs are really dumb. 25 October 2013

33.  The sneaky genius of New World’s little shop. 18 October 2013

32.  Street piano. 11 October 2013

31.   Climate change and a little thing called evidence. 4 October 2013

30.  Stress and losing the America’s Cup. 27 September 2013

29.  Sharknado and winning the America’s Cup. 20 September 2013

28.  Flat screen television. 13 September 2013

27.  Farting frogs and the death of a poet. 6 September 2013

26.  Twerking. 30 August 2013

25.  Spying and the end of the world. 23 August 2013

24.  Whisky escape. 16 August 2013

23.  Doctor Who visits the Mount. 9 August 2013

22.  You’re different to me. Go away. 2 August 2013

21.   Disaster will never happen to me. 26 July 2013

20.  Jam rage. 19 July 2013

19.   Natural talent versus hard work. 12 July 2013

18.   How to live happily ever after. 5 July 2013

17.   Superman’s big change. 28 June 2013

16.   Love your city. 21 June 2013

15.   The revolutionary ‘eating sensibly’ diet. 14 June 2013

14.   Game of Thrones versus the naked lawn mower. 7 June 2013

13.   Trying to keep up with the Apple cats. 31 May 2013

12.   Seduced by online bargains. 24 May 2013

11.    Georgie Pie returns. 17 May 2013

10.   Exercise versus illness. 10 May 2013

9.    Coffee snobbery. 3 May 2013

8.    Braving the twitterzone. 26 April 2013

7.    Bombing a marathon. 19 April 2013

6.    Space cow. 12 April 2013

5.    Gay marriage. 5 April 2013

4.    Bad guys. 30 March 2013

3.    Teachers are amazeballs. 22 March 2013

2.    Squabbling over the historical record. 15 March 2013

1.    I’m a person not a statistic. 8 March 2013

 

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