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GUEST WRITER JEFFREY PAPAROA HOLMAN goes bird watching

Jeffrey Paparoa Holman  |  5 Mar 2012  |  3 min read

Everybody knows about the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers: it’s famous for sure, but far from most urban centres and off the beaten tourist track. Not so, the less well-known colony at Muriwai Beach close to Auckland: it’s only 40 kms and 35 minutes from Queen Street. We discovered it at the tailfeather end of Northland round trip in December: from Devonport to Te... > Read more

GUEST WRITER NICK SMITH concludes communism is good for something . . .

27 Feb 2012  |  2 min read

Some of the best pop music ever written sprang from the need to sing about the forbidden, particularly by dipping into that well-spring of denied human desire. In western culture, forbidden desire yielded pop classics such as Cyndi Lauper’s She Bop and Turning Japanese by the Vapours, songs that topped the pops despite their implied rude lyrical content. Behind the Iron... > Read more

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