speaking out

Second day of early old age (:-)) I saw two movies: Moonlight at the Lighthouse cinema in Pauatahanui and The Orator at home on dvd. Both are moving stories of outsiders who find a sense of resolution. I enjoyed The Orator because it is close to home. But also because of the beautifully understated story […]

Going for gold. Getting silver

I’m lucky enough to live in a country that has universal superannuation. Those of us over 65 also get a gold card, which allows us free travel between certain times of the day. It was introduced in 2007 when politician Winston Peters, then (and now) leader of NZ First Party lobbied for its introduction as […]

neoliberalism a personal ‘take’

I first heard of neoliberalism via Michael Apple who talked  about its impact on education. Lately it’s become a bit of a catch cry for what’s wrong with the world. I remember having a heated discussion with a receptionist at a local educational institute when I objected to students being called ‘clients’ or ‘customers’. I […]

generosity of spirit and mind

In Spain I visited the Picasso museum. When  I saw Picasso’s platters I was immediately struck by a sense of their relationship with hospitality and generosity. And I thought of my friends J and C. I first met them when a rapist in Wellington was getting into women’s houses during the day and returning at […]


The new community project is a stream. There are several streams running into Porirua Harbour, one of which runs through our suburb. It’s called Mungavin Stream at the moment but I wonder what it once was? Because we’ll be involved in the upgrade of Mungavin Park the association thought it was a good idea to […]

waiting for gale

The earthquake/tremors/aftershocks are diminishing in size and frequency. The flood waters have subsided in my part of the world. The locusts did not appear but there may be a frog or two in my garden. The winds are gathering in momentum however. We are expecting gale force winds. I am still not at work as […]

another weird week then?

The weirdness continues. New Zealand was hit last night by a 7.5 earthquake and we all seem to have felt it (apart from my stepfather ). The day will be spent putting books back and assessing the need for a more secure bookshelf. I think I know the answer. Two casualties,  many roads broken up […]