City Living by Trevor Plumbly

Cracks in the Concrete Having recently moved from a relatively small city to the largest in the country, I’m still a bit bemused by the difference in the social aspects. Dunedin is a somewhat staid city, rightly proud of its university, heritage and secure lifestyle, while Auckland is a melting pot of cultures, commerce and race. Auckland currently houses almost a quarter of the country’s population and continues to grow at a pace it simply isn’t capable of absorbing: put simply the place can only embrace so many before real problems present… Read More

Round the Bays Auckland 2014 by Angela Caldin

I did something on Sunday that I’ve never done before in my life: I took part in a fun run. At this point, I have to come clean and confess that I didn’t actually run, I completed the course at a steady yet springy walk, but I can confidently say that the entire experience was a whole lot of fun. The fun run in question was the Round the Bays annual event which is 8.4km long over a flat course following the contours of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. It starts in the heart… Read More

Tired of London, Enamoured of Life. By Angela Caldin

“Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”  Samuel Johnson Dr Johnson’s words, so often quoted, darted into my mind when I had my recent Damascene moment. This came as I turned down a road high above the city of Auckland where a splendid view unfurled before me in the sunshine, sweeping down to the Skytower and the sparkling waters of… Read More