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I‘m the person who … makes fireworks

I‘m the person who … makes fireworks

facebook twitter email linkedin google-plus whatsapp pinterest reddit Bruce Allan was about 10 years old when a palm-sized cannon he‘d filled with a firecracker — his brother had taken the Tom Thumbs he planned to use for his magic show‘s grand finale — unexpectedly blasted through the closed door of his classroom and taught him the power, and delight, of […]

Eye in the sky to check on our lakes

Eye in the sky to check on our lakes

Scientists are set to test the health of New Zealand‘s lakes – from space. With summer again turning public attention to the condition of our under-pressure freshwater estate, a new study is focusing on the persisting problem of blue-green algal blooms. Reports of these often-toxic blooms, which float on the surface of lakes, have become common each season: and health […]

Just how green is the ministerial car fleet?

Just how green is the ministerial car fleet?

The Government‘s fleet of vehicles has become markedly more green over the past year -and is set to get greener still in the coming years. The Government has confirmed it intends to transition its full fleet, including the 32 BMW 7-series vehicles, to emissions-free vehicles by 2026. In total, 29 per cent of all ministerial vehicles – including Crown and […]

Chris Rattue: It‘s time Black Caps hero shared his six-year secret

Chris Rattue: It‘s time Black Caps hero shared his six-year secret

COMMENT: It‘s the story many of us would love to be told, and one we are unlikely to hear. But one thing is certain: Ross Taylor — faced with a situation perhaps unique in New Zealand sport — found a way to take a very public rejection on the chin and become one of the greatest batsmen in not only […]

Back to back: Goerges makes history at ASB Classic

Back to back: Goerges makes history at ASB Classic

Just after 9:30pm tonight, Julia Goerges lay collapsed on the Stanley Street centre court.She was overcome with emotion, nearly in tears, and with good reason. The German had created history at the ASB Classic – and done it in a very special way. Not only winning back to back titles in Auckland, becoming the first female to do so in […]

Sideswipe: January 7: What a…!

Sideswipe: January 7: What a…!

A fine young cannibal … “Ever since this little guy could eat solid food his favourite meal has been barbecued ribs. I mean, he‘ll eat them every day if he could … So anyway, we‘re out for dinner and I‘m enjoying my steak, and he his plate of ribs and fries — he‘s probably about 6-7 years old. He asks […]

Simon Wilson: In the future, we‘ll live in the past

Simon Wilson: In the future, we‘ll live in the past

facebook twitter email linkedin google-plus whatsapp pinterest reddit COMMENT Cars out of the central city, big plans for the waterfront: we‘re becoming a real 21st century city, according to Auckland Council‘s “design champion”, Ludo Campbell-Reid. Are we? There‘s a great new passion for inner-city apartments: 57,000 people live in the downtown area now, which is more than the number who […]