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YikeBike

November 27, 2010 by  
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“The YikeBike is a statement about using smart technology to solve the problems of our increasingly congested, polluted, stressful cities. It is the first commercial expression of the mini-farthing concept, created by a bunch of successful entrepreneurs, engineers and dreamers. Grant Ryan’s goal is that one day his electric bike will be the most commonly […]

Headspin

November 22, 2008 by  
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It’s funny what your mind gets to thinking and turning over as you drive. Mine was ripping through the gears, packed to the gunnels with unfamiliar names to put together with two or even three times met faces in places best described as the ‘back of beyond’ in that shy way that being new to […]

When Past meets Present

November 21, 2008 by  
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Auckland city is the region that spans from the west coast with it’s rugged coast lines, black sand beaches, over mountain ranges, through the cosmopolitan ‘City of Sails’, over to the white sandy beaches of the east coast and on out to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf.

From Small Beginnings

November 20, 2008 by  
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Back in Auckland city I was feeling quite claustrophobic having left behind us the wide open spaces of the Helensville countryside. I’m not too sure Helensvillians will like hearing I’ve let the cat out of the bag on their best-kept secret of better than average well-being so mum’s the word from here on out, okay?

A Well Worn Track

November 19, 2008 by  
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With all our goodbyes behind us, we drove out along Haranui Road one last time, blew kisses in the direction of the urupa to Nanny Moewaka where she and Arka lay, charges of Papatuanuku and finally headed back towards Auckland. We decided a detour to

Good Food Guides

November 18, 2008 by  
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Gathering for our last meal together in the whare kai, nothing managed to savage my tastebuds more than the errant tendrils of the cooked hangi smells now wafting from the kitchen into the small dining room. It had been 17 years since I last ate hangi on home soil and now

High on a Hill

November 17, 2008 by  
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Listening to the tributes about my great grandmother Moewaka Jane Rapana (or Nama as she was affectionately called) it wasn’t hard to imagine her walking between us all standing there. It seemed fitting that she would rest on the high hill overlooking her beloved

Hura Kohatu, the Unveiling

November 16, 2008 by  
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It was an ambivalent day, the day of my great grandmother Moewaka Jane Rapana’s unveiling, ambivalent how? Well, neither the day nor the weather could agree who was going to have first say about how events would pan out and eventually we left them to argue between themselves like siblings in a childhood dust up.

Breath of Life

November 14, 2008 by  
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The first time I exchanged a memorable hongi was with a very distinguished maori gentleman at the Wellington Art Gallery (during a private showing of a Goldie exhibition). He looked uncomfortable standing in a line-up top heavy with

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