Thursday, February 22, 2018

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

Haranui and Beyond

November 7, 2008 by  
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As Woody from Toy Story would say, to Haranui and Beyond! As we head out of Auckland to Haranui Marae the afternoon had that strange ‘four seasons in one day’ feel about it. The skyline has ominous storm clouds rolling in at a great rate of knots but the afternoon sun had a warm and […]

Green Prepay Petrol Monsters

October 31, 2008 by  
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Our first real stop toward the North was near Wairakei whereupon I met the green prepay petrol monsters that are BP Service stations (we were to meet a number of them along the way). You know I have this thing about customer service right, well this was so awful, why

Budda Bing

September 16, 2008 by  
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What is it about some people that make you feel that although they stood in the same line as you, waited as patiently as you did, they nevertheless managed to get a particularly larger slice of the budda-bing pie?

Home Grown Truths

July 7, 2008 by  
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I read somewhere once that “you don’t have to own the playground to play on the swings”. I found that a particularly odd-about kind of adage really. Odd but somehow

Brighten My Day

June 7, 2008 by  
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Do you have a maroon umbrella story? I do. It would be truly unbelievable if I didn’t have the umbrella to show for it all these years later. But I do. I thought you might like this short story. I remembered it during my walk today, under my maroon umbrella. It made me smile.

Everyday Heroes

May 28, 2008 by  
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From time to time I wonder if I met an everyday hero in the street whether I’d recognise them without their full kit on. Well, would you? Then I realise, I probably wouldn’t. Why? Because I have this caricature image in my mind of a comic book ‘super hero’ whose larger than life and able […]