Sunday morning. A wintry sun streams through the window. The birds in my neighbour's aviary while not exactly singing, are cheeping and twittering in a cheerful way.
At first glance I didn't think a freshly baked batch of 'poo' cup-cakes would come to my political rescue.
No one can argue with the concept of Tourism. After all, it is the rock star of the New Zealand economy.
OPINION: The city council's proposed permit to protest bylaw is rapidly descending into farce.
Public speaking continues to be a bit of a challenge for middle-aged man Stu Hunt
OPINION: When did maintaining New Zealand's democracy become such a tired and unattractive prospect?
OPINION: There are plenty of career options down on the farm.
In this week's Sweet Home Motueka, Elise Vollweiler reports from the frontline in the war against house flies.
OPINION: The Modellers Society has missed out on funding to fix their pond, but is using council money the smartest move?
Having a Freedom of Spiel doesn't mean you get to trample on every other freedom
Lighthouses today are invariably nothing but a bunch of flashing LEDs, but it wasn't that long ago that families filled their lives at these remarkable outposts.
Say your child is diagnosed with cancer.
It is often said that making wine is the easy bit, selling wine is where the business really starts to get tough, wineries spend a huge amount of time and money on different forms of marketing and that was one of the key drivers for twelve premium family-owned wine producers to form an alliance – the Family of Twelve.
OPINION: There are many unanswered questions in life. Potholes are one of them.
Think twice before your next act of kindness, less it bites you in the backside.
A recent trip to St Arnaud
The range of hairstyle starts to shrink middle-aged man is not wide and varied.
OPINION: Can bullying be eliminated from our schools? Probably not, people being what they are.
In the first of a new series of fortnightly columns Elise Vollweiler shares her insights on life in Motueka.
Grandma Gurney gives to me Gooseberry tart and hot sweet tea …
Key events in our history have defined the way we view morality in our society.
Child poverty is once again in the news.
I owe an apology to a blameless young man on a bike who I recently accosted on one of Nelson's shared pathways.
OPINION: Middle-aged spread has turned up uninvited.
Zane Mirfin looks back, and forward, to invigorating outdoor adventures.
The WORKS END road sign has been on the street around the corner for the past month. The metal legs holding the sign up, straddle the footpath and the gutter.
The country needs more leaders like Dr Lance O'Sullivan.
An angel at my table helped me unravel the inner workings of an impenetrable subject.
OPINION: Three wives in three homes kissed husbands goodbye and wished them safe travels. Only two of these guys came home.
Opinion: The difference between collector and hoarder is through-put, I maintain.