Archive for June, 2012

…Judith ‘Crusher’ Collins set up the Boy Racers’ Car Crushing Club when she was Minister of Police. Three years later, at Matariki, her successor Anne ‘Rusher’ Tolley, wearing pancake makeup for the TV cameras, displayed rivetting reverse numeracy skills by counting down from five before pushing the green button which activated the crushing behemoth…


With a Canadian bishop, a Japanese architect, and a Scandinavian looking structure the proposed temporary but relocatable edifice will be cosmopolitan, if not quite ecumenical, though it will also provide a venue for concerts, exhibitions, civic and community events. The Ban design, with help from Warren and Mahoney, is a too much for some people, not enough for others…


Last week was the 25th anniversary of the passing of New Zealand’s nuclear free laws. The year before Labour Prime Minister David Lange had argued eloquently that nuclear weapons were “morally indefensible” at the 1986 Oxford Union Debate. His famous retort to an interjector “ I can smell the uranium” (on his breath) has had a long half life-see video*…..


… The temporary pop up container mall inside City Mall is a result of the great work …the Inner City Business Association in the Re:Start the Heart initiative* that opened on time for last November’s Show Week….With the influx of construction workers, sex workers, pushed out to the inner suburbs to the consternation of remaining residents, are teetering unsteadily back to the inner-city as the cordon contracts in what could be described as a Re:Tart the Heart initiative….