Ten tried and tested truths for edible gardeners

Ten tried and tested truths for edible gardeners

Wherever I am in the world, I love vis­it­ing edible gar­dens. Garden­ers are con­stantly doing inspir­ing, innov­at­ive and inter­est­ing things. If I dis­cov­er only one meth­od to adopt or a single vari­ety to grow, then it’s worth the trip. There are also sur­pris­ing sim­il­ar­it­ies between many gar­dens. Tech­niques and tra­di­tions that work are shared and […]

Beyond the spirit educator

Beyond the spirit educator

An essen­tial skill taught when I atten­ded teach­ers’ col­lege as a train­ee in the 1970s was how to thread a pro­ject­or. In those sim­pler days, show­ing a film to a class was cut­ting edge. Con­sid­er­able organ­isa­tion was required and time spent either mov­ing stu­dents to a des­ig­nated film room or out of school, on a […]

Gently does it

Gently does it

I’m not a neur­os­cient­ist — this won’t come as a sur­prise to any­one who has read my columns I’m guess­ing — but I won­der if a chem­ic­al reac­tion occurs in the brain when you com­bine an enthu­si­ast­ic driver with both a fast car and a beguil­ing (read empty) stretch of tar­mac? On the basis of […]

The Creative hub

The Creative hub

Over the hill and not too far away sits a beau­ti­fully haunt­ing house in the middle of New­town. The his­tor­ic man­sion has been trans­formed into a much-loved and well-known stu­dent flat, cur­rently occu­pied by a bust­ling group of cre­at­ives. Megan Dieud­onne and her flat­mate Dav­id Tap­penden have been enjoy­ing the expans­ive house since early last […]

The Interview: Sima Urale

The Interview: Sima Urale

Sima Urale is a film­maker, a writer and an act­or. Born in Sam­oa, and ini­tially raised in the vil­lages of Fagamalo and Matavai, she migrated with her fam­ily to New Zea­l­and in 1974 and grew up in Island Bay, where her moth­er was a teach­er at Wel­ling­ton South Primary School. She was encour­aged into acting […]

Sport: Adventure Playground Capital

Sport: Adventure Playground Capital

Long­board­ing When Paddy Howard came off his long­board at 60km/h he didn’t think for a moment that he should find a more peace­ful recre­ation­al pur­suit. Even boun­cing off the slightly uneven path near Ngaur­anga Gorge and badly scrap­ing his knee didn’t hinder his desire to come back and con­tin­ue ‘bomb­ing’ hills (to bomb = to […]

NCEA: Report Card

NCEA: Report Card

On the fol­low­ing pages, Fish­Head presents its annu­al sur­vey of the region’s sec­ond­ary schools’ NCEA res­ults. This year we have tried to com­pare schools against their own pre­vi­ous year’s res­ults rather than against each oth­er, but even that is an exer­cise fraught with per­ils and pit­falls. Sad­ie Beck­man explains why NCEA tables aren’t neces­sar­ily the […]

Education: Beggars and choosers

Education: Beggars and choosers

Classroom. Tick. School books. Tick. Teach­ers and assist­ing staff. Tick. School trips? Maybe Equal oppor­tun­it­ies? In the pipeline. Fun­drais­ing ini­ti­at­ives take place in schools and col­leges across New Zea­l­and and are widely accep­ted as a great way of stump­ing up addi­tion­al cash for little extras, like play­ground kit or spe­cial ini­ti­at­ives. How heav­ily do our […]

Alleyways

Alleyways

Alley­ways give a dif­fer­ent, scruffily inter­est­ing, back-door view of a city and Wel­ling­ton is no excep­tion. I spent a recent after­noon wan­der­ing the alleys of Te Aro. There is a lot of hid­den his­tory there. Most alleys date back to the 19th cen­tury, when they some­times housed stables and provided horse-drawn ser­vice access to busi­nesses and […]

Toss a Coin

Toss a Coin

He’s become a well-known fig­ure around Cour­tenay Place, Mr Excuse Me. He’s not quite up there with Blanket­man, but in our hood Mr Excuse Me is a like­able vag­a­bond. He’s the guy milling out­side the Fix con­veni­ence store ask­ing for coins. He waits until you’re with­in arm’s length before shuff­ling into your path, lock­ing eyes […]

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