What aspects of Bilbo Baggins have you most enjoyed bringing forth across the three films, and on this one in particular? I think it was after the time where he turned the corner from being fairly mild and meek to finding a bit more of a backbone. I was always after that, really. I was […]
Here we are at the Wellington Girls’ College in Thorndon. It is Parents’ Day, 1927, and the girls are demonstrating their skill at Swedish drill. This particular move was called the halfway side falling position and was designed to strengthen the side muscles. An instruction booklet of the time stresses that it should be done […]
If you missed it late last year, let me remind you. Prime Minister John Key celebrated his five years in office in a very, very odd way. In his ‘one-on-one’ interviews with Press Gallery journalists, he seriously talked up the Conservative Party and its leader, Colin Craig. Key basically invited someone else to the party and […]
For my birthday last year, my very enthusiastic Irishman gave me a wonderful, yet controversial gift. If we lived in Karori, it wouldn’t be an issue, but we live in an apartment – one with many rules. “No high heels on the rooftop”, “No fireworks on the rooftop” and the classic “NO PETS”. As a […]
All photos by Jonty Renner.
Last November, the Government tightened national security measures, citing an increasing global terror threat. Appropriately, that month marked 32 years since New Zealand’s only suicide bombing. Neil Roberts was what today might be called a crust-punk. He wore safety pins and found inspiration in the anarchism of Mikhail Bakunin. Roberts was 22 when he blew […]
On summer nights, some plants come into their own. Daytime flowers are bold and brash, relying on bright colours to attract pollinating insects; night-blooming flowers are more subtle, white or cream-coloured to glow in the dark. Often insignificant in looks, they announce their presence with blasts of powerful perfume. One such is brugmansia, sometimes mistakenly […]