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The Interview: Melissa Clark-Reynolds

The Interview: Melissa Clark-Reynolds

Chick­ens. It was the chick­ens that told me I’d got this one wrong. When Dan the edit­or let me know that my next assign­ment would be an inter­view with Melissa Clark-Reyn­­olds, I drew a blank. Dan, in his admir­ably con­cise way, said some­thing like “suc­cess­ful busi­ness­wo­man, really inter­est­ing, I think she’ll be great”. And then, chick­ens. There’s […]

Education: Foreign exchange

Education: Foreign exchange

These days, edu­ca­tion and busi­ness are inex­tric­ably tied up togeth­er, mean­ing both gains and com­prom­ises are made, with pros and cons hotly debated. One thing that seems pos­it­ive from most angles though, is the busi­ness of inter­na­tion­al edu­ca­tion. Boost­ing the indi­vidu­al stu­dent, the school, the loc­al com­munity, the wider region and the coun­try as a […]

Education: Breaking the bullying cycle

Education: Breaking the bullying cycle

    “You can’t sit with us,” yells the bois­ter­ous young child, “you’re stu­pid!” He throws a hand­ful of bark at the dejec­ted class­mate, and the oth­er chil­dren around all start to laugh. The small child walks over to the fur­thest bench and sits, eat­ing his lunch alone.   Wheth­er they had been called names or […]

Education: Porirua’s high-tech schools

Education: Porirua’s high-tech schools

We had this kid who was in Year 4 last year, and got really into Adobe Pho­toshop. He star­ted to do some quite inter­est­ing stuff, and his auntie said, ‘I can’t believe the dif­fer­ence in my boy. I now know what he’s going to be — he’s not going to be a paint­er like his […]

Education: Foreign exchange

Education: Foreign exchange

These days, edu­ca­tion and busi­ness are inex­tric­ably tied up togeth­er, mean­ing both gains and com­prom­ises are made, with pros and cons hotly debated. One thing that seems pos­it­ive from most angles though, is the busi­ness of inter­na­tion­al edu­ca­tion. Boost­ing the indi­vidu­al stu­dent, the school, the loc­al com­munity, the wider region and the coun­try as a […]

Education: Breaking the bullying cycle

Education: Breaking the bullying cycle

You can’t sit with us,” yells the bois­ter­ous young child, “you’re stu­pid!” He throws a hand­ful of bark at the dejec­ted class­mate, and the oth­er chil­dren around all start to laugh. The small child walks over to the fur­thest bench and sits, eat­ing his lunch alone. Wheth­er they had been called names or been hurt by […]

Education: Porirua’s high-tech schools

Education: Porirua’s high-tech schools

We had this kid who was in Year 4 last year, and got really into Adobe Pho­toshop. He star­ted to do some quite inter­est­ing stuff, and his auntie said, ‘I can’t believe the dif­fer­ence in my boy. I now know what he’s going to be — he’s not going to be a paint­er like his […]

The Ins and Outs of Sex-positive Retail

The Ins and Outs of Sex-positive Retail

Our lives are sat­ur­ated with sex-based advert­ising at every step. Subtle, or in your face, sex is used to hawk any­thing from food to fra­grance. Iron­ic­ally, the shops selling actu­al sex products them­selves face much stricter retail and advert­ising stand­ards than any­one else, as they are gen­er­ally cat­egor­ised with­in the shade of grey (I hear […]

The Interview: Russ Kalivati

The Interview: Russ Kalivati

They say you could build a battle­ship in Petone, and I reck­on that’s prob­ably right. Pho­to­graph­er Anna and I are tak­ing a drive in Seni­or Con­stable Rasau (Russ) Kalivati’s patrol car. It’s been 20 years since I was last in a police car, and this is my first time ever sit­ting up the front. Russ is […]

Food: Cheap Eats 2015

Food: Cheap Eats 2015

And by cas­u­al, I really mean cas­u­al. Some crit­ics con­sider a res­taur­ant with $40 mains ‘cas­u­al’ if the som­meli­er isn’t French, but for the major­ity of us it means we’re in danger of ketch­up stains, spilt BYO Shiraz and the occa­sion­al seagull attack. The biggest trend I noticed while select­ing a new batch of cheap […]

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