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A solution to Auckland’s land shortage?

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Auckland’s golf courses are huge tracts of heavily subsidised central Auckland land lying vacant in the middle of a housing crisis. There are 39 golf courses, 14 of them publicly owned. Many Auckland Council-owned golf courses – including Remuera and Waitemata – are paying $1 a year in rent, despite charging annual fees in excess of $3000 and $1300 respectively. Both are taking up tens of millions of dollars of prime housing land in central suburbs near major transport links.

Alpha for All

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Starting on Wednesday 13th February St Andrew’s Anglican church will be running an Alpha Course at St Andrew’s Church hall over a period of nine weeks.  Alpha is free for anyone in Martinborough to attend and I would be grateful if you would run a news story in your February edition of the Martinborough Star.  I’ve outlined some details below:

Alpha will start on Wednesday 13th February at 6:30pm at St Andrew’s church hall, 41 Dublin Street, Martinborough.

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.


Alpha will start with a meal because it’s a great way to build community and get to know each other. … Continue Reading

As the crow flies

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“As the crow flies” goes the phrase

For that least indirect of ways

That travellers hypothetically

Transport themselves from A to B.

(Or make a beeline, some might say

Like bees that buzz to B from A.) … Continue Reading

Book Review

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The Spy and the Traitor

The blurb on the  cover of this just published book is a quote from John Le Carre ; “The best true spy story I have ever read.” Praise indeed, but not unwarranted. This book is really fascinating.

Set during the  height of the Cold War with Thatcher, Regan and Gorbachev in untrusting power and each having vast spy networks operating. While each country’s secret service was extremely good at  spying they strangely failed spectacularly when it came to monitoring their own members. Erroneously preferring to believe that their rigorous recruitment processes ensured trustworthy staff. The result being that each had highly placed super traitors working quite freely within. 

Along with this the British and American  services  were competitive rather than co-operative and neither trusted their European counterparts. This lack of co-operation had disastrous consequences.  … Continue Reading