Maybe if *everyone* climbed down into that steep, deep hole then the grass and soil might get eroded, but could the rock crater really get destroyed
It's a scoria cone, Philip. Basically a big pile of basaltic tephra (fragments of magma thrown out during eruptions). Many of Auckland's scoria cones have been damaged by quarrying for construction materials, which is why it is so important to preserve the remaining ones.
I miss Tapu Misa's columns in the Herald.
Christmas day tends to be complicated with us, with many different nuclei of family around the country. This year we're hosting it at home, with a subset of family, plus various overseas students and their partners who'd be on their own otherwise. I've had so many kindnesses while I've been overseas at Christmastime, and have been so warmly welcomed into other peoples' homes, that we are more than happy to be inclusive.
One of my visitors is Canadian/Latvian, and has kindly offered to cook up a Christmas eve feast of piragi - small bacon turnover things.
The Christmas pudding is made - I used a Nigella Lawson recipe for 'ultimate Christmas pudding'. I'll have to say that I am a little dubious about the finished product - which may be my fault as I cheated on the suet and used a packet suet product - but once we've flamed it in brandy and smothered it in brandy butter it will probably be just fine.
A few years later a bit of Rebus went down well,
I'm very fond of Ian Rankin's Rebus as well. I also went through a Patricia Cornwell phase, but I wearied of her humourlessness as well as the carnage you mention. In that genre I much prefer Kathy Reichs.
I wrote “None of these flags” and also wrote under the Red Peaks abortion that “this is a stolen design”.
Whom do you think it is stolen from?
Are you also perturbed by the resemblance between the fern designs to the logos of the NZRU, Tourism NZ, Qualmark etc?
I'm not disagreeing with you that the whole process has been awful.
1080 is a cruel poison which should not be used anywhere near people.
Actually, Alfie, the EPA review concluded that there was a greater public health hazard associated with the use of the alternatives such as cyanide.
Du Fresne is a puzzle. His feature writing is generally excellent. His columns, or worse, his blog posts, are often weird and cranky.
They're pretty much all weird and cranky. His DomPost column last week, bagging Otago University public health researchers, was a shocker. Luckily a few people struck back via letters to the editor, pointing out that public health research has brought us longer lifespans and relative freedom from infectious diseases. Cranks gonna crank, I guess.
Great post, Kirk. I'm really enjoying your analysis.
I really enjoyed George Lakoff's book Don't think of an elephant which is all about how the political right in the USA has nailed the
framing of the debate on issues such as income tax - e.g. they speak of 'tax relief', thereby implying that tax is a burden. I then assumed that the problem of the right dominating the framing was a US problem and never really thought about how it might be the case here. So thank you so much for this thoughtful and excellent piece.
How awesome is this news, which no doubt you've all heard by now? NZ poet Anna Smaill makes Booker long list with her fiction debut. Being on the same list as Anne Tyler, Anne Enright, Marilynne Robinson - just WOW.