Today we took Dad to Browns Bay, a beach suburb on Auckland’s North Shore. Once upon a time it was a summer holiday destination for Aucklanders wanting to get away … Continue reading Browns Bay, Auckland
There’s an article in the NZ Herald this week, Auckland house prices vs world’s, which compares the median house price in Auckland – a whopping $670,000 – with other similarly … Continue reading Parking for five cars
Now that I no longer have a child under the age of three, I find myself re-engaging with popular culture after a six-year hiatus. So please forgive me for writing … Continue reading Bicycle versus helicopter
There is much talk in Auckland at the moment about how to provide affordable housing for a growing population. Should the city continue with the urban sprawl that it is … Continue reading Housing in Auckland
Yesterday afternoon my fab husband babysat so that I could enjoy a could of hours skating at the ice rink. It was great exercise without feeling like exercise because it … Continue reading Auckland has a mother-in-law problem
I have a solution for all of society’s ills. It involves getting fat arses out of cars and onto bicycles. If I were Prime Minister, I’d redirect our colossal spending … Continue reading How to save the world by bicycle
More scenes from Auckland as viewed from inside our car (most of Auckland is viewed from within one’s car): I watched a great TED talk yesterday titled, Science is for … Continue reading More scenes from Auckland, frogs and play
I have been highly critical of the urban shopping mall of late and I thought it might be worthwhile exploring how this monstrosity came into existence. The very first shopping … Continue reading The lurid shopping mall
Governments the world over are making leaps and bounds in the fight against smoking. Australia recently banned brand labelling on cigarette packets, the UK is running a campaign called Stoptober … Continue reading The biggest public health problem of the developed world
One of my complaints about Auckland is its urban sprawl. But Auckland is not alone in possessing this, there are many other cities in the world with this characteristic flaw, … Continue reading What’s wrong with urban sprawl?
If hell is featureless suburbia, concrete motorways and soulless shopping malls, then Auckland is it.
I want to ride my bike with my two-year-old sitting in her seat on the back. She loves it. I love it. I want to ride my bike to save … Continue reading I want to ride my bike…..
Elizabeth pooed on the back terrace the other day and she grabbed my arm and took me outside to see it. Then she pointed at her poo and said, “I … Continue reading Poo and morons at the helm