They are us: sharing the darkest days

I wrote this for The Australian Newspaper today: Days like this don't happen in New Zealand. We're not this violent. We don't hate like this. We pride ourselves on welcoming immigrants and refugees. Part of the mythology we hold onto is that we are the people who welcomed refugees from the Tampa when the Howard … Continue reading They are us: sharing the darkest days

What’s love got to do with it: Theology and its defences against the dark arts

Towards the end of my very brief career as a theologian in a conservative, fundamentalist, NZ theological college, I had come to the sad realisation that theology, as an academic discipline, is unable — incapable rather than unwilling — to say things about love that art, even in its most popular forms, is more naturally … Continue reading What’s love got to do with it: Theology and its defences against the dark arts

Sam Hunt: Telling the story, telling it true, charming it crazy

In February, 2013 I had the best day of my journalistic career. I travelled with my publishing and editorial assistants, Gabriela Guedes and Meg Williams, to the Kaipara farm of famed Kiwi poet Sam Hunt. It was an unforgettable day, during which Sam verbally abused a woman over lunch because she was speaking too loudly … Continue reading Sam Hunt: Telling the story, telling it true, charming it crazy

Coming soon: The epic story of one woman’s determination to conquer the entire NZ coastline, solo

This is exciting. Earlier this year I helped the legendary Lynn Paterson (aka Red) to write a book on her epic solo kayak around New Zealand. It’s a thrilling, heroic, spellbinding tale of a woman’s determination to achieve a long-held dream, and in the process ‘conquer’ the rugged NZ coastline and do something NO ONE … Continue reading Coming soon: The epic story of one woman’s determination to conquer the entire NZ coastline, solo