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Month: May 2014

ZB Travel – Fr. Ted’s Ireland

On Saturday May 31, Mike’s weekly travel segment on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show focuses on Father Ted’s Ireland. Walking in the footsteps of the hit TV comedy, which continues to convert new fans, twenty years after it first screened. Where to go in the Aran Islands and County Clare to discover the key… Read More ›

The Press- News column May 27

Encouraging Private Health Insurance Uptake. Ryman Healthcare is undoubtedly one of Christchurch’s stellar business performers, with the company’s after tax profit soaring to $195 million. The Christchurch-based retirement village powerhouse, which admirably pays its care staff more than the market average, has been spreading its wings beyond our shores, commencing a successful expansionary programme in… Read More ›

ZB Travel – Tuscany. May 17

Last Saturday, Mike Yardley discussed some fresh takes on Tuscany and self-driving the region, on Newstalk ZB’s Jacks Tame Show. Here is the transcript from the radio show. ( A more comprehensive article will be available on the For the Love of Travel website in the coming weeks. I hear you’ve just put self-driving… Read More ›

The Press-News column. May 20

Cameras the best way to tackle Red-light runners. For the past month I’ve been busy self-driving my way across Europe on a work trip – and I must apologise to the Italians. I had a pre-conception that their driving attitude would mirror the way they talk. Fast, fevered and frenetic. They certainly drive assertively, but… Read More ›

The Press-News column. May 13

The Street Sex Trade in Christchurch. How crass, how churlish, how crude that at a time when the city is facing a half a billion dollar financial hole over the rebuild, the council is splashing  the cash on an open-air brothel facility in Manchester Street.  Beyond establishing a needle receptacle, toilet block, lighting and security… Read More ›

The Press-News column. May 6

Don’t Give Up on Christchurch. Doom, despondency and discontent has dominated the local news headlines in the past week, with floods sinking the morale of thousands, and many others putting the boot in to the central city blueprint. It is imperative that the city council keeps the faith and delivers tangible solutions to the residents… Read More ›

Newstalk ZB Travel – May 3

On Saturday May 3,  Mike Yardley’s weekly radio travel segment on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show focuses on exploring the dynamic emirate of Abu Dhabi, Dubai’s little sister & capital of the United Arab Emirates. The stunning corniche, spectacular Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, Ferrari World and Yas Island are just some of the sights. Up-close with… Read More ›

The Press-News column April 29

Commuter Rail for Christchurch? As a train-spotter from way back, I’m stoked that Environment Canterbury has commissioned an investigation into the viability of commuter rail circuit-breaking the Northern Motorway’s commuter gridlock.  I’m one of those typical Kiwi tourists who always enjoys exploring overseas cities via urban rail, lamenting the lack of such mass transit infrastructure,… Read More ›