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Month: September 2014

ZB Travel – San Francisco

On Saturday September 27, Mike’s travel slot on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show turns the spotlight on San Francisco. A stand-out city that rewards the returning traveller with so many options, beyond the essential sights, as you dig a little deeper into the city’s character. Mike’s full story on self-exploring San Francisco’s soul, will… Read More ›

The Press- News column Sep 23

Election 2014. One of New Zealand’s more bizarre and unsavoury election campaigns has proven to be a personal triumph for John Key, victoriously steering his party across the finish line, after navigating a campaign trail, laced with toxicity and tripwires. To score your biggest slice of the party vote in pursuit of a third term… Read More ›

ZB Travel – Famous Cocktails

On Saturday September 20, Mike’s weekly travel segment on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show takes you around the world in a cocktail glass. Where did those classic cocktails, like the Mai Tai, the Bellini, Bloody Mary, Negroni and Pino Colada originate? And where should you go, to experience a classic cocktail in the very… Read More ›

The Press-News column Sep 16

The battle of artist renderings in Christchurch. Yesterday’s official opening of the eye-catching Hagley Oval pavilion marks a welcome addition to the city’s incremental rebirth. What an alluring new facility in a dream setting. Primarily developed with the Cricket World Cup in mind, it’s proponents spruiked the development in 2012 as a priceless opportunity to… Read More ›

ZB Travel – Wild Atlantic Way.

On Saturday September 13, Mike’s weekly travel slot on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show, turns the spotlight on the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s Ireland’s epic road trip, newly improved with upgraded attractions and freshly sign-posted, packaged into dedicated sections. The pick of the bunch in my opinion, is Section 3, from County Mayo to… Read More ›

The Press- News column Sep 9

Labour a long-shot for September 20. With just 11 sleeps to election day and as the campaign trail hits the home straight, we seem to be back where we started. Despite all the political histrionics, National remains in pole position with Labour seemingly marooned on 25% support. The maths would suggest Team Cunliffe needs to… Read More ›

ZB Travel – Christchurch. Sep 6

On Saturday September 6, Mike’s weekly travel segment on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show turns the spotlight on ever-evolving Christchurch. Four years on from the advent of the destructive earthquakes, how is the state of the tourism industry? What’s open?  What’s not? Seize the chance to be part of history, by seeing the unique… Read More ›

The Press-News column Sep 2

Let’s party, but responsibly. With the 4th anniversary of our natural disaster on the doorstep, the re-creation of the central city finally has a spring in its step. 2014 is proving to be the circuit-breaker year. For night-owls, a tangible semblance of momentum is crystallising within the city core, with fresh pockets of light, laughter… Read More ›