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Month: February 2015

ZB Travel – Manly Feb 28

Mike’s weekly travel slot on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show this Saturday, turns the spotlight on Manly Beach, Sydney and how to make the most of the seaside spot. Check out the new EcoTreasures Walk & Talk Snorkel tour, in Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve. The Manly foodie scene is on fire. Head to… Read More ›

The Press- News column Feb 24

Giant of our Time: Celia Lashlie Fearless. Selfless. Relentless.  In between the headline-grabbing  fever of the Cricket World Cup and our museum’s pathetically provincial exhibitionism of a puerile t-shirt, the tragic death of Celia Lashlie and her life’s extraordinary work, hasn’t been accorded the depth of media coverage so richly deserved. Few people have touched… Read More ›

ZB Travel – Atlanta. Feb 21

Mike’s weekly travel slot on February 21, on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show, turns the spotlight on the great gateway to the South, Atlanta. Explore the Gone with the Wind landmarks, including Margaret Mitchell House and Clayton County plantation homes. Take the tours of CNN’s World Headquarters and the World of Coca Cola. Plus… Read More ›

The Press-News column. Feb 17

Lyttelton must provide for Mega-liners For the past week I’ve been bobbing out the South Pacific on-board Voyager of the Seas, one of the increasing number of mega-liners being deployed Down Under, but shut out from Canterbury. The ongoing impasse over Lyttelton Port Company’s failure to commit to constructing a designated cruise berth facility is… Read More ›

ZB Travel – Noumea Feb 14

Mike’s weekly travel slot on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show, on Saturday Feb 14, turns the spotlight on Noumea, New Caledonia. The old French colonial grace of Noumea including the library designed by Gustave Eiffel, a mini slice of the French Riviera, the world’s largest lagoon and world’s second largest barrier reef, find Nemo at Armadee… Read More ›

The Press – News column Feb 10

User Pays to blunt Rates Bills The Christchurch water charging debate was floated, exploded and now unceremoniously dumped. Apparently our meters aren’t smart enough. It’s a bit of a black eye for the council’s  finance committee chair, Cr. Raf Manji, who spear-headed the push, with the Mayor’s backing. But Lianne Dalziel has hastily surrendered, seemingly… Read More ›

ZB Travel – Cruising Feb 7

On Saturday Feb 7, Mike’s weekly travel slot on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show, hosted by Kerre McIvor, turns the spotlight on cruising the South Pacific on the innovative Voyager of the Seas. Royal Caribbean’s Voyager has been the ship of many firsts, including pioneering the world’s first rock climbing wall, mounted on the funnel…. Read More ›

The Press -News column Feb 3

CERA sees some sense on Victoria Square It’s been the summer of discontent for Victoria Square’s proposed makeover. Ever since November, the storm of dismay at the sweeping revamp to this cherished public space has rampaged through the Christmas rush, holiday recess and all of  January, with unwavering vigour.  Spilling rivers of ink in the… Read More ›