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Looking wrong? Archived version here. “Dear Trish,” the letter said, “you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer...” Oh, God. Not again. The dermatologist’s letter made it clear.  I was not to
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Looking wrong? Archived here. I remember my grandfather as a dignified old man, with a moustache and a kindly disposition. I remember watching him as he sat at the big
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Looking wrong? Archived here. His name was Jimmy Paradise.  When he hobbled along the street towards me, leaning on his long wooden crutch, I would cringe with fear in case
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Looking wrong? Archived here. My grandparents were elderly; for a child, the eternal elderly. They were Granny and Pop and there never was a time when they weren’t Granny and
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Archived verion here. Nestled away between the tall hills of the Karangahake Gorge rests what was once the focal point of Waikato’s gold rush; the township of Waikino. In the
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Looking wrong? Archived here: I will start by saying that I guess this piece of writing could be described as a celebration of some places in the North Island of
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Originally version archived here. In 1966, I ‘seagulled’ - that is, casually worked on the wharf, which I had done since 1961. Of all the labouring jobs I did -
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Original archived here Like those who found their way to New Zealand so long ago as well as more recently, I am about to embark on a new journey to
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Archived here Waitangi. Nga Puhi tribal territory. This is a place all New Zealanders should try to visit. There you’ll find the story that’s relevant to our history and our
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Archived version here For the first twenty-one years of my married life, my medicine cupboard opened to only sticking plaster and a packet of aspirin. In 1953 our nearest doctor
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Archived version here Late in 1969, I went to sea. I had heard that stewards on the inter-island ferries earned $60 a week ($900 in today's money) - fifty per
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This story about Kate Sheppard was Alexandra Tomkinson's entry in the 2011 Memoir and Local History Competition.
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Archived version here. At that quiet place by the busy road between Waihi and Tauranga I sense long-ago voices drifting like smoke in the thin morning air. I look at
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Archived version here Nerd the ageing Viking comes flexing and big-chested. He is positively Bjorn Borg-ing with Nordic sporting brilliance – until he enters the pool. In the water, all
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Archived version here I was having a beer in the London bar when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. I was in a depressed mood because my marriage had
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Achived version here It is said that truth is stranger than fiction. Is this a true story or a fairy tale? I’ll leave it to you to decide! My second
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Archived version here. Mount Maunganui, 1981 “Paddy,” my mother’s frazzled voice called from the doorway, “we need more milk.” She turned back to the kitchen muttering darkly, a smear of
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Archived verson here In 1966, Bill Dwyer, who later became an internationally known anarchist known as Ubi, reprised the tradition of free speech in Myers Park, Auckland.  On the baptismal
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Archived version here. I saw Keri Hulme going into the Whataroa shop. She was buying bread and milk and maybe the paper. “Hey,” I said. “I think that’s Keri Hulme.”
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Archived here. He looked longingly at the old cottage one more time before turning to go inside. Deep down Albert knew that the farm along the road, with the little
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