Blessed with a second start

He’s little more than eight weeks old, but Salem, the little black tom with the white bib and socks, has already used up two or three of his nine lives. Salem hung with a colony of “true strays” or “wilds”. When rescued,...... Read More

Black gold burns brightly

Glen Afton. Where’s Glen Afton? It’s a coal mine where 11 men were asphyxiated by carbon monoxide in 1939? “That’s exactly what I mean! History is disappearing.” The woman with coal dust in her DNA and the spirit of a...... Read More

Shearing sheep and sharing cash

It’s more than just wearing a black singlet and stubbies like our favourite bloke Wal’ Footrot. Sheep shearing is a historical trade, where more time equals less money – and with 20 sheep for every one New Zealander today, the job...... Read More

Playing Roulette with freight trains

No one has died. Not yet. But it could be only time. They are the jumpers, the people who trespass on the rail bridge over the Chapel St causeway, using it as a diving platform. Both Police and KiwiRail are aware of the dangerous practice but have...... Read More

Sweat, tears and triumph

When the gun went off at 7am on January 2, 1990, more than 230 individuals and 80 team swimmers plunged into the tide and headed into a maze of boats clustered in the mist. “We thought if we got 100 people in total, we would be doing okay,”...... Read More

Indoor bowls is the panacea

Ron Briggs has a lot in common with the Toyotas he peddled at an Auckland caryard for 40 years. Both Ron and the Toyotas just keep going. Being 76 years old and well-maintained, Ron, in car terms, is of medium to upper mileage but still has a lot...... Read More

Freestyle fundraiser flies high

Backflips, rulers and the train will be some of the many freestyle motorcross stunts Tauranga can expect to see this weekend. Some of the world’s best motorcross and BMX athletes will be putting on a NITRO Circus-styled show at the Wheels for...... Read More

Silly spin on a classic story

“You can be called the director, but you can’t direct a show without a good team.” It’s not a one-man band, but Jonty Climo is the brain behind 16th Avenue Theatre’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ show. The 19-year-old,...... Read More

Let’s take workplace stress seriously

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the skies are blue, but instead of lazing in a hammock or going for a swim, you’re back at work – or maybe you didn’t get a break in the first place. Many Kiwis are already feeling the effects...... Read More

Black Caps and Bay Oval – the best yet to come

Around 12,000 people packed into the Bay Oval for the Black Caps’ two One Day Internationals with Sri Lanka, and left smiling with their day out in the sun and two wins for the home team. Yet there remains a feeling the best is still to come...... Read More