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The Scottish Isles: Shetlands, Orkneys and Hebrides (Part 1)

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A Maverick Traveller (Traditional Chinese Translation)

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A Maverick Traveller (Simplified Chinese Translation)

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Is Auckland Council making itself Redundant? The paradox of retrenchment in the face of growth

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February 13, 2021

Auckland Council has responded to Covid by retrenching staff. Yet Auckland faces huge growth pressures. Ultimately, our system of local government is not up to coping with growth and transformation. This leaves the centre. Indeed, "a government of transformation" was promised in 2017 by new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. But is Ms Ardern's central government any better at handling the big stuff? And if not, why not?

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February 7, 2021

A Walk on the Wildside: New Zealand's Banks Track – near Christchurch, yet remote

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February 5, 2021

Whenua Hou: Codfish Island and the few Kākāpō Left

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February 4, 2021

The Isle of Blushing Skies: Rakiura/Stewart Island and the North-West Circuit Track

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About the Author

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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