Most images of New Zealand tourism and travel come from the South Island. The North Island is neglected by comparison. And yet it's a subtropical Polynesian paradise in many places, and the island where most evidence of Māori culture is to be found as well. In this book, Mary Jane describes the North Island ('The Fish of Māui') in the form of eight road trips. Each chapter links to blog posts.
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?Continue readingView more blog posts
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