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It was a privilege to be asked to write for The Cancer Society in 2019. The organisation which helps those affected by the disease and their loved ones. In a world oversaturated by information and media, what a great challenge to bring the Cancer story back to the forefront. To invigorate discussion, research and donation. […]

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New Writing

New Zealand Lockdown: Rainbows and Red G-Strings.

One of the surprising benefts of staying home for seven weeks is that when one emerges into the world again like a butterfly, albiet with grey regrowth, the world takes on an added clarity. Were the Wellington skies always this luminous? The billowing clouds so enourmous? Better than Netflix, Antartic winds sweep in from the […]

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New Zealand Lockdown : Halfway?

CNN ran a story recently advising the world to learn from a tiny windswept Pacific island, in the middle of nowhere. A high profile piece is run about New Zealand’s admirable COVID-9 response in The Washington Post. International compliments in a time of global difficulties. New Zealanders have long chuckled or been rankled about being […]

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Script Coverage

New Zealand Lockdown: Day something or other…

Still the only first week of lockdown? Life is becoming surreal. Rip Van Winkle famously escaped his nagging wife to fall asleep in the Catskills for twenty years. Waking and finding the world a different place, he seemed to get over it ok. Gender stereotypes aside, its a tale worth rereading. It’s short and most […]

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New Zealand Lockdown – Day 2.

Puppet tigers and impossible FX. Weta Digital, the famous VFX house that brought the world that Gollum guy and pretty much-defined CGI in the process, is now working remote. Sounds pretty current for the times. Most big tech firms went remote early, after all, isn’t that what they excel at? IT? Networking and routing and […]

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New Zealand Lockdown – Day 1

Some fronts are quieter than others… As the sun rose over New Zealand this morning it was quiet. Things looked normal from our quarantine Hobbit hole, but then again most mornings are quiet. If one didn’t bother to log on to the world, one could be forgiven to think that it was just another day. […]

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Lockdown at midnight.

New Zealand heads into a complete lockdown tonight. At midnight the shutters will come down and like Hobbits, we will all stay inside. Movement is limited to a local walk, a quick trip to a supermarket. Socialising is via devices, which seems quite normal actually. Chatter online suggests we are now living in a new […]

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Opinion: Raising Diversity.

A niggle at the back of one’s mind is like a heckler at a show. Choosing to listen to or not is tough. Tonight the audience seems unfazed. Perhaps they don’t hear it. The actor is a professional — its a broadway show after all. She’s tough. She even wrote and produced the whole thing […]

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Flash Fiction

Veronica Jones.

Not long ago, STEM was the big thing in education. Then they added the A for art to take the pressure off young minds. Veronica’s preschool didn’t add the A. This is why her father chose it. “Why paint daubs when you can change the world!” was the mantra Veronica heard every day. Instead of […]

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Between The Lines. Flash Fiction.

One thing Jacqui Ravens didn’t miss was the heat; another was Seargent John Stevenson. Hauled before his relentless adherence to the rules there were times Jaqui thought she would have to steal a Hurricane and fly off to fight the enemy alone. Rommel wasn’t that far, and she was sure she could make a dent […]

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Daydream Boyfriend. Flash Fiction.

There wasn’t much boyfriend material at Hillcroft High and Janet as the headmaster’s daughter had discovered she was at a disadvantage. Her father wasn’t well-liked around the campus. Not that she could blame the boys, Mr Thurmer was slovenly and misguided. Janet couldn’t bear her fathers awe of the jocks. She surmised her middle-aged father […]

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