• The way it used to look. At 2ZE Blenheim in 1974

Radio Shack Flashback

July 29th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

It’s said that many things in life go in circles. That’s exactly how I felt in late June as I made my way into the Tauranga studio of Coast FM to broadcast a radio breakfast show for the first time in nearly forty years. Here’s a quick summary of how this came to be. Coast, [...]

  • St Mary’s College Chapel built in 1865

St Mary’s Bay

June 1st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This now expensive inner city Auckland suburb was named in honour of the Mother of God by New Zealand’s original Roman Catholic leader, Jean Baptiste Francois Pompallier. The Catholic Bishop of Auckland still lives here. But strip away the neighbourhood’s deeply religious name and you find a suburb with a past often dominated by sly [...]

  • Makarora River and northern reaches of Lake Wanaka

The Siberia Valley

March 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

You don’t have to fly through Moscow or Vladivostok to get there. There are definitely no salt mines. But it is Siberia and it’s part of our own wilderness. The Siberia Valley is in Mt Aspiring National Park, part of Te Wāhipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Site at the southern end of the Southern Alps. It [...]

The Mount!

January 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the early 1980s it was, according to long-time businessman and resident Charlie Robertson, just “a little seaside village” that, for people on the other side of the harbour in Tauranga, took nearly half an hour to drive to. He should know. He came north from Taihape in 1978 after being given a chance to [...]

Memories of Southland

December 1st, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

In August I took a solo roadie, a one-day odyssey from a brief holiday in Wanaka, down to Invercargill. Ostensibly it was to be reacquainted with the golf courses there – and the results of that part of the day’s outing are elsewhere in this issue – but while in the vicinity, I was drawn [...]

  • 4th green at Oreti Sands

Southland Golf

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

There are reports of the first club being formed as early as 1900 and, today, the province has 25 courses from Te Anau in the north to Ringa Ringa Heights on Stewart Island. However, the best-known and most-used layouts are located in and around the main provincial centre, Invercargill. In fact for a city of [...]

  • Riverside Golf Club, player Chris Charlton

They Love their Golf in Waikato

August 3rd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The Mooloo province has a proud sporting tradition with rugby’s Chiefs, netball’s Magic and cricket’s Knights all based in the province. But the district golf association, covering a huge area from Kawhia in the west, down to Taumarunui in the south and up to Matarangi on the Coromandel Peninsula, encompasses 43 golf clubs – the [...]