The “salaryman” is slumped asleep on the train, oblivious to everything, maybe even his own station of debarkation, perhaps doomed to ride to the end of the line.            Read more...

The “salaryman” is slumped asleep on the train, oblivious to everything, maybe even his own station of debarkation, perhaps doomed to ride to the end of the line.  

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Les Harvey, the colourful, outspoken character credited with saving Parnell, now one of Auckland’s most prestigious shopping precincts, has a worthy successor in son Kevin, perhaps confirming that an apple rarely falls far from the tree.       Read more...

Les Harvey, the colourful, outspoken character credited with saving Parnell, now one of Auckland’s most prestigious shopping precincts, has a worthy successor in son Kevin, perhaps confirming that an apple rarely falls far from the tree.

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The old days of brand invasion – where an international brand introduces a cloned product irrespective of country or culture.       Read more...

The old days of brand invasion – where an international brand introduces a cloned product irrespective of country or culture.

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I  magine a lounge so darn sexy that it is a destination in itself - rather than just an aircraft waiting room.      Read more...

Imagine a lounge so darn sexy that it is a destination in itself - rather than just an aircraft waiting room.

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Uisge beatha, pronounced "usque-baugh" is Gaelic for “water of life”.  More commonly known as whisky, uisge beathe has been a personal passion for almost 20 years.          Read more...

Uisge beatha, pronounced "usque-baugh" is Gaelic for “water of life”.  More commonly known as whisky, uisge beathe has been a personal passion for almost 20 years.  

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In the gracious gardens of Pegasus Bay Winery in North Canterbury we find more than one stroke of genius. There’s inspiration evident in the barrels and bottles of trophy-winning Waipara wines, and in the generous portions plated in their restaurant.       Read More...

In the gracious gardens of Pegasus Bay Winery in North Canterbury we find more than one stroke of genius. There’s inspiration evident in the barrels and bottles of trophy-winning Waipara wines, and in the generous portions plated in their restaurant.

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We join the Crystal Symphony in  the city of Wellington. It is the easiest boarding procedure we have experienced.        Read more...

We join the Crystal Symphony in  the city of Wellington. It is the easiest boarding procedure we have experienced.  

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Minaret Station, family owned and operated since 1910, is so remote in the Southern Alps that access is only by helicopter.       Read more...

Minaret Station, family owned and operated since 1910, is so remote in the Southern Alps that access is only by helicopter.

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My father, Dr Greg Beacham, always tinkered with old cars, and the business was born more than 25 years ago out of this hobby and his passion for classic cars.       Read More...

My father, Dr Greg Beacham, always tinkered with old cars, and the business was born more than 25 years ago out of this hobby and his passion for classic cars.

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Watching the tall timber of Auckland’s skyline sink inexorably into the sea is immensely satisfying - symbolising its shrinking importance as the ferry draws further from my place of stress to my island of escape.       Read more...

Watching the tall timber of Auckland’s skyline sink inexorably into the sea is immensely satisfying - symbolising its shrinking importance as the ferry draws further from my place of stress to my island of escape.

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It’s been many years since I sailed with Celebrity Cruises, but I have fond memories of that cruise. The ship was the Celebrity Galaxy.       Read more...

It’s been many years since I sailed with Celebrity Cruises, but I have fond memories of that cruise. The ship was the Celebrity Galaxy. 

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