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About paparoa

Writer and researcher.

An impromptu admission, Tielt, Belgium.

It was a glorious summer’s day as we stepped off the train from Ghent and made our way out of the small town of Tielt on our hire cycles, heading for the Achielle Bicycle Factory near Egem, in Belgium. Jeanette … Continue reading

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the latest coup: poem

the latest coup seen from Kaikoura after the 7.8M quake     i. Steve Bannon surveys a plate of stale lamingtons   Like I told the Pope and like I’m telling the President there’s good capitalism and there’s bad capitalism … Continue reading

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To Aitutaki

  Last day on Rarotonga, off into Avarua and few hours wait at the airport for our Air Rarotonga flight to Aitutaki at 4.30pm. The tiny Embraer Bandeirante is intimate after the big 777-200 that flew us here: you can … Continue reading

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To Rarotonga

First day in Raro on Island Time. Landed yesterday washed out from lack of sleep to our first “small world” discovery: Te Uira our taxi driver to the Edgewater Resort was in my Māori language class at Canterbury in1998-99 and … Continue reading

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Social bonds and the rentier economy: how neoliberalism keeps boiling the frog unto death.

Two happy servants of inequality: John Key and Bill English at the cutting edge.   Listening to Bill English today in his role as Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand Corporation and Finance Minister extolling the virtues of “social bonds”, … Continue reading

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Viva Nicaragua! Viva la poesia!

On the streets of Granada, Nicaragua, life pours out its riches. For the space of one glorious week, 14-20 February 2016, I found myself with a bevy of poets at the centre of a cultural event unique I believe in … Continue reading

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Hubris as Nemesis: is this John Key’s fall, beginning?

    TPPA Protests, Auckland. Photo: Stuart Page Photography.   My good friend Patrick Evans remarked to me 18 months ago that he could not see John Key’s nemesis on the horizon, the one who would bring him down. He … Continue reading

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