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Marijuana: a legal, policy and administrative problem

In the United States more and more states are changing their laws about the use of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes. It’s also very much a live subject in New Zealand, where opinion is more divided. John Bishop visited Denver, Colorado, one of....
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Step back into the past: A journey into the far north

Touring around the north of Northland is a step back into our earliest history, both European and Māori. It is the story of how the races met and interacted, of colonial days, development, hardship, conflict and strife – all the factors that shape the north....
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Cruising the capital’s cultural classics

Wellington is well suited for walking around its major cultural experiences. Several important museums and galleries are strung along the waterfront, adjacent to the downtown area, or are just a block or two back from there, while others are a kilometre or so further away.....
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Changing with the times

Changing with the times

Why do things have to change all the time?” is seemingly one of the laments of the modern age. Many of us do it, often in moments of exasperation, when we find we can’t make a bit of technology or an online process work properly.....
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Italy’s Allies lie side by side in their national groups, under the Abbey, Monte Cassino cemetery June 2014. Photo M K deLoree

Recalling my father’s war

My father, born in 1911, battered by the depression and by war service, didn’t say much about either when I was growing up. One of the few times I got him talking about his war experiences was after I came home from a Contiki tour....
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On the 1835 Declaration of Independence

With Waitangi Day on 6 February, some attention will focus on the status and relevance of the Treaty of Waitangi in modern times, and on whether it is the founding document of our country. Some claim that the 1835 Declaration of Independence of the United....
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Maori tourism fuels the North

Maori tourism fuels the North

John Bishop travels north to report on a thriving Maori tourism industry fuelled by iwi and individuals keen to showcase an authentic cultural experience. Caspar, a ginger-haired man from the Netherlands, stands nervously in front of his fellow guests as a young Maori brave, spear....
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Single-sex schools work

Single-sex schools work

Roger Moses, the headmaster of Wellington College for the past 22 years, held his last senior prizegiving last November as he prepares to step down in April this year. He spoke to JOHN BISHOP about his values and achievements, and life after running a top-flight....
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Lord of the forest stands tall

A small group of us are in the Waipoua Forest, in Northland, New Zealand, in the country’s largest stand of native kauri trees, including the big daddy of the them all, Tane Mahuta, the lord of the forests in Maori mythology. We are guided by....
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John is also an experienced travel writer with a deep interest in historical matters and a critical eye for worthwhile experiences.

His travel work is displayed at www.eatdrinktravel.co.nz