Protesting NZ Style

Protesting NZ Style

If you are outside New Zealand you may be unaware that we have a fairly large group of protesters camped on our Parliamentary grounds. They have been there for about 5 days now. Like many Kiwis, I remained pretty sceptical about the protester’s motives and...
So what was 20 years in Afghanistan all about?

So what was 20 years in Afghanistan all about?

There is a famous saying that goes “Those who choose to ignore history are doomed to repeat it”. Never has that been more vividly exposed as the truth, than in the last two weeks in Afghanistan. The appalling sights of families clustering around barbed...
To Vaccine or Not to Vaccine

To Vaccine or Not to Vaccine

To Vaccine or not to Vaccine So have you got your vaccine injection yet ? Anyone contacted you ? You know anyone that has received both jabs or at least one jab ? It seems to me that the high level of noise that is circulating around about vaccines, is notable for the...
Growing up in a motel

Growing up in a motel

So do you want to get angry?… do you want to get astounded and saddened? Do you want to feel ashamed? Yes well I went through all those feelings as I discovered that there are over 4,000 children in our beloved Aotearoa who are growing up in motels across our...
Rugby v Soccer and player dramatics

Rugby v Soccer and player dramatics

I have started watching the rugby World Cup and seen some pretty amazing games. I generally always try to catch a good high level (Premier League or German Bundesliga) football game and with the help of a work colleague I have secured a good free online streaming...
Silly Season

Silly Season

[A Grumpy Old Kiwi Man regular reader has offered their view on the visual pollution that we are subjected to with the avalanche of local body elections throughout the country] Jme57 writes: “Now it’s the silly season with all the wannabes going for a free...
Bet you don’t know what a Wexter is?

Bet you don’t know what a Wexter is?

I discovered a new word today. It is “Wexter”. Want to know what it is? Well if you read this far you probably do. It is a person who “walks and texts”. I actually wouldn’t call them a “person”. I prefer to use the term...
Brain dead television featuring morons

Brain dead television featuring morons

Well it has taken me a few years to finally decide on the winner of the inaugural ‘Grumpy Old Kiwi Man’ award for ‘mindless television programme featuring morons’, but I can announce this year’s winner….. It is the eagerly...
How not to put bums on seats

How not to put bums on seats

Before heading home on a train on Friday night, I glanced at a TV in the railway station showing a game of rugby happening at that moment in the nearby Wellington Stadium. The most obvious thing that I saw was that the ‘crowd’ in attendance at the game...